One of Europe’s largest online poker and casino operators, bwin.party, has just been granted a full gaming license by New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE).
Despite being operational within the Garden State since late 2013, the online operator has only been allowed to do this through a Transactional Waiver.
This temporary license was granted thanks to bwin.party’s association with Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa which holds a full permit to offer online gaming within the State.
However, this was never meant to be a permanent deal and after reviewing the operator’s performance since 2013, the DGE is now happy for bwin.party to be a fully fledged US igaming provider.
In addition to giving bwin.party the freedom to continue its operations in New Jersey, the Casino Service Industry Enterprise License means it can push forward with a range of new products.
Moreover, with a footing in the Garden State now established, bwin.party should have a greater chance of future regulation when other states join New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware as iGaming regions.Â
“Receipt of our full license in New Jersey marks an important milestone for our US business. We believe that the path to regulation across the United States is inevitable and expect that other states will soon follow. We have a demanding delivery pipeline which will provide our customers with further exciting content throughout 2015,” said bwin.party’s Chief Executive, Norbert Teufelberger.
In addition to giving bwin.party a license, Sportech, the company behind Resorts’ online platform, has been granted full permission to operate in New Jersey.
In conjunction with NYX Gaming, Sportech provides the betting backbone for ResortsCasino.com; a site which also has a deal with PokerStars.
Once licensed, PokerStars will provide the poker software for Resorts as well as hosting its own platform, and this recent decision by the DGE could be a sign of positive things to come for the poker provider.
Although there isn’t a true connection between Sportech and PokerStars (moreover, its parent company, Amaya Inc), the decision could, ultimately, benefit the latter.
Being connected to two companies that are favored by the DGE suggests that PokerStars will be in good company when the regulators finally get round to reviewing its application.
In fact, if recent comments by Resorts AC’s owner, Morris Bailey, are to be believed, this deal is almost done. Following months of uncertainty, a new deal appears to be closer than ever and if the recent developments at Sportech are any sign of things to come it may not be long before PokerStars NJ goes live.