NEWSBRIEF
BY MARKANDERSON
Zynga Texas Hold 'em, Maybe A little Too Popular
July 17, 2021

According to a recent story from the Courthouse News Service, Zynga, the company behind popular Facebook games like Yoville, Mafia Wars and Texas Hold'em, have been forced to begin issuing law suits against numerous individuals for selling people play money Facebook Texas Hold'em chips.

Zynga's Texas Hold'em poker chips technically have no real value- which is why they don't worry about US gambling laws, but this hasn't stopped enough users from trying to sell their virtual chips online (through blogs and Ebay), to force Zynga to not only begin banning players who are caught chip dumping, but now to even drag such sellers into court.  On their website at Zynga.com, the company justifies such strict actions as a way to protect their users, some of whom have recently had their accounts hacked, however there is also some evidence to suggest it may have something to do with the fact that blackmarket sellers often offer the chips for substantially less than Zynga does.

Such unfortunate consequences of their own success- Zynga Texas Hold'em was the number one Facebook game in July according to InsideSocialGames.com, has forced Zynga to enforce the same kind of strict rules that real money poker sites have had to adopt.  For instance, Zynga will no longer look the other way at players who have multiple accounts, and according to their own forums, are allowing users only one more day to consolidate these accounts and the chips have in them, before players risk losing those chips or even getting banned. 

The Zynga Texas Hold'em game is currently available for Facebook, Myspace, Bebo, Hi5, Tagged, Yahoo and as an iPhone application.


Story by Mark Anderson

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