Amaya has completed its $4.9bn acquisition of Rational Group, with the online gaming operator’s founders Mark and Isai Scheinberg departing as a result.

Co-founder and chief executive Mark Scheinberg said that having launched the business in 2001, it had grown each year as a result of “constant innovation, unparalleled customer service, and the talent of [a] dedicated workforce.”

“While myself and other founders are departing, we are happy to see the business and the brands we have developed, along with the teams behind them, transferred to strong new ownership,” he said. “I'm confident that Amaya, together with Rational Group's leadership, will continue to successfully grow the business into the future.”

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