Millions hooked on Facebook Hold'em
Just mention Facebook Poker to most serious poker players and you'll likely receive your share of scorn and ridicule.
Even the creators of the game are impressed by its success.
"Texas Hold'Em is Zynga's #1 game," said Sam Singh, Zynga's GM of Casino Games. "It's constantly in the top 5 games on Facebook and MySpace. We continue to be amazed by how successful it has been."
Texas Hold'em was also Zynga's first game and the one that turned the once fledgling social gaming company, fronted by Mark Pincus, into an online gaming powerhouse that earns more than $100 million a year.
It was no mistake that the game driving Zynga to the top has a key social element involved.
"Poker is a universal game, played by millions of people," explained Singh. "The inspiration of our application was to make 'Poker Night' with your friends, a regular event no matter what your geographic location."
This year, for the first time ever, Facebook Poker players made the public transition to live real-money poker thanks to a cross promotion between Zynga and the World Series of Poker.
Two lucky winners got the chance to play in the 2009 WSOP Main Event and one of them made it as far as Day 3 of the prestigious event.
According to Singh, it's only a matter of time before players weaned on Facebook begin to make waves in live poker.
"Our poker game is the biggest on the planet, so I assume that at some point we'll see a champion emerge that sharpened his chops on our game," he said. "One of our finalists made it to [Day] 3 so I'm hoping next time we'll see one of our Zynga Texas Hold'em winners emerge as the winner in one of these real-world tournaments."
Poker's boom began in 2003 when Chris Moneymaker took down the WSOP Main Event after winning his way into the tournament through a $39 PokerStars satellite.
Respected British poker journalist Shelley Rubenstein said a Main Event winner coming from Facebook could possibly be the catalyst for a similar boom.
"I think it would help open poker up to a whole new audience," she said. "A whole new demographic that would otherwise have no interest in the game."
Elite online poker player Carter "ckingusc" King, who won the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event in 2008 for $1.3 million, also believes the popularity of poker on Facebook is a positive development for the industry.
"I have a ton of friends who enjoy playing on there so much that they come to me and ask about playing on the major sites," King said. "Anything that encourages more people to play the game is great."
I have talked to people that said they haven't bought any credits to play but yet they have like 333,000,000, no either the work for Zynga or they are ripping people off,i have bought over the last five months $100.00 and they keep doing a bait and switch on people that are buying the chips ,let you win a little then take everything ,and it doesn't matter what room you go to. im going to go Back to Full Tlit Poker it's free and the bots don't bombard you when you win a little.Needless to Say i wont play any Zynga Games anymore.
My Account was hacked in there,not to mention the bots are programmed for you to lose.if you win a little there will be another bot that comes in and takes everything from you Called A HOT BOT,and it will be all in and the program will give you a good hand but just not good enough.
This Game is a Ripoff!
I cant find the old zyng texas holdem games, I had over 8 million chips to play with. How do I get that back?
I love Zynga poker! I have spent many hours/monthes playing for free! So what if I lose chips! I enjoy interacting with people around the globe. It is supposed to be fun and you people treat it like life or death depends on you chip count, I have bigger problems in real life... zynga helps me relax and remember that there are good times if you just enjoy them!
everytime i try to get on with my i phone i get a error code 2 but i can get on thru the computer. anyone knows how to fix this problem
been playing poker for a while now,played till i got to nearly 7 million,then all of a sudden my chip counts down to 66k,what the fuk is going on with with zynga,i'v been hacked with some cunt who has no chips to play with so he or she justs hacks and gets away with it,i will no longer be playing poker if the situation is not solved,i would rather pay the money and join Full Tilt Poker for a better chance of not being ripped off.......
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Can I get my 65.6 Million back too ? Was hacked on 6/26th. Only time in 3 years. My security did not fail, it was either Facebook or Zynga or both, depending on which you ask. But I still lost my 65.6 Million.