Archive for October, 2007

UK Only: Virgin Games Offers Virgin Bingo and Virgin Casino Players the Chance to Cash in on its Popular V*Points Loyalty Scheme

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

V*Points allow players to earn loyalty points every time they play. With a cash value of 1p per V*Point, points can be redeemed for anything from luxury hot air balloon flights to cold, hard cash. V*Points can now be accumulated and shared across Virgin Casino, Virgin Poker and Virgin Bingo.

London, UK (PRWEB) October 29, 2007 — Virgin Games ( today announced the launch of V*Points on Virgin Casino and Virgin Bingo – allowing players to cash in on Virgin Games’ unique loyalty programme across its casino, bingo and poker products.

Previously only available to Virgin Poker players, V*Points is an unrivalled loyalty scheme, offering Virgin Games players the chance to earn a range of exciting Virgin rewards every time they play.

Whether choosing to redeem V*Points for cold, hard cash, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles or Virgin experiences such as F1 racing days, V*Points can be accumulated and shared across Virgin Bingo, Virgin Casino and Virgin Poker – further rewarding Virgin Games players for their loyalty, whilst increasing their opportunity to earn bigger rewards.

V*Points offer better value than the majority of online gaming loyalty schemes as the rewards offered are genuinely achievable for everyday players, not just high-earning professionals – with V*Points earned every time a wager is placed or a bingo card bought. To date, Virgin Games has already given away 10 million Flying Club Miles to loyal Virgin Poker players – enough to fly around the world 400 times!

Unlike many other online gaming loyalty schemes, the V-points structure is completely transparent and easy to calculate; each V*Point has a cash value of 1p or one Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Mile, allowing players to keep on top of their loyalty points and plan their rewards!

For those who don’t like flying, there’s a number of ways V*Points can be redeemed:

  • Cash – Redeem V*Points for cash credited directly into players’ Virgin Casino, Bingo or Poker accounts. Money can either be cashed-in or used to play for further top treats
  • Virgin Unite – For those feeling charitable, V*Points can be donated to Virgin Unite, the independent charitable arm of the Virgin Group. For every V*Point donated, Virgin Games will match the donation, enabling others to share in players’ rewards
  • Virgin Vouchers – Offering players the opportunity to take advantage of Virgin’s extensive product portfolio, V*Points can be redeemed for fantastic Virgin goods ranging from luxury Virgin Wine to Virgin Cosmetics and Virgin Jewellery
  • Virgin Experiences – For players in need of an adrenaline rush or a spot of pampering, V*Points can be redeemed for an indulgent Virgin Experience, including hot air balloon flights, a drive in an F1 car or a relaxing spa day
  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles – And for the classic choice, redeem V*Points for Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles and players could find themselves jetting off for some much-needed winter sun

Simon Burridge, CEO Virgin Games, comments:

“Our V*Points loyalty programme has already proved itself to be hugely popular with our Poker players. With the launch of V*Points on Virgin Bingo and Virgin Casino, we are giving our players even more added value, offering gamers a unique proposition where they not only win something every time they play but are able to build on their V*Point rewards whether waiting for a full house, taking a chance at the table or spinning the slots.”

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BBC show invests in online gaming site

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

LONDON, England — (PRESS RELEASE) — BBC’s reality investment program Dragons’ Den has made an investment in online gaming site Aired on the 22nd of October, Emmie Matthews and Ed Stevens, founders of the site, recieved a £200,000 investment for their gaming site; marking the single largest amount ever awarded on the immesely popular program.

The Dragons’ Den panellists are famous for striking fear into the hearts of the hopefuls who turn up asking for investment. But Dragon Theo Paphitis was so impressed with their project he agreed to invest all the money on his own.

According to Matthews, Paphitis was excited about his investment because: “Theo knows the current and future value of online gaming and sees it as a major growth industry. He invested because of our years of experience in gaming, and because of our track record of success. In fact, Mrs Paphitis plays online bingo all the time so Theo understood the value of the company and its large consumer appeal.”

