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STRONG Q3-2014 PERFORMANCE FROM WILLIAM HILL P.L.C.
2014-10-21

Online and land gambling group William Hill plc has turned in another sparkling performance - particularly from its online enterprises - in an interim management report covering the period from 2 July 2014 to 20 October 2014.
The report shows that the third quarter saw strong year-on-year margin swing driving outstanding profit growth, with key performance indicators highlighting:
* Group net revenue up 23 percent and operating profit up 89 percent;
* Online operating profit up 126 percent, with wagering up 18 percent and mobile wagering up 38 percent;
* Online Gaming net revenue up 23 percent, with 116 percent growth in mobile gaming; and now contributes 31 percent of Online gaming net revenue;
* Online gaming net revenue (comprising 87 percent Casino, 8 percent Bingo, 5 percent Poker) continued to grow strongly, benefiting from investment in mobile gaming together with a wider differentiated product range.
* Retail operating profit up 31 percent, driven by strong gross win margin and ongoing machine strength;
* Eclipse gaming machine roll-out into second half of Retail estate now underway;
* Continued improvement in the Australian subsidiaries, with improved margin and operating efficiencies increasing operating profit substantially;
* Good US wagering growth up 21 pecent, with mobile growth up 88 percent;
* Involvement as a founder member in the responsible gaming adocacy organisation Senet Group;
CEO James Henderson said Tuesday:
The Group performed strongly in Q3 driven by both favourable sporting results and the continued development of our UK and international businesses. The period saw good gaming growth in both major channels and sports net revenue growth significantly boosted by a favourable year-on-year swing in win margin.
"Positive sporting results in the quarter, including a strong end to the World Cup, have moved us close to or ahead of normalised gross win margins on a year-to-date basis.
Online gaming continues to benefit from our investment in mobile and Sportsbook turnover growth remains healthy, with in-play turnover growth a particular feature, up 35 percent in Q3.
"In Retail, net revenue growth of 9 percent reflects a favourable sports margin, the benefit of the World Cup and a strengthening of machine gross win growth rates, despite the impact of 82 shop closures during the quarter.
Our international businesses are performing well. The progress made to date in William Hill Australia is delivering strong profit growth. Our work to optimise the customer base, following the onset of increased race field fees, has improved the gross win margin, with slightly reduced amounts wagered, as expected.
In Italy, we became number one in online sports betting in July with a 14 percent market share and in Spain we have further increased our online sports betting market share to 20 percent. William Hill US has continued to show growth in both wagering and profits.
"We continue to monitor closely potential developments in land-based sports betting in New Jersey.
Management expects operating profit for 2014 to be towards the top end of current consensus range assuming normalised results in the final quarter.




GOOD NEWS FOR INDEPENDENT DEVELOPERS
2013-12-19

Independent app and game developers, and perhaps aspirant operators too, are set to get a new opportunity to secure funding throug Apuestas Deportivas Apuestas Rusia 2018 Online Bingo Rooms Play Bingo online h GamCrowd, a crowd-funding website that is almost ready for launch and will help up-and-coming online and mobile gambling entrepreneurs to get started.

The venture has several big-bucks investors behind it already and will help to bring together people with money and those with ideas and capability in an environment where traditional lending resources like banks are harder to access and secure.

Founder Chris North founded the Fox Poker Club in 2010, an enterprise that he sold to the Genting group two years later and which has since been shuttered by the Malaysian company.

North says he was motivated on GamCrowd by his own experiences in raising cash:

The last start up I did struggled to register any interest from venture capital firms and so I went back to my own crowd, North recalls. I didnt know it was called crowdfunding at the time, but that is exactly what we did and it was a spectacular success.

North plans to get GamCrowd off the ground early in the New Year.

Once we have a sufficient base of investors, start-ups and a crowd, we will begin putting people in touch with each other internationally and allow investments to happen, he said Thursday.

The operation will be registered with the UK's Financial Conduct Authority.



REVOLUTION VS. LOCK POKER LATEST (Update)
2013-11-12

In an increasingly bitter dispute following its departure from the Revolution Poker Network (see previous InfoPowa reports), Lock Poker has reportedly filed three complaints with the Curacao Licensing Authority against Revolution owners IAA Services Ltd.

Reporting on the complaints, the information site Gambling911 reveals that Lock Poker is now operating on a stand-alone basis, using software from the now closed Partouche Poker Network, and that it has allied with former Partouche skin MyPok.fr.
Lock is querying the legitimacy of the licensing of a Revolution skin which it claims attempted to commandeer its players during the acrimonious departure from the network.
Lock also questions the Revolution software, which it claims is "...a violation of the terms of a License and Settlement Agreement that was entered into with 1st Technology Ltd. in relation to certain patents held by 1st Technology."
1st Technology and its CEO, Dr. Scott Lewis, was involved in patent actions some years ago regarding online gambling, threatening several major industry companies, with especially acrimonious litigation against the Bodog group (see previous InfoPowa reports). Playtech was among those which decided to licence with 1st Technology rather than tangle with the company.
A third Lock complaint involves alleged irregularities in the distribution of funds held in trust, and accusations that "...Lock [Poker] was provided with contradictory and conflicting information by the Revolution Network operator.
Revolution had earlier claimed that Lock had not made payments due, and threatened to ...pursue Lock to the full extent possible by law to recover all monies owed and damages caused.
Lock Poker responded by claiming it had already paid $8 million to Revolution, Gambling911 reports.
Revolution will now have an opportunity to respond to Lock's formal complaints to its licensing jurisdiction; it is clear that this dispute has a way to run yet.


POKER ACE TO FRONT FOR TRIBAL GROUP?
2013-07-10

The usually well-informed poker information website Legal US Poker Sites has flagged strong rumours this week that international poker ace Phil Ivey is to front for the southern California Pala tribal group - which operates land casino interests near San Diego - in a new Internet gaming venture.
Because online poker has not yet been legalised in California, it is presumed that the new enterprise is contingent on intrastate legalisation in that state.
The report notes that former Bwin.Party co-CEO and industry veteran Jim Ryan is involved in the venture through a company titled Pala Interactive, using software from Realtime Edge, said to also power ClubWPT and RocketFrog.