Robbie Williams faces heat over play-money poker site
Former Take That member and singer Robbie Williams has been criticized for launching a new play-money poker portal called Robbie Williams Poker. The site offers free poker games to fans with chances of winning real prizes.
Former Take That member and singer-songwriter Robbie Williams has launched a new play-money poker site, simply called Robbie Williams Poker.

Williams has long been known to be a keen poker player, and with his latest initiative he now reaches out to fans with an offer to play in a series of just-for-fun online poker games with added prizes.

Despite being a play-money site, the superstar's poker room has already created quite a stir in his native England, where he has been criticized for encouraging gambling among his fans.

One of the most outspoke critics of the project has been Liberal Democrat MP Tessa Munt, who told The Sun that she had been "outraged" after learning about the celebrity poker site.

"I am absolutely outraged by this. I think it is deplorable," Munt said, adding that Williams' own history of drug and alcohol addiction should keep him from creating his new site.

"Robbie Williams of all people should be sensitive to the problem of addiction," she said.

"I don't believe there is anything harmless about gambling in this way. The problem is escalation, and he must know what this is like," she added.

Williams has yet to address the criticism, but states on RobbieWilliamsPoker.com that the site is "NOT a gambling offer", and that all games are played with "virtual game money with no value."

Apart from the actual games, the site will also allow for fans to interact and build their profiles through for instance creating customized in-game avatars.

The site is currently in beta version, but is expected to open soon.
45 years ago
Play money???? only for kids.
2 years ago
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Says there is the chance of winning real prizes. checked it out and its a beta version where you MIGHT get asked to test it.
2 years ago
Wow...truly amazing..sad thing is it might make him millions lol
2 years ago
His intentions are probably to convert it to pay-to-play for play money. That's a huge business.
2 years ago
He want to give something??hell no! he want to make milion from thi siste for the trafiic and maybe make it real money some day!
2 years ago
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I don't see what the big fuss is about since it is just play money. I guess the governments around the world have decided that there isn't enough going on already and that they must regulate online poker as well as other private actions of the people.
2 years ago
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Considering Robbie williams is a celebrity he will surely attract fans and people to his new venture, i dont think it is gambling if its playchips with prizes added, infact that would be far less on the gambling side than other online poker sites where we actually play with money. We wager bets on an event where the outcome is not certain, which is more or less the definition of gambling. Anyways good luck to robbie williams on this venture and i hope he does well with it.
2 years ago
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Lol, and I thought players on merge played bingo poker.
2 years ago
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Yeah there are others like NLOP and WPT who already have a bit of a corner on the play chip subscription market. If I hadn't heard of it here, probably wouldn't unless it was on FB.
2 years ago
When you do something with passion .... need someone to cut your wings! robbie good luck!
2 years ago
I will have to check Robbie Williams Poker
out. and see for myself
2 years ago
I will have to check Robbie Williams Poker
out. and see for myself
2 years ago
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