Oct 9, 2004: Ryanair, the Irish low-cost airline, is planning to offer its passengers in-flight gambling via its new at-seat interactive entertainment system.
Ryanair’s new high technology in-flight entertainment system (IFE) will be gradually rolled out to the entire Ryanair fleet by the end of the year.
The firm has been flooded with applications to run the system from egaming operators, but will not be rushing into any deal.
And a Ryanair spokesman was wary of giving a definitive date for the introduction of online gambling.
“We have no immediate plans to introduce online gambling on our flights but it is being considered at this time,” a Ryanair spokesman said.
Ryanair is famed for its low price offers with flights often sold for as little as US$1 to many destinations in Europe.
And O’Leary is keen to utilise additional revenue streams, such as in-flight gambling, to enable the firm to continue to offer loss-leading promotions.
Source: egaming review
Jul 26, 2004: According to a local media report yesterday, Irish lottery players may soon be able to play the Lotto via the internet, mobile phones and digital TV.
The National Lottery is planning to invest in multi-media technology, which will bring Ireland's Lotto into the digital age. It is also hoped the new formats will allow more people to play.
May 7, 2004: Victor Chandler (VC), which has run betting shops since the 1960s and recently acquired 28 retail outlets in the UK has launched a new tax-free online betting service in Ireland. The group, which currently sports betting to online, telephone and retail customers in eight languages, moved its operations from London to Gibraltar in 1999 to introduce tax-free betting for international clients.
Apr 22, 2004: Betting group Gamebookers has been granted an Irish bookmakers licence under the Betting Act 1931. Gamebookers.ie is the first sports-betting company to combine online tax-free betting and more traditional telephone betting under an Irish bookmaker's licence. All online and telephone bets placed with Gamebookers.ie terminate in the Republic of Ireland. All newly registered accounts of Irish residents will be kept with Gamebookers (Ireland) Ltd.
Gamebookers will aggressively target the Irish market to deliver on its corporate vision to gradually transform the group from an offshore into an onshore bookmaker. Gamebookers.ie will maintain tax-free betting, but by absorbing the Irish betting levy on behalf of customers, in effect will keep Irish punters' money in the country.
Aug 30, 2003: Ireland’s first internet lottery games have been launched by rehab.
Earnings from the new games, available at www.rehablotteries.com will go specifically towards the development of Rehab’s home-based and residential respite care programmes for people with disabilities across the country.
Jackpots of up to €10,000 are on offer from nine different games on the site, including scratch cards, bingo and keno. Stakes range from 25 cent to two euro per play and payment is by means of credit card, which means minors are unable to play.
Jun 9, 2003: Ireland's first online casino is to be launched within the next few weeks.
It is being started by the spread betting company Leisure Spread, under the name supremeoddscasino.com.
The company's managing director, Conor Foley, says other internet bookies are getting 15-20pc of their revenue from an online casino.
Leisure Spread already offers spread betting on sport and stocks, as well as fixed-odds sports betting.
It is regulated by the UK Financial Services Authority, allowing it to advertise in racing papers theerthe death da