Consolidation and regulation will continue to dominate the headlines in 2015. Here is some crystal ball gazing assisted by the usual informed sources.
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Betfair may have decided to pay out early on a no vote, but if Scotland decides to vote in favour of independence, what can the gambling industry expect from the SNP?
“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.
bet365 has been the talking point of the week as judgment day approaches for the UK’s move to a Point of Consumption regime.
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.
Is the bookmakers’ Senet Group a case of ‘too little, too late’ or a positive step in the right direction?
In a new regular feature we examine some of the more intriguing industry rumours doing the rounds and assess their validity.