Peak Entertainment $1,000,000
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Willemstad, Curacao - March 7, 2003 - As the eyes of basketball fans around the world focus in on the American men's college basketball championship tournament, Peak Entertainment, NV is launching the world's first truly global basketball pool-the 'Global Madness Ladder'-offering anyone a free chance to 'score big'-and win up to $1,000,000-by predicting the outcome of all 64 games of this year's championship tournament (first and second rounds, regionals and national semi-finals) along with the winner of the final national championship game.

The 'Global Madness Ladder' is FREE and open to any adult, with entry registration now available online at any of the five Peak Entertainment, NV gaming properties- Caribbean Sun Poker Room (, The Sands of the Caribbean Online Casino (, Omni Casino (, 49er Online Casino (, and Three Diamonds Online Casino (

Registration is open from now until one hour prior to the tip-off of the March 18, 'at large' game that will determine the final 16th seed eligible for the championship tourney. Following completion of this game, all who have registered will be emailed their official 'Global Madness Ladder' forms to make their selections. The completed selections must then be received one-hour prior to the tip-off of the first opening round game on March 20.

Everyone who enters will receive 'points' as the team(s) they pick to win move 'up the ladder' to the championship finale. At the tournament's end, the person with the most points will be eligible to win a grand prize vacation for two in the Caribbean. On top of that, should anyone correctly predict the winners of every single game in the tournament, he or she will earn an additional grand prize bonus award of $1,000,000! But everyone who enters the 'Global Madness Ladder' wins since, at the end of the tournament, all points 'earned' can be exchanged for a range of free prizes and promotions.

'With the elevation of Chinese player Yao Ming to America's professional leagues and the competitive rise of non U.S.-based teams in the Olympics and other international tournaments, basketball is the first American-bred sport to be truly global in its appeal. Our 'Global Madness Ladder' recognizes the attraction the NCAA championships hold for the world's basketball fans-and enables them to share in the excitement for the first time. Moreover, this gives all American basketball fans who don't normally have access to the usual office pools-telecommuters, Home-based businesses, homemakers and the like-a chance to their equal 'share' of the 'madness',' said Nick Melrose, Manager of Casino Operations.

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