Massive Party – Bwin and PartyGaming to merge

Massive Party – Bwin and PartyGaming to merge

Friday, 30 July 2010

One point seven six, followed by nine zeroes. That is the predicted dollar value of PartyGaming after Bwin’s reverse takeover that will merge two of the strongest European online gaming companies into one – an “offensive manoeuvre” designed to attack Full Tilt and PokerStars.

“From an industrial point of view this is both an offensive and a defensive move,” Gianmarco Bonacina, Italian analyst, told Bloomberg. “In Europe, Bwin and PartyGaming are losing market share in poker versus Pokerstars and Fulltilt, so the combination will protect them. In the U.S., the move is offensive. They want to attack that market and are in a better position if they combine.”

The merged company, with sales reported at over €682,000,000, will be divided with 51.6 per cent owned by Bwin and the rest by PartyGaming. The former’s chief executive, Jim Ryan, swore that the company would be ready when the US market re-opened.

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