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PokerStars still looking at New Jersey Casino Deal

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On May 1st, 2013, we ran news that Rational Group's,'s parent company, deadline to purchase the Atlantic Club Casino had expired. The Wall Street Journal originally reported the news citing anonymous sources.

The acquisition of the struggling casino by Rational Group was dependent upon obtaining a temporary license from New Jersey gaming regulators by Friday, April 26th, and the date came and went without the necessary regulations taking place.

But PokerStars hasn't given up on stepping into the U.S. market. PokerStars Head of Corporate Communications Eric Hollreiser sent out a five-part tweet on Thursday night, May 2nd, making it clear that PokerStars has not given up on purchasing the Atlantic Club Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, even though reports clearly state the deal has expired.

PokerStars has been under fire by the American Gaming Association (AGA). Many believe that the objection by the AGA is purely self-interest.

Recently at the Global iGaming Summit & Expo (GiGse), more than one speaker stood against PokerStars; touting strict licensing requirements were needed and PokerStars’ record should make it impossible for them to receive a U.S. gaming license. The has that report. Some states, including Nevada, have added the "Bad Actor" clauses, (companies that offered online poker in the U.S. after the UIGEA was passed in 2006 would be disallowed), to their legislation which would keep PokerStars out.

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