PokerStars Considers Online Sports Betting

Group is exploring sportsbook opportunity. Last month, Full Tilt debuted with real money casino gaming.
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PokerStars parent company Rational Group confirmed Thursday that it was considering launching an online sports betting product.

In a statement sent to pokerfuse, a Rational spokesperson confirmed that the group is “exploring opportunities to enter global sports betting markets to enhance our online gaming offerings.”

It was speculated 18 months ago that Rational Group, which operates the PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker brands, would expand with an online casino and sportsbook.

At the time the rumors were all but dismissed, although the group was “always open to new business opportunities that could strengthen our offering to players,” pokerfuse was informed at the time.

Ten months later, and the group confirmed that it was planning to launch casino games on Full Tilt Poker. It began a staggered rollout last month in select regions.

Currently only blackjack and roulette are available, though it was recently announced that slots games would also be added through a third-party deal with Leander Games.

PokerStars has remained poker only.

Rational’s statement today only added that “additional details” will be provided closer to that time.

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