The anticipated relaxation of the internet gambling laws in America has sparked a series of interesting developments throughout the casino gambling industry, as the major European and American gambling companies jostle for positions which will enable them take full advantage of the opportunities which would inevitably arise from such a move. The latest news might well see Bwin Party finally able to sell their Ongame poker operation, which has been deemed surplus to requirements since the merger of Bwin and Party Gaming. The new Bwin Party Group decided to promote their Party Poker network rather than Ongame and have been trying to sell for some time. Poker gambling is of course massive in America, and the return of online poker gambling is expected to offer huge potential earnings for any companies ready to enter this currently untapped market. The favourite to purchase the Ongame operations is Shuffle Master, a Nasdaq listed company which makes automatic card shuffling machines and chip sorters. Ongame is considered to be the fifth largest online poker network in the world, so there may well be other bidders before the sale is finalised, but any deal would be the second acquisition of a large online poker network within the last twelve months. Online poker networks provide the opportunity for players gambling on poker at different online sites, to play in a single game and therefore boost the potential pot in much the same way as the well known bingo network games. Although these latest developments are unlikely to have much effect on individuals gambling on poker at online casinos on this side of the Atlantic, at gambling.ie we like to keep our readers informed of any interesting gambling news wherever it is happening.