Christie To Blame For PokerStars NJ Delay According To Lesniak

Christie To Blame For PokerStars NJ Delay According To Lesniak Seven weeks have passed since New Jersey Senator Ray Lesniak (photo) delivered his unusually upbeat assessment on the chances of PokerStars reentering the Garden State’s regulated online poker market. At the time, Lesniak indicated that PokerStars’ return was “only a few weeks away”, but with no imminent launch apparently on the horizon, Lesniak has been bombarded by a legion off frustrated fans desperate to discover the cause of the delay.
Responding to their concerns, Lesniak has indicated that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is largely to blame for the hold-up, and this week tweeted:
“We are waiting for Christie and hopefully it will not be like waiting for Godot.”
Ominously, Lesniak’s reference to Samuel Beckett’s book ‘Waiting for Godot’ gives little optimism PokerStars will actually be allowed to make a return to New jersey, at all, as the play is about two people who endlessly wait for the arrival of someone called Godot, who ultimately never actually shows up.
Elaborating further on the issue, Senator Ray Lesniak has said it is Gov. Christie, and not the New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement, who must give the final go-ahead for PokerStars’ return, a situation which is currently complicated by Christie pursuing the Republican nomination for the 2016 US presidency. In order to secure funding for his campaign, Christie apparently recently approached Sheldon Adelson for contributions, and considering the billionaire casino mogul’s anti-online gaming stance, Christie may be delaying PokerStars’ approval in return.
If that was the case, and Christie not only secured the nomination but also managed to win the presidential election in 2016, then PokerStars may never be permitted to reenter the Garden State, at all.
Another explanation for the delay, however, may be that PokerStars currently has a lack of motivation considering the high cost of entry into the NJ market, coupled with the disappointing state of New Jersey iGaming. NJ’s top two sites, PartyBorgata and WSOP.com have an average of around 120 cash game players over a week period, and with a lack of interstate compacts or possible expansive legislation in the offing, PokerStars may currently deem the circumstances not quite favourable for its return.


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