When New Jersey online poker players were accessing Full Tilt Poker on their iOS devices, they noticed a message stating that the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) has granted it a license to start offering real money poker games to NJ online poker players.
Although the message was not true, it did not fail to create excitement among NJ poker players who are just waiting for the return of Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars. Industry experts, however, state that this message does not mean that the NJDGE will definitely license Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars although the two poker rooms enjoy the support of NJ politicians and poker players.
Oliver Dent, an NJ poker player, is one of those eagerly waiting for the return of Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars, especially after several poker players at BorgataPoker.com and partypoker.com NJ got disconnected while playing tournaments that formed part of the Garden State Super Series (GSSS) II.
Dent told PokerNews.com: “I think I speak for everyone when I say that we are all eagerly awaiting the return of PokerStars and Full Tilt to the New Jersey market. I think they will cause the licensed online sites that already operate in the state to up their game if they want to compete in the New Jersey market. Their return cannot come soon enough. Especially after partypoker’s debacle yesterday during yet again a huge online series.”
According to Mike Gagliano, the poker coach and player who plays under the moniker gags30, NJ’s young online poker industry will greatly benefit by the return of PokerStars and its sister site. He told PokerNews.com that NJ poker players are just waiting for software that really works as they are all “tired of the partypoker software crashing” every now and then. He opined that PokerStars’ promotions and tournaments will attract players much more than what partypoker and WSOP.com are offering at present as they are all “tired of playing the same boring WSOP schedule with their horrible tournament structures.” Gagliano also feels that online poker in NJ will grow with the arrival of PokerStars because of its effective advertising and marketing campaign.
Patrick Shelly, an NJ-based PokerStars fan, says that NJ players are longing for stable software, which is the best in the world. But he doesn’t feel that PokerStars’ return would solve NJ’s liquidity issues. He said that he has no idea what PokerStars would do about prize pools.