|January 18, 2005 (London, UK) - Inspired by the enormous worldwide humanitarian response to the tsunami disaster in South-East Asia, the online casino industry has been galvanized into lending their support. The industry has been one the success stories in recent years, and this made two highly respected gaming portals and consumer watchdogs, CasinoMeister and Got2Bet.com, realise they were in a unique position to raise some serious money for the relief effort.|
Last week, Bryan Bailey and Ted Loh, operators of the two sites respectively, joined forces and decided to auction off a prime advertising banner spot on each of their sites. The highest bidder, they said, would get to ‘own’ the coveted banner spots for twelve months and 100% of the proceeds will go to the tsunami fund.
The auction prompted a frenzy of bidding from the industry big hitters and within minutes of launching, bids had reached $20,000. When the auction closed one week later, the total stood at a staggering $111,000, with popular site InterCasino.com (www.intercasino.com) and its sister casino VIPCasino (www.vipcasino.com) taking the top spot.
Ryan Hartley, Casino Manager at InterCasino, said: “We’re really pleased that we’ve won the bid and we hope the money we’ve pledged will make a difference to people’s lives. UNICEF does such an important job around the world. The auction was a great idea and we hope that it will inspire our players to get out there and give them support.”
CasinoMeister Bryan Bailey said the success of the auction surpassed his wildest dreams. “I’m absolutely excited and enthused. We raised more than I ever expected and it’s all going to such an important cause.”
UNICEF has been tireless in fundraising and delivering relief to all areas affected by the disaster, and helping children all over the world.
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InterCasino was first licensed in July 1996 by the Government of Curacao, and took its first real-money wager in November 1996. By the end of that year, InterCasino had welcomed thousands of players from across the world. Over the next four years, hundreds of thousands of players had signed up, and to this day maintain accounts with many of the players who had begun playing with InterCasino from the start.
Since 1996, InterCasino has hosted more than 300 million games and has paid out over $3 billion! InterCasino’s players have taken home jackpots ranging from $1,000 to $300,000 in a single game and the combined payouts to clients is over 97.5% (exceeding land-based casino payouts).