PokerStars was denied and appeal by a New Jersey appellate court to block the Atlantic Club Casino from pursuing other potential buyers this week. The Atlantic Club had a deal in place with PokerStars, then backed out the deal, citing the online poker room's checkered past and the unlikelihood that it would pass suitability checks by New Jersey regulators.

PokerStars tried to get the appellate court to uphold an earlier temporary restraining order against The Atlantic Club, preventing it from seeking a new buyer, but the appellate court declined to consider it, according to court spokeswoman Winnie Comfort. The dispute at the heart of the case remains and is still being litigated, Comfort said.

Michael Frawley, The Atlantic Club's chief operating officer, said the casino was "obviously very pleased" with the appellate court ruling.

"Our intentions have, and will continue to be focused on the aggressive pursuit of New Jersey's emerging online gaming opportunities," Frawley said.
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