Last year, Playtech parked the (London) bus at the ICE show in Excel Centre. At Earl’s Court, its stand was so big that executives dubbed it Abramovich's yacht. It normally combines these outlandish displays with a big deal announcement. So what surprises does Playtech have in store this year?

Playtech’s search for that elusive “transformational” transaction continues. The hunt began in earnest when it banked £424m from the sale of its 29 per cent share in William Hill Online. A deal was thought to be nearing, when the company raised a further €315m with a bond issue just two months ago.

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