The American Gaming Association (AGA) has intervened to oppose PokerStars’ application for Interim Casino Authorisation in New Jersey, marking the first time in the industry association’s 18 year history that it has sought to participate in licensing proceedings.

In a 24-page brief to New Jersey’s Casino Control Commission and Division of Gaming Enforcement, the AGA calls for PokerStars to be denied a licence, describing the world’s largest online poker business as one “built on deceit, chicanery, and the systematic flouting of US laws”.

PokerStars, however, dismisses the AGA’s brief as the opinion of “self-interested partisans picking a public fight”, and points to the Department of Justice’s decision to find the company suitable to apply for licensing in the US as part of the company’s settlement with the DoJ, which included no admission of wrongdoing.

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