Zynga applies for gambling license

Social game studio takes first steps toward bringing real-money gambling to consumers in the United States through application with Nevada Gaming Control Board.

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Zynga has begun the process of bringing real-money gambling to its users in the United States. The San Francisco, California-based social game company has filed the necessary paperwork in Nevada, in a time when the company faces a high-profile lawsuit from Electronic Arts and frequent defections of high-level employees.

Zynga's application for a preliminary finding of suitability from the Nevada Gaming Control Board is expected to be reviewed in the next 12 to 18 months. If the company's application is successful and Zynga is granted a gambling license, it is unclear just what Zynga will offer.

Currently, Zynga Poker allows players to use real-world money to buy extra chips, but users can only cash out with virtual currency. Zynga has long been interested in bringing real-world money games to its users, though legal hurdles in the United States have led to delays.

"As we've said previously, the broader US market is an opportunity that's further out on the horizon based on legislative developments, but we are preparing for a regulated market," said Zynga chief revenue officer Barry Cottle in a statement.

Though real-money gambling games from Zynga may be far off in the United States, the company will introduce such titles in the United Kingdom during the first half of 2013 thanks to a partnership with online gambling company Bwin.party.

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Heclogit
Heclogit

Why are people pissed now that you can actually win something?

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

This article should be called "Zynga finds new way to scam people".

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

thats bad.. u will cause gambling addiction in kids. F U Zynga why wont u die?

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

So, I guess virtual goods aren't good enough bait for your loyal suckers... er, players anymore, eh Zynga?

bmart970
bmart970

Honestly though, we all saw this coming, it was just a matter of time.

okassar
okassar

Now that's an evil game company. They make money taking advantage of people.

granola_goodnes
granola_goodnes

I hate Zynga.  They took everything that is addictive about video games and created a pay-to-win monstrosity.  I hope they fail in this endeavor.

snova9308
snova9308

i dont want to live on this planet any more

nathangray
nathangray

The more you grow the more of your soul and conscience you lose.

Aragorn823
Aragorn823

Stupid Zynga just want people to lose their money even MORE~!! I hope they go bankrupt seriously.. I'd rather play REAL games... if I have more time...

Sakirenn
Sakirenn

You know you've failed when people see your company's name and the first thing they think is  "Oh no, what are they ripping off now?"

HKILLER88888
HKILLER88888

"Zynga applies for gambling license" hmm i've also heard Zynga and Facebook are breaking up( ahem RUMOR ) but if it be true that means no more stupid APP and game request in your Facebook!

dilosan
dilosan

Trying to take all our money

s0l1dsnake
s0l1dsnake

The point is moot, the Justice Department will surely step in to enforce the Internet Funding Prohibition Act, which made it illegal for banks and credit card companies to transfer funds to and from online casinos: if you can't collect your winnings, there's really no point in playing.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

of course they want a gambling license it is anther way for them to take more money from people they love to rip people off

tgwolf
tgwolf

I would make a statement about something they would have sold in bringing that nasty stuff to their platform, but the picture here indicates that they have already sold it...'Sold! To prostitution for less than a penny...'

Renunciation
Renunciation

Looks like The Little Mermaid became The Little Cocktail Waitress.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Maybe Gambling can save Zynga.

Dnaisinmybody
Dnaisinmybody

It makes sense. If online companies succeed, they will create a matrix system out of gamblers where they cannot escape. Of course some Casinos are already doing the same and still accept people on their blacklist. The difference will be that once those gamblers are stuck at home, they will always be right next to a slot machine or poker table. 

Sanguis_Malus
Sanguis_Malus

I hope that the gamble does not pay off for Zynga.

quantumtheo
quantumtheo

There is a FB page dedicated to the fact that Zynga Poker is totally and utterly rigged.... I am scared to death of this.....

 

I started playing Zynga Poker cuz of a friend... and I've found other ppl on Youtube with videos dedicated to this, and other online poker games greasiness.

 

See, Zynga doesn't have a server dedicated to "shuffling the cards." They claim it will take too much CPU power... so they have what are called 'scenarios.'  The computer has a preset hands and flop..... And if Zynga sees you are doing well, will mark you as a loser...  Many ppl have stories of winning millions of chips and getting an email one day being told "you violated our terms" and took them ALL away, without telling the user what terms they violated.

 

Knowing that I've payed attention while playing, and sure enough, I'm constantly chasing straights or flushes, get a three of a kind of a flop and someone beats me with the river. 

