Sports Betting: How To Make Online Betting Work For You

Football betting on your favorite NFL picks made fun, easy, and low-risk. NBA Basketball and other sports are also available.

(PRWEB) January 5, 2006 — Today’s sports betting enthusiast, and there are millions of them around the world, trying to enjoy a friendly wager on a favorite team or teams can be challenged by online betting options. Football betting and basketball betting, to name two popular sports, can be daunting plus require a significant investment in time and money. Football picks , NFL picks, NFL odds…how does the average person keep track of it all? has developed an easy answer at its new site at Rather than being seen as a sports bookmaker, the web site is more of a sports pool promoter.

“We wanted to create a fun environment where the average person can fulfill his sports betting desires without the hassle and pressure of dealing with Las Vegas type, high-pressure bookmakers,” said David Rippe, president of Celestia International, a marketing firm. “Plus, our research showed us that many people, including college students, like the idea of competing in sports pools with their friends and co-workers. We’ve developed a solution that doesn’t require a big investment but can return relatively large winnings.”

Starting with NFL football, NBA basketball, and NHL hockey, offers several different types of pools, with each pool limited to a fixed number of players. New sports pools will be offered as their respective seasons go live.

“The idea of wagering a small amount, say $5, against your friends and others, makes the sports betting experience more fun and exciting,” David Rippe continued. “Our idea is to offer online sports betting pools in all of the active sports when they’re being played. We’re really looking forward to the NCAA tournament during March Madness.”

Football betting , with the NFL playoffs beginning, is currently drawing a lot of interest. Individuals that have their favorite NFL picks and have some knowledge of the NFL odds can immediately register and play in the pool of their choice. N.V. is located in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. It operates under an international online gaming license issued under the authority of Curacao Netherlands Antilles.


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The fastest growing telecommunications company in the region will probably have to wait until the new year to find out if it can add the assets of Cingular Barbados to its list of regional acquisitions of that company.

Barbados remains the only island out of a total of 10 regional countries where Digicel has not yet received regulatory approval to acquire Cingulars assets, and CEO of the Fair Trading Commission (FTC), Peggy Griffith, said the process was on schedule, but declined to say whether or not it could be finished before year end.

While not giving up on the possibility of a before year-end decision from the FTC, Digicel CEO, Kevin White said the company was working very closely with the FTC, and was hoping for an approval of the application sometime early in January 2006.

White said while Digi-cels operations were not really affected by the waiting period for a decision from the FTC, it was the staff and management at Cingular Barbados that would really appreciate a quick end to the process.

The sooner it happens, the better for the staff at Cingular. There is more uncertainty for Cingulars staff and customers, and it will be better to them to have the deal closed as soon as possible, White said.

He added that though Digicel was optimistic about the outcome of the FTC investigation into the Barbados merger appli-cation, the company was aware that the FTC had its job to do, and was prepared to accept its findings either way.

Obviously, we hope that has been done in all the other islands, Barbados will approve also, White said. He explained that should the FTC approve the merger, this would pave the way for the integration of the two companies in Barbados, whereas if the decision was in the negative, the likely response would be simply for the companies to continue operating as they do now.

White said the ability to integrate the two com- panies in Barbados, as elsewhere in the region, would not only increase the companys market share in every island, but would allow for a more efficient operation that would redound to the benefit of its customers.

Cingular customers will now benefit from the competitive advantages that Digicel customers already enjoy, and Digicel customers will likewise benefit from the advantages that Cingular brings. So this creates a stronger company with a wider product portfolio that would not be possible otherwise.

While Barbados can be seen as the last to come on board with this merger decision, it must also be borne in mind that of the participating countries, Barba-dos is the only one with a separate and distinct competition regulator fully established in the law, with a mandate to carry out such investigations. While the intention is for all states to move in this direction, and some are in the process of doing so, these functions in other regional states where Cingular operated are still being carried out by ministries of government, or similar civil service agency.

Digicels increased pan-Caribbean GSM network now includes Bermuda, Anguilla, St. Kitts & Nevis and Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Cay-man Islands and Antigua & Barbuda and the company is awaiting regulatory approval in Barbados.

Digicel has also fully acquired the Cingular Wireless licenses in Jamaica, as well as network assets in the Nether-lands Antilles island of Curacao, where Digicel already operates following its acquisition of Curacao Telecom in March 2005. Digicels agreement with Cingular Wireless also includes the planned acquisition of Cingulars licences in the French West Indies islands of St. Martin, Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Barts.

