It's back! Welcome PokerStars to New Jersey, USA!

It's been nearly five years since Americans saw PokerStars shining on their screens inside the United States. It's been five years of watching players from nearly every other country in the world play Sunday tournaments, fun cash games, and satellites to live poker events. It's been five years of wondering just how long it would be before Americans could play the same game as the rest of the world from the comfort of their own home.

For people in New Jersey, that day is today.

Today, for the first time in history, PokerStars has a fully-approved license in New Jersey and is operating at full speed in that state.

"We could not be more proud to bring PokerStars to New Jersey," said David Baazov, Chairman and CEO of Amaya. "Working with our partner, Resorts Casino Hotel, we look forward to providing the most exciting, innovative and secure gaming experience to New Jersey."


This is a big milestone for the company and the industry. Starting today, anyone of legal age in New Jersey will be able to play PokerStars' most popular games, including the ever-popular Spin & Go tourneys which crowned 13 millionaires globally between October and December 2015.

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Beyond that, New Jersey will have its own online promotions, bonuses, and live events, and players will be able to grind them all from desktops, tablets, and mobile phones.

PokerStars New Jersey will also offer Special Sunday tournaments, as well as a selection of casino games such as Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, and Slots.

"This is a great day for online gaming, for state players and residents and for Atlantic City," said Morris Bailey, owner of Resorts Casino Hotel. "Resorts has worked diligently to build a home for globally renowned brands in New Jersey and, with the addition of PokerStars, is proud to introduce yet another respected partner."

The PokerStars New Jersey software at will utilize its globally-established age and location verification protections, account segregation, and responsible gaming practices to oversee and control player activity. As one of the world's most regulated online gaming companies with licenses in more than a dozen jurisdictions and more than 100 million cumulative registered customers around the world, Amaya is committed to implementing the highest standards of regulation, safety and security.

Customers who previously held a PokerStars real-money or play-money account are eligible for a welcome offer based on their play history. The free PokerStars New Jersey software is now available for download; players can create a new account using the log-in details from their previously-held account, and are eligible to receive their last held VIP status, Play Money Chips, and StarsCoin. StarsCoin, formerly known as Frequent Player Points, is PokerStars currency that players can use to purchase online tournament tickets, merchandise and even cash rewards from the PokerStars New Jersey VIP Store. This offer will be available until May 31, 2016. Players who set up an account on will be able to avail of a first deposit bonus, as well as receiving a ticket into a $25,000 freeroll - freeroll tickets are only on offer for those who sign up within the first seven days.

In the run-up to today, PokerStars held a soft launch period just to make sure everything was working as it should. During that time, it had a cap of 490 players, which it hit last night just before the official opening. Now, all eligible players inside the borders of New Jersey can play.

Welcome back, PokerStars!

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