We all make mistakes sometimes, but Amaya Gaming’s Full Tilt online poker operator made a huge error that had players in New Jersey jumping for joy, if only for a moment. When logging into Full Tilt mobile, some players were met with a message stating that Full Tilt’s software is “fully licensed” in New Jersey, and available for real money play.
Oops! It appears that Full Tilt’s programmers are getting ahead of themselves. A representative of the online poker site confirmed that the Amaya-owned operator has not yet received a license to provide real-money online poker in the Garden State.
We’re looking into the errant message re NJ license. It is an error and we are investigating.
— Eric Hollreiser (@erichollreiser) January 21, 2015
But at least we do know that the software’s programmers will be fully prepared to go live in New Jersey if and when that time does come.
The subject first came up yesterday in a post on PocketFives in which a user uploaded a snapshot from his mobile device. The image showed the Full Tilt login screen in the background, overlapped by a long pop-up message that read:
From there, the message directed players age 21 and above, physically located in New Jersey, to use the button provided to download and install the New Jersey Full Tilt software, then login with their existing account details.
The user who posted the image said that he clicked the link and was taken to an iTunes webage, but the resulting message said that the selected mobile poker app was “not available in the US.” Another poster responded, confirming he had gotten the same message upon logging into Full Tilt from his mobile device, and many more similar posts began appearing on the TwoPlusTwo forums, as well as Twitter feeds, including this video by self-proclaimed poker enthusiast, Dennis Lopez.
Lopez explained in a follow-up Tweet that he was also directed to an iTunes page, but was unable to download the software.
After the initial disappointment that Full Tilt is not available in New Jersey, the region’s online poker players became excited, assuming that the operator must be very close to achieving licensure from state regulators. But that theory was quickly dismissed, replaced with a more feasible and equally appealing notion that both PokerStars and Full Tilt are both seeking regulatory approval in the Garden State. It’s a well-known fact that Amaya Gaming has been pushing to launch PokerStars in New Jersey, but the inclusion of Full Tilt in that plan has never been officially confirmed.
For the time being, neither PokerStars nor Full Tilt appears anywhere on the list of New Jersey authorized iGaming sites. No relative party has declared a tentative date for licensure either, but we do know that PokerStars (and ostensibly Full Tilt) are under review by the NJ DGE.
The only date offered at this point came from State Senator Ray Lesniak, who tweeted recently that he expects PokerStars to be approved in New Jersey in March of 2015.