Zynga is a company that is well known by many of the more than 1 billion regular Facebook users. Some of the most used applications on that social networking giant are “play money” casinos and poker rooms, and the undisputed king of that venue is Zynga. Recently their shares skyrocketed, as did the hopes of US online gamblers, when the company dramatically announced they were seeking Internet interactive licensing in Nevada which would allow them to offer real money gambling applications and games online. However, the company’s shares and the finger-crossed dreams of prospective real money online gamblers in the United States were both dashed this week.
I have never regarded myself as the best “anything” in the world, but I guess that is where I differ from Texas congressman Joe Barton. The lifelong card player and lover of both play money and real money poker recently introduced a US online poker bill that proposes nationwide legislation. HR 2666 is titled the Internet Poker Freedom Act, and was created by Barton to offer a safe and consistent US online poker experience for all 50 states. It is similar in some ways to Congressman Peter King’s (R-NY) recently introduced US internet gambling bill, but Barton actually owns a poker pedigree.
What do Nevada online poker and Donald Trump have to do with Jersey shore casinos battling for the first-ever Internet gaming license in the Garden State? Maybe everything. The state of New Jersey had imposed a deadline of July 7 for any company wishing to provide its state’s residents with online casino gambling. Since The Donald’s physical Taj Mahal casino was one of the 12 brick-and-mortar NJ casino companies in Atlantic City to make it just under the wire and turn in their Internet gaming license in time, they stand an equal chance at obtaining the coveted first license.