Full Tilt on New Jersey SNAFU: “At No Time Was a Real Money App Available”

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According to a variety of sites, including Online Poker Report, Amaya Gaming has asserted that a mobile pop-up alerting players that real money Full Tilt games were available in New Jersey was an error. Call it a Garden State SNAFU that briefly energized the community that Full Tilt was going to enter the market effective immediately.

We have been developing a real money mobile poker app that has been submitted to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement as part of the review process of our application to offer real money gaming under a NJ DGE license,” the statement from Amaya read. “Unfortunately, a bug in an update to the Full Tilt play money poker app inadvertently included a pop-up window alerting players in New Jersey that a licensed real money offering was available.”

According to Amaya, “a very small number of people were exposed to this pop-up before we resolved the issue… At no time was a real money app available. No one had the ability to play real money games, nor register for the ability to play real money games, on Full Tilt.”

The pop-up in question was shown to players who use Full Tilt’s mobile app and proclaimed, “We are pleased to announce that we have a new version of our game software fully licensed by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement offering real money game play on a fully regulated online gaming platform.” You can see why the excitement level was briefly elevated.

The inadvertent launch seems to have been ahead of its time by about two months, as according to New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak, who has been leading the i-gaming charge in the Garden State, the earliest we’d likely see PokerStars, and presumably its sister site Full Tilt, is March.

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