PokerStars Back in Action in the US Next Week

It has been almost five years since online poker giant PokerStars has been allowed to offer their services within the United States. 2016 marks the debut of the brand in the US, thanks to the state of New Jersey providing licensing for the brand. PokerStars announced last week that the brand would be live by the 21st of March but now we have learned that a soft launch is expected to start on the 16th.

The soft launch will begin on the 16th and is a requirement of the state. With the soft launch, regulators are able to review the gaming software and request any changes as well as insure that all regulations are being followed before the site launches fully. The announcement of the soft launch is made just five months after Amaya Gaming, the parent company of PokerStars, announced they had received licensing approval from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. The company is working with Resorts Casino on the launch. Every online gaming operator in New Jersey must be partnered with a land based casino to be able to operate.

During the first three days of the soft launch, the site will only offer their services for limited hours. Around the clock gaming will be offered on the 19th and 20th. On the 16th and 17th, players in the state will only be able to take part from 4pm to midnight local time. On the 18th, PokerStars will be available from 8am to midnight.

The site will be capped to 500 players at any given time during the soft launch. Players have the option of creating a new account if they so choose. The Quick Account Creation process will speed things up for those who already had an account with the site in previous years. Starting on the 16th, players will be able to download the gaming software and log in using a previous ID and password. Players who do this will earn credit for their former VIP status and will be able to convert any Frequent Player Points into StarsCoin immediately.

Anyone who uses the Quick Account Creation process will see their previous account close. Anyone who wishes to play with a PokerStars account while outside of the US will need to create a new account and will not have access to any previous VIP levels.

Once the soft launch process is over, players should see the brand launch fully by the 21st of March. This will of course be dependent on approval by the Division of Gaming Enforcement, but it is not unlikely that PokerStars will run into any issue during the soft launch period.

Players have been waiting for years to see PokerStars back in action in the United States and with the launch in New Jersey, the brand will have their first shot at getting back into the good graces of American players. The brand is well-known by individuals around the world and with the integration of the company in the US, it would not be surprising to see the online poker gaming totals skyrocket for New Jersey.

PokerStars has also reached out to other states that are considering passing online poker gaming legislation. California has been discussing the aspect for years and continues to seemingly get closer to passing legislation. PokerStars has already partnered with several Indian tribes and poker rooms in anticipation of online poker becoming legal within the state.

Gaining licensing in New Jersey was a big hurdle to pass and now that the brand will be launching soon, they should have the opportunity to continue their presence as a solid provider of online poker gaming around the world, including in the United States.