PokerStars Meeting Former New Jersey Players


In recent days, PokerStarshas been reaching out to former New Jersey VIP players and meeting with them via a series of summits in Jersey City and Atlantic City. The site, which Amaya Gaming purchased along with Full Tilt Poker three months ago, appears on track to enter the New Jersey market by the end of the year and perhaps as soon as next month.

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The Atlantic City meet-up was on deck for Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm local time at the Landshark Bar and Grill at Resorts, according to a post on Two Plus Two. The Jersey City meet-up took place on Monday at Hyatt Regency’s Vu Lounge.

The e-mail sent to players read, “As a valued former PokerStars VIP in New Jersey, we would like to invite you to meet two members of PokerStars’ management who will be in the area next week. They will be hosting two discussions in a casual setting with the goal of meeting the New Jersey player base and inviting feedback on any topics or concerns you as a player may have.”

The e-mail continued, “The meetings will be in an open house format and you can drop by at any time during the scheduled sessions. RSVP is not required. However, if you know in advance that you’ll be attending, please let us know at which location we can expect you.”

One PocketFiver from Atlantic City was contemplating attending the PokerStars meet-up, but would have to miss an event during the ongoing Garden State Super Series on Borgata Pokerand PartyPokerin order to do so. He posted in our New Jersey poker community, “Anyone get another invite from Stars? Would involve taking a GSSS night off, so curious about the exclusivity before I decide/RSVP, but I do love PokerStars, so will probably do it anyway.”

One person who attended Monday’s session told PocketFives that he was “a little disappointed,” adding, “It was a marketing questionnaire to find out the status of the New Jersey poker community.”

One player who attended the meetings this week told PocketFives, “They answered a lot of general questions but were hesitant to lock in to anything in terms of an opening date, as they are still going through the licensing process. But, they did mention that once licensing was approved, it would probably only take a few weeks to be up and running.”

The same player added, “They wouldn’t or couldn’t go into much detail on anything relating to opening promotions, rewards, or rakeback as of right now. They had a mock/tentative MTT schedule printed up for eyes only. It was a fuller schedule with guarantees in line with what we currently see being offered, just a wider variety of buy-ins, guarantees, structures, and tournament styles. They seemed very keen on adjusting guarantees accordingly once the player pools and volume was established.”

The review of PokerStars’ application for an operating license in New Jersey was suspended last Decemberafter the site had agreed to partner with Resorts. In June, Amaya Gaming bought PokerStars’ parent company for almost $5 billion, possibly paving the way for the world’s largest online poker site to enter New Jersey pending approval.

As part of Amaya’s transaction, Rational founder and CEO Mark Scheinbergand “other principles” agreed to resign. However, “Rational Group’s executive management team will be retained and online poker services provided by PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker will be unaffected,” so it remains to be seen if regulators will be satisfied by the changes made at PokerStars and Full Tilt.

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  1. I was there Monday night, for more than the two hours, and was interesting. Really glad I went. There was some small disappointments, but myself personally, invaluable, awesome. Fun. But please know, there is NO way you should take away from tourney for this, you will be mad, its not worth it to miss play for this, and grateful as I am towards them, there was some dog and pony to the whole show….

    • What year does everybody think that everyone in the united states will be able to play on pokerstars again lol

    • What year does everybody think that everyone in the united states will be able to play on pokerstars again lol

      For the whole US except states that have banned online poker, I would guess a very long time. I don’t really like to think about it anymore.

    • Using my 1 time for NJ pooling w/ regulated countries since the states won’t get it together. It sure would suck to live in an expensive shit hole though…

    • I said after Black Friday that it would take anywhere from 5-10 years before the federal government would pass any online poker/gaming regulations. Still have a couple of years to see if I was (unfortunately) right on my estimation.

    • If this goes through, can I just drive to New Jersey from the Bronx and set up my computer at any place that has internet and play tournaments? Or do I need to be a resident?

    • If this goes through, can I just drive to New Jersey from the Bronx and set up my computer at any place that has internet and play tournaments? Or do I need to be a resident?

      You can already just go to NJ and set up your computer and play. You don’t need to be a resident, you just must be physically within the state.