Ask anybody that works for any media outlet anywhere and they’ll tell you that a late Friday press release means one thing only: bad news. That’s exactly what online poker players in New Jersey got Friday afternoon when Ultimate Gaming, the parent company of UltimatePoker.com and UCasino.com, announced they plan to leave the Garden State market.
The departure is a result of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing for Trump Taj Mahal – the land based casino license holder that Ultimate Gaming partnered with to offer online poker and online casino games in New Jersey. In the press release Ultimate Gaming claimed that the contract “was terminated due to multiple breaches by Trump Taj Mahal Associates”. No timeline for the closure was given though many expect it to be immediate.
Earlier this week the Trump Taj Mahal became the fourth Atlantic City casino to close in recent months joining Revel, Showboat and the Atlantic Club.
UltimatePoker.com will continue to offer online poker in Nevada.
“We are grateful to the State of New Jersey and the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement for allowing us to be one of the first companies to bring online gaming to the citizens of New Jersey and appreciate their leadership as one of the first states to allow online gaming,” said Tom Breitling, Chairman of Ultimate Gaming. “We are working closely with the Division of Gaming Enforcement to ensure a smooth transition for our online gaming customers as we wind down our New Jersey operations.”
Players who had an account in New Jersey with Ultimate Poker or UCasino can visit either site for information about their balance.
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