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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?

The sexy subject de nos jours is BitCoin but for most people that’s a subject for the future. The KPMG eGaming Summit confirmed that the UK’s transformation to a Point of Consumption regime is still top of the agenda.

“The large sportsbook operators have been asleep at the wheel,” was one of the more memorable quotes I heard last week while reviewing the first interviews with new William Hill chief executive James Henderson and Ladbrokes’ latest attempt to draw good cheer from poor to middling financial results.

The leagues seem to have intensified their fight against sports betting but behind closed doors their stance has softened and some politicians are ready to legitimise sports betting.

So megamergers are really all the rage. Following Amaya’s jaw dropping $4.9bn acquisition of PokerStars, we have GTECH’s $6.4bn purchase of IGT and Scientific Games’ $5.1bn acquisition of Bally Technologies to consider.

There is not a lot that competes with the World Cup – especially this World Cup – but boy band One Direction have generated a fever pitch at the W Hotel in Barcelona not seen since Brazil beat Colombia the other night.