Online gambling has opened up the excitement of the casino lifestyle to millions of people who can join in the games with just a click of the mouse. Well online gaming took a huge blow with Ultimate Gaming deciding to break ties with Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in New Jersey.
It seemed to be a perfect merger when the two big names in gambling decided to partner up in July 2013. Ultimate Gaming is the first legal and fully regulated online gaming software in the United States. Trump’s Taj Mahal was looking for something to add an extra boost to their casino’s revenues which had been hit hard by the lingering recession. Bringing the gaming machines, which allows players to win real cash online, into the plush casino resort appeared to be a win-win situation.
Based in Nevada, Ultimate Gaming owners saw this as a chance to expand their brand and give East coast players an opportunity to experience their games up close and personal. But things didn’t work out and Ultimate Gaming, although they haven’t yet given a definite date, confirmed that they are moving their online casino and poker machines out of Taj Mahal and withdrawing their operations from New Jersey altogether.
As with many things in the betting world, the straw that broke the camel’s back was money. Ultimate Gambling is accusing Taj Mahal of breach of contract. They claim Taj Mahal has been withholding money owed to Ultimate Gambling and is not making any attempts to make the situation right.
According to Ultimate Gaming Vice President Marc Falcone, “”We are owed about $1.5 million from Trump Entertainment. We in effect haven’t been paid for more than two months. Money that the site generated and that we are owed, we were never given.” Representatives of Taj Mahal have not publicly responded to these accusations, but they are embroiled in the midst of their own problems as they have just filed bankruptcy earlier this month.
But Falcone promised that people who have already racked up winnings will not be affected by the removal of the machines. He said that they will honor all winnings and bonuses that have not yet been cashed out.
Ultimate Gaming released this statement on its website:
“We regret to inform you that Ultimate Gaming has terminated its agreement with Trump Taj Mahal Associates LLC. As a consequence we will be closing our Ultimate Casino (www.ucasino.com) & Ultimate Poker (www.ultimatepoker.com) businesses in New Jersey.
We are no longer accepting new deposits and are planning to cease play in the near future. Please go to your account and withdraw any balances you may have by following the normal withdrawal procedures. We will update the website with new information as it becomes available. If you have any further inquiries please contact Player Care: Live chat (11AM – 3AM) | email
We thank you for your support and are very sorry that we are not able to continue to serve you in New Jersey. From the Ultimate Team.”