PokerStars Soft Launch in New Jersey Starts Wed. w/ 500-Player Cap


The world's largest poker site is just hours away from its official return to the United States.

Almost five full years since being forced from the US and its original owners were indicted, PokerStars - under new owners the Amaya group - will deal its first official, licensed hand in the US this Wednesday, March 16.

A capped soft launch will be the start of the process with limited hours of accessibility and players to test out both the software and the government-mandated geolocation set-up.

A cap of just 500 players will be imposed to test the system with hours of availability as follows:

  • March 16 - 4 pm to 12 midnight
  • March 17 - 4 pm - 12 midnight
  • March 18 - 8 am to 12 midnight
  • March 19 - full 24 hours
  • March 20 - full 24 hours

If all goes according to plan the site will re-open in full to New Jersey residents and visitors next Monday, March 21.

Somerville is back, too.

Within State Borders, 21 and Up

As with other poker sites operating in New Jersey players must be physically located within state borders to play and games won't be mixed with the global player pool.

Players of course will also have to satisfy standard State gaming requirements and be over 21 years old. Casino games including blackjack, baccarat, roulette, video poker and slots will also be available in the client.

Past PokerStars players in New Jersey will also be to access and use their old accounts and screen names. Players can make a deposit live at the casino or online with VISA, MasterCard, Skrill and NETELLER. superstar Jason Somerville will also be returning to New Jersey with daily live streams on for a full month starting on the 21st.

An with other sites operating in New Jersey PokerStars was required to partner with a casino operator in Atlantic City, which is Resorts Casino and Hotel.

If you're in New Jersey and want to sign up for a new PokerStars account, download the software from our review page here and access our exclusive freerolls for new players.

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