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William Hill Poker Revenue Down Eight Percent

British Bookie Sees Poker Revenue Fall in First Quarter

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William Hill, the publicly quoted British bookmaker, today issued its interim statement for the first quarter of 2012 with poker revenue falling eight percent on the first quarter of 2011.

No figure was given for the amount of revenue. William Hill Online, the joint-venture with Playtech under which poker operates delivered 33 percent year-on-year increase.

Hill’s poker revenue in 2011 was up seven percent.

Ralph Topping, chief executive of the company, said, “I am pleased by our strong performance in the first quarter. Sportsbook wagering grew by 31%. Our investments in marketing and innovations continue to deliver benefits, with our Sportsbook exceeding £50m in turnover in a single week for the first time during the quarter and mobile turnover reaching almost £11m in a single week.

“With positive underlying trends at this relatively early stage in the year, the Board remains confident in its expectations for the full year.”