WagerWorks to develop www.PLAYMGMMIRAGE.com
By Linda
WagerWorks Inc. of San Francisco yesterday announced it has again been selected by MGM MIRAGE of Las Vegas to develop its online casinos.

WagerWorks, has been the content and technology provider for MGM MIRAGE's online, free prize casinos since the site’s inception in March 2001.

However, in order to concentrate on the international expansion of its online gaming initiative, on May 1, MGM MIRAGE will phase out the points program for its U.S. prize gaming site at www.PLAYMGMMIRAGE.com. The site will remain live after May and will continue to offer online gaming content only. Until then, players can earn prizes depending on how long they play. The prizes include Las Vegas show tickets, room upgrades and buffet tickets.

WagerWorks said it has recently completed the integration of WagerWare with Orbis's OpenBet sportsbook system, which has also been selected by MGM MIRAGE.

'WagerWorks is excited to be the partner of choice for the development of MGM MIRAGE's online casinos,' added Andrew Pascal, CEO of WagerWorks. 'We've been working closely with Orbis on a fully integrated system that leverages our robust casino gaming platform with their proven sports offering. Our relationship with MGM MIRAGE is the first in a series of upcoming announcements that will showcase how WagerWorks' technology can help established brands leverage the Internet to expand their business operations.'

'We are very enthusiastic about our relationship with MGM MIRAGE and our partnership with WagerWorks,' noted Charles Malir, vice president of marketing at Orbis. 'We have demonstrated our expertise in the area of online sports systems and MGM MIRAGE's selection of us through our partnership with WagerWorks reaffirms this. We firmly believe that the WagerWare system from WagerWorks combined with our Openbet sports engine, will be recognized as the most compelling and credible online solution in the marketplace.'

'The popularity of MGM MIRAGE's prize site can be attributed to WagerWorks' unparalleled content suite,' said Bill Hornbuckle, president and COO of MGM MIRAGE Online. 'Their proven record of delivering reliable and innovative technology solutions for online gaming, coupled with their team's 50 plus years of collective experience in the fully regulated gaming industry, makes WagerWorks and Orbis the ideal partners to help us establish our international online gaming presence.'

'The international marketplace offers the greatest opportunities for gaming in a cash environment,' said Marc Falcone, managing director of gaming and leisure research with Bear Stearns. 'WagerWorks' content, technology, and strategic relationships (with established brands like MGM MIRAGE) makes them unquestionably well-positioned to capture a significant share of the market.'

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