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Facebook to be Biggest Beneficiary of Poker Regulation?

by Poker Team is the world’s leading social networking site as well as the third largest website overall. In being so huge, Facebook draws billions of dollars in revenue from advertisers every year. So it’s safe to say that Facebook doesn’t need much help in the financial department at this point. Even still, Facebook could stand to make even more money provided Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank’s online poker legislation passes.

Zynga Poker & Online Poker Regulation

So how does a social networking site stand to gain so much from the regulation of online poker? As many Facebook users know, there is a company called Zynga that operates many of the popular games for Facebook. Some of the games that have gone on to become huge hits include Mafia Wars, FarmVille, and Treasure Isle. However, none of these games are as popular as Zynga Poker, which draws the largest share of Zynga’s 60 million users.

Relating this all to Facebook’s proposed benefit from online poker regulation, the passage of Frank’s bill would mean that Facebook could offer real money games via Zynga Poker. And while it’s tough to speculate how much of an impact this would have on the poker industry as a whole, it’s safe to say that Zynga would become a fairly large poker site.

Of course, Facebook being able to offer real money games is all speculation as of now since Frank’s bill still has some hurdles to pass. Even Facebook itself is unwilling to talk about potentially offering real money games as they say it’s,

“too early to speculate or get caught up in hypotheticals.”

But it’s impossible for those in and around the poker industry not to get caught up in the hypotheticals since the regulation of online poker could bring yet another giant into the circle. Could Zynga be as large as PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker? It would be interesting to see!

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