Live Poker Connects The iPhone to Social Nets

Our portfolio company Zynga quietly released Live Poker yesterday for the iPhone. Live Poker is the same Texas Hold’em game that over 1.4mm people play every day on Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, and Hi5. Now you can have it on the iPhone and play against your friends who are on the web at one of these social nets. Like Texas Hold’em on the social nets, Live Poker is free but there is also an upgraded version with a larger chip package for $9.99.

The reason I am blogging about this, other than to get all of you to go download the app, is because Live Poker is the first first application to leverage Facebook Connect to allow iPhone users to play with their real friends and access social information such as real player photos. Just think about that for a second. We’ve now got apps on open mobile phones connecting with apps on open social nets. It’s only a matter of time until we see more of these live mobile apps running on iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian, and connecting to Facebook, MySpace, and other social nets.

The social web is going mobile quickly with popular mobile apps like Loopt and Twitterific. Now we are seeing popular social apps going mobile. When we sat down at the beginning of the year to identify the biggest investable trends in web apps, we put down words like open, social, playful, and mobile. Live Poker leverages all of them and is a glimpse into our future.

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