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Employment Agreement - CryptoLogic Inc. and Lewis Rose

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                              EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

THIS AGREEMENT made as of the 1st day of January, 2003 between CryptoLogic Inc.,
a corporation duly incorporated under the laws of Ontario having its head office
at: 1867 Yonge Street, 7th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M4S 1Y5 (the "Employer") and
Lewis Rose, of the City of Toronto (the "Executive").


         1. The Employer and its subsidiary companies are engaged in the
development, marketing and licensing and support of internet based gaming and
e-cash software and related products and services;

         2. The Employer and the Executive have agreed to enter into an
employment relationship for their mutual benefit; and

         3. The Employer and the Executive initialled an engagement letter in
June 2002, engaging him as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer (the
"Interim Agreement").

THIS AGREEMENT witnesses that the parties have agreed that the terms and
conditions of the relationship shall be as follows:


         The Employer appoints the Executive to undertake the duties and
exercise the powers as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Employer as
may be requested of the Executive by the Board of Directors of Employer, and in
the other offices to which he may be appointed by the subsidiary companies of
the Employer, and the Executive accepts the office, on the terms and conditions
set forth in this agreement.


         The appointment shall commence with effect from January 1, 2003 and
shall continue until terminated in accordance with the provisions of this


         (1) The fixed remuneration of the Executive for his services shall be
             at the rate of $400,000 for the first year of employment pursuant
             to this contract commencing the 1st day of January, 2003. The fixed
             remuneration shall be reviewed on each anniversary of employment
             pursuant to this contract. The review will be undertaken by
             assessing the Executive's achievement of the over-all objectives
             established by the Employer and by having regard to the market
             rates of remuneration paid in Canada for similar duties and
             responsibilities, but in no event shall it be less than $400,000
             per annum.



         (2) In addition to the fixed remuneration, the Executive shall receive
from the Employer a bonus payment equal to a percentage of the fixed
remuneration for his services for each year or part thereof during the period of
his employment under this contract from and including the year commencing the
1st day of January, 2003, which amount shall be based on the net earnings after
taxes and before unusual items of the Employer as compared to the budgeted
amount for the year calculated as per the attached Schedule A. The budget shall
be prepared by the Executive and shall be subject to approval by the Board of
Directors. ***

         (3) The Employer and Executive agree that the Executive shall receive
options to purchase 445,000 common shares of the Employer pursuant to the
Employer's stock option plan. The Executive acknowledges that he received
320,000 stock options in July, 2002 having an exercise price of $8.59 per share
pursuant to the Interim Agreement. The Employer agrees to grant an additional
125,000 stock options at $7.61 pursuant to its stock option plan resulting in an
aggregate of 445,000 stock options being issued. In the event Executive's
employment is terminated other than for cause, the term of the options shall
extend for a period of twelve months from the termination date, and the vesting
provisions of such options shall continue to run for such twelve-month period.

         (4) All compensation to be paid to the Executive under this agreement
shall be subject to all applicable deductions and remittances as required by


         (1) Automobile. The Executive shall be provided with an automobile
expense allowance of $1,250 per month, which shall be treated as a taxable
benefit to the Executive.

         (2) Expenses. It is understood and agreed that the Executive will incur
expenses in connection with his duties under this agreement. The Employer will
reimburse the Executive for any expenses provided that the Executive provides to
the Employer an itemized written account and receipts acceptable to the Employer
within thirty days after they have been incurred. The Executive will not be
reimbursed for any individual item in excess of $10,000 unless approved in
advance by the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

         (2) Benefit plans. The Executive shall participate in all benefit plans
(the "Employee Benefits") which the Employer generally provides to its executive
employees, including medical/hospital and extended health care benefits and life
insurance. Benefits will be provided in accordance with the formal plan
documents or policies and any issues with respect to entitlement or formal plan
documents or policies and any issues with respect to entitlement or pay of
benefits under any of the Employee Benefits will be governed by the terms of
such documents or policies establishing the benefit in issue.

***  Denotes confidential information that has been omitted from the exhibit and
filed separately, accompanied by a confidential treatment request, with the
Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Rule 24b-2 of the Securities and
Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.



