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Facebook gets its first real money gambling game

Over 18s only
Tue Aug 07 2012, 12:12
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ONLINE GAMBLING FIRM Gamesys has launched the first real money gambling game on Facebook, which lets users over 18 years of age play for real cash prizes.

Gamesys, which operates online gambling web site Jackpotjoy.com, today announced Bingo & Slots Friendzy, which is available at the Facebook App Store. The app is series of 90 bingo and slots games that users can play for the opportunity to play with and win real money.

Of course, users will have to be over 18 to play the online games, and Gamesys has said that users will be subject to "strict account acceptance controls verifying their identity".

Jackpotjoy managing director Michael Saunders said, "As the UK's leading online Instant Win and Bingo operator we are committed to extending our products to a wider adult audience so we've reinvented our exclusive Bingo and Slots games to appeal to the UK Facebook community.

"This marks an exciting turning point for the industry and a milestone for the Gamesys business."

Farmville maker Zynga is also planning to venture into real money online gambling in the future, which it hopes will help it climb out of the red.

Commenting on the launch of the first real money game on Facebook, a spokesperson from the social network told The INQUIRER, "Facebook is a place that allows people to connect and share. Real money gaming is a popular and well-regulated activity in the UK and we are allowing a partner to offer their games to adult users on the Facebook platform in a safe and controlled manner."

However, Facebook was unable to comment on whether it will take its usual 30 per cent cut from the app. µ

 

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