Mentioning Facebook Poker to some serious poker players will likely earn you your share of ridicule and disbelief. But there is no doubt that the Texas Hold'em gaming application created by Zynga has more than fifteen million monthly users, surpassing well-known online poker rooms like Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars.
Even the makers of the game are astonished by its success. Sam Singh, Zynga's GM of Casino Games said on September 18th, 2009 that the Texas Hold'em game is their number one game. He said that it is constantly in the top 5 five games on MySpace and Facebook. The poker game was also Zynga's first game and the one that changed the once fledgling social gaming organization, fronted by Mark Pincus, into a well-known gaming organization that earns more than $100 million annually.
Singh said that the game of poker is a universal game since and they have made the online poker game to let poker enthusiasts bond no matter where they are in the world. For the first time ever, Facebook Poker players made the transition to live real money poker event because of a cross promotion between the World Series of Poker and Zynga.
Two lucky players got the opportunity to play in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event and one of them made as far as Day 3 of the prestigious poker event. Singh said that it is only a matter of time before Facebook poker players start to make waves in the live poker circuit.
Poker's growth started in 2003 when Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP Main Event after winning his way into the event through a $39 PokerStars satellite. British poker journalist Shelley Rubenstein said that a WSOP Main Event winning coming from Facebook could possibly be the catalyst for a similar growth.
Respected online poker player Carter "ckingusc" King, who won $1.3 million at the 2008 PokerStars WCOOP Main Event, said that the popularity of the game on Facebook is a good development for the industry.