         (4) Club fees and Tax Planning. The Employer will reimburse Executive
for professional fees, initiation and annual dues payments for one health club,
and professional advisors for personal tax planning, not to exceed $6,000 per


         (1) The Executive shall have, subject always to the general or specific
instructions and directions of the Board of Directors of the Employer, full
power and authority to manage and direct the business and affairs of the
Employer (except only the matters and duties as by law must be transacted or
performed by the Board of Directors or by the shareholders of the Employer in
general meeting), including power and authority to enter into contracts,
engagements or commitments of every nature or kind in the name of and on behalf
of the Employer and to engage and employ and to dismiss all managers and other
employees and agents of the Employer other than officers of the Employer,
provided always that no contract shall be made which might involve the Employer
in an expenditure exceeding US $200,000 in excess of the current Employer budget
and no person shall be engaged or appointed as an employee of the Employer at
remuneration in excess of US $100,000 per annum, nor shall the remuneration of
any employee or agent of the Employer be increased so as to exceed US $100,000
per annum without, in each case, the prior approval of the Board of Directors.
The Executive shall provide timely reports to the Board of Directors, and not
less than weekly verbal reports to the Chairman of the general affairs of the
Employer, including changes in strategy, changes in material contracts,
emergence of sensitive customer or regulatory issues. The report to the Chairman
shall be not less than weekly, but subject to further agreement between the
Executive and the Chairman if evidenced in writing.

         (2) The Executive shall conform to all lawful instructions and
directions given to him by the Board of Directors of the Employer from time to
time, and obey and carry out the policies, practices and procedures of the
Employer, as they exist from time to time.


         (1) The Executive, throughout the term of his appointment, shall devote
his full time and attention to the business and affairs of the Employer and its
subsidiaries and shall not, without the consent in writing of the Board of
Directors of the Employer undertake any other business or occupation or become a
director, officer, employee or agent of any other company, firm or individual.

         (2) The Executive shall well and faithfully serve the Employer and its
subsidiaries and use his best efforts to promote the interests thereof and shall
not disclose the private affairs or trade secrets of the Employer and its
subsidiaries to any person other than the Directors of the Employer or for any
purposes other than those of the Employer or any information the Executive may
acquire in relation to the Employer's business.




         (1) The Executive agrees with and for the benefit of the Employer that
for a period of twelve months from the date of termination of the Executive's
employment, however caused, the Executive will not for any reason, directly or
indirectly, either as an individual or as a partner or joint venturer or as an
employee, principal, consultant, agent, shareholder, officer, director, or
salesperson for any person, firm, association, organization, syndicate, company
or corporation, or in any other manner:

         (a)      carry on, be engaged in, concerned with, interested in,
                  advise, lend money to, guarantee the debts or obligations of,
                  permit his or her name or any part of it to be used or
                  employed by any person, business, firm, association,
                  syndicate, company, organization or corporation concerned with
                  or engaged or interested in a business which is the same as,
                  or competitive with, the business of the Employer including,
                  without limitation, any business relating to internet and
                  gaming and related software support within the geographical
                  area of Ontario, or the United Kingdom, or

         (b)      solicit or accept business with respect to products
                  competitive with those of the Employer from any of the
                  Employer's customers, wherever situate;

provided that the Executive shall be entitled, for investment purposes, to
purchase and trade shares of a public company which are listed and posted for
trading on a recognized stock exchange and the business of which public company
may be in competition with the business of the Employer, provided that the
Executive shall not directly or indirectly, own more than [10%] of the issued
share capital of the public company, or participate in its management or
operation or in any advisory capacity.

         (2) The Executive further agrees that, during employment pursuant to
this agreement and for a period of twelve months following termination of
employment, however caused, the Executive will not hire or take away or cause to
be hired or taken away any employee of the Employer or, following termination of
the Executive's employment, any employee who was in the employ of the Employer
during the twelve months preceding termination.


         (1) The Executive acknowledges that he has executed a confidentiality
agreement dated June 25, 2002 (the "Confidentiality Agreement") when he
contemplated accepting the position of Interim President and Chief Executive
Officer of Employer and acknowledges such agreement remains in effect and is
attached hereto.



