It was announced today that 888 Holdings PLC, the owner of 888Poker, is working with Facebook to offer UK residents real money gambling games. The top online social networking site has opened up to online gambling in the UK and 888 becomes the second company to team with Facebook to offer online gambling options for real money.
The agreement stated that 888 will be able to offer real money gambling games on Facebook in the United Kingdom beginning in 2013. Bingo Island, an 888 product, will be the first option available to players. Later in the year, 888 is planning on launching poker, slots and casino games for UK players to enjoy.
Itai Frieberger, the COO of 888, commented on the new partnership by stating: “888 has long recognized the potential for social gaming. Our Facebook freemium (play for fun) offerings have found a significant audience, and we are very excited by the opportunity that real-money gaming on Facebook provides. We are working closely with Facebook on this launch, ensuring we introduce the best of both worlds of real-money and social gaming.”
Head of Games Partnerships for Facebook in Europe, Julien Codorniou, commented as well, stating: “Facebook is a great platform for playing games with your friends and we are really pleased to be working with 888, who have a strong reputation on both the quality and safety of their games.”
As we mentioned earlier, the new partnership marks the second company to work with Facebook to offer real money gambling options for players in the UK. Back in August, Gamesys partnered with Facebook for the launch of Bingo Friendzy, which offered players the opportunity to play for real money instead of the usual Facebook credits.
Facebook will be geared up and ready for real money gambling by 2013. This is hopeful for US residents as most everyone is a member of Facebook. Hopefully, online gambling will be legalized in the US and Facebook can focus on the US members as well.
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