SOURCE: Sona Mobile

March 01, 2007 09:00 ET

Sona Mobile Receives Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) Certification

Becomes First Company Worldwide to Receive the GLI-26 "Wireless Gaming Systems Standards" Certification; Modifies Strategic Alliance With Shuffle Master

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 1, 2007 -- Sona Mobile Holdings Corp. (OTCBB: SNMB) announced today that Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has certified its Casino on Demand™ Wireless Gaming System under the GLI-26 "Wireless Gaming Systems Standards." Sona is the first company in the world to receive GLI certification for a wireless gaming system based on random number generation technology, a key component in many casino products including automatic card shufflers, slot machines and multi-player table games. The certification covers use of Sona's system with Shuffle Master's Three Card Poker Game® and will allow Sona and its strategic alliance partner Shuffle Master, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHFL) to deploy and operate wireless gaming systems in a variety of domestic and international jurisdictions. Additional regulatory approval in some jurisdictions may be required. Sona and Shuffle Master plan for additional games to be GLI certified for use with the system, including Shuffle Master's proprietary Ultimate Texas Hold'em™, Dragon Bonus® Baccarat and Let It Ride Bonus® titles.

Sona also announced that it has modified its wireless gaming strategic alliance with Shuffle Master. Under the terms of the new agreement which replaces the previous agreement in its entirety, both Sona and Shuffle Master are permitted to distribute, market and sell the GLI-approved Casino On Demand Wireless Gaming System to gaming venues worldwide. Additionally, Sona has been granted a non-exclusive worldwide license to offer Shuffle Master's proprietary table game content on the platform, and Sona has granted Shuffle Master a non-exclusive worldwide license to certain Sona-developed wireless platform software and enhancements that support the integration and mobilization of casino gaming applications into in-casino wireless gaming delivery systems. The revised agreement also changes the revenue sharing terms from an allocation based on gross proceeds from sales to a new allocation based on net proceeds.

The Sona Wireless Gaming System consists of server and device software that runs on personal digital assistants (PDA), mobile phones and fixed device terminals. It is designed to work with application software for various casino games and horse racing and sportsbook applications.

"We are very excited to be the first wireless gaming provider worldwide to receive GLI certification. The complexity of the certification process represents a significant barrier to entry -- in our case, over 300,000 lines of code were tested and certified, and this major milestone sets Sona apart from our competitors," said Shawn Kreloff, Sona Mobile Chairman and CEO. "The final version of the GLI-26 standard was released on January 18, 2007, and we are particularly proud that our system was approved within a month of this release. Our world-class technology team has set the bar very high."

GLI has certified Shuffle Master's proprietary table game, Three Card Poker®, for use on the GLI-approved system. Said Paul C. Meyer, President and COO of Shuffle Master, "We are pleased that the Sona wireless gaming platform featuring Three Card Poker has received its GLI certification, and we look forward to the initial commercial installations of our wireless casino solution later this year."

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About Sona Mobile Holdings Corp.

Sona Mobile Inc. is a leading provider of secure mobile solutions for gaming and entertainment applications as well as access to financial and enterprise information. Sona's technology delivers a rich client experience without compromising performance or security. Sona's key differentiator is the innovative Sona Wireless Development Platform (SWP) and 3D mobile methodology. The SWP architecture works across a wide range of mobile devices and operating systems, including Research In Motion's BlackBerry® and Microsoft Corp's Windows Mobile® lines, without compromising performance or security. Sona's global strategic alliance with Shuffle Master, Inc. utilizes the SWP to provide users with wireless in-casino gaming.

Founded in 2000, Sona has offices and subsidiaries in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit the company Web site at

About Shuffle Master, Inc.

Shuffle Master, Inc. is a gaming supply company specializing in providing its casino customers Utility Products, including automatic card shufflers, roulette chip sorters and intelligent table system modules, to improve their profitability, productivity and security, and Entertainment Products, including live proprietary table games, electronic multi-player table game platforms, live table game tournaments and wireless gaming solutions to expand their gaming entertainment content. The company is included in the S&P Smallcap 600 Index. Information about Shuffle Master and its products can be found on the Internet at

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