         (2) The Executive understands and agrees that the Employer has a
material interest in preserving the relationship it has developed with its
customers against impairment by competitive activities of a former employee.
Accordingly, the Executive agrees that the restrictions and covenants contained
in paragraph 7 of this agreement and the Confidentiality Agreement and the
Executive's agreement to them by his execution of this agreement, are of the
essence to this agreement and constitute a material inducement to the Executive
to enter into this agreement and to employ the Executive, and that the Employer
would not enter into this agreement absent such an inducement. Furthermore, the
existence of any claim or cause of action by the Executive against the Employer
whether predicated on this agreement or otherwise, shall not constitute a
defence to the enforcement by the Employer of the covenants or restrictions
provided in paragraph 7 or the Confidentiality Agreement, provided, however,
that if any provision shall be held to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable in
any jurisdiction, the decision shall not affect any other covenant or provision
of this agreement or the application of any other covenant or provision.


         The Executive shall be entitled during each year to six weeks' paid
vacation. The vacation shall be taken at the time or times as the Board of
Directors may determine but not in blocks exceeding 2 consecutive weeks, without
the prior approval of the Chairman. The Executive shall be allowed to carry
forward any unused vacation into the next calendar year but not further.


         (1) The parties understand and agree that employment pursuant to this
agreement may be terminated in the following manner in the specified

         (a)      by the Executive, at any time, for any reason, on the giving
                  of 90 days' written notice to the Employer. The Employer may
                  waive such notice, in whole or in part, by providing a lump
                  sum payment equivalent to the Executive's base salary for the
                  balance of the notice period that remains outstanding on the
                  date that the Employer so exercises such waiver. For greater
                  certainty, if the Employer chooses to waive all or part of the
                  notice period then the maximum period for which the Employer
                  will be required to provide the lump sum payment shall not
                  exceed the outstanding balance of the 90 days' notice period
                  referenced above, whether or not the Executive voluntarily
                  elects to provide more than 90 days' notice of your

         (b)      by the Employer, in its absolute discretion, without any
                  notice or pay in lieu thereof, for cause. For the purposes of
                  this agreement, cause includes the following:

                  (i)      any material breach of the provisions of this

                  (ii)     any conduct of the Executive which as judged in the
                           sole discretion of the Employer, tends to bring
                           himself or the Employer into disrepute;

                  (iii)    the commission of an act of bankruptcy by the
                           Executive or compounding with his creditors



                  (iv)     conviction of the Executive of a criminal offence
                           punishable by indictment, where such cause is not
                           prohibited by law;

                  (v)      any and all omissions, commissions or other conduct
                           which would constitute cause at law, in addition to
                           the specified causes.

                  Failure by the Employer to rely on the provision of this
                  paragraph in any given instance or instances, shall not
                  constitute a precedent or be deemed a general waiver.

         (c)      by the Employer in its absolute discretion and for any reason
                  on giving the Executive 12 months' advance notice in writing
                  or on paying to the Executive the equivalent termination pay
                  in lieu of notice to one year's fixed remuneration then in
                  effect and a bonus amount. The bonus amount shall be equal to
                  the bonus received for the previous year. The payments
                  contemplated in this paragraph include all entitlement to
                  either notice of pay in lieu of notice and severance pay if
                  applicable, as mandated by the Province of Ontario. In the
                  event the minimum statutory requirements as at the date of
                  termination provide for any right or benefit in excess of that
                  provided in this agreement, such statutory requirements will
                  replace the payments contemplated under this agreement. The
                  Executive agrees to accept the notice or pay in lieu of notice
                  as set out in this paragraph in full and final settlement of
                  all amounts owing to him or her by the Employer on
                  termination, including any payment in lieu of notice of
                  termination, entitlement of the Executive under any applicable
                  statute and any rights which the Executive may have at common
                  law, and the Executive hereby waives any claim to any other
                  payment or benefits from the Employer. In addition, Employer
                  agrees to maintain Executive's health and dental benefits for
                  the 12 month period. For greater certainty the Executive shall
                  also be entitled to a pro-rata bonus for the current year
                  worked up to and including the date of his termination, which
                  shall be calculated using the bonus earned in the immediately
                  preceding year.

