Bowmans Poker Heads East
By staff
November 13th, 2006 (London, UK) – ( is poised to take the East by storm, as it launches its sexy online poker brand in both Russian and Chinese.

In anticipation of significant future growth and marketing efforts in Eastern Europe and Asia, has expanded its site to include both Russian and Chinese-language versions. This exciting development means that players in two of the world’s largest potential markets for online gaming can now enjoy all the fast-paced action at in their own language.

Customers from these markets will now also be able to make instant payment transfers at via its new partner, WebMoney – a global transfer system which has been providing secure, instant payment transfers since 1998. With nearly 2.5 million registered users across 37 countries, WebMoney is the perfect payment provider for’s new local language sites: not only is it already popular in China, but the system also offers WebMoney units for currencies including Russian Roubles and Ukrainian Hryvnias.

The introduction of a Chinese version of is sure to be welcomed by its already sizable Chinese customer base. ”By launching a local language site we’re giving existing players more value, while also encouraging new players from Chinese-speaking markets across Asia,” said Ben Lukas, Head of Poker of

Making the Bowmans Poker room more accessible and attractive to Russian-speaking customers was another natural progression for Bowmans, following hot on the heels of the formation of a Poker Players Association in Ukraine and the successful launch of a bricks-and-mortar Bowmans Pokerclub in Lviv, Western Ukraine.

Boasting full online facilities and a growing membership, the Lviv Pokerclub promises to be an important foothold for as it continues its strategic expansion into the fast-growing Eastern European and Chinese markets.


For further information please contact:

Sara Waller, Marketing Manager

+350 47741

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In 1985 American Football Pools was founded by Gary Bowman in Manchester, UK. American Football Pools, equipped with a British Government license to accept bets from anywhere in the world, was the world's first offshore book.

Now called Bowman International Sports Ltd, the company has diversified into poker, soft games and casino products, and maintained its place in the world of global gaming with a reputation for integrity, reliability and, of course, legality.

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