PokerStars.com and FoxSports.com: Poker is a Sport After All

It appears that PokerStars.com has taken another leap toward displaying their status as a leading trailblazer in the online poker industry.  The announcement has been made that FoxSports.com will merger a deal with PokerStars.com.  All the details of the partnership have yet to be disclosed, but the outlined version allows PokerStars to be the developing power behind a newly formed poker room on FoxSports.com.  The site will have features which include: community chat, video and print content and a free play room.  No explicit statements were made during today’s announcement, but the buzz is that the room will be a PokerStars.com (real money play) skin, and not a separate site utilizing the PokerStars software.

PokerStars North America Regional Marketing Director, Joe Versaci, proclaimed: “FoxSports.com is one of the most popular online destinations in the world, with thriving sports, gaming and poker arenas that host the best live and editorial content on thousands of sporting and gaming events every week. This tie-in will see FoxSports.com and PokerStars.net combine the best live and editorial content with the web’s best online poker games.”

This deal brings FoxSports.com closer to the trend already set by ESPN.com and WSOP.com.  Both these sites are already linked into the online poker industry with ESPN.com highly popular interest in poker, which includes Inside Deal and a weekly poker news magazine.  Whereas, WSOP.com has been boasting free play poker action during broadcasts of its Main Event production.

“FoxSports.com is thrilled to team up with PokerStars.net,” said Jim Bernard, gaming vice president for Fox Sports Interactive. “Poker enthusiasts are some of the most fanatical and engaged sports fans on the web today. We look forward to delivering the poker experience to our 26 million users.”

A release date has not been announced at this time.

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