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Playtech will provide William Hill with its casino and poker gaming platform under a five-year licensing agreement which will run concurrently with Hill’s existing contract with CryptoLogic for one year from January 2009, and on an exclusive basis thereafter. More on this later. William Hill also announced in a trading update that its total gross win had increased by 9% in the 15 weeks to 14 October 2009, which chief executive Ralph Topping said demonstrated “the resilience of the business against a challenging economic environment.”

Norwich and Derby
are on course to be cleared of any match-fixing allegations, following the FA’s investigation of irregular betting patterns originating from the Far East in relation to the October 4 Championship game between the sides, reports the Sunday Mirror. Khalid Ali, the secretary general of the European Sports Security Association (ESSA), also told the paper that none of our their members found anything unusual about the game.

CryptoLogic has announced that it has appointed Grant Thornton Ireland as its new auditor. CryptoLogic’s chairman Robert Stikeman said: “Grant Thornton provides CryptoLogic with the right combination of depth, breadth and value.”



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bwin Joins Italian Online Poker Fray     

bwin has become the latest gaming operator to enter the rapidly expanding Italian online poker market following yesterday's launch using the P5 Poker Engine developed by Ongame.
 
The company said the new P5 Poker Engine represents the core of its online poker platform which will dramatically improve performance and change the way online poker is played, experienced and perceived.

"With P5 we decided to go to the very heart of our platform and rethink every line of code – and re-write it if necessary. P5 represents a shift in mentality as much as it represents a shift in technology," said Norbert Teufelberger, bwin Co-CEO.

Co-CEO Manfred Bodner added: "No other product will offer clients this level of performance, reliability and speed – coupled with excellent graphics and user-friendliness. Our Italian clients will be the first to benefit from the brand new Game Client and the intuitive player experience".

bwin is the first company to launch on Ongame's Italian network, however Ongame says it is already in talks with additional operators.

Shares in bwin Interactive Entertainment AG (BWIN.VI) gained 2.9% on the announcement to €14.18 in Vienna this morning.



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Recession Beating Results Contribute to Surge in William Hill's Share Price 

William Hill plc has reported a 9% increase in gross win for the fifteen weeks ended October 14th 2008, on strong growth in its interactive and retail channels. The revenue growth combined with this morning's Playtech announcement has sent William Hill shares climbing over 20%, the largest daily gain since their IPO six years ago.

In its interim management statement William Hill said gross winnings from its interactive channel increased 21% during the period following strong performances from its sportsbook and online gaming divisions, recording increases of 27% and 19% respectively.

Online games and bingo delivered the strongest growth within the company's interactive channel, while poker continues to suffer from weak player liquidity. The company said that the performance of its poker and casino products suffered a result of William Hill Interactive being predominantly a business built on sports betting, with limited online gaming expertise.

The company’s retail channel grew 10% during the period, while its telephone business fell 30% largely due to high roller losses. The company added that Victoria Apuestas, its Spanish joint venture company with Codere, now has 23 units trading in Madrid with initial trading said to be encouraging. The company plans to begin trading in the Basque Region of Spain next month.

Commenting on the results, Ralph Topping, Chief Executive said: "This is a solid operational performance by the Group since the half year, demonstrating the resilience of the business against a challenging economic environment. To date we see little evidence that our business has been impacted by the economic downturn."

"With nine months of the year completed, and notwithstanding that comparatives become tougher over the final quarter, the Board remains comfortable with market expectations for the Group," he said.

As at September 30th, William Hill's net debt was £1,031.5 million, a reduction of £27.4 million compared to July 1st. The company says it continues to operate comfortably within its banking covenants, with borrowing facilities having over 16 months to run until maturity. The company is preparing to undertake refinancing of these facilities in due course with the benefit of the company's strong operating performance.

Shares in William Hill plc (LSE:WMH) have gained 20.42% to 200.50 pence in London this morning, having hit a 52-week low of 164.25 pence on Friday.



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PokerStars Launches Italian Online Poker Network

PokerStars has launched a new online poker network in Italy to compete with the likes of Playtech and Boss Media after being granted a poker licence from Italy's Amministrazione Autonoma dei Monopoli di Stato (AAMS). 
 
The new licence will enable Italian players to play online poker tournaments with real money at PokerStars.it, within the limits imposed by Italian law. PokerStars.it will hold exclusive poker tournaments for Italian players with fees varying from €0.50 to a maximum of €100

"PokerStars is proud to be entering a flourishing market with this new product," said PokerStars Italian Country Manager Fabio Angeli Bufalini. "This is a ground breaking time for the online poker industry, and it's very exciting that the Italian market is pioneering this move."
 
"This also is the start of a global template which could potentially be adopted in other markets internationally in the next few years," he said.

The company's flagship site, PokerStars.com, is currently the world's largest poker room with over 15 million members worldwide, having dealt over 20 billion hands. It also entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the first and only poker site to have reached the 160,000 simultaneous players mark.



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Londoner’s Clever Bet Bags £195k


One William Hill customer who placed a bet in one of the company's branches in North London's Ball's Pond Road on Saturday is celebrating being £195,820 richer after he successfully predicted the results of just three football matches.

The man—thought to be in his early forties—staked a £20 'Patent' wager involving three games and costing £140 in total. He bet that in La Liga, reigning champions Real Madrid would win 2-1 at rivals Atletico Madrid; and in the German League he opted for Hertha Berlin to beat Stuttgart 2-1, which they did; and for Werder Bremen to draw 3-3 with Dortmund, which also happened, completing an amazingly shrewd treble and bring home the look.

The Werder Bremen bet was a particularly good call. To give an example of how rare 3-3 draws are in football, the odds of Liverpool and Chelsea drawing their Champions League games 3-3 this week are 66/1 and 80/1 respectively.

“The gentleman has yet to contact us, or come in to the shop to collect his winnings, but it was a bold bet, considering that most customers were playing safe by backing Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United all to win their matches—which they also did,” said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.


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