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                          SPROULE EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

             This Employment Agreement ("Agreement") dated as of June 3, 2002 is
by and between, Inc., a Delaware corporation ("the Company"), and
Gary W. Sproule ("Executive"), in connection with the Company's engagement of
Executive for personal services.


                  EMPLOYMENT BY COMPANY.

         The Company hereby engages Executive, and Executive hereby agrees to
serve as Chief Financial Officer of the Company on the terms and conditions of
this Agreement. Throughout the Term of this Agreement, Executive shall, subject
to the provisions contained herein, devote substantially all of his work time to
the employment described hereunder. Executive shall report solely to the
President and Chief Operating Officer.

                  LOCATION OF EMPLOYMENT.

         Executive shall render his services at the Company's offices at 5901 De
Soto Avenue, Woodland Hills, California; provided, however, that Executive
agrees to render his services at such other locations from time-to-time as the
proper performance of Executives duties may reasonably require. Notwithstanding
the foregoing, the Company's principal offices shall remain in Southern
California, and Executive need not relocate to render his duties hereunder.


         Executive shall have the following duties:

(a)      Define the vision, direction, and goals of the Finance Department.

(b)      Direct all financial plans and operations of the Company.

(c)      Support the President and Chief Operating Officer in the management of
         investor relations activities such as working with Wall Street
         analysts, participating in quarterly conference calls, investor
         conferences, investment requirements and other related shareholder

(d)      Participate in mergers and acquisition projects and due diligence, and
         drive the integration of newly acquired operations. (e) Serve as
         functional consultant/advisor to marketing/sales efforts. (f) Perform
         such other Executive duties as the President and Chief Operating
         Officer may reasonably require.

         2.       TERM:

         The term of Executive's employment hereunder shall commence as of the
date hereof (the "Effective Time") and end on June 2, 2004 (the "Term") unless
sooner terminated pursuant to Section 7 hereof. After the Term, the employment
of Executive shall be at will, and as such either party may terminate this


 upon 30 days prior written notice to the other party.


                  (a) SALARY.

         During the first year of the Term, Executive shall receive a salary
(the "Annual Salary") at the rate of $225,000 per annum. During the second year
of the Term, Executive shall receive an Annual Salary of $250,000. All Salary
shall be less such deductions as shall be required to be withheld by applicable
law and regulations and shall be pro-rated for any period that does not
constitute a full twelve (12) month period.

                  (b) BONUSES.

         Executive shall be entitled to bonuses as follows:

(i)      For the second year of the Term, a maximum bonus at the Board's
         discretion, but Executive shall receive not less than 40% of the Annual
         Salary based on mutually agreed upon business objectives, provided,
         that in any event Executive shall receive at least 20% of the Annual
         Salary if the Company is profitable for the second year of the Term.

(ii)     The business objectives for years one and two of the Term shall be
         determined before the start of each year of the Term. For purposes of
         determining profitability, the applicable period shall be June 1 to May
         31 and shall be based on EBITDA, excluding any extraordinary items, as
         reflected in the Company's security filings.

                  (c) STOCK OPTIONS.

         Executive is hereby granted 300,000 stock options pursuant to the
Company's 1998 Stock Option Plan. The 300,000 stock options will have an
exercise price equal to the closing price of the Company's Common Stock on June
3, 2002. The stock options are five (5) year options and shall vest ratably over
four (4) years.

         Any unvested options shall terminate as provided in the Company's 1998
Stock Option Plan or as otherwise set forth herein.

         All unvested options shall vest equal to vested Options upon a "Change
of Control".


         Upon "Change of Control" the Company has the option to terminate the
Agreement by providing the Executive with severance pay equal to 90 days salary.

         For purposes of this Agreement, the term "Change of Control" shall
mean, a merger, acquisition or other corporate transaction where (1)
substantially all the Company's assets or fifty percent (50%) or more of the
outstanding common stock of the Company is sold or acquired, or (2) upon the
consummation of any transaction involving over fifty percent (50%) of the assets
or outstanding stock of the Company, the Company's existing Board as of the date
immediately preceding the consummation of the transaction no longer constitute a
majority of the Board as of any date within the twelve (12) consecutive months
subsequent to consummation of the transaction.



