Resorts inks deal with two firms for online betting

An Atlantic City casino that was thwarted in its efforts to join the Internet gambling market is preparing to make a big splash online.

Resorts Casino Hotel announced partnerships late Friday with European firms Sportech and NYX Gaming for Internet gambling.

They will join PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker to form an online betting option that could rival New Jersey’s market leaders, Borgata and Caesars Interactive.

Amaya Gaming Group of Canada is buying the poker sites, and is in talks with New Jersey casino regulators about getting licensed.

PokerStars was suspended for up to two years because of legal issues surrounding some company executives, but they are stepping down as part of the sale.

Assuming the sites are licensed by New Jersey, Resorts hopes to offer Internet gambling by fall.

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