Wednesday July 25, 2012 : SOCIAL GAMING GIANT CONSIDERING REAL MONEY ONLINE POKER CONTRACTS?
Unconfirmed rumours are that GTechG2 and Playtech plc have the inside track on providing a real money software platform
Despite a puzzling lack of official confirmation from the companies concerned, rumours are currently sweeping across the internet that online gambling software providers GTechG2 and Playtech plc have secured the inside track on potential contracts that will enable the US social gaming giant Zynga to enter the online poker field with real money action.
Both software companies are on the list of applicants for Nevada licensing, lending credibility to the rumours.
Zynga's Mark Pincus has been open about his positive attitude toward real money online poker if US legalization can be achieved, and his company has been linked to Wynn Resorts and other major gambling industry players in talks on that eventuality.
More recently there were reports that Zynga was one of the six potential buyers that Bwin claimed were interested in its Ongame poker network following the collapse of the Shuffle Master agreement .
However, none of the companies concerned has so far responded to requests for confirmation on the report or have released an official statement, and Zynga itself has declined to comment.
The introduction of real money online poker might in the future be facilitated through Zynga.com, a new proprietary platform set up by Zynga as part of its strategy to distance itself from total reliance on long-time partner Facebook.