888 brings Real Money Casino to Facebook

The world’s largest online gambling provider, 888, have today announced that it will bring its first real money casino to Facebook.

Going by the name of ‘MAGIC888’, the app follows ‘BingoAppy’ – the first ever real money gambling solution for Facebook – to offer an online casino environment to over 18s.

COO of 888, Itai Frieberger, said “This launch marks significant extension in our real money social offering. The successful launch of BingoAppy has indicated the potential that social gaming offers, and we are delighted to expand our gaming portfolio with the launch of our MAGIC888 casino. The app gives Facebook users in the UK the opportunity to enjoy 888’s award winning casino while introducing new features which leverage the social experience Facebook offers”.

However, with over 15% of Facebook users ageing between 13 and 17 years old, bringing such a service to Facebook presents some obvious security issues. Of course a minor could sign up to 888.com before by lying about their age, however bringing the site’s products to a social environment such as Facebook simply makes that process of illegality far easier.
Facebook may see a significant backlash about the decision to allow 888’s services on their site, with watchful parents finding their children gambling with real money over a social network they previously believed to be safe.

Do you think gambling on Facebook is a good thing, or is the risk to children too high?

Ben Buffone

I'm a web designer, journalist and student in my last year of A-Levels. Joined Geekily in February 2013.

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