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28 September 2005

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua – (PRESS RELEASE) -- With the jury still out and several months left until the announcement of the official Oscar nominations, the odds makers at have already begun calculating the odds for the 79th Annual Academy Awards., the first bookmaker in the world to offer betting lines on the Oscars, has released early odds on the top 10 contenders for Best Motion Picture.

Among the top contenders for best picture is "Jarhead," a fact-based drama from "American Beauty" director Sam Mendes; "Brokeback Mountain," a romantic drama set in 1963, starring Heath Ledger; and "Munich," a dramatic recount of the Israeli attempt to avenge the 1972 Munich Massacre. Noticeably at the bottom of the list is "Cinderella Man." With such big names as director Ron Howard, Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger, this movie was an instant hit and thought to be a big Oscar contender, however, the buzz has faded on this one and we see it struggling to make the cut on nomination day.

When asked about the early release of odds on the Oscars, Lines Manager Michael Perry explained that the company pioneered the release of Oscar odds in 2002, which created a huge interest in Oscar betting and that this year they are looking to add a unique element that will capture and keep the attention of movie fanatics. "Every year, we release odds on the major categories right after the nominees are announced; that worked for a few years but the bettors are getting tired of the routine," he commented. "This year, we will be releasing early odds on the major category, which is Best Motion Picture, and follow their performance along with the critics and movie fans."

A leading offshore gaming company for over 10 years, is known for its unique entertainment offerings and has created odds on the Emmys, Golden Globes and a number of reality TV shows.

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