Now that the first steps have been made in the right direction and some US states are on the verge of legalizing online gambling, poker companies from all over the world try to establish a beachhead. With New Jersey being one of the few states who passed the bill, it comes as no surprise that influential players such as Bwin aim to expand here. So far the market leader PokerStars was denied the right to operate in the state as a result of what the authorities consider to be a blunt disregard of legislation.
Alongside FullTilt poker, the company is suspected to have operated in the United States even after the Unlawful Internet Gambling Act was passed a few years ago. If the decision is not changed in the upcoming months, this will open a window of opportunity for other important players and Bwin.party wants to be a part of the new deal. The first action that company CEO Norbert Teufelberger is interested in making is to acquire an Atlantic City casino and turn it into its new American headquarters.
With Nevada making an amendment to its Online Poker Bill and issuing the clause known as “bad actor”, Bwin.party channels all its energy on entering the New Jersey market. The company’s officials will meet with New Jersey regulators and maybe even with the governor, to negotiate the terms of a potential agreement. Entering the United States market is a priority for all major poker companies, as some of the best and most dedicated players in the world are based here.
Although more states jump on the bandwagon and pass online gambling bills, the federal government is still against online poker and similar activities. This makes it very difficult for online poker companies to make long-term plans, and further complicates the licensing process. Bwin.party is quite familiar with the American market and has established strong links with California’s United Auburn tribe, in an attempt to enhance its presence in the US.
For more information on how Bwin.party plans on tackling this new challenge, players should head on to http://www.pokernewsreport.com/bwin-partys-market-share-in-nj-hinges-on-gaming-officials-11980. It looks like the poker company has made this its main priority and given its existing partnership with Boyd and MGM in New Jersey, has a good chance of succeeding.