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26 Nov 2008

(PRESS RELEASE) -- In November 2008, just one year after launching the world's first online Rummy room, held the biggest online Rummy tournament with a guaranteed prize of $10,000. Hundreds of players from all over the globe competed in the big tournament ensuring that all the costs were covered. RummyRoyal sums up the tournament as a huge success both for the company and for the longevity of online Rummy.

Rummy, like poker, is a generic name that refers to a wide variety of household card or tile games, such as: Gin Rummy, Kalooki, Rummy500, Mahjong, Rummikub, Traditional Rummy and more. The Rummy games consist of mixing and matching sets of cards in a typical draw and discard format. The main goal is to get rid of all the cards in your hand by forming sets or runs. was launched during the second half of 2007 and has since gained popularity among online players and gaming operators alike and has become highly successful at building a thriving online Rummy community. The site offers an advanced Rummy multi-player gaming platform for players all over the world and is designed according to the poker standards. Like poker rooms, RummyRoyal includes Multi Table tournaments, single table tournaments and ring tables. This site offers the most popular of the Rummy variations; Gin Rummy, Traditional Rummy, Oklahoma Gin, Kalooki 40 and the most popular of all, Rummy 51 (kalooki), played by 2-4 players using two decks of cards including jokers.

RummyRoyal CEO Shachar Schalka says:

"It was not clear to all where Rummy would fit in with all of the poker, casino, backgammon and bridge sites, but today we can say with confidence that Rummy is the closest product to poker from all of the multi player games available in the market, with the perfect combination of skill and luck. The fact that it has only gained in popularity over the years and that the players are familiar with the games makes Rummy the next big market in the gaming world. After one year online it is apparent that the Rummy room will withstand the test of time."

In 2008, over 250,000 players registered an account, with the most prominent countries being; The United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Romania, Spain and the Netherlands. An important factor of this success is that it concentrates a wide variety of diverse members from the globe. In today's world of technology, many offline players are looking for the thrill of playing this well loved game in an online community. Many poker players are taking to the games as they offer an attractive environment to prove their skills and earn a lot of money. Many of our "high rollers" come from the world of online poker.

There are still many enhancements in the works including the launching of applications in many different languages. Many gaming affiliates have recognized the potential of Rummy games, and you can now see many content sites that deal only with Rummy. We are very happy and excited with the progress we have made in just one year online. The feedback we receive from the players and the industry has been very positive. The wide success of poker has paved the road for us in many ways and helped us immensely. There is no doubt that Rummy has now found its place in the online gaming world.

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