Now on Facebook: Gambling for Real Money

Well, so long as you live in the UK
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2012 10:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – Because Facebook isn't already addictive enough ... UK users will now be able to gamble, in addition to posting photos of the excellent pork tenderloin they made for dinner last night. The Next Web reports that Gamesys' new app Bingo Friendzy is the first to allow those over 18 to play in hopes of winning cash. The app reportedly pulls together 90 Ball Bingo and Slots games, and also features "controls" that Gamesys says will keep those who are "vulnerable" or under 18 from playing.

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Look for Zynga to make a foray into this domain, too, reports Next Web, which predicts that gambling games will eventually become legal on US shores. Smells like a smart move for Facebook, writes Robert Andrews for paidContent. The company's supplement to its ad revenues is the Facebook Payments stream, "which has relied heavily on payments from Zynga games that are becoming less popular." Facebook Payments revenue growth has been sluggish so far this year, but users eager to try their luck could change that. (Read more Facebook stories.)

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