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New Jersey Poker Soft Launch, Mike Sica Passes Away

14 November 2013, By: Pokerjunkie.com
New Jersey iGaming including online poker is ready for its soft launch on November 21st and we now know how things will unfold.
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New Jersey iGaming including online poker is ready for its soft launch on November 21st and we now know how things will unfold.

Also, one of poker's most well liked pros passed away on Wednesday after a brief bout with cancer.

New Jersey Reveals Soft Launch Plans

New Jersey iGaming is just over a week away and we now have a better idea of how it will be rolled out.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) revealed a plan on Wednesday that detailed the planned soft launch for Atlantic City casinos starting on November 21st.

For the first two days, real-money gambling will be tested from 6 PM to 2AM EST. On November 23rd, the hours will be expanded to 8 AM to 12 Midnight EST. The final two days (November 24th and 25th) will see gaming expanded to 24 hours.

Websites are not allowed to have more than 500 concurrent users logged in at any time. Odds of more than 500 players being logged in on any one site seems unlikely as players will only be able to access sites by invitation only.

Also, the soft launch may go beyond November 25th for any sites that do not pass DGE scrutiny. Any sites that receive a final ok by the DGE will go live for the general public on November 26th.

Mike "Little Man" Sica Passes Away At 69

The poker world was saddened on Wednesday when it was announced that East Coast pro and former WSOP bracelet winner Mike Sica passed away from cancer.

He was 69. The former teacher was diagnosed in April after visiting the doctor regarding neck pain.

Sica's career dates back to 2004 where he burst onto the scene with a bracelet win in the $3,000 NL Hold'em Event at the World Series of Poker. The $503,160 earned remains the biggest score of his career.

Sica played in many venues on the circuit but was primarily an East Coast pro who called the Borgata his home. Mike's last cash was back in April where he final tabled at a Harrah's Chester circuit event.

Sica finished his career with $1.3 million in career earnings. He was remembered as being one of the nicest guys on the pro poker circuit and will be missed by all who knew him.

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