PokerStars Hopeful for Theirs and Full Tilt’s Re-entry in US Market

August 25, 2012

Since Black Friday when PokerStars was jolted out of the US market in April of last year, the online poker brand has been doing everything right in hopes to someday re-enter the US market. The very recent three-way deal between the DOJ, PokerStars, and Full Tilt Poker (for which Stars paid $730 million) was one more foot in the US door. So it is not surprising that there’s already speak between Stars execs about a return in the near future.

PokerStars Head of Corporate Communications Eric Hollreiser recently said that the company certainly expected to be back on future regulated US soil. He further said that in the DOJ agreement, PokerStars admitted to no wrongdoing, put it in writing, and signed it, so that when the time comes that the US will be taking applications for online poker licenses, both PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker will for sure be submitting an application.

PokerStars clearly views the deal with the DOJ as a get out of jail free card. Hollreiser says, “We are the leading online poker site and licensed in more countries than anyone in the industry. We bring tremendous value, credibility and integrity to the marketplace.” He continues, “With our US legal issues now resolved, we are a very qualified candidate for a license.”

Some view the deal between PokerStars, the DOJ, and Full Tilt as a sign that regulated and legal poker will be introduced into the US in the near future. Poker Players Alliance (PPA) Executive Director John Pappas says, “The Justice Department could have very easily banned PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker from the United States forever. Yet it chose not to. It chose to clearly recognize that online poker can and should be a viable industry in this country.”


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