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24 January 2005

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua – (PRESS RELEASE)-- The Super Bowl is one of the most watched sporting events in the world, while also being the biggest betting day annually. Over 140 million people tuned into last year's game and, predictably, a majority had some type of betting action on the Super Bowl, whether through an office pool, in Las Vegas or over the Internet. With online gambling now the preferred method to bet on the Super Bowl, leading offshore gaming company today announced that it expects to receive more bets on Super Bowl XXXIX than on any game in the company's twelve-year history.

Last year, the 152 land-based sports books in Nevada accepted $81.2 million in Super Bowl bets -- for an average of slightly over $500,000 per property. Demonstrating the rising popularity and acceptance of online gambling, industry estimates put the total number of Super Bowl bets placed at online sports books in the $400 million range, with accepted over $1.5 million in bets on Super Bowl Sunday alone.

"Each year, the Super Bowl draws the heaviest betting action of any sporting event in the world, with a majority of the game's followers having some type of wager on the game," said Stuart Doyle, wagering director of "Online gambling has become the preferred method of betting on the Super Bowl as more consumers recognize the convenience and safety of Internet sportsbooks."

A veteran in the online gaming industry, Mr. Doyle is available to discuss several issues, including:

-- Gambling trends and facts regarding the Super Bowl

-- The growth of Internet sports betting

-- Online versus traditional sports gambling

-- Expected company turnover from Super Bowl wagering (compared to past year's)

-- Development and movement of Super Bowl betting lines

-- Unique Super Bowl-related betting options available at opened the line on the Super Bowl at New England -6 and the over/under at 45.5, which was quickly moved to New England -7 with the total at 47.5 points. For the third consecutive year, will take Super Bowl wagers of up to $1 million on a single bet. There will be over 150 additional betting options available at on everything happening at the Super Bowl, including the coin toss, cross-sports match-ups, television ratings for the game and the best Super Bowl commercial as voted on by the public.

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