Resorts Online Casino to Launch in February; No Impact on PokerStars Partnership

atlantic_city_skylineFollowing the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement signing off on a transactional waiver, Resorts Casino is prepping for the real-money launch of their online casino, According to a press release from Atlantic City’s oldest casino, the real-money online casino will be ready to go in the coming days.

Resorts launched their free-play online casino in early February, and stated at the time their real-money casino would be ready to go in “early 2015.” The company also encouraged players to preregister, offering special promotions and giveaways during the free-play period.

On Wednesday the company announced they had received their transactional waiver from the DGE and would be launching for real-money (following a week-long trial period to test internal controls by the DGE) in “February 2015.”

Resorts also stated their real-money iCasino, “will feature the largest selection of casino slots and table games in the state of New Jersey as well as exclusive titles and highly coveted content that are unavailable anywhere else.”

“As New Jersey’s first casino destination, Resorts is committed to delivering the best-in-class online gaming experience in the Garden State by partnering with gaming leaders, including SNG Interactive, which houses Sportech and NYX Gaming Group,” said Mark Giannantonio, president and CEO of Resorts Casino Hotel, a Mohegan Sun property. “With SNG’s flexible gaming solutions and exclusive game content, we’re excited to introduce Europe’s industry-leading casino slots and table games to the United States market for the best online user experience.”

What about PokerStars?

Resorts partnered with NYX Gaming in June of 2014, shortly after Amaya Gaming purchased PokerStars, several months after Resorts entered into an online poker partnership with PokerStars in November of 2013.

As it has been reported all along, the Sportech/Resorts pairing is exclusive to online casino games. When PokerStars is approved by the NJ DGE Resorts will launch an online poker room powered by PokerStars.

When asked if there was any news on PokerStars license application, Amaya Gaming Group Head of Corporate Communications Eric Hollreiser said, “Amaya Gaming Group continues to work closely with the DGE during this approval process. Resorts remains in partnership with Amaya and looks forward to launching PokerStars in New Jersey following approval from the DGE.”

Of course, rumors have been swirling since last fall regarding PokerStars license application in the Garden State. The most recent rumor has New Jersey Governor Chris Christie impeding the process at the behest of Sheldon Adelson (a rumor the Governor’s office flat out denies) in an effort to slow growth in regulated markets while Adelson continues to push for a federal online gambling ban.

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