PokerStars Continues Pursuit of US Gambling License in New York

atlantic city gamblingUnfazed and undaunted by New Jersey’s current lack of interest in including PokerStars in its roster of suitable “Casino Service Industry Enterprise”, parent company Rational Group is moving forward with its quest for a U.S. online gambling license, by turning to the State of New York. Actually, the online poker company’s relentless pursuit of a license to join the burgeoning Internet gaming industry in the country, originated in Nevada. Since the Silver State is the first to legalize online gambling in America, it is also the first to have rejected Pokerstars in view of the state’s “bad actor” regulatory laws.        

The NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement has a more forgiving stance though, since the division merely suspended further actions on Rational’s application. Approval for its reactivation depends on future actions that the online poker company will take, in order to meet NJ’s suitability criteria. The most critical of which is that of totally disassociating itself from PokerStars’ founder Isa Scheinberg. This is in light of the still open criminal case against Scheinberg, filed in 2011 by the U.S. Dept. of Justice in the Southern District of New York (SDNY).

Yet, based on Rational Group’s recent announcement, it appears the company is taking a different route by hiring Michael Mukasey, a former US Attorney General and a former Chief Judge of the SDNY. Mukasey’s task is to resolve and put a closure on all the SDNY legal troubles besetting the poker company. Such actions could be constructively perceived as a way to solve the root cause of PokerStars’ licensing problems.

After all, if the former SDNY judge succeeds in putting the poker company and Scheinberg in the clear from all pending federal lawsuits, then PokerStars will have better chances of obtaining approval for an Internet gambling license in the future, and in any U.S. jurisdiction that will legalize online betting.