Zynga Launches Real-Money Online Gambling In The UK

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Zynga Poker is one of the game developers' most popular titles, but it still doesn't provide players with the ability to play with real money. That won't change for players in the U.S., as online gambling is illegal, but it will be possible for our friends in the UK starting today.

Zynga announced that ZyngaPlusPoker and ZyngaPlusCasino will be launching as downloadable and Web versions today. The games, powered by bwin.party, will give of age UK citizens the chance to blow all their money on simulated gambling. The games will also be available on mobile and Facebook later in the year.

Here's what interested players can look forward to:

  • ZyngaPlusPoker is an online poker room that offers UK players a wide variety of games and tournaments with buy-ins at every level.
  • ZyngaPlusCasino brings players more than 160 slots games and a variety of table games to choose from including Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat and Video Poker as well as the first-ever FarmVille themed slots game.
  • Both ZyngaPlusPoker and ZyngaPlusCasino will offer players a host of welcome packages including real money bonuses and free cash on deposit.
  • No matter whether players choose to play using the download or on the web, they will use a single wallet shared across both versions.
  • If you want to start playing the games, you'll need to vist Web sites for either ZyngaPlusPoker or ZyngaPlusCasino. Once again, these games are only available in the UK for now.

    It will be interesting to see if Zynga's new real-money gaming initiative will pay off as it works towards a profit after a year of monumental losses. If it does work out, we might start seeing more real money online games pop up in more countries. The games maker might also start lobbying countries, most notably the U.S., to repeal anti-online gambling laws.

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