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Going from Bricks to Clicks, Dr. Stanley Ho Lends His Name to a Virtual Venture

14 February 2001

ANTIGUA, West Indies – (Press Release) -- Feb. 14, 2001 -- DrHo.com today announced the launch of its revolutionary gaming, lifestyle, and entertainment Internet site.

For the first time anywhere, casino games, including baccarat, blackjack, roulette, Caribbean Stud and big & small can now be played online with a live dealer via Internet broadcast of a live game using real time media delivery technology that will provide a casino experience remarkably like that of a land-based casino.

DrHo.com models itself upon Dr. Stanley Ho, the most successful casino operator in Asia for more than 30 years, known in China as Wong Tai Sin-the god who fulfils peoples' wishes. Featuring interactive media and virtual reality gaming technology exclusively licensed from Eyeball.com, DrHo.com's casino allows players to play games in real-time against live dealers based in an Antiguan casino who have been flown to Antigua from China, and specially selected for their skill and charisma.

The entertainment and lifestyle aspects of the web site include an insider's view, via the extensive network of StarEastNet, of the latest celebrity gossip as well as up to date reports on the news celebrities are making.

For those interested in stars of another kind, DrHo.com provides AstroAdvice, for entertaining and personalized astrological readings. DrHo.com has also teamed with PlayLink to supply 17 mainly multi-player, non-casino games that range from popular classics such as checkers and chess to break out originals for the DrHo.com gamer. The site is full of unique features that enhance the user experience.

DrHo.com's unique casino technology allows players to interact with a live dealer who deals games in real time visible in a ``picture in picture' video corner of the screen. As the live dealer deals the cards, a 3D avatar (an animated video character) on the main part of the screen mirrors the movements of - and the cards dealt by - the dealer. The player makes decisions and moves chips to place bets, and this information is fed back to the live dealer in the casino to determine the next move or pay out. The stunningly beautiful live dealers are not intended to give the house an extra edge!

Other online casinos generate game outcomes using a random number generator (RNG), meaning that players play against computers rather than against live dealers. Playing against a computer not only reduces the feel of being in a land-based casino, but could reduce players' chances of having legendary winning streaks. At DrHo.com, the only web site with real dealers in real time, the ``real deal' means it's the luck of the draw, not the luck of the computer program that creates big winners. Moreover, players can observe live casino action just as they do in a land-based casino.

The live casino Internet broadcast allows players to see dealer shift changes, pit bosses, card shuffling or even glimpses of a dealer adjusting her hair ... or some other real life experience that you couldn't see in a traditional computer


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