Facebook, the mega-popular online social network, is getting in on the Internet poker-playing action. This, despite the US government’s law prohibiting American voters from gambling online, unless of course, they’re only betting on horses, dogs, lotteries and other legal gambling monopolies.
The announcement last week that Facebook has partnered up with the online games provider Ujogo to offer poker services to Facebook’s members came as little surprise. Facebook has offered poker games before, though now they will be awarding players with tournament prizes and Amazon gift cards.
According to Ujogo, its services are perfectly legal vis-à-vis gambling laws because players do not wager with their own money. Instead, players will accumulate points (like chips) through various means, such as signing up, referrals, the duration of play, and performance – none of which resembles online gambling in the least bit.
Facebook began as a Harvard College networking program in 2004. Today it has an estimated 62 million regular users. A strong starting hand indeed.