A lot of online Poker players gunning it on the real-money market right now actually started out playing the game on Facebook via Zynga Poker. Due to that fact that the game is available internationally with players coming in and logging in from all over the world with different time zones, there are basically thousands of players online at anytime of the day and you’ll be sure to have a good number of opponents on the tables anytime you feel like playing the game. One can gain hundreds of millions of chips on Zynga poker but those chips wont be worth anything in real money. It’s safe to say that Poker’s immense popularity on mainstream media gain momentum from the popularity and the accessibility that playing Poker on Facebook offers.
Lately there has been a lot of talk on the internet about Zynga’s intent to start letting players play the game for real money. This development would not come as a surprise as Zynga has more than 36 million active users per month, making it the worlds largest online poker room and a shift to the real-money market would seem like a great idea. Having more than 36 million active monthly users indicates that the company’s free-to-play poker site dwarfs even already established and very well-known Poker room operators. Zynga’s very laid back social platform has definitely become the industry’s sleeping giant, all the while without shifting towards the real-money market.
The International Federation of Poker has even invited the Zynga to compete in the Nations Cup and Zynga has sent six players from their own community to battle it out with the best poker players from around the world. Zynga was invited to participate in the competition as a “Digital Nation” due to the fact that the Poker playing population within Zynga (about 36 million) is actually more the the combined population of countries that are big on poker like Denmark, Sweden and Australia. And that is to say that Zynga Poker is being acknowledge as a major player in the poker industry due to the sheer number of its active monthly users.
So, it would not be a surprise that in the following months Zynga would start leaning towards letting players play the game for real money. And the question will be, would you still play it with real money on the line?