Harrah’s Mulls Launching Online Poker Site in UK, Europe

Garyloveman_2The Associated Press is reporting that Gary Loveman (at right), the chairman, president and CEO of Harrah’s Entertainment who you may recognize as the chubby, slow-talking guy from the responsible gaming commercials, told an audience at the Global Gaming Expo today that he’s looking at taking the World Series of Poker brand into the realm of online poker in Europe.

“If you take a look at the legal landscape in continental Europe and the United Kingdom, there are countries where it’s demonstrably legal and there’s absolutely no encumbrance. Those are areas that are very attractive to us,” said Loveman, who also denied today reports that he and US Attorney Catherine Hanaway are the same person.

WSOP spokesman Gary Thompson added that Harrah’s would not enter the online poker market “where there are any gray areas.” He also said don’t eat poker chips but that may be unrelated to this story.

Loveman’s remarks come a month after the announcement that PartyGaming, the parent company of Party Poker, was looking for a potential buyer and “would like to hear from the major [casinos] in Las Vegas.”

While there’s a lot to be said here about a WSOP-branded online poker site being launched in the UK and mainland Europe, it’s Naked Wednesday here at the WCP compound so we’re kind of busy right now. Feel free though to share your thoughts below. Or somewhere random. Like here.

Source: BusinessWeek.com


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