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AOL enters online sports betting market

2 August 2007

AOL is ready to roll the dice on online gambling.

A few months after YAHOO UK & Ireland entered the real money online poker market, AOL UK has announced that it will follow suit, offering real-money sports betting in conjunction with UK Internet bookmaker JAXX, a subsidiary of FLUXX.

The service is scheduled to begin later this month. The launch will focus on the UK, with plans to extend the offering to other European countries quickly, according to the press release. AOL will not accept bets from the U.S.

"We are looking at a range of partnerships and initiatives to drive our business forward in Europe," said Michael Steckler, vice president of interactive marketing for AOL Europe. "Linking up with FLUXX fits that strategy perfectly. Their wealth of ideas and experience in the betting business will bring additional energy and diversity to our offering both here in the UK and across other European countries."

AOL is not completely new to online betting, having partnered with JAXX since 2003 to run an online lottery service in Germany. However, entering the lucrative European sports betting market is a much larger and more complex venture.

"The British market is one of the largest and most attractive in the world, with a betting volume of around EUR 70 billion," said Rainer Jacken, management board spokesman of FLUXX. "Yet the online market is still notably underdeveloped. Together with AOL, we have now created a highly competitive service that will help us to tap into this growth."

AOL enters online sports betting market is republished from Online.CasinoCity.com.
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Ryan McLane

Ryan McLane was a poker reporter for Casino City. Although he has a strong background in reporting, the same can't be said for his poker skills. He has never won a major tournament nor is he a professional player. He applied for this job thinking it was a joke, only to find it out that it's true, people will pay you to write about poker. His favorite word is ridiculous.

After receiving his BA in History from Stonehill College in Easton, MA, he somehow ended up freelance reporting for a couple years before being deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom III with the Massachusetts National Guard. He's back now and is a strong advocate of the phrase "God Bless America."

Currently, Ryan lives in Boston and occasionally makes international treks to cover tournament poker and news. Feature writing is his passion and there is no need to ask for his opinion, he'll probably offer it first - free of charge.
Ryan McLane
Ryan McLane was a poker reporter for Casino City. Although he has a strong background in reporting, the same can't be said for his poker skills. He has never won a major tournament nor is he a professional player. He applied for this job thinking it was a joke, only to find it out that it's true, people will pay you to write about poker. His favorite word is ridiculous.

After receiving his BA in History from Stonehill College in Easton, MA, he somehow ended up freelance reporting for a couple years before being deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom III with the Massachusetts National Guard. He's back now and is a strong advocate of the phrase "God Bless America."

Currently, Ryan lives in Boston and occasionally makes international treks to cover tournament poker and news. Feature writing is his passion and there is no need to ask for his opinion, he'll probably offer it first - free of charge.