The PokerStars online gambling website says it is seeking to offer online gambling in other states even as it continues to seek a license to do it in New Jersey.
In a blog post expected to be published Tuesday that was obtained by The Associated Press, the site’s parent company, the Rational Group, also blames the owners of The Atlantic Club for its impending shutdown. The Rational Group signed a deal to buy the casino for $15 million, but the casino owners canceled it when Rational didn’t get state approval quickly enough.
New Jersey regulators have suspended PokerStars’ application for two years, citing an unresolved indictment against the company’s founder.
Of the coming Jan. 13 closing of the casino, the Rational Group writes “it simply didn’t have to happen.”
Internet gambling is now legal in three states, New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada.