November 26th is Official Launch Date for Online Gaming in New JerseyPublished on October 6th, 2013 5:58 pm EST
It's official - online gaming will officially launch in New Jersey on November 26th at 9 am.
According to reports, a letter has been sent out to Atlantic City casinos stating that licensed Internet gaming permit holders will be able to "commence full Internet gaming" on November 26th.
According to NorthJersey.com (link below), permit holders will be required to hold a "soft play" period that lasts for a minimum of five calendar days. This "soft play" period will not be available to the general public - instead, the casinos will test their software in a "live" environment using "invited patrons". Assuming that the "soft play" period goes well, the casinos will be able to flip the switch following approval from regulators and offer their product to anybody within the state of New Jersey.
The Division of Gaming Enforcement in New Jersey will be officially adopting the new Internet gaming regulations on October 21st, 2013.
Licenses to operate within the state still have to be handed out. The big question right now is whether or not the partnership between Resorts International and Pokerstars will be approved for a license. The other casinos in the state obviously want to keep Pokerstars out, given their powerful brand and history of operating a strong online poker site.
Source: NorthJersey.com - New Jersey Going Live With Online Gaming Play Nov. 26
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