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Can You Easily and Legally Sell Facebook Poker Chips?

by: Austin ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

If you play the popular Facebook game, "Texas Hold'em Poker", you may be looking to sell those spare poker chips for some cash. The question is, how do you do it, and is it even legal?

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    Selling Facebook Texas Holdem Poker Chip

    Picture 3 Facebook poker chips are, for all intents and purposes, imaginary objects, and yet still many people opt to attempt to sell them to third parties in order to make some extra cash. If you're looking to do something like this, it is worth it to know that this action is entirely illegal and if you participate in it, your Facebook poker account will be banned, and Zynga will have the right to pursue further punishment.

    Zynga has banned the sale of Facebook poker chips for 2 reasons:

    Firstly, you are using a product they created and upkeep in order to make a profit for yourself, which is against many copyright laws.

    Secondly, the manner in which Zynga is allowed to pay its workers and keep coming out with games is by selling these chips (among other virtual items) on their online store. If third parties take advantage of this and start selling them for cheaper than Zynga, the company will go out of business and no one will be able to play Facebook poker, or any of the other Zynga-made Facebook games, ever again.

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    How to Avoid Buying from Third Party Sellers

    Picture 2 While it is entirely illegal, it is important to know whether or not you are buying legally or illegally. How can you tell? The bottom line is that buying from any other site other than Zynga themselves is 100% illegal. The only authorized seller of these chips is Zynga themselves, and by purchasing chips from another site, you have broken the law. However, sellers cannot sell their chips on Zynga's website, nor within the application itself. So, how do they do it?

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    Where People Sell Facebook Poker Chips

    There are a lot of websites that sell you Facebook poker chips, but actually selling Facebook Texas Hold'em poker chips is a remarkably difficult task, unless you are selling to people you already know. This is just another reason to steer clear of this type of money-making.

    In layman's terms, you sell Facebook poker chips by losing them in a game of Facebook Poker. At least, this is how you do it without the need to expensive hacking or learning how to program codes into the system. Basically, someone gives you money, and you "play" a game of Texas Hold'em with them and purposely lose the amount of chips they asked for. Sound like fun? It's not. This is a long and arduous process, and it's completely worthless in the long run when you're making less than a few dollars per thousand chips you lose, at the very most.

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    Selling Facebook Texas Hold'em Poker Chips

    Picture 4 So, the bottom line is that it's not only illegal, but completely worthless to you to try and sell your Facebook poker chips. Sure, you can make $10 or $20, but is it really worth the hassle of first buying the chips yourself, then contacting someone to sell, getting the money, then going in to play a game and trying to lose the exact amount of chips? Probably not.

    Regardless, people do it, and they clearly don't mind forgoing legality to do so.