10 Years of Online Sports Betting and Intertops.com is Still on Top!
A number of guests from the online gaming world gathered in London on Wednesday 25th January to celebrate the 10th birthday of Intertops.com, the world’s first online sports betting company.
In 1994 as the Internet was still in its infancy, Head of Technical Ian Sherington discussed the topic of Sports Betting Online with founder Detlef Train. Investigations followed and they found that 30 million people already had access to the Internet. This was the magic number for Detlef Train.
Detlef Train founder of Intertops said, “We had no experience and nobody to learn from back then. Everything had to be developed and invented, Payment Gateways, Credit Card processing – Everything!”
“It didn’t take long though as within little more than a year we had found a way. Even today in an age of off the shelf turnkey solutions this is a very short period of time to turn an idea into reality.”
Quite appropriately, special guest at the 10th anniversary celebration was Finnish enthusiast Jukka Honkavaara who, on 17 January 1996, placed the first interactive online bet ever: a US$50 bet on the outcome of a soccer match between UK teams Tottenham Hotspur and Hereford United – picking up a whopping US$52 in winnings as a result!
There was a huge demand from people to bet online and the business rocketed from the very start. By 1998 the company added one of the world’s first Microgaming online casinos, but strict monopoly laws meant that the company was forced to relocate to operations from the beautiful Austrian city of Saltzburg to exotic Antigua in the Caribbean - where it continues to flourish today.
Intertops.com is now a multi-million dollar operation handling over 1,000 online betting transactions daily and allowing sports fans to wager as much as they wish, whenever they wish – on whatever sporting opportunity!
Michl Posch, Head of Marketing Intertops.com said: “2006 may be our tenth anniversary, but it is just the beginning of a truly exciting future for the company and for the online gaming industry as a whole.
“I hope that all of our valued customers and industry colleagues alike will join us in raising a glass to Intertops.com, a true pioneer of the online gaming industry which has helped pave the way for what has grown to become an outstandingly exciting, multi-billion dollar global market.”