Redknee to Partner in Digicel’s Expansion Across 15 Caribbean Countries

TORONTO, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ — Redknee, Inc., a leading global provider
of communication software to wireless network operators, announced today it
won a contract to become a strategic partner to the Digicel Group as it moves
forward in expanding its GSM network across 15 countries in the Caribbean
Redknee said it would extend Customer Care and Billing/Settlement
functionality including CRM and USSD applications to additional Digicel
islands, as well as provide complete integration with Ericsson’s prepaid
charging system.
With the completion of Digicel’s acquisition of seven Cingular Wireless
operations in the Caribbean as well as Bermuda, the company is now in a
position to increase the size of its pan-Caribbean network to include
Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bermuda, St. Kitts & Nevis and Dominica and has
received regulatory approval for the acquisition of Cingular’s operations on
the islands of Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines where
Digicel already operates. The company looks forward to receiving regulatory
approval in the remaining islands of Barbados, the Cayman Islands in the near
Having acquired Curacao Telecom in March 2005, Digicel, the fastest
growing mobile operator in the Caribbean, is also preparing to launch in Haiti
and Trinidad & Tobago, This impressive expansion brings the company to 15
countries of operation, covering a total population of 14 million.
“Digicel is pleased to partner with Redknee as we enter this next exciting
phase of growth,” said Mario Assaad, Chief Technology Officer at Digicel
Group. “Redknee’s advanced software will play a key role in ensuring our
expansion will be as seamless an experience as possible for new and existing
customers. We look forward to Redknee’s support for a smooth migration of our
newly acquired prepaid customer base and postpaid subscribers into Digicel’s
Converged Billing solution and messaging platform respectively.”
The deployment of Redknee’s Customer Care and Billing/Settlement services
will begin later this year. Redknee did not disclose any financial details
about the deal.
“Digicel’s expansion is a testament to their rapid and successful growth
as the fastest growing mobile operator in the region,” said Lucas Skoczkowski,
CEO of Redknee. “This expansion announcement exemplifies our long time
partnership with Digicel, and Redknee is committed to helping Digicel build on
their current successes and vision to deliver a wireless network that
stretches across the entire Caribbean region.”
With investments in the Caribbean exceeding well over US$600 million,
Digicel is making significant strides in its mission to create a seamless
pan-Caribbean network. The company records a 67 percent market share across
all its current markets and anticipates a 30 percent increase in staff by the
end of 2006 from its current figure of 1051, due to subscriber growth and
market expansion.

About Redknee:
Redknee is a leading provider of telecommunication software solutions,
which enable network operators and service providers to deliver innovative
value-creating services. Redknee’s commercially deployed suite of software
products seamlessly integrates into customer networks and provides a full set
of business-critical network capabilities. Redknee’s capabilities include
service provisioning, real-time converged billing, messaging, service control,
customer relationship management solutions which provide value-added
functionality to wire-line, mobile, circuit-switched, and VoIP service
Redknee’s breadth of experience and robust, scalable architecture allows
our customers to enhance their service portfolio and network capabilities,
while leveraging Redknee’s best-in-class technical delivery organization to
ensure a rapid and efficient deployment and service launch.
Redknee’s next-generation software delivers innovative services to over 25
top tier network operators, with over 185 million subscribers worldwide.
Redknee’s global headquarters are located in Toronto, Canada.

Contact Redknee:
For more information, contact
Redknee Inc
Tel: +1-905-625-2622
Fax: +1-905-625-6485

About Digicel
Since its launch in 2001, Digicel has become the fastest growing wireless
telecommunications operator in the Caribbean. In four years, Digicel has
become renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, superior customer
care, a wide variety of products and services, and state-of-the-art handsets.
It is the largest GSM operator in the region.
Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and operates in eight countries
including Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, The Cayman Islands, Grenada, Jamaica, St.
Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines with plans to launch in Trinidad &
Tobago and Haiti. Digicel has entered into an agreement to acquire, subject to
regulatory approval, Cingular Wireless’ Bermuda and Caribbean operations that
will significantly increase the size of its pan-Caribbean network to include
Bermuda, Anguilla, St Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda and Dominica and allow
licenses in St Martin, Guadeloupe, Martinique and St Barths. Digicel’s market
share in The Cayman Islands, Grenada, St. Lucia, Barbados and St. Vincent &
the Grenadines, will also be strengthened as Cingular’s customer base will
transition to Digicel.

