According to Forbes.com, software giant Playtech has signed a poker licensing agreement with Italian gaming operator Snai S.r.l.

Snai is one of Italy’s largest land-based operators; this deal represents its attempt to get into the online gaming market.

“Snai will be given the complete catalogue of online poker games that are available under Playtech’s poker network,” writes GamingAlerts.com, “which means players will have the opportunity to play Texas Hold’em as well as Omaha, a game becoming increasingly popular online.”

“Although the real-money version of Snai’s poker room will not be available until the last quarter of 2008, a free ‘play-for-fun’ version is available now, which means people will have the opportunity to get a taste of what the site will be all about.”

The news comes right as Playtech announces its acquisition of MIXTV Limited, a mass multiplayer (MMP)Â gaming provider. Read that story here.