Friday, September 29, 2006

GameAccount Re-invents Blackjack

Multiplayer Blackjack Tournaments for the Poker Generation

GameAccount, the world’s largest provider of person-to-person (P2P) games this week introduced Multiplayer Blackjack, a unique skill-based version of the casino classic. Players rely on their card-counting skills and mastery of strategic play to outwit their opponents in real-time multiplayer tournaments.

GameAccount, short-listed for two 2006 eGaming Review Awards, has rolled out next-generation tournaments for all multiplayer games including Gin Rummy, Backgammon and Multiplayer Blackjack, a world first for any P2P games service provider. Players in the GameAccount Network can now compete online in professional tournament formats popularised by online poker operators.

GameAccount’s browser-based Multiplayer Blackjack allows players to play live and in real-time against up to five online opponents simultaneously, never directly against the ‘House’. Starting with an imaginary chip stack of $1,000 the objective is to build a larger chip stack than your opponent over ten rounds of cards dealt to both players and the automated in-game dealer. Using a 4-deck shoe of cards and no auto-shuffler, Multiplayer Blackjack openly encourages optimal strategic play and card-counting unlike conventional casino blackjack. This demonstrates GameAccount’s philosophy to empower players with a serious alternative to existing forms of casino blackjack where over time players can never defeat the traditional ‘House’ edge.

Kevin Dale, CEO of GameAccount commented, “Multiplayer Blackjack marks another leap forward in adapting recognisable casino products to encourage skilful game play without losing the aura or excitement of the original. We also provide the industry-standard guaranteed prize money tournaments that make Poker such an exciting offering. We see this as the future of Skill Gaming: Skill, with a bit of luck.”

As the leading provider of person-to-person games to sportsbook, casino and poker operators GameAccount offers a real solution to operators looking to generate incremental extra revenues from new, existing and lapsed customers. The suite of game products have been bolstered by next generation tournament technology: Cash Games; Non-stop ‘Sit and Go’ tournaments, money-added scheduled tournaments; guaranteed prize money tournaments; feeder tournaments and regular scheduled Freeroll tournaments. Millions of dollars, pounds and euros are paid out to players within the GameAccount Network each and every month.

“Our exciting new lobby-based tournaments go hand-in-hand with our expanding product portfolio – one simply can’t exist without the other. Scheduled tournaments are a must-have for both us and our blue-chip partners, allowing branded tailor-made tournaments exclusive to certain operators as well as offline tournaments fed by online satellites. We see serious potential for both Gin Rummy, Backgammon and Blackjack tournaments in the near future. Our Backgammon product is already being featured on TV in the UK on the PokerZone channel.”, added Mr. Dale.

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