Crystal Palace and Lucky Coin Casino owner dies in his thirties
Monday 30th June 2008
Warren Cloud, also known by the name of Oliver Curran, one of the first online casino operators, has died of an apparent heart attack while on his boat in Spain.
Cloud was near the island of Ibiza when the tragedy occurred, and was confirmed dead late Saturday evening. He leaves behind a wife and child.
The South African businessman was one of the pioneers of the online gambling and real time gaming casino operating business, and his casinos were reportedly valued at £140,000,000. These included the likes of America Online, Crystal Palace and Lucky Coin casino.
Cloud had something of a tarnished past when it came to running his casinos â€“ dark rumours of withholding bonuses and locking customer accounts blighted an otherwise successful career.
Brian Bailey, who runs the successful CasinoMeister website has stated that Cloud's online casino group once appeared on his 'rogue' list but were eventually removed after lengthy discussions with Mr. Cloud.