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New Microgaming Online Casino Launched, Sealand Casino

Aug 1, 2007
Author: Donna Jordan

A new online casino is on the horizon - SealandCasino.com, powered by the leading Internet gaming software provider, Microgaming. Claiming to be the first ever national online casino, the operation was launched by the self-affirmed 'Principality of Sealand', located on the HM Fort Roughs, 6 miles off the east coast of Great Britain.

The Principality of Sealand, claiming themselves to be the world's smallest state, proposes to operate under it's own sovereign jurisdiction, adhering to no other country's law. Sealand Casino has established operations from a remote, decommissioned military fort.

The opening of the casino comes in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Principality's self-proclaimed freedom as a state, on September 2nd. In commemoration of the grand opening, Sealand Casino will be offering a 100% matching bonus up to GBP 100 for all new player sign-ups. The company provides full multi-currency support and a vast inventory of more than 300 games.

"The Royal Family of Sealand's high regard for the loyalty of its subjects is extended towards all Sealand Casino users, with players gaining Loyalty Points each time they place a bet," whimsically offered a spokesperson for the Principality. "These can then be redeemed for credits in the casino or cashed out as required. Tax-free winnings will be privately transferred in any currency to any account in the world."

The Principality has been occupied by family members and associates of Paddy Roy Bates, previously a British Army Major and radio broadcaster, claiming the sovereignty and independence of the state. Court rulings in the US and Germany however claim otherwise, stating Roughs Tower was, is and shall remain, the property of the United Kingdom. The Bates family continues to disputer this matter.

On a curious note, it is a rare occasion when the population of the territory exceeds ten.

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