         (d)      In the event the Employer experiences a change in control
                  through the purchase of over 50% of the Employer's issued and
                  outstanding shares by a third party, or corporate
                  reorganization having the same effect, and notice of
                  termination is given by the Employer within 12 months
                  thereafter, then the initial termination pay stipulated in
                  paragraph 10(c) above shall be increased to 24 months'
                  equivalent termination pay in lieu of notice, and stock
                  options with vesting provisions will vest immediately.

         (2) The parties understand and agree that the giving of notice or the
payment of pay in lieu of notice by the Employer to the Executive on termination
of the Executive's employment shall not prevent the Employer from alleging cause
for the termination.

         (3) For greater certainty, the Executive's employment shall be deemed
to have been terminated by the Employer if the Employer breaches a material
provision of this agreement, whereupon the provisions of Section 10 shall apply.



         (4) On termination of employment the Executive shall immediately resign
all offices held (including directorships) in the company and save as provided
in this agreement, the Executive shall not be entitled to receive any severance
payment or compensation for loss of office or otherwise by reason of the
resignation. If the Executive fails to resign as mentioned the Employer is
irrevocably authorized to appoint some person in his or her name and on the
Executive's behalf to sign any documents or do any things necessary or requisite
to give effect to it. Concurrently upon receipt of the termination payment,
Executive shall execute and deliver a full release in favour of the Employer.
Employer will provide Executive with relocation counselling, consistent with the
Executive's seniority.


         The Executive acknowledges that all items of any and every nature or
kind created or used by the Executive pursuant to the Executive's employment
under this agreement, or furnished by the Employer to the Executive, and all
equipment, credit cards, books, records, reports, files, diskettes, manuals,
literature, confidential information or other materials shall remain and be
considered the exclusive property of the Employer at all times and shall be
surrendered to the Employer, in good condition, promptly at the request of the
Employer, or in the absence of a request, on the termination of the Executive's
employment with the Employer.


         The rights which accrue to the Employer under this agreement shall pass
to its successors or assigns. The rights of the Executive under this agreement
are not assignable or transferable in any manner.


         (1) Any notice required or permitted to be given to the Executive shall
be sufficiently given if delivered to the Executive personally or if mailed by
registered mail to the Executive's address last known to the Employer, or if
delivered to the Executive via facsimile.

         (2) Any notice required or permitted to be given to the Employer shall
be sufficiently given if mailed by registered mail to the Employer's Head Office
at its address last known to the Executive, or if delivered to the Employer via


         In the event that any provision or part of this agreement shall be
deemed void or invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remaining
provisions or parts shall be and remain in full force and effect.




         This document constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with
respect to the employment and appointment of the Executive and any and all
previous agreements, written or oral, express or implied, between the parties or
on their behalf, relating to the employment and appointment of the Executive by
the Employer, are terminated and cancelled and each of the parties releases and
forever discharges the other of and from all manner of actions, causes of
action, claims and demands whatsoever, under or in respect of any agreement.


         Any modification to this agreement must be in writing and signed by the
parties or it shall have no effect and shall be void. This agreement replaces
the terms of the Interim Agreement.


         The headings used in this agreement are for convenience only and are
not to be construed in any way as additions to or limitations of the covenants
and agreements contained in it.


         This agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the
Province of Ontario.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF this agreement has been executed by the parties to
it, the day, month and year first written above.

/s/ Robert Spiegel                                  /s/ Lewis Rose
---------------------------                         ----------------------------
Witness                                             Lewis Rose

                                                    /s/ Dennis Wing
                                                    Cryptologic Inc.

                                                    /s/ Robert Stikeman
                                                    Cryptologic Inc.



                                   Schedule A
                               Bonus Calculation

          80                                      50
          85                                      60
          90                                      75
          95                                      85
         100                                     100
         105                                     105
         110                                     110
         115                                     115
         120                                     120
         125                                     125
         130                                     130
         135                                     135
         140                                     140
         145                                     145
         150                                     150