 

Links:

 

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zynga-Poker-Is-Rigged/115703471781068

 

A good read if you want to see how Zynga codes: 

 

http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/pc6j9/iama_former_fulltime_zynga_engineer_quit_6_months/?sort=old

 

Keep this in mind, Zynga is NOT a gaming company, they are a marketing company that disguises games to prey on people's habits....

emperiox
emperiox

Correct me if I'm wrong guys, but isn't online gambling illegal in the US? I swear they have a law against it. I remember hearing about how casino moguls were trying to lobby to overturn it.

SciFiCat
SciFiCat

Zynga + Gambling = Sleaze ^∞

aldronlin
aldronlin

hahah, going downhill eh?~ Zynga,.. 

hiphops_savior
hiphops_savior

New online poker, if you spend 10 bucks, you can get a better chance at getting a 4 of a kind. Proudly made by Zynga, the makers of Farmville and other amazing games on Facebook.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Gambling in an online space is a real scary thought.  It's UNBELIEVABLY easy to 'fix' things in code.  Slot machines already work like this pretty much, in that it's not truly random.  Card games are a little more random and fair in that regard since everything is physical and in plain sight.  In an online space however... can you imagine a computerized dealer in online blackjack?  It's ridiculously easy to rig.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Might as well if their games are dying.  Oh, and poker is so unbelievably original... so that fits right in with Zynga.

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim moderator moderator

I see absolutely no issue with this. Real online gambling worked just fine before it got cracked down upon. I played it and enjoyed it. Infinitely more convenient than finding a casino to go to for players who don't live near a state where gambling is legal. First thing I've ever seen Zynga do that I'm mildly interested in trying out.

logicalfrank
logicalfrank

Try as they might, Zynga will never do anything that annoys me more than FarmVille.

J4m3sR4n0r72
J4m3sR4n0r72

I cannot and will not approve of this! If people want to gamble with their hard earned money, they should go to a casino! If this happens to come to pass, what's to stop those who are under 21 from gambling with real money on Zynga Poker?

vallee05
vallee05

i'm all for gambling sites to be available in the US and have a physical building in the US and regulated by our laws. However, even though this get's passed, some states still classify this as illegal ie, DC, NY, Ohio, etc there are like 6 states that do not allow their residents to gamble. I have been SOL siince the pokersites were shut down, some sites were very good and well run while other were just theifs. I say it's up the the consumer to make their own decison and their on research. As they will pay literally for their mistake.

jer_1
jer_1

Man, I really dislike this corporation. If only I could convince 50 million idiots across the globe to stop using their shitware.

u1tradt
u1tradt

I'm deleting this app ASAP before I end up putting real money down like a clown. I already recently lost about $50,000 of virtual money on it that took me a while to accumulate. I'm definitely not going back now!

Sakirenn
Sakirenn

Why would you want it to?

Dnaisinmybody
Dnaisinmybody

 @quantumtheo Probably. Online gambling should'nt be allowed to exist. Nobody in his right mind should gamble in hopes of gaining anything. It should be left as a social activity. At least in Casinos most people are intelligent enough to go with a group of friends and bring a limited amount of money. 

RaddaRaddaRadda
RaddaRaddaRadda

 @emperiox The only reason it was illegal is because it wasn't being taxed. Legislation is in the works which will legalize it again, allowing Uncle Sam to take his cut.Prostitution is illegal everywhere except Nevada for the same reason: taxes. Otherwise, the gov't could care less.

emperiox
emperiox

 @jinzo9988 and come on, you don't think hackers can hack into the system and make themselves win a ton of $$$? I mean hell, a 13 year old in Germany hacked into the CIA...

 

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim moderator moderator

 @jinzo9988 

True, but what would be missing is the reason WHY a site would want to rig the results in poker.

 

With poker, how a "casino" makes their money is by taking a small portion out of each pot. (The rake) In other words, they make their money regardless of who wins any particular hand.

 

About the only incentive that would be in play to possibly rig would the casino wanting big pots to be played.

 

But even then, why risk guaranteed money based on millions of pots if someone discovers what you're doing and you get the Department of Justice or lawsuits or whatever happening? If you can make completely risk-free money by "taxing" every single hand that gets played by millions of players, there's no incentive to put that at risk.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

 @J4m3sR4n0r72 actually its anyone 18+ who can gamble just most casinos serve alcohol which means anyone under 21 can't enter because of the alcohol I know one casino years ago that family took me to where you only had to be 18 to enter because they didn't serve alcohol