The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement published the list of Internet gaming companies on Friday of applicants that have received a transactional waiver. The waiver gives those applicants approval to "engage in Internet gaming activities" on November 26th when the real-money market opens to the Mr. and Mrs. John Q Public in New Jersey.
Caesars Interactive Entertainment, bwin.party, 888, Ultimate Poker, Betfair and Amaya Gaming, were among the companies that were approved and are eligible to join the "soft launch" trial period that starts on November 21st.
Caesars has established its online gaming platform through 888 and Amaya Gaming to serve the four properties it owns in Atlantic City. bwin.party and the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa formed a partnership and with the ability to provide a full-scale iGaming platform, look for bwin.party to be one of the leaders in the New Jersey market.
Ultimate Poker teamed up with Trump Taj Majal, and Betfair and Trump Plaza have joined forces.
Web gambling approval in New Jersey was also given to Paddy Power North America, Scientific Games International, Williams Interactive, Betable New Jersey, Genesis Gaming, and Evolution New Jersey. Once these service providers enter into an agreement with a platform provider or casino licensee, they are authorized to enter into Internet gaming related business transactions.
PokerStars, the world's leading online poker site, was not included in the list of approvals. A spokesperson for the DGE, PokerStars, and other companies, indicated that those who did not appear on the transactional waiver list are not out of the picture. A permit could still be issued before the November 26th launch. The next list is scheduled to be released on November 15th.
Rational Group Head of Corporate Communications Eric Hollreiser told PokerNews.com on Friday that PokerStars is still committed to entering the New Jersey market.
"Our application remains under review by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement and we remain committed to working with the Division to complete the review process," Hollresier said.
Atlantic City's 12 casinos now have nine approved for online gambling as of Friday. Resorts Casino Hotel will rely on PokerStars to get their joint operation off the ground and is in the hurry-up-and-wait stage. Revel Casino Hotel and The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel have not put any plans on the table that would indicate a decision to enter the market.