CELTON Manx Limited has become the first Manx company to be granted approval by the Isle of Man's Gambling Supervision Commission to launch a live dealer online casino.
Its European sports book operations www.sbobet.com, which focuses mainly on football, was launched in December 2008 and is the principal sponsor of West Ham United FC in the Barclays Premier League.
Bill Mummery, Celton Manx executive director, said the company was delighted to become the first licence holder.
'Online casino players in Asia enjoy seeing the games take place in a casino environment with real dealers rather than playing against a robotic number generator,' he said.
'It will not only significantly increase and accelerate our development here in the Isle of Man but also adds to the egaming opportunities in the Island's ebusiness sector.
'We are enormously grateful for the support and commitment we have received from the Isle of Man Government and in particular the Gambling Supervision Commission working with us to achieve this important milestone.'