Zynga withdraws its application for online poker in Nevada

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But it looks like it intends to pursue its online poker venture outside of the US

John Mehaffey from US Poker.com, the online poker information website, reports that Zynga, the social gaming giant, appears to have decided to abandon its desires for interstate online poker license in Nevada for now.

The withdrawal of the Zyngas application was spotted by Mehaffey on the preliminary agenda of the Nevada Gaming Control Board in September, where it is filed as a withdrawal request.

The permission to withdraw the application was granted, and an insider from Zynga confirmed to US Poker that such a request for withdrawal has been made.

As pointed out by US Poker, in its posting during Q2 of 2013 Zynga advised that it desires to abandon its real-money poker plans in the US in order to divert its focus to freemium social games, although the company confirmed that it will keep evaluating all of its priorities against the increasing market opportunity in free social gaming, which includes offerings for social casinos.

What the report referred to in particular was real-money online poker operation in the UK, conducted on the network of Party Poker under the brand of Zynga Poker Plus. This confirms that the evaluation process is in progress.

The decision undoubtedly belongs to Dan Mattrick, the CEO of Zynga, who was appointed to the position earlier this year and said from the start that he is intent on focusing on the companys main social gaming business.