DGE Director David Rebuck states that at least three major operators will launch online gambling by the end of this year.
Poker players rejoice – online poker is coming back to the Garden State, and sooner than some expected. In a recent interview, David Rebuck, the Director of the Division of Gambling Enforcement (DGE) for New Jersey, confirmed that at least three major casinos would be offering online poker by this November.
In the interview, which was conducted by Global Gaming Business Magazine, Rebuck spoke candidly about a variety of topics. As someone intimately connected to the regulation process, Rebuck was able to provide insight into the difficult and often tedious process of bringing online poker back to New Jersey.
Ever since the U.S Department of Justice shut down the biggest poker sites in the United States, online players have had few opportunities to available to them. And while the fight for federally regulated online gambling waged on, some state governments, New Jersey’s included, have taken it upon themselves to pass legislation that would legalize online gambling. New Jersey is poised to be the second state, following Nevada, to go-live.
Rebuck stated that
each of the casinos has responded and has identified a primary provider or partner that they either have a contract with today or that they are in negiotiations with to achieve a contract in the near future. This bodes well for NJ residents, as it not only means they’ll be able to play online poker soon, but will be able to do so on one of multiple sites. He also confirmed that three or more casinos would be ready to go on day one, with others to follow suit. It is currently unknown which casinos he was referring to.
What we do know is that Caesars has entered into a deal with 888poker to bring online poker to both Nevada and NJ, and that recently launched Ultimate Poker has forged a partnership with Taj Mahal. Also in the mix is 2UP Gaming, which recently received $330 million from Asian investors to buy an existing New Jersey casino, or build a new one. And of course, there is the Rational Group, who has already secured a deal with Resorts that should bring either PokerStars or Full Tilt Poker to New Jersey. Finally, bwin.party has partnered with Borgata, and is reportedly set to launch come November.
Regardless of which casino is connected to what online site, it is an exciting time for online poker – at least in New Jersey.