Contact Digicel:
Maureen Rabbitt
Public Relations Manager
T: +876-511-5272

Digicel, Ericsson Delivering World Class GSM Network for Trinidad & Tobago

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Digicel to Make Major Investment in Trinidad & Tobago Market, Introduce Competition to Former Monopoly Market

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD and TOBAGO — (MARKET WIRE) — 08/03/2005 — Digicel Group, the fastest growing mobile telecommunications company in the Caribbean, today announced that Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERICY) is the exclusive vendor for its GSM wireless infrastructure in Trinidad & Tobago. In June, Digicel obtained five blocks of GSM spectrum following a highly competitive auction which marked the liberalization of Trinidad and Tobago’s mobile telecommunications market.

A long time Digicel solutions provider and the world’s leading GSM provider, Ericsson’s network infrastructure technology will enable Trinbagonians to experience enhanced network quality and reliability as well as access to a broad range of services including international roaming, mobile Internet (GPRS), digiCHAT and digiINFO. Ericsson has been Digicel’s preferred vendor since its flagship launch in Jamaica in 2001 and remained a strategic provider throughout the company’s roll-out in markets including St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Grenada, Aruba, Barbados and The Cayman Islands.

“We are bringing the latest GSM technology to Trinidad and Tobago, which can bring value-added offerings and lower prices to all mobile phone users,” said Mario Assaad, chief technical officer, Digicel Group. “With Ericsson as our technology provider, we look forward to introducing competition to the Trinbagonian market and elevating the threshold for quality coverage, reliability and access to the widest range of services.”

Digicel recently completed a US$300 million bond offering which demonstrates the confidence of the international investment community in Digicel’s current business and its vision to build a seamless wireless network across the Caribbean. This financing will be employed, in part, to rapidly expand services in Trinidad & Tobago.

“Our technology is on the cutting-edge and capable of providing consumers and businesses in Trinidad and Tobago with innovative new services,” said Martin Bjork, Digicel Key Account Manager, Ericsson. “Our advanced network will impact the role of telecommunications and play a role in helping Trinbagonians achieve their Vision 2020* plan to become one of the world’s most fully developed nations by economic and social standards.”

One of the most admired brands in the Caribbean, Digicel supports a broad range of social, sporting and cultural initiatives throughout the Caribbean and looks forward to playing an active role in its new territories of Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Bermuda, Anguilla, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, and Dominica.


Vision 2020 places Trinidad and Tobago ( as a developed nation in the fullest sense, in terms of the level of human development, the enterprise and creativity of its people, the success and dynamism of its economy, the standard of living enjoyed by all segments of its population, the social and institutional structures, the quality of governance, as well as, the state of the natural environment.


Since its launch in 2001, Digicel has become the fastest growing wireless telecommunications operator in the Caribbean. In four years, Digicel has become renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, superior customer care, a wide variety of products and services, and state-of-the-art handsets. It is the largest GSM operator in the region.

By offering innovative wireless services and community support, Digicel has become a leading brand in the Caribbean and has placed the region at the cutting edge of wireless communications.

Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and operates in eight countries including Aruba, Barbados, Curaçao, The Cayman Islands, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines with plans to launch in Trinidad & Tobago. Digicel has entered into an agreement to acquire, subject to regulatory approval, Cingular Wireless’ Bermuda and Caribbean operations that will significantly increase the size of its pan-Caribbean network to include Bermuda, Anguilla, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica. Digicel’s market share in The Cayman Islands, Grenada, St. Lucia, Barbados and St. Vincent & the Grenadines, will also be strengthened as Cingular’s customer base will transition to Digicel.

The company is the lead sponsor of Caribbean sports teams including the West Indies Cricket Team, Special Olympics teams across the Caribbean and is title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Football Union Cup, which involves over 30 Caribbean countries and is an important qualifier towards the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Visit for more information on Digicel.

Digicel says US$300-m loan will fund expansion

Digicel Group has secured US$300 million by way of a corporate bond raised through Citigroup and J.P. Morgan, the telecommunications company announced last week.


Digicel Closes $300M Offering

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Digicel Group, the fastest growing wireless telecommunications company in the Caribbean, has today concluded raising US $300 million in capital through a corporate bond offering as part of its continued growth strategy. The bond financing was raised through investment banks Citigroup and J.P. Morgan and was priced at a coupon of 9.25% with an oversubscription of more than ten times.

The new financing will be employed to rapidly expand services in Trinidad & Tobago, to repay mezzanine and shareholder loans, and to fund the recently acquired Cingular Wireless assets in the Caribbean and Bermuda pending regulatory approval. Over the past two weeks, Chairman Denis O’Brien and Group CEO Colm Delves presented to institutional investors in major international financial markets where investors continue to endorse Digicel’s current business success and vision to build a wireless network that stretches across the entire Caribbean region.

