Facebook Opens Online Poker Opportunities

May 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Poker News

With Facebook enjoying a nice boost from its IPO, other online companies, including Zynga, have taken this opportunity to jump onto the rise of the social media company, and are working on expanding their range of online games.

Zynga’s Poker game already offers users the chance to buy virtual chips.  Facebook takes a 30 percent cut from those chip sales.  Zynga is hoping to open up their online gaming options even more, and convert some of those chip-buyers into real money poker players.

Before they can do this, however, either state governments or the federal government must come to an  agreement about how online poker will be legislated, especially in the context of social media sites.  The ongoing legal debate about dedicated online poker sites is one thing, but offering those services in the world of social networks is a more complicated issue, and something that Facebook itself is interested in testing and exploring, once the legalities are understood.

Zynga is not the only company which is considering online poker to players on Facebook.  DoubleDown Casino is also hoping to expand from offering free-play hold’em to running cash games.  Some traditional online gaming companies are also considering moving into the world of social media.

 

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