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    A potential merger between Ladbrokes and Gala Coral would provide both companies' online divisions with significant scale. But questions related to competition, debt and a potential role for Playtech all come into play in what will be a lengthy process.   

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    Online betting is major business in Australia and while operators are worried at the idea of the authorities reviewing the tax set up, some key aspects mean new entrants, even the likes of Bet365, find it hard to dislodge the leading operators. 

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    Playtech moved in quickly to snap up Plus500, describing it as "a unique opportunity", and is now a major player in the financial trading space. Much is made of the blurring of lines between trading and gambling, but both Playtech and Plus500 still very much operate on igaming metrics.

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    GVC was joined by 888 over the weekend in wanting to buy bwin party and an Amaya-GVC joint bid has now been mooted. But if the bwin party saga is finally coming to an end, the nuts and bolts of the business post-deal will be what matters most, regardless of who wins out. 

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    Regulation (or lack thereof) of daily fantasy sports betting operators is already a recurring topic in the US. As gambling stakeholders and observers watch the industry grow and gain traction, the issue is bound to return to the fore in the coming months. 

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    This morning's Playtech-TradeFX buyout sees another of Teddy Sagi's companies bought up by the igaming giant. Nonetheless, previous similar deals have been beneficial to the group and its shareholders while financial trading is a regulated and growing.   

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    Spain’s licensed betting operators expect to have recorded some €20m in stakes during last Sunday’s Barcelona-Real Madrid clasico, but for former Juego Online chief executive Dina Niron, operators are still waiting for the roll out of online slots later this year.

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    bwin party’s results announcement yesterday were not overly positive but at least the group can fall back on its sportsbook platform to turn things round. However, all the hard work that is going on indoors needs to translate into performance.

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    Playtech has the cash reserves to carry out serious M&A but the speed at which markets are regulating is still slow. Asia meanwhile remains a risk for the group, Scott Longley reports.

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    Richard Glynn’s final set of full year results as Ladbrokes chief executive illustrate one of the key flaws of his tenure at the helm: it has taken too long for the group to reach anywhere near this stage, writes Jake Pollard.

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    The wording of 888's statement to the LSE over the termination of talks with William Hill lef no one in doubt that 888's founders wanted more for the company while Hills will likely continue to look for targets, Scott Longley reports .

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    Nicola Tani of Agipronews explains how previously unlicensed operators such as SKS365, Goldbet and Betaland came to be granted more than 2000 licences by the Italian authorities but will have to battle hard in this highly competitive market; and why licensed operators are hoping changes to the country’s official betting list are approved by the Government.

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    The Guardian’s decision to close its betting site GoWager is an illustration of a major media organisation’s unthinking bias towards gambling.

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    888 is once again in takeover talks with a major UK bookie over a potential £750m deal. Shares in 888 jumped 18% yesterday following news of the talks while William Hill's fell 3%. Scott Longley looks into the issues that may or may not lead to 888 tying the knot this time around.

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    The Swiss National Bank's recent decision to unpeg the Swiss franc to the euro provoked major tremors in the forex space and pushed broker and ex-West Ham sponsor Alpari into administration. As the authorities take a closer look at the sector, Scott Longley looks at how EU regulation affects it, the different types of financial trading companies and the risk levels they are willing to operate under. 

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    App Annie’s report into the UK mobile casino market is good but for Aideen Shortt it has one serious flaw: it correlates social gaming with real money gambling.

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    Aideen Shortt says Twitter's new 'Bet now' and 'Play now' buttons will be marketing game-changers for UK operators competing hard for the live betting punter.  

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    Rational Group’s decision to build an in-house trading team for next year’s sportsbook launch is brave for many reasons but the challenge of differentiation will be the key, writes Richard Thorp, business development director with FSB.

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    PMU joining ESSA is a major milestone for the European igaming industry but unfortunately it doesn’t mean ELA members will follow suit anytime soon, writes Jake Pollard.

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    While the UK’s big hitters have had to make some tough calls ahead of the new PoC regime, grey markets may be the only survival route for others, whether in parallel with a UK licence or not, argues gaming industry consultant Christina Thakor-Rankin.

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