In breaking news today, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has put online poker giant PokerStars on penalty for two years, freezing them out of the recently regulated New Jersey online market. Apparently, the Garden State’s DGE had a problem with PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg's legal status within the US—meaning that even though he’s no longer an exec at PokerStars he’s still got that pesky Black Friday indictment to deal with.
No doubt officials at WSOP.com, Ultimate Poker and partypoker are wrapped up in one big group hug—for the moment as of now, the New Jersey player pool is up for grabs. That said, PokerStars can potentially get back in the game if they cut ties with the Schienberg’s, which the DGE stated as:
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.
For all the details of PokerStars exclusion from New Jersey, check out our coverage on our sister site, pokerfuse.