According to a tweet from NameBio, the Casino.Online (new gTLD) domain name sold for $201,250 via Sedo. The sale and its price were confirmed via the Sedo domain sale RSS feed. I don’t believe Sedo offers payment plans or alternative payment options, so this would likely be an all-cash deal.
— NameBio (@NameBio) March 23, 2017
According to NameBio, this sale is the largest public sale of a new gTLD domain name. Previously, the sale of 1.XYZ for $181,720 in April of 2016 was the leading new gTLD domain name sale. 9.XYZ, which sold for $175,166 and Sex.Live, which sold for $160,000 rounded out the top 3. This is also the largest .Online sale by quite a bit. The second largest sale is sportwetten.online, a domain name that sold for $16,318 in October of 2016. There are only 28 .Online domain name sales archived in NameBio at this time.
I did a Whois search for the Casino.Online domain name, and the current registrant is private. A historical Whois search on DomainTools from just a few days ago shows the former registrant of Casino.Online was DotOnline Inc. The email address associated with that registrant is @radixregistry.com, so I am pretty sure that means the sale was completed by the registry rather than a private seller. Radix operates the .Online registry.
The Casino.Online domain name does not yet resolve to a working website, so it is unclear who bought the domain name and how the domain name will be used.
Because of the size of the sale, perhaps Sedo will share more information about it in a subsequent press release. I will email my contacts at Sedo to see if they are able to offer any details about the sale beyond what the company already publicly shared via its public sales feed.