Reflecting its confidence in the growth and cash generation of the business, Playtech has increased its interim dividend and issued a special dividend of €150m to its shareholders, following a strong first half performance which saw revenue increase by 18 per cent.

Revenue rose to €337.7m for the six month period, with casino again the best performer by vertical, while sports revenue climbed 10 per cent, helping to offset year-on-year declines in bingo and poker. On a constant currency basis, revenue would have increased by 24 per cent year-on-year.

The company’s chairman Alan Jackson said that Playtech had made significant progress in 2016 as it delivered on its strategic objectives.

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