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Swedish provider gets the Casinos Austria online poker deal...but is this the start of another protectionist state monopoly?

Further to the InfoPowa report earlier this week titled "CLOSE RELATIONSHIP IS NOT A MERGER" we can now advise that Boss Media is the poker software and network chosen for the planned new Win2Day online poker website.

Ă–sterreichische Lotterien and Casinos Austria will go live with the new poker room during the 1st quarter 2008 using a Boss platform solution delivered in partnership with Svenska Spel, which will provide a safe and secure playing environment covering responsible gaming, customer support and fraud and collusion.

"We are proud that this is the second government controlled poker network to operate on a Boss Media solution", says CEO of Boss Media Michael Hallén. "We are confident that more government controlled gaming operators will consider online poker during 2008 and 2009, and we intend to maintain our current strong position in this segment."

Win2day is an e-gaming brand based on cooperation between Austrian Lotteries and Casino Austria AG. The site is considered, together with, to have the most complete internet offering among local government controlled operators in Europe.

"Poker is still booming in Austria, and we had a 300 percent increase in poker playing guests from our offline poker games in 2007", says Casinos Austria General Director Karl Stoss. "We hope to capture a substantial part of the Austrian online poker market with our responsible approach, just as our colleagues at Svenska Spel did when they launched with Boss Media in 2006."