                  (a) FRINGE BENEFITS. Executive shall be permitted during the
Term to participate in any group life, medical, hospitalization, dental, health
and accident and disability plans, supplemental health care plans and plans
providing for life insurance coverage, and any other plans and benefits,
generally maintained by Company for Executives of the stature and rank of
Executive during the Term hereof, each in accordance with the terms and
conditions of such plans (collectively referred to herein as "Fringe Benefits");
provided, however, that Company shall not be required to establish or maintain
any such Fringe Benefits.

                  (b) VACATION. Executive shall accrue, in addition to personal
days and days on which Company is closed, paid vacation days at the rate of 4.62
hours per pay period or up to three weeks per year.

                  (c) EXPENSES. The Company will reimburse Executive for actual
and necessary travel and accommodation costs, entertainment and other business
expenses incurred as a necessary part of discharging the Executive's duties
hereunder, subject to receipt of reasonable and appropriate documentation by the
Company and in accordance with Company policy. The Company will also reimburse
Executive $750 per month for all business related operating expenses of
Executive's automobile. Additionally, Executive will receive or be reimbursed
for a cellular phone.


         Without in any way limiting or waiving any right or remedy accorded to
Company or any limitation placed upon Executive by law, Executive agrees as

                  (a) CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION: Executive agrees that, neither
during the Term
 nor at anytime thereafter shall Executive (i) disclose to any person, firm or
corporation not employed by the Company or any affiliate of either (the
"Protected Company") or not engaged to render services to any Protected Company
or (ii) use for the benefit of himself, or others, any confidential information
of any Protected Company obtained by the Executive prior to the execution of
this Agreement, during the Term or any time thereafter, including, without
limitation, "know-how," trade secrets, details of suppliers, pricing policies,
financial data, operational methods, marketing and sales information or
strategies, product development techniques or plans or any strategies relating
thereto, technical processes, designs and design projects, and other proprietary
information of any Protected Company; provided, however, that this provision
shall not preclude the Executive from (x) upon advice of counsel and notice to
the Company, making any disclosure required by any applicable law or (y) using
or disclosing information known generally to the public (other than information
known generally to the public as a result of any violation of this Section

                   (b) PROPERTY OF COMPANY. Any interest in trademarks,
service-marks, copyrights, copyright applications, patents, patent applications,
slogans, developments and processes which the Executive, during the Term, may
develop relating to the business of the Company in which the Company may then be
engaged and any memoranda, notes, lists, records and other documents (and all
copies thereof) made or compiled by the Executive or made available to the
Executive concerning the business of any Protected Company shall belong and
remain in the possession of any Protected Company, and shall be delivered to the
Company promptly upon the termination of the Executive's employment with Company
or at any other time on request.

                  (c) NON-INTERFERENCE. Executive will not, during the Term
hereof and for a period of one (1) year after the Term induce any person who is
an employee of the Company to terminate his relationship with the Company.


                  (d) NON-COMPETITION. Without the prior written consent of the
Company, Employee shall not be employed by the Internet gaming divisions of
Magna, Inc., TVG, Inc. or by any other Internet gaming division of a direct
competitor of the Company during, or for one year after the termination of, his
employment with the Company. The parties agree that, as of the date this
Agreement is being executed, the only existing competitors of the Company are
the Internet gaming divisions of Magna, Inc. and TVG, Inc.

             6.  OTHER PROVISIONS:

                  (a) RIGHTS AND REMEDIES UPON BREACH. If the Executive
breaches, or threatens to commit a breach of, any of the provisions of Section 5
hereof (the "Restrictive Covenants"), the Company shall have the following
rights and remedies, each of which rights and remedies shall be independent of
the other and severally enforceable, and all of which rights and remedies shall
be in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other rights and remedies available
to the Company at law or in equity.

