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Amaya CEO: PokerStars 'Still On Track' For New Jersey License In Q3

Company Adds That It's 'Very, Very Excited' About California


David BaazovThe CEO of Amaya Gaming Group said that PokerStars is “still on track” to be licensed by New Jersey gaming regulators in the third quarter of this year. David Baazov made the comments during a first quarter earnings call on Thursday.

PokerStars’ sister site Full Tilt recently received a license to operate in Denmark, which led into an analyst’s question about other regulated markets Amaya is pursuing.

“I think we’re still on track from what I said on the last call in terms of New Jersey; I think that we’re seeing more markets take the trend toward regulation here and outside of the Europe Union as well, which I think is going to be important to see, and we would expect to see more color on that this calendar year,” Baazov said to an analyst from Cantor Fitzgerald.

As for online poker in California, Baazov said in the earnings call that the company is “very pleased with the efforts and what we see” in the Golden State, adding that Amaya is “very, very excited about” the “momentum.” He wouldn’t try to predict when California would OK online poker, saying Amaya doesn’t have “a crystal ball on when it comes to politics.”

Late last month, California’s online poker bill advanced out of committee.

(H/t Chris Grove and OPreport.)