The Caribbean based company has achieved significant milestones over the past six months in its mission to create a seamless Pan-Caribbean network that has enormous benefits for the entire Caribbean region. In 2005 so far, Digicel has increased its reach across the region to fifteen countries with the acquisition of Curaçao Telecom, the awarding of GSM licenses in Trinidad & Tobago and Haiti and most recently its agreement to acquire Cingular Wireless’ Caribbean and Bermuda network of operations, which is subject to regulatory approval.

According to Digicel Chairman, Denis O’Brien “We are greatly encouraged by the response we have seen from this funding initiative. We are now in an even more strategic position to move into our next expansion phase. The syndicated funding, which Citicorp and JP Morgan led involves major investing institutions across the globe and it signals the exciting opportunities which exist for Digicel in an increasing number of rapidly developing markets”.

Digicel Group

Royal Resorts Selects Dell to Centralize IT Infrastructure; Company Standardizes on Dell Servers, Storage, Desktops to Increase Efficiency and Customer Service

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MEXICO CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 26, 2005–Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) was selected by Royal Resorts, a vacation club ownership resort, as its technology partner to centralize its global IT operations and implement the latest technologies to provide faster, more reliable service to its members.

Royal Resorts has implemented Dell PowerEdge servers, a Dell/EMC storage area network (SAN), PowerVault network attached storage (NAS) and Tape Library products, OptiPlex desktops and services as part of this initiative, to achieve better flexibility and security capabilities from standardized technology.

The data centralization project was driven from the need to consolidate and centralize the IT infrastructure that supports its resorts throughout Mexico and the Caribbean. By updating its systems and selecting Dell as its corporate standard, Royal Resorts built a more efficient and secure network.

Following a comprehensive analysis of technology providers, Royal Resorts selected Dell based on its previous experience, the company’s quality of service and best-value proposition:

“To be competitive in the hospitality industry, we must deploy technology that enables us to differentiate and constantly improve our level of service, while remaining cost-competitive — from tracking members’ vacation ownership contracts and reservations to maintaining precise accounting information,” said Ed Klein, CIO, Royal Resorts. “Standardizing on Dell products has enabled us to improve the speed and accuracy of maintaining the information required to provide the greatest level of service to our members and guests. In addition, this partnership has helped us make dramatic improvements to our data integration, business intelligence and back-office systems.”

Royal Resorts has implemented Dell PowerEdge 1850, 2850 and 6650 servers running Microsoft Server 2003, a 2.3 terabyte Dell/EMC CX300 SAN, Power Vault 775 and 132T OptiPlex GX280 desktops, and UltraSharp LCD monitors to for an end-to-end standards-based infrastructure.

To reduce costs through improved management and increase productivity through ease of use, Royal Resorts implemented Active Directory on the enterprise systems as well as Microsoft Exchange 2003, an updated Microsoft Cluster SQL database platform and a Veritas Backup solution. The Dell-based network allows Royal Resorts to quickly process business transactions, maintain accounting and tax data, and ultimately, to provide better service to its more than 60,000 members.

In addition to standardizing on Dell products, the company selected several Dell services, including Professional Services and Gold Support. Royal Resorts and Dell Professional Services worked together to design a scalable and robust architecture that included detailed design documentation, a comprehensive validation strategy and a mature deployment plan. Dell Professional Services successfully managed the entire server and network implementation and migration, in addition to training the IT staff. Royal Resorts also selected Dell Gold Support to provide 24×7 technical assistance for all of its servers and desktops.

“Standards-based technology is being deployed more and more for business-critical enterprise platforms in leading companies like Royal Resorts,” said Jose Luis Garcia, Dell Mexico general manager. “These customers recognize that standardized technologies enable them to be cost and performance competitive for their customers, and Dell is committed to delivering the highest-quality systems and services to meet these business goals.”

About Royal Resorts

Founded in 1975 in Cancun, Royal Resorts is a pioneer in Mexican tourism and the international vacation ownership industry. The company has grown with Cancun, the country’s first and most successful master-planned destination. It opened its first resort in 1978 and now has five beachfront resorts with five-star ratings. Furthermore, Royal Resorts is one of the city’s three largest employers and has a workforce currently standing at 2,408 employees.

Royal Resorts recently expanded its resort operations to the area south of Cancun known as the Riviera Maya. Construction work is underway at The Royal Haciendas Resort in Moxche Beach & Golf Village and the first 55 vacation villas will be ready for occupation in the summer of 2006.

The company also manages El Castellano Hotel in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, The Sea Aquarium Resort on the island of Curacao, and the Pelican Resort Club on St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles.