The winning concept of Gaming Alerts is to deliver up-to-date offers, advice and bonuses direct to the desktop of online gamblers from major online casinos, online poker rooms, online bingo sites and online sportsbooks.

Users select their interests, and Gaming Alerts tailors the best odds, bonuses, free bets and freeroll poker tournaments that fit the player’s exact criteria. This tailored-content solution is a convienience for users and a hugely valuable media outlet for online gaming sites.

Dragon, Theo Paphitis said “I am delighted to be working with the Gaming Alerts team, I think the whole concept of proactively alerting users to the best casino bonuses and offers is truly revolutionary and Ed and Emmie have really brought the idea to life, I am looking forward to working with them and realising the potential of the company.”

The founders have an exclusive agreement with technology supplier Skinkers, the market leaders in desktop communication, who are also the suppliers to the BBC and Sky News alerts services.

Stevens said “Gaming Alerts makes money the same way or does – by referring customers or users from our site to operators in exchange for commissions.”

Paphitis has built his fortune on turning businesses into successes. He has transformed Ryman, Contessa, La Senza and Partners the Stationers into successful and profitable retail companies. He now heads up a 350-store chain a group turnover approaching 250m. Theo’s style and knowledge is part of the reason why Dragons’ Den has been such a huge ratings hit since its launch in 2005.

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Bingo winner can keep her cash prize

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

A woman who won a six-figure bingo jackpot has won a Court of Appeal ruling that she does not have to give a penny to the friends who were with her on a night out.

When Tania Burnett scooped £101,211 at a Gala Bingo club in Plymouth, it sparked a bitter legal row with former close friends, Stacey Wilson and Abigail Stacey, who claimed that they had agreed to share any winnings over £10.

Following a marathon court battle — which has cost the taxpayer tens of thousands of pounds — the matter has been settled.

Upholding an Exeter County Court ruling, Lord Justice May said that a “casual conversation” a week before the women played on January 20, 2005, could not be legally binding.

The judge added: “Miss Wilson and Miss Stacey’s bare bones account of what they say was agreed scarcely stands as an agreement enforceable and binding in law.”

Miss Burnett, who is in her 20s, said they had “discussed” sharing their winnings, but no agreement was in place.

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Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

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Parlay Entertainment Supplies Standalone Bingo Solution to Paddy Power

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Progress with Online Bingo prompts Ireland’s leading gaming operator to graduate from Network Model to Standalone Solution.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwire – Oct. 18, 2007) – Parlay Entertainment Inc. (TSX VENTURE:PEI), the world’s leading supplier of online bingo software, is pleased to announce that Paddy Power plc, Ireland’s largest betting and gaming company, has relaunched Paddy Power Bingo under a direct licensing arrangement with Parlay. Previously, Paddy Power Bingo had been part of a bingo network that is also powered by Parlay Entertainment technology.

“Transitioning to a standalone bingo software solution is a significant step for Paddy Power,” said Peter Trinz, Senior VP, Parlay Entertainment. “They’ve seen encouraging growth in liquidity since launching just over a year ago and have proven that bingo complements their existing entertainment portfolio.”

Mark Nunan, Head of Online Bingo, Paddy Power said: “When we entered the bingo market a year ago, we appreciated the low barriers to entry that the network model provided, including liquidity, product knowledge and minimal infrastructure costs. With the solid growth we’ve experienced, our business needs have evolved and we require the independence, flexibility and control offered by the standalone model. We’re pleased to enter into a closer relationship with the team at Parlay as part of our solution.”

In the world of online bingo, both network and standalone solutions are proven business models. As the industry matures, Parlay has begun to see several large gaming operators like Paddy Power exploring the option of moving away from the incubatory environment of a network and migrating to a standalone solution. “For brands with existing infrastructure, channels and marketing muscle, the standalone solution offers better returns, more control and simply makes more sense,” said Trinz.

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