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PokerStars Strikes Back on AGA in NJ Casino Battle

Lawyers for the Rational Group are asking the New Jersey gaming regulators to disregard the American Gaming Association’s (AGA) attempt to block PokerStars from purchasing an Atlantic City Casino.

In the the blistering 15-page brief, Rational Group representative call the AGA’s efforts, ” (a) thinly-veiled anti-competitive campaign against the entry of a competitor into the market.”

The brief comes in response to a similar letter the AGA sent earlier this week asking regulators to keep PokerStars out of the land-based casino business because of their past record in the industry.

The AGA letter set the tone for the burgeoning War by the Shore, by describing PokerStars as, “…a business built on deceit, chicanery and the systematic flouting of U.S. law.”

For more in-depth look at the battle between PokerStars and the AGA, check out the Meadowland Matters blog.

PokerStars lawyers are also saying that the AGA has no legitimate interest in the licensing process and that their presence is creating, “unjust delays.”

So far there’s no word on how, or when, Garden State gaming regulators will respond to the dueling legal briefs.

Has the AGA overstepped their boundaries by trying to ice PokerStars out of New Jersey? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.