Zynga moves to en­ter U.s. gam­bling mar­ket

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS -

On­line games com­pany Zynga said it has asked Ne­vada gam­bling reg­u­la­tors for a de­ci­sion that could pave the way for it to en­ter the U.S. gam­bling mar­ket.

This fol­lows Zynga’s Oc­to­ber dis­clo­sure that it signed a deal to of­fer on­line poker and casino games, played with real money, in the U.K. It plans to launch those games in the first half of 2013.

Zynga said in an email late Wed­nes­day it is seek­ing an “ap­pli­ca­tion for a pre­lim­i­nary find­ing of suit­abil­ity” from the Ne­vada Gam­ing Con­trol Board. The com­pany says it is part of its plan to en­ter reg­u­lated “real-money gam­ing,” that is, gam­bling mar­kets.

Zynga has not said what it plans to do with a gam­ing li­cense. But the com­pany, whose games are played pri­mar­ily on Face­book, has fal­tered in re­cent months and is look­ing for ad­di­tional rev­enue sources be­yond on­line games such as “FarmVille 2” and “Words With Friends.”

Su­san Lowrance serves James Beard­s­ley at Jorge’s on Thurs­day. Beard­s­ley and his wife, Sh­eryl, have come to a restau­rant on the site since the ’70s. Lowrance has been an em­ployee for more than 12 years.

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