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Welcome to the Party

by Brendan Murray |  Published: Oct 01, 2010


With the recent announcement of the forthcoming merger of PartyGaming and bwin (see Industry News) the online poker and gaming industry was abuzz with the potential implications for the sector. With somewhere in the region of 600 online poker sites accepting European players, the over-supply of sites has long been posited as a driver of consolidation which has now been kick-started in earnest by two of the giants of the industry. The new business, yet to be named, will be worth more than $3 billion and with liquidity from Party Poker and Ongame Network (with its recent acquisition of Betfair poker players to the network) likely to be merged it begs the question — what next for Europe’s leading poker and gaming providers? With PokerStars and Full Tilt proving big is best in terms of liquidity and reach, there is no escaping the fact that the industry will now need ...

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