Friday , September 30, 2011 : U.S. MOVES FOR FRENCH ONLINE GAMBLING OPERATOR
 
Chili Gaming positions itself for US legalization
 
The latest announcement from the French internet gambling group Chili Gaming hints at the US intentions of the group, advising that it is to open an office in San Francisco soon, with the focus on US internet poker.
 
The company's plans include the initial provision of a fully legal, free-to-play social poker gaming network using Chili's proprietary software and virtual currency. The resulting multi-lingual site will also offer accessibility via mobile devices including Android and iPhone as well as the increasingly popular tablet appliances.
 
Chili's choice of market is shrewd; the momentum in the US for the legalization of online poker at both federal and state level is growing following the elimination of major potential competitors from the US market on Black Friday.
 
California is one of the states where there is substantial demand for online poker, and rivalry in the state legislature to get legalising bills passed.
 
Elsewhere, in both New Jersey and Nevada politicians are pressing ahead with legalization moves, albeit conditional on federal approval.
 
A Chili Gaming spokesman revealed this week that the new free-for-play platform is technically advanced and could be offered as a turnkey product. Chili Gaming will itself be the first to use the new platform, and will welcome new partners as the concept evolves.