WMS Gaming and 888 Holdings to Offer Online Poker Product

Published Monday, July 02, 2012 - Online-Casinos.com

WMS Gaming is a company based in based in Waukegan, Illinois USA that has a long roots dating back to 1943. In 1991, the Williams Manufacturing Company created a new division, Williams Gaming, to enter the gaming and state video lottery markets, developing and releasing its first video lottery terminals or the Oregon market in 1992. Williams Gaming entered the reel-spinning slot machine market in 1994, but the company's video gaming roots ultimately would prove to be its strength.

More recently WMS Gaming has signed a strategic agreement with 888 Holdings PLC , an online gaming entertainment and solutions provider. The agreement will enable WMS to offer an online poker product to all its customers utilizing 888's state of the art poker platform. In the first instance it will be a play for free situation and everyone is assuming it will eventually evolve into play-for-real if and when the rules finally change in the USA.

888’s Chief Executive Officer Brian Mattingley, said the deal, “provides an opportunity to build a substantial online presence” continuing he said, “By deploying our joint online poker solution, casino operators in the United States will be able to provide their customers with a robust and secure network with the liquidity and games offering to give the best possible player experience.” There is tremendous optimism in the agreement that one day the legislation will make online poker a reality for the millions who enjoy the past time.

WMS Gaming’s President, Orrin J. Edidin, commented on the deal between the two companies, “Aligning our efforts with 888 Holdings will allow WMS to provide our casino operator customers with the capabilities and benefits from one of the world’s most experienced online poker operators which will significantly support their efforts to benefit from online poker in the United States as it becomes legal.” 888Holdings is moving forward in leaps and bounds with its current strategy. 888 is valued at approximately GBP 221.76 million.

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