Royal Resorts has over 75,000 members from 51 countries and independent surveys report a 98 percent member satisfaction rate, one of the highest ratings received in the vacation ownership industry worldwide. It has received numerous accolades including the coveted Five Star Award, given by Interval International ( every year since the award’s inception in 1984.

About Dell

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL) is a trusted and diversified information-technology supplier and partner, and sells a comprehensive portfolio of products and services directly to customers worldwide. Dell, recognized by Fortune magazine as America’s most admired company and No. 3 globally, designs, builds and delivers innovative, tailored systems that provide customers with exceptional value. Company revenue for the past four quarters was $51.1 billion. For more information about Dell and its products and services, visit

Dell is a trademark of Dell Inc.

Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.

Digicel to offer Blackberry in eight Caribbean markets1

MOBILE telecommunications company Digicel yesterday announced plans to add Blackberry(R), a leading wireless platform, to corporate customer offerings throughout its expanding operations in the Carib-bean. Blackberry will be available in Aruba, Bar- bado s, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Grenada, Jamai-ca, St. Vincent & the Grena-dines and St. Lucia on Digicels popular GSM/ GPRS network.

Blackberry from Digicel will enable customers to increase productivity and efficiency in their working lives by easily accessing e-mail, text messaging, Internet, organiser and corporate data applications from a single, integrated device. This offering will be supported by Digicels award winning customer care standards. Furthermore, Digicel customers will be able to roam with Black-berry anywhere within the Digicel network(i) and enjoy the same level of service they have come to expect from Digicel.

According to Digicel Group Marketing Director Ben Atherton: We are delighted to be working with RIM. We are in creasing our voice and data offerings to our corporate customers, and so are pleased to enrich our portfolio of wireless services with Blackberry.

Access on the move to corporate e-mail and other applications is becoming just as important as rece iving calls for this target. Our corporate customers will be able to enjoy easy-to-use and secure access to their information via the popular Blackberry platform, he said.

New and existing Digicel customers will be able to choose Blackberry and enjoy the freedom and power of advanced wireless connectivity. Blackberry offers the best mobile experience for users that want to access voice, e-mail and data services from a single wireless device, said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marke ting at RIM.

For corporate customers, Blackberry Enterprise Server(TM) tightly integrates with Microsoft(R) Exchange, IBM Lotus(R) Domino(TM) and Novell GroupWise(TM) enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to e-mail and o ther corporate data.

For individuals and smaller businesses, Black-berry Internet Service(TM) allows users to access up to ten corporate and/or personal e-mail accounts (including Microsoft Ex-change, IBM Lotus Domino and many popular ISP e-mail a ccounts) from a single device.

Blackberry is now available on wireless networks around the world with over three million subscribers using Blackberry services today.

Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of in novative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless acces s to time-sensitive infor- mation including e-mail, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications.

RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with w ireless connectivity to data.o

Youbet files $50-million universal shelf registration

nternet wagering company Inc. filed a $50-million universal shelf registration with the Security and Exchange Commission on Monday.

Once declared effective, the move will allow to sell up to $50-million in common stock, preferred stock, debt securities, stock purchase contracts and units, and warrants. is listed on the NASDAQ exchange and was trading at $4.72 a share through mid-morning on Monday.

“We continue to evaluate a number of potential acquisitions in our core area of business and other domestic and international opportunities,” said Chairman Chuck Champion. “Once effective, we believe the shelf registration statement will provide Youbet with the additional flexibility it may need to fund these growth opportunities with registered securities. Any drawn down under the registration statement would require the prior approval of our board of directors.”

Earlier this month, Youbet completed its purchase of International Racing Group, an offshore wagering company based in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, and its Nevada affiliate It’s All Good Buddy Inc.

Cingular sells out to Digicel

CINGULAR, a joint venture between SBC Communications and BellSouth Corp., announced yesterday that it is selling its operations and licences in the Caribbean and Bermuda to Digicel, a company incorporated in Bermuda but which had no operating unit here.
“Cingular’s strategic business focus has been on the US domestic market since its acquisition of AT&T Wireless,” said Bill Hague, EVP OF Cingular Wireless. “We will be working closely with Digicel to ensure an orderly transition, (and) working with the Governments of Bermuda and the Caribbean nations to secure approvals for the transaction.”
Under the terms of the agreement, Cingular will sell to Digicel former AT&T Wireless properties, including licences, network assets, and subscribers, in Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St.Vincent and the Grenadines.
In addition, Cingular will sell its cellular licences in Curacao, Jamaica and the French West Indies.
Since its launch in 2001, Digicel has become the fastest growing mobile telecom operator in the Caribbean. It operates in nine Caribbean countries: Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent.

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