Consolidation and regulation will continue to dominate the headlines in 2015. Here is some crystal ball gazing assisted by the usual informed sources.

Playtech acquires bwin.party
There was one name conspicuously absent from last year’s list of high-profile consolidators: Playtech. This is out of character. Look at a list of some of the companies it has acquired or part-acquired thus far: Tribeca, William Hill Online, GTS, Virtue Fusion, PTTS, Mobenga and Geneity. Playtech has built itself by acquisition and it is the first of those acquisitions that might hold the key to Playtech’s plans for bwin.party.

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