If Zynga gets its way, you could be playing Zynga Poker for very real money sometime in the future.
Zynga has a well-deserved reputation for being able to suck up every nickel it can from players, even though it loses $150 for every paying customer it gains. However, that figure may change in the future, as it's been revealed that the developer is looking into letting players gamble very real money with its virtual gambling games like Zynga Poker
A Zynga spokesperson explained to AllThingsD that Zynga Poker has more than 7 million daily players (with more than 30 million monthly players), and that the decision to move from virtual to real currency comes from user requests:
"We know from listening to our players that there's an interest in the real money gambling market. We're in active conversations with potential partners to better understand and explore this new opportunity."
This announcement comes after the company revealed plans for Zynga Casino which will serve as a hub for Zynga Poker and new titles like Zynga Bingo. However, whether or not full-blown online gambling will actually happen remains to be seen, since it's been illegal in the United States since 2006.