                  (b) ACCOUNTING. The right and remedy to require the Executive
to account for and pay over to the Company all compensation, profits, monies,
accruals, increments or other benefits (collectively "Benefits") derived or
received by the Executive as a result of any transactions constituting a breach
of any of the Restrictive Covenants, and the Executive shall account for and pay
over such Benefits to the Company.

                  (c) SEVERABILITY OF COVENANTS. If any court determines that
any of the Restrictive Covenants, or ANY part thereof, is invalid or
unenforceable, the remainder of the Restrictive Covenants shall not thereby be
affected and shall be given full effect, without regard to the invalid portions.

                  (d) BLUE-PENCILING. If any court construes any of the
Restrictive Covenants, or any part thereof, to be unenforceable because of the
duration or geographic scope of such provision, such court shall have the power
to reduce the duration or scope of such provision and, in its reduced form, such
provision shall then be enforceable.

                  (e) ENFORCEABILITY IN JURISDICTIONS. The parties intend to and
hereby confer jurisdiction to enforce the Restrictive Covenants upon the courts
of any jurisdiction within the geographical scope of such Restrictive Covenants.
If the courts of any one or more of such jurisdictions hold the Restrictive
Covenants unenforceable by reason of the breadth of such scope or otherwise, it
is the intention of the parties that such determination not bar or in any way
affect Company's right to the relief provided in this Section 6 in the courts of
any other jurisdiction within the geographical scope of such Restrictive
Covenants, as to breaches of such Restrictive Covenants in such other respective
jurisdictions, such Restrictive Covenants as they relate to each jurisdiction
being, for this purpose, severable into diverse and independent covenants.

                  (f) INJUNCTIVE RELIEF. Executive agrees and understands that
the remedy at law for any breach by Executive of the provisions of Section 5
hereof may be inadequate and that damages resulting from such breach may not be
susceptible to being measured in monetary terms. Accordingly, it is acknowledged
that upon Executive's breach of any provision of Section 5 hereof, the Company
shall be entitled to seek to obtain from any court of competent jurisdiction
injunctive relief to prevent the continuation of such breach. Nothing contained
herein shall be deemed to limit the Company's remedies at law or in equity for
any breach of the provisions of Section 5 hereof which may be available to the


                  (a) TERMINATION FOR CAUSE. The Company shall have the option
to terminate Executive upon the occurrence of any of the following:

(g)      theExecutive's theft or embezzlement of the Company's money, equipment,
         or securities;


         (xii)    the Executive's conviction of a felony (other than a traffic
                  violation) which results in material injury to the Company;

         (xiii)   the Executive's willful act of disloyalty that is intended to
                  and results in material injury to the Company;

         (xiv)    the failure of the Executive to be licensable in his capacity
                  as Chief Financial Officer of the Company;

         (xv)     the Executive's chronic alcoholism or addiction to
                  non-medically prescribed drugs; or

         (xvi)    breach by the Executive of his confidentiality, no
                  solicitation, and non-competition covenants contained in his
                  employment agreement with the Company.

         Any act or omission of the Executive based upon authority given
pursuant to the Articles of Incorporation of the Company or Bylaws of the
Company or a resolution duly adopted by the Company's Board of Directors or
based upon the advice of counsel for the Company shall be conclusively deemed to
be done by Executive in good faith and in the best interests of the Company.

         If Executive's services are terminated as set forth in this subsection,
Executive's services shall cease as of such effective date of termination and
all compensation shall cease as of such effective date.

         the Term the Executive resigns for Good Reason or is terminated without



                  (a) RIGHT TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENT. Executive has the
unfettered right to enter into this entire Agreement on all of the terms,
covenants and conditions hereof; and Executive has not done or permitted to be
done anything, which may curtail or impair any of the rights granted to Company

                   (b) BREACH UNDER OTHER AGREEMENT OR ARRANGEMENT. Neither the
execution and delivery of this Agreement nor the performance by Executive of any
of his obligations hereunder will constitute a violation or breach of, or a
default under, any agreement, arrangement or understanding, or any other
restriction of any kind, to which Executive is a party or by which Executive is

                  (c) SERVICES RENDERED DEEMED SPECIAL, ETC. Executive
acknowledges and agrees that the services to be rendered by him hereunder are of
a special, unique, extraordinary and intellectual character which gives them
peculiar value, the loss of which cannot be adequately compensated for in an
action at law and that a breach of any term, condition or covenant hereof will
cause irreparable harm and injury to the Company and in addition to any other
available remedy the Company will be entitled to seek injunctive relief.

