PTR Team To Work on Zynga Poker ProductPublished on April 5th, 2011 3:51 pm EST
According to Techcrunch.com, Zynga has hired the team behind PokerTableRatings.com.
It's important to note that Zynga is not acquiring PokerTableRatings.com - that site will "continue to be owned and operated by a separate entity". If you currently have an account on PTR, then don't worry, as "all of the user accounts on PokerTableRatings.com will be unaffected by the acquisition".
This is a talent acquisition by Zynga, and the team behind PokerTableRatings.com will apparently be working for Zynga Poker and developing "new and innovative features within the game".
In the summer of 2010, BusinessInsider.com reported that Zynga was closely monitoring the status of online poker legislation in the United States, and that a source close to Zynga stated that the company "would be excited to move into real-money poker given the opportunity".
Does the hiring of the team behind PTR mean that Zynga is gearing up for a possible entry into the US market? Maybe - it certainly seems possible that Zynga read the recent news regarding the Pokerstars/Wynn and Full Tilt Poker/Fertitta Interactive partnerships and decided to enrich their poker offering in advance of online poker legislation being passed into law in the United States.
According to Facebook.com, ZyngaPoker has nearly 37 million monthly active users.
Source: Techcrunch.com - Zynga Acquires Team Behind Online Poker Statistics Site PokerTableRatings
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