Online gaming proponents in the United States scored arguably their biggest victory this week when New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into a law a bill to legalize online gambling within the state’s borders.
The bill will allow Atlantic City casinos to operate online gambling sites including online poker rooms for residents of New Jersey. The state joins Nevada and Delaware as the only places in the U.S. with some form of legal online gaming.
The new bill will pave way the way for PokerStars to re-enter the U.S. market; in January, the leading online poker room agreed to purchase the fledgling Atlantic Club Casino in Atlantic City.
It is not yet apparent when the first online poker games will go live in New Jersey, but it should be expected that the licensing process for gaming operators will take several months at a minimum.