             9.  USE OF NAME:

         The Company shall have the right during the Term hereof to use
Executive's name, biography and approved likenesses in connection with Company's
business, including


advertising their products and services; and the Company may grant such rights
to others, but not for use as a direct endorsement.

             10. ARBITRATION:

         Any dispute whatsoever arising out of or referable to this Agreement,
including, without limitation, any dispute as to the rights and entitlements and
performance of the parties under this Agreement or concerning the termination of
Executive's employment or of this Agreement or its construction or its validity
or enforcement, or as to the arbitrator's jurisdiction, or as to the ability to
arbitrate any such dispute, shall be submitted to final and binding arbitration
in Los Angeles, California by and pursuant to the Labor Arbitration Rules of the
American Arbitration Association with discovery proceedings pursuant to Section
1283.05 of the California Code of Civil Procedure. The arbitrator shall be
entitled to award any relief, which might be available at law or in equity,
including that of a provisional, permanent or injunctive nature. The prevailing
party in such arbitration as determined by the arbitrator, or in any proceedings
in respect thereof as determined by the person presiding, shall be entitled to
receive its or his reasonable attorneys' fees incurred in connection therewith.

             11. NOTICES:

                  (a) DELIVERY. Any notice, consent or other communication under
this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be delivered personally, telexed,
sent by facsimile transmission or overnight courier (regularly providing proof
of delivery) or sent by registered, certified, or express mail and shall be
deemed given when so delivered personally, telexed, sent by facsimile
transmission or overnight courier, or if mailed two (2) days after the date of
deposit in the United States mail as follows: to the parties at the following
addresses (or at such other address as a party may specify by notice in
accordance with the provisions hereof to the other):

         If to Executive, to his address at:

         4191 Cambridge Road
         La Canada, CA 91011

         If to Company, to its address at:
, Inc.
         5901 Desoto Avenue
         Woodland Hills, CA 91367
         Attention: Chief Executive Officer
         Fax (818) 668-2121

                  (b) CHANGE OF ADDRESS. Either party may change its address for
notice hereunder by notice to the other party in accordance with this Section


         This Agreement contains a complete statement of all the arrangements
between the parties with respect to the matters covered hereby and, supersedes
all existing agreements between the parties concerning the subject matter
hereof. This Agreement may be amended, modified, superseded or canceled, and the
terms and conditions hereof may be waiver, by the party waiving compliance. No
delay on the part of any party in exercising any shall operate as a waiver
thereof, nor shall any waiver on the part of any party of any such right or
remedy, nor any single or partial exercise of any such right or remedy preclude
any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right or


             13.  HEADINGS:

         The headings in this Agreement are solely for the convenience of
reference and shall not affect its interpretation.

              14. INDEMNIFICATION:

         The Company will indemnify, defend, and hold Executive harmless from
and against any and all demands, actions, claims, suits, liabilities, losses,
damages, fees (including reasonable attorneys' fees) and expenses relating to
any acts or omissions to act in the course or scope of his duties he performs on
behalf of the Company while employed by it and/or while serving as an Executive
and/or director of the Company, and to provide indemnification and Executives
and directors liability insurance to him at least to the same extent that it
provides such indemnification and insurance to the Executives and directors of
the Company. Executive will have the option to select his own counsel or be
represented by counsel for the Company. The provisions herein shall survive the
termination of Executive's employment with the Company for any reason.

              15. ATTORNEYS' FEES:

         If either the Company or the Executive brings an action to enforce the
Executive's employment agreement, the prevailing party will be entitled to
recover its/his reasonable attorneys' fees.

         WHEREFORE, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of the
day and year first above written.