Online PokerStars Responds to AGA Allegations

Published Thursday, March 07, 2013 -

The verbal and very public condemnation of PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker room, by the American Gaming Association has received a quick response from the online poker operator. The American Gaming Association is attempting to prevent PokerStars from obtaining a gaming license in the newly legalized state of New Jersey.

The PokerStars brand is owned by the Rational Group and it’s Head of Corporate Communications, Eric Hollreiser, said in a statement to Pokerfuse regarding the American Gaming Association derisive brief, “These are matters for expert regulators to determine, not self-interested partisans picking a public fight.” Hollreiser also said in a statement to Forbes that Caesars Entertainment, a large contributor to the American Gaming Association approached PokerStars with a deal to sell the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Caesars was reported as saying the deal would have given the two companies “a better relationship” and could help PokerStars obtain a license to operate in Nevada. It was also suggested by sources in the know at PokerStars that the World Series of Poker brand owned by Caesars Entertainment was also available in that proposed deal. According to Hollreiser, PokerStars has rejected the proposition.

Nevada is trying to keep the action in its own State and has been adamant about preserving the exclusivity it has created. The damaging brief has punters wondering why the American Gaming Association is going to such public lengths to discredit the world largest online poker operation.

Nevada Assembly Bill 114 (AB114), referred to the Assembly Committee on Judiciary recently seeks to restrict which operators would be part of the state’s interactive gaming program. As proposed, the clause would have blocked the operators that had offered real-money wagers to US customers after 2006 from receiving a license in Nevada for ten years.

There are detractors besides the AGA who believe PokerStars is corrupt and shouldn’t be allowed to operate in the USA or anywhere else for that matter. Nevada Governor Sandoval signed a modified version of the bill into law that requires a five year wait before questionable operators are given a chance for a license.

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