Jamie Gold Launches US Facing Online Poker Site

In response to Black Friday when the Department of Justice effectively shut-down the US online poker market, Jamie Gold has now decided to launch his own online poker site to help allow American players to still enjoy one of their favourite pastimes.
However, before you argue that the 2006 WSOP Main Event Champion is taking a huge risk pitting himself against US authorites, it should be pointed out that the poker room Gold has in mind will be 100% legal in the eyes of US law. As Jamie Gold explains:
“After Black Friday and all the negativity surrounding online poker, I asked myself what I could do to help our community enjoy playing a game they love legally…Creating FreeGoldPoker.com was the clear answer.”
Hosted on the ZEN Entertainment Network, FreeGoldPoker is looking to cash-in on the recreational poker player market much like  Facebook product Zynga, and instead of taking deposits will therefore be charging customers to the site a monthly subscription fee.  Cash and prizes worth up to $100,000 will then be on offer each month to customers including UFC and sports tickets and electronic products.
Jamie Gold is nicknamed the “Poker Philanthropist,” particularly as a result of his charitable institution the “Jamie Gold Foundation” which helps raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Laying out his ambitions for the new online poker room, Gold explained:
“This is an amazing opportunity for me to create a fun, accessible and unique experience for the poker community. As importantly, I will be able to continue to accomplish meaningful, vital and life-changing charitable goals with the additional support and commitment of the ZEN platform. It will also provide my dedicated partners a platform beyond anything I could have imagined as we are now able to create targeted demographic promotions.”
FreeGoldPoker is therefore unlikely to attract poker pros to the site, but could yet prove a hit with recreational players, and so it will be interesting to see how the business develops over the coming months.

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