PokerStars’ New Jersey license review suspended

The Division of Gaming Enforcement of New Jersey has suspended the review of the application by PokerStars for an online gambling and poker license for a period of two years. This basically locks the poker giant from participating in New Jersey’s online gambling market. This decision means a huge setback for PokerStars and trumps its efforts to make a comeback to the US market.

“The Division of Gaming Enforcement has determined that the application of Rational Services Limited (PokerStars) casino service industry licensure (CSIE) will be held in a suspended status for a period of two years,” the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement said in a statement. “The Division, within that period, may consider a request for relief to reactivate the application if significantly changed circumstances are demonstrated at which time the Division’s investigation of PokerStars and its affiliated entities and associated individuals will be resumed to assess suitability.”

According to New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement, the decision was made because of PokerStars’ association with one of its founders Isai Scheinberg. Scheinberg is still under federal indictment since federal prosecutors in Manhattan issued an indictment against Scheinberg in 2011 for having violated the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and the Illegal Gambling Business Act. Scheinberg refuses to return to the United States to face charges.

“The Division’s determination is based primarily on the unresolved federal indictment against Isai Scheinberg for the alleged violation of federal gambling statutes, namely, the Illegal Gambling Business Act and the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), and the involvement of certain PokerStars executives with Internet gaming operations in the United States following the enactment of UIGEA,” New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement said in its statement.

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