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Poker to be a big part of NJ Internet gambling

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By WAYNE PARRY
Associated Press

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Ever since New Jersey legalized Internet gambling in February, poker was expected to be a big part of it.

Now an Internet gambling company that runs a nationally known play-in-person poker tournament is bringing its championship to Atlantic City. It will create 1 of the many hoped-for marriages between online gambling firms and brick & mortar casinos.

The World Poker Tour's season-ending championship will be held at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in April. The tour's parent company, bwin.party, is the firm the Borgata is partnering with to offer Internet gambling once it starts, perhaps as soon as late November.

Adam Pliska, the World Poker Tour president, says New Jersey's online market shows great potential, and already has a poker scene primed for further growth.

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