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MORE ONLINE GAMBLING ACQUISITION RUMOURS
The Wall Street Journal triggered a wave of interest and speculation this week by reporting that the Permira private equity group is in preliminary acquisition talks with online gambling group 888 Holdings plc, quoting "reliable" insider sources.
The two organisations have neither confirmed nor denied the possibility, encouraging further rumours.
The WSJ report surmises that Permira may find 888 appealing due to the upcoming implementation of the British government point-of-consumption licensing and tax changes, which it perceives will have a stabilising effect on a potentially lucrative market.
The article observed: "A new licensing and tax regime for online gaming in the UK is clearing the air around the sector, and this makes one of the industrys biggest players, 888 Holdings plc, a potential buyout target."
MAJOR JACKPOT HIT AT SLOTLAND
A thirty-something Canadian IT professional who wishes to remain anonymous is Slotland online casino's latest progressive jackpot winner after he hit a $169,072 jackpot playing the Tikal Treasure slot game.
This is the first time the jackpot has been won by a player playing Tikal Treasure. The biggest ever was the American father who won $266,800 playing Carnival last spring. The first mobile jackpot winner won $159,357 earlier this year playing the popular Ice Queen slot on his iPhone.
The latest winner, whos been playing at Slotland for four years now, said hed been grinding away for a few hours that night, winning a little here and there, enough to keep it interesting, but nothing to get too excited about. He had several wins over $1000 that kept him playing until he suddenly hit the jackpot.
NUMBER OF ONLINE GAMBLING TWITTER FOLLOWERS SOARS
Usage of social networking continues to soar, prompting the independent research company MECN to carry out a survey of how online gambling marketers are adapting to this exciting new communication channel.
The study found that Twitter is experiencing massive increases in interest in the industry, indicating that marketing activity as well as player involvement is on the rise; in 2013 industry followers on Twitter soared 93 percent, the researchers found, with Paddy Power heading the charge with 252,000 followers, well ahead of Pokerstars and Ladbrokes, and the average number of followers across a selected basket of online gambling companies coming in at just over 49,000.
MECN likewise assessed the popularity of a selection of online gambling operators on Facebook by measuring the number of "likes" for each, and found that Paddy Power was again way out in front with 1.18 million "likes" with the average for the basket of operators at 212,574 "likes". William Hill and Pokerstars were the Irish betting group's closest rivals.
However, when it came to a study of the "most discussed" metric among those "most liked" on Facebook, online gambling operator bet365 led the field, with 8.3 percent compared with an average for the basket of operators of 2.3 percent, indicating the UK operator has achieved better levels of engagement with its audience on Facebook.