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21 March 2005

The new games – Blackjack Surrender, Derby Day, ‘Jacks or Better’ 10-Line Video Poker and ‘Aces and Faces’ 25-Line Video Poker – are available on all Playtech-powered casinos, a full listing of which can be found at

Derby Day is a virtual horse racing fixed-odds game aimed primarily at the UK sportsbook market and at sports fans in general. The game boasts several value-added features, in addition to best-of-breed animation and realistic track sounds. Players can choose multiple betting patterns, such as Winner, 1st & 2nd place, 1st-2nd-3rd, or betting on 4-5 horses based on finishing position. There’s a graphical analysis of each horse competing in the race, including a picture of the horse and the jockey and a wins/competitions history. Information on track conditions - weather and track surface - is available, as is an overhead map of the track, an exciting countdown and photofinish, plus live race status throughout the game and a winners’ scoreboard afterwards.

Blackjack Surrender is a game based on the Single-Deck Blackjack currently available in all Playtech-powered casinos but featuring a new surrender option. Available to players after they are dealt the first two cards, this feature allows players to surrender – thereby automatically losing the game round but only losing half their initial bet. Blackjack Surrender is the latest variation of the ever-popular card game to be added to Playtech’s games portfolio, and joins Standard 6-Deck Blackjack, Single-Deck Blackjack Pro and the exclusive-to-Playtech Blackjack Switch.

The 10- and 25-line video poker games were developed by Playtech in response to renewed demand in the online casino industry in general, and among Playtech casino players in particular,r for a greater diversity of video poker games. These new games compliment Playtech’s existing suite of 9 video poker games, which includes multi-line and progressive jackpot versions.

Commented Iris Toledano, Playtech’s Marketing Director: “Our company’s product development strategy has and will always be focused firstly on the needs of our licensees and their players. We’re confident that this games release – and more will follow in the coming months - will further enhance the offering of Playtech-powered casinos and will increase operators’ competitive edge in an increasingly crowded gaming market.”

“Derby Day, our new horse racing game,” Toledano continued, “is aimed squarly at the UK market and follows on the heels of the successful launch two months ago of our twelve new fixed-odds games. Those proved a huge hit with sportsbook operators and punters alike. Derby Day complements Playtech’s growing suite of sports-oriented games and is set to be a winner.”

The launch of the four new games is the latest in a long line of new product developments from Playtech, now recognized as one of the fastest growing and most highly respected software developers. Other recent developments include 12 fixed-odds flash games, UK-style 90-ball bingo and the launch of, the online gaming debut of The Tote, one of Britain’s most venerable sportsbooks.

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