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positive development for the betinternet business going forward

Friday 29th October 2004

The Board of plc (‘betinternet’), the global on-line gaming group, is pleased to note that the United States American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, which includes a provision to remove the 30% withholding tax charged to foreigners on winnings on United States races, was signed into law on 22 October 2004 by President Bush. This is viewed by the Board as an extremely positive development for the betinternet business going forward.

In a recent strategy update the Board indicated its intention to develop further its Pari-Mutuel business believing it to provide the best opportunity for shareholder return. The elimination of the 30% withholding tax charged to non US citizens on winnings on US races will open up significant global strategic opportunities for the Pari-Mutuel business.

The Board considers that betinternet is well placed to take advantage of this change in US Tax Law. Its established Super Hub in the Isle of Man connects to more than eighty international tracks daily, using industry standard global protocols, and has developed multi currency solutions for both host tracks and betting companies. This makes it an ideal service provider for US Tracks wishing to globalise their product.

Paul Doona, Managing Director, said: “The passing of this Bill opens up the opportunity for host tracks and content providers to globalise their product. As a result of the excellent regulatory framework within which we operate and the technical infrastructure and expertise available to us, we are in a perfect position to help them achieve this expansion.”


For further information:

Tel: 01624 629 699

Paul Doona, Managing Director

Note to editors: plc

betinternet utilises a ‘state of the art’ Amtote Spectrum multi-community hub system that provides clients with integrated pari-mutuel (pool) and fixed odds wagering solutions. plc was founded in 1998. Since then, the company has become a significant and respected player in the internet fixed odds sports betting industry. Its services are offered to customers in over 130 countries, 24 hours a day. 365 days in a year, and the group seeks to differentiate itself by offering attractive product propositions to the changing profile of customers in the 20-35 age group through multiple or 'exotic' bets.

As part of its strategy to position the group as an innovator in e-commerce leisure betting services, betinternet has developed Euro Off-Track to enable customers from around the world to bet directly into the US Totes on greyhound, thoroughbred and harness racing events, thus creating truly commingled global totalisator pools.

Source: OnlineCasinoNews

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