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Legal Online Poker in New Jersey Pushes Scott Blumstein’s Poker Career Forward to Triumph in 2017 WSOP Main Event

Scott Blumstein from New Jersey is the winner of one of the most prestigious poker events and more precisely WSOP Main Event. The poker champion was crowned yesterday, 23rd July, sharing that he acquired his experience and refined his skills thanks to the online poker tables.

The 25-year-old Scott Blumstein from New Jersey raked the first prize of $8.1m along with the title in one of the most popular poker tournaments. Blumstein managed to top a field of more than 7,200 players to climb the ladder of success and captivate the title. In a post-victory interview, the champion explained that he managed to verse his poker skills thanks to the online poker rooms.

The happiness of the winner is reasonable, having in mind that he managed to survive in a No-Limit Hold’em poker battle against some of the most experienced poker players.

Along with Nevada and Delaware, New Jersey is one of the three states in America, in which online poker is legalized. It was 2013, when online gambling was regulated in the state and it started to develop at a rapid pace. Gov. Chris Christie gave a green light to the rise of the online gambling industry in New Jersey just a month before the 2017 WSOP winner turned 21, which seems to have marked the poker player’s life.

With the coming of the first online gambling operators, the industry started to grow significantly. The operators, who included also online poker to their assortment of games were 4 in total, which seemed to be more than enough for the state. Some of the operators could not make any profit of their online poker rooms, which forced them to erase online poker from their cataloges.

By 2014, the operators, who offered online poker were reduced to only 2. In March 2016, New Jersey welcomed a new operator, and namely the popular online poker cardroom PokerStars.

With its debut on the online gambling market, PokerStars immediately gave a strong push forward to the stalled online poker industry. This can be easily observed in the financial reports, issued by the Division of Gaming Enforcement, the watchdog of the gambling industry in the state.

Undoubtedly, the figures show that the best moment for online poker is October 2016, when the total amount of revenue generated by online poker is estimated to be $3.1 million.

From the beginning of 2017 till now, it seems that online poker has generated no more than $2,338,866 (for January) and no less than $1,735,634 (for June) in revenues.

All the 4 years, in which online poker has been legal in New Jersey seem to have been useful to Scott Blumstein’s poker career, who managed to add the life-changing prize of $8.1m to his poker earnings. This would not be possible if the player did not have the opportunity to practise and improve his poker skills.

Blumstein seems to be fortunate enough to be born in one of the three states, where online poker is allowed. Even though New Jersey’s market is not rich in online operators who offer online poker, it seems that Blumstein made the best of it.