@OPReport's Online Poker Bulletin
3 STORIES TO WATCH THIS WEEK
#1. Zynga is now offering real-money gambling in the UK via the bwin.party poker and casino platforms. Early traffic reports aren’t suggesting much of a bump for Party’s poker lobby. This week should provide a better sense of whether Zynga can actually move the needle at a real-money online poker room.
#2. Illinois has been relatively quiet in recent weeks, but negotiations over gambling expansion continue behind the scenes. Expect more of those private discussions to spill over into the media this week.
#3. Apple has yet to reply to an Australian Senator’s demand that Apple remove PokerStars’ real-money poker app from the App Store. How the parties involved settle the matter could have serious implications for the industry as more and more online gambling is routed through third-party platforms like the App Store and Facebook.
+ THE WEEK THAT WAS
- A compact agreement in Oklahoma sought to ban online gambling in the state.
- Kansas also took legislative steps toward banning online gambling.
- The WSOP announced a partnership with Fantasy Poker Manager.
- iPoker rolled out anonymous tables.
- Intrade announced a $700k cash shortfall.
- PokerStars signed Ronaldo.
#GoodRead - Marco Valerio surveys the post-Black Friday world in a piece for TwoPlusTwo Magazine.
#Neat - Chicago Tribune slideshow of illegal gambling images from Illinois’ past.