It was recently announced that Zynga, one of the world’s largest developers of social games, have partnered with the World Series of Poker (WSOP) to bring an exciting promotion to Facebook users.
Zynga's Texas Hold'em Poker game is free to play and is currently Facebook's top game application with over 12 million monthly active users. Several “Shootout” tournaments will be held on the Texas Hold'em Facebook application, offering two players the chance to win a seat at the WSOP Main Event, and the chance of a lifetime for fame and fortune.
"We built our Texas Hold’em Poker game into the largest game on Facebook by keeping an eye on what is important to our players,” said Mark Pincus, CEO of Zynga. “We know that poker is a lifestyle which includes playing online and offline, and watching it on TV. This partnership is an opportunity to bring those worlds together.”
"Any poker player knows the Holy Grail is to win the Main Event of the World Series of Poker,” said Craig Abrahams, World Series of Poker vice president. “Now for the first time, we’re reaching fans in a new way, through Zynga's platform. Players from all over the world can play the free Texas Hold’Em game from the convenience of their own living rooms, and win a seat to the biggest poker tournament in the world.”
The prize on offer includes airfares to Las Vegas, three nights accommodations at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino, a backstage tour of the WSOP venue and a day pass to the VIP player’s lounge. The “Shootout” tournaments begin on June 8 and will run through June 22. Eighteen winners from the tournaments will be randomly selected to play in the Final Showdown on June 29-30. Two VIP WSOP winners will be announced on July 1 where they will be whisked off to Las Vegas!
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