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Online gambling firm 888 clinches deal to buy for $1.4 billion


(Reuters) – Avi Shake’s Online gambling firm 888 said it would buy peer Digital Entertainment in a cash and stock deal valued at about 898 million pounds ($1.40 billion).

The offer of 104.09 pence per share is at a 1.2 percent premium to’s close on Thursday and consists of 39.45 pence in cash and 0.404 new 888 shares for each share.

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888, which rejected a takeover by Britain’s biggest bookmaker William Hill in February, had been battling against a 908 million pound offer from GVC Holdings for Bwin, which put itself up for sale last year.

The deal is the latest in a flurry of M&A activity in the industry, which is expected to accelerate as gambling firms look to protect themselves from increasing tax and regulation pressures and raise investment in marketing and technology.

888 currently has a market capitalisation of 572 million pounds versus 848 million for Bwin, which has struggled with the decline of regulated poker markets in Europe and to realise cost savings since its creation via a merger of sports betting group bwin and online poker group PartyGaming in 2011… READ MORE



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Israeli owned online gaming company 888 Holdings Plc, has made

an offer to buy its bigger rival Bwin Party Digital Entertainment Plc.

The offer raises the prospect of a $1.5 billion takeover battle between 888 More…

Avi Shaked

There will not be a takeover of Israeli owned online gambling company

888 Holdings by William Hill, the biggest gambling outfit in the U.K.,

because a major 888 shareholder rejected the offered price of $1.07. William More…


A bid from William Hill, the biggest gambling company in the UK, has shot up

the shares of online gaming group 888 by 24%, the Guardian reported.

The William Hill bid is rumored to be for as much as $1.144 billion. 888,  More…


Spanish are tackling austerity by flocking online to play poker and fill the coffers

of e-gaming company 888, founded by two pairs of Israeli brothers back in 1997.

Investors piled into the More…



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