Last week we saw European online gaming operator Bwin.party (Pwin) ink a deal with US land-based casino outfits MGM Resorts International and Boyd Gaming Corp. With this, and 888 Holdings being one of the only companies to see their US-tie up with Caesars survive Black Friday – many are expecting to see Wynn Resorts’ chairman Steve Wynn follow suit.
If he was to do so, however, with whom would it be? We figured this question posed the perfect opportunity to see what our readers thought on the subject. So last week saw our speculative poll that enquired: If Wynn signs an Online Poker Deal, which company is his most likely partner?
The biggest portion of the gambling pie, with 44%, said PokerStars. This isn’t surprising considering Wynn signed a deal with the online poker giant before Black Friday. We reported in March that their ultimate goal was to launch a US-based online poker joint venture called PokerStarsWynn.com – but that was cancelled after the indictment. If we were to put bets on who Wynn would make a deal with, we too would have to say Pokerstars.
This was also reflected in your votes, as when it came to companies that had already seen a US-tie up; Bwin.party received only 14% of those those polled, and 888 Holdings 9%.
Another 9% deemed mobile gaming giants Microgaming a possibility, with IGT receiving 8% and Ongame 2% of the votes.
Those of you who said “Other” polled in a 14%, and we’d like to know what others you had in mind!
With news last week that Girls Gone Wild producer, Joe Francis, filed another civil lawsuit against Wynn for – wait for it: Malicious Prosecution, Abuse of Process, Intentional Misrepresentation, Defamation, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress and Conspiracy….Phew. Perhaps a new US casino deal is exactly what he needs to feel like a Wynner again? ..sorry. With most of you believing that Wynn will make a deal with Pokerstars, the next question is: When?