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David Baazov was the name that dominated conversation at the ICE Totally Gaming show in London. Lots of people have a theory about what he is planning by taking Amaya private and the rumour mill has gone into overdrive.

The New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement has revealed that it is happy to act as judge, jury and executioner in its outrageous demand for Amaya to terminate the employment of four of its most senior executives.

It can’t be said that Vitruvian Partners selling OpenBet was a surprise. Rumours of the sale have been rumbling on since last year, and since February we have been waiting for an update. The buyer, however, may have surprised some.

The merger of Betfair and Paddy Power is a merger of winners rather than the merger of an underperformer and its knight in shining armour. That is the most engaging part of the deal. There is a temptation to presume that they will be an overwhelming force of nature when combined. But the thing is, they won’t really be combined.

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