6/28/2001 (Tan Ee Lyn, Japan Today) HONG KONG — Macau gambling king Stanley Ho is charging through cyberspace and scoring a huge success with people whose penchant for gambling is legendary — Asians.
The US$20 million casino Website has had 13 million hits from curious visitors and 30,000 account holders since its soft launch in March, with 75 percent of them from Asia, said Peter Kjaer, chief executive officer of the company.
Forty percent of those are from Hong Kong, he said.
Of the remaining 25%, 10% are from the United States and the rest from Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
“Asians are much more wary about who they put their money with. They don’t feel comfortable about giving their credit card details on the Internet…But with Dr Ho’s name, the Asians are simply coming,” Kjaer said in a recent interview.
The online casino at www.drho.com features 60 human dealers handling the cards and executing orders from gamblers real-time. Punters can try their hand at baccarat, blackjack, poker and roulette beamed live from a large studio in Antigua.