Update January 22, 11:28 AM PST: Amaya has released a statement on the error, reproduced in whole below:
Full Tilt has identified and corrected the cause of an inadvertent message in its play money iOS app which incorrectly stated that Full Tilt was licensed and would soon be launching in New Jersey.
We have been developing a real-money mobile poker app that has been submitted to the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement as part of the review process of our application to offer real money gaming under a NJ DGE license.
Unfortunately, a bug in an update to the Full Tilt play-money poker app inadvertently included a pop-up window alerting players in New Jersey that a licensed real money offering is available. As a result of the bug, a very small number of people were exposed to this pop-up before we resolved the issue.
This was only a message alert – at no time was a real-money app available. No-one had the ability to play real-money games, nor register for the ability to play real money games on Full Tilt.
The bug was identified and fixed within hours of being alerted to the issue.
To be clear, we continue to be in dialogue with State officials but have not been granted permission to participate in real money gaming in New Jersey at this time.
We apologize to the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement and to any players who were inconvenienced by this mistake.
Update January 21, 3:30 PM PST: Amaya has confirmed that the message is an error:
We’re looking into the errant message re NJ license. It is an error and we are investigating.
— Eric Hollreiser (@erichollreiser) January 21, 2015
Original story follows.
Someone over at Full Tilt New Jersey appears to have misclicked.
But a source close to the company with knowledge of their New Jersey plans indicated to me that a launch of Full Tilt in New Jersey is not happening anytime soon.
Other players reported being able to recreate the popup via Twitter. OPR’s Robert DellaFave was also able to recreate the popup.
Dennis Lopez – one of the individuals who reported seeing the pop-up on P5s – shot a video showing the pop-up appearing on login:
What happens when players attempt to download the software as instructed further suggests that what we’re seeing is an error:
Amaya’s application as it relates to operating the Full Tilt or PokerStars brands is, to the best of my knowledge, still under review by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.
Neither Full Tilt or PokerStars appears on the DGE’s list of approved URLs.
The DGE has not yet responded to requests for comment.
The error is certainly an understandable by-product of the brands preparing for a launch in the coming months.
New Jersey State Sen. Ray Lesniak recently indicated that he expects PokerStars (and, one assumes, Full Tilt along with them) to be licensed in New Jersey by March 2015.