Robbie Williams Launches Online Poker Site

By McCarton Ackerman 02/07/12

The British pop singer controversially invites his young fans to try their hand at online gambling.

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Robbie WIlliams has his own addiction issues.
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British singer Robbie Williams is no stranger to controversy, but this time it's in the form of an online poker site that he recently launched. Thousands of fans were sent email invitations encouraging them to join Robbie Williams Poker. Although no money will be at stake during the games, players will have to pay for certain tournaments in the form of a buy-in. They'll mainly compete to win merchandise, concert tickets and a chance to meet the Take That singer himself. "Robbie Williams of all people should be sensitive to the problem of addiction," says British Member of Parliament Tessa Munt. "The problem is escalation and... young people are hugely susceptible to this sort of advertising." Williams—who has sold 70 million albums worldwide and is the highest-selling British solo artist in history—has been in rehab for drug and alcohol issues on several occasions, and has been open about his struggles with addiction.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.