Zynga Poker

All bets are off! Social game giant Zynga is looking to get into real-money online gambling, and it’s looking for someone to help build the platform for it. Now e-gaming companies are fighting over the potentially lucrative contract.

Established online casino developers GTECH G2 and Playtech have already made bids to create this new poker infrastructure for Zynga, according to a report from EGR Magazine.

Social casino game players currently make up 13 percent of all Facebook gamers in 2012, an increase from 8 percent in 2011. This has caused online gambling to become one of the hottest trends in the industry. A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators is currently working on legalizing online poker. If that happens, social versions of the card game can deal in actual cash, a prospect Zynga is certainly hoping for.

GamesBeat has reached out to Zynga, who declined to comment.