The Press of Atlantic City reported last week that Caesars Interactive Entertainment Inc. is applying for an online gaming license in New Jersey. Caesars already owns and operates properties in Atlantic City.
“It’s the first of I’m sure many hurdles to cross,” Seth Palansky, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Caesars, told Press of Atlantic City.
Caesars owns an online poker license in Nevada coupled with 888 Holdings. The joint venture is also licensed in the United Kingdom, France, and Italy and they should have a fairly rapid route to putting virtual cards in the air for the first time in the Garden State. The Rational Group is still in need of approval from the Casino Control Commission and the Division of Gaming Enforcement which puts Caesars a jump ahead in the race for online poker and gambling in New Jersey. And the Rational Group has to clear a few extra hurdles like the purchase of the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel and facing opposition from the American Gaming Commission.
“We’re offering a whole suite of games in the U.K.,” Palansky added. “We anticipate having everything available.”
New Jersey became the third state to legalize online poker in February.
PokerNews.com received a comment from Palansky on the application: "Yes we have applied for a license in New Jersey. First step in a process. We look forward to the opportunity to continue to offer casino entertainment to New Jersey via this new medium."