A- Gaming Internet Plc, the digital media rights and interactive gambling products business, today announces that its joint venture partner Harrods Online Limited has signed a two year marketing agreement with MSN.co.uk, the British arm of Microsoft Corporation’s market leading internet service provider, for an online casino.
The Harrods Casino will be the first online casino and gaming product on MSN’s UK portal and will be available to MSN’s web site users with effect from mid-June 2001.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Harrods online casino will benefit from a fixed link on the MSN.co.uk home page, banner advertising throughout the site and also an exclusive promotional page.
The Harrods Casino business, the 50/50 joint venture between Gaming Internet and Sporting Resorts SA, a subsidiary of Harrods Online Limited, commenced trading on 29th November 2000. Harrods Casino was the first major retail brand in the world to launch an Internet casino.
The joint venture is based on a three year fixed term basis with a rolling twelve-month contract thereafter. Costs and profits associated with Harrods Casino are equally shared by the joint venture partners.
David Sanderson, Chief Executive of Gaming Internet Plc, commented, “The strategy of focussing on established quality brands for our online casino business is key to the success of gambling in a secure and reliable environment.
This has translated into a ground-breaking agreement with MSN.co.uk, now the largest UK portal with an estimated 11 million users per month in creating Britain’s biggest online gaming site. We look forward to working with Harrods and MSN in broadening the reach of a high quality gaming experience over the coming months.”
DrHo.com to Host Major Blackjack Tournament
Business Wire – DrHo.com, the world’s only live online Judi Bola Online casino, will pioneer the largest live BlackJack World Championship over the Internet when tables open on Friday, 6 July 8 a.m. EST. With open eligibility, players are expected to log in from all over the planet to take part in a unique 48-hour non-stop extravaganza with US$10,000 in cash prizes on offer.
Participants can join and leave as they please thru-out the tournament with prizes awarded on accumulated rankings – not by leagues and knock-outs. The format is designed to allow any player, big or small, the chance to win the main prize of US$7,500 since rankings are based on total percentage increase over original stakes placed, and not absolute values. Championship games will close at 8 a.m. EST on Sunday, 8 July.
“DrHo.com offers Blackjack enthusiasts a unique opportunity to congregate over the Internet and pit their wits against each other in the first ever international tournament of its kind,” said Peter Kjaer, CEO of DrHo.com. “Without the Internet, this just wouldn’t be possible because not everyone can afford to travel to Las Vegas or Macau to play in competitions that traditional casinos arrange to attract high-caliber players.
“Our technology platform is second-to-none and, unlike any other Internet casino operator, we actually have real croupiers with real decks, dealing in real-time. Everything is transparent because our software relays the game over live video with players able to see exactly how their games are played and decided. We’re the Real Deal, able to use the Internet’s global reach to bring together far-flung players and create events which are truly unique, open and fair.”
In addition to the Blackjack World Championship, DrHo.com carries a comprehensive range of casino favorites, which conform to the same rules as those played in Dr. Stanley Ho’s casinos in Macau. Moreover, the site is licensed and monitored by the Antigua Gaming Commission and operates to the same high-standard of reliability and trust that Dr. Stanley Ho demands in his traditional land-based operations.
Casino games currently available include Baccarat, BlackJack, Big and Small, Poker and Roulette. The site also carries the latest StarEastNet entertainment news and gossip on celebrities, as well as fashion reviews and articles on breaking trends – from handheld electronic gadgets through to beauty products and gift ideas.