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Facebook takes its first venture into online gambling

The mega social networking site Facebook is breaking from its usual status updates and timeline to venture into the world of online gambling. Facebook will launch its first application that will allow people to wager real money. Beginning on Tuesday, Facebook will offer users in the UK who are 18 and over the chance to play online bingo for cash prizes. There is discussions to add slot machine games in the coming weeks. “Gambling is very popular and well regulated in the UK . . . for millions of bingo users it’s already a social experience [so] it makes sense [for us] to offer that as well,” said Julien Codorniou, Facebook’s head of gaming for Europe, Middle East and Africa. There has been much speculation about the topic of Facebook adding gambling to their product line up. Zynga, who is Facebook’s largest gaming partner is looking to introduce real-money gambling in 2013.

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