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Zynga Live Poker Launches

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Two years ago if you had told me that I’d be playing Texas Hold’em Poker with my Facebook friends on cell phone and enjoying it I would have snickered.  Well – that’s what I’m doing right now (actually – I just took a break from this blog post to play a hand – of course I lost all my chips on a pair of aces.)  And it is awesome.

Our portfolio company Zynga just released Live Poker on the iPhone.  Live Poker is a beautiful implementation of Texas Hold’em poker on the iPhone.  More importantly, it uses Facebook Connect to let me play Texas Holdem with all my Facebook friends (and anyone else on Facebook that happens to be playing.)  Zynga currently has over 1.4 million people playing Texas Holdem each day the free virtual casino is now enormous.

My good friend and one of our co-investors in Zynga – Fred Wilson – has a great description of how Live Poker connects the iPhone to the social web.  Mark Pincus – the CEO of Zynga – has an amazing vision of how casual games intersect with the social web and all kinds of different devices.  Mark and the gang at Zynga are doing a superb job of implementing this vision.

If you’ve got an iPhone, go give Live Poker a try – it’s free.  If you are a serious poker player and want more chips, grab the upgraded version for $9.99.

  • Aziz Grieser

    Thanks for the Zynga update. I expect to have the traction necessary for your intro, middle of spring '09. I'll keep you posted.

  • http://bebfoo.livejournal.com/ Brian E. Bothwell

    Wow, this is pretty darn cool! I am a big hold'em fan, and this app looks great. Far more fun to play against real people than predictable poker AI.

  • emma

    zynga.. i want to tell u..
    i hav acc on fb and hav app poker..
    but my facebook is remove..
    so.. i want tell u..
    can i open my acc poker on application zynga..but my acc facebook is looses..
    i want my chips back..lol

  • wendy

    Hi emma, can you please clarify? did you suddenly lose your chips, and then lose access to your account? have you contacted facebook directly yet? Please contact them at privacy@facebook.com and appeal for access to your account. Once you've regained access to your acct, please submit your loss through our ticketing system:

    on facebook:
    http://apps.new.facebook.com/texas_holdem/user_re

    We will then research your loss. If I've misunderstood, please let me know. Thanks!

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    Poker has seen an increase in the amount of players who play the game and it’s becoming a more mainstream poker game which can be found in both online at PokerStars.

  • http://www.pokerdoom.com/ naifnakita poker

    Poker has seen an increase in the amount of players who play the game and it’s becoming a more mainstream poker game which can be found in both online at PokerStars.

  • http://www.pokersocialnetworks.com Facebook Poker Fan

    Just got the iPhone will give this a try.

  • http://www.pokersocialnetworks.com Facebook Poker Fan

    Just got the iPhone will give this a try.

  • http://www.yahoo.com chytoz

    clear banned please……..

  • http://www.yahoo.com chytoz

    clear banned please……..

  • julius

    can never get zynga poker to upload

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000298388697 Agam Nur Kamaril

    buka poker kok gak bisa???

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000298388697 Agam Nur Kamaril

    buka poker kok gak bisa???

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000298388697 Agam Nur Kamaril

    buka poker kok gak bisa???

  • Anjanijane

    pantek…..balek kan lah chipz aku dasar zynga pantek……suka DOH dan banned

  • Anjanijane

    zynga anjing……tolong di hapus kan DOH ama Banned……dasar anjing lo zynga…………

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