New Jersey Go, Berman Hall of Famer, Runner Runner Flop
Online poker and the movies dominated this past weekend's poker news.
New Jersey now has an official launch date for iGaming, Runner Runner disappoints at the box office and, finally, Lyle Berman is the first-ever inductee into the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame.
New Jersey Online Gambling to Go Live November 26th
The New Jersey Gaming Enforcement Division confirmed on Friday that iGaming for the state will go live for New Jersey residents on November 26th at 9 a.m. EDT.
This will come after a five-day "soft launch" period required for licensed sites before November 21st.
The soft-launch period will serve as a testing period for Atlantic City casinos and should the testing prove successful full Internet gaming will commence on November 26th.
At present, nine of the 12 Atlantic City casinos have named official gaming partners.
Runner Runner Takes in Just $7.7 Domestically on Opening Weekend
The long awaited "poker" film Runner Runner finally came out this past weekend in the United States and internationally.
The film starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck failed to impress many moviegoers and drew somewhat poorly considering the expectations.
Overall, the film drew just $7.7 million in the United States and the same amount internationally. While some will point out the film was the third-largest grossing film in the US, the #2 film on the list, Cloudy With a Chance with Meatballs 2, drew $21.5 million domestically.
Most films only go down in revenue after opening weekend so there is a solid chance that this film won't even break $20 million domestically.
Lyle Berman Inducted into Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame
On Friday, Lyle Berman became the inaugural inductee into the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame.
The Plymouth, MN resident has been part of the poker community for over 30 years. He had a successful playing career in the 1980s and 1990s that included three WSOP bracelets and wins in various major poker events.
After the poker boom Berman became best known for helping to build the World Poker Tour and for his work in the casino industry. He currently serves as CEO and Chairman for Lakes Entertainment.
Berman was inducted at the Canterbury Card Casino in Shakopee, MN on Friday. Commenting on his induction, Berman stated, "Poker certainly has exploded throughout the world, and Minnesota has been no exception. Creating the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame is really a good idea. Being the first member is a great honor and I'm very thankful."