Tag Archives: James Packer

Tripp rebirths ‘BetEasy’ for CrownBet and William Hill Australia merger

The merger of CrownBet and William Hill Australia, formed under the majority ownership of Toronto TSX-listed The Stars Group Inc has led to the upcoming relaunch of ‘BetEasy’. Under the leadership of Australian industry veteran Matt Tripp, BetEasy will seek to become the leading player in the much-changed Australian online betting sector. Tripp had previously operated legacy online betting brand …

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Crown Resorts agrees to CrownBet sale

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Crown resorts has announced an agreement to sell its stake in CrownBet, as part of the company’s ongoing debt reduction strategy. The Australian gaming and entertainment group is to recoup AU$150m for its 62% interest in CrownBet, together with loans advanced by it to CrownBet. In a statement released to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), it was detailed that a …

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Home crunch triggers FTSE bookmakers’ Australian arms race

FTSE bookmaker William Hill Plc has lit-up the Australian gambling market, by confirming that it has entered ‘in-depth discussions’ with Crown Resorts to acquire its controlling 62% stake in online betting subsidiary Crownbet. The cumbersome merger of Tabcorp-Tatts has dominated the Australian betting industry’s agenda and context in 2017, however, seeking to expand its international assets William Hill may have …

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CrownBet backs ACCC filing against ACT’s review of Tabcorp-Tatts

James Packer’s CrownBet has again reiterated its stance against the AUS $11 billion merger of Tabcorp Holdings and Tatts Group Plc, by filing a judiciary appeal against the deal’s progress. CrownBet joins the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) in demanding a new competition review of Tabcorp-Tatts, stating that review body Australian Competition Tribunal (ACT) had acted in an ‘inconsistent’ …

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Australian betting industry awaits ACT’s Tabcorp-Tatts merger decision

Australia betting/gambling industry stakeholders await the official Australian Competition Tribunal (ACT) decision with regards to the AUS $11 billion Tabcorp Holdings and Tatts Group merger (deal first announced October 2016). Throughout May, the ACT has examined heated debate and opinion with regards to the Tabcorp-Tatts combination to create the Australian gambling market’s outright leader. As the merger review enters its …

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Tabcorp strikes back in NSW with AHA hotels & pubs wagering services deal

Australia ASX-listed gambling operator Tabcorp Holdings is reported to have made a significant bid to maintain its position as main gambling services supplier to hotels and pubs in New South Wales (NSW). NSW a key region for Tabcorp operations, has come under threat from James Packer-backed Crownbet who in February won the contract to supply gambling interactive services for Clubs …

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Crown Resorts debt & dividend payment nets Packer AUS $600 million

The continued restructure of Crown Resorts and its business assets has earned Australian casino and leisure magnate James Packer approximately AUS $600 million (£375 million) in cash last week. Packer’s personal wealth vehicle Consolidated Press Holdings (CPH) informed the Australian ASX that it had sold AUS $101 million of ‘debt securities’ in Packer’s Crown Resorts enterprise. Further to the debt securities payment, …

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Strategy change sees Packer drop all international ambitions for home comforts

Implementing a ‘comprehensive strategic change’ James Packer’s Crown Resorts (Crown) will scale back on all its international investments and ambitions, to focus on growing its Australian home enterprises. Confirming its corporate strategy change, Crown will no longer spin-off its international assets into a separate enterprise seeking an ASX-listing (plan announced in May 2016). Fully committing to Crown home markets, Packer …

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Betfair Australia migrates to Northern Territory

Betfair Australia is set to migrate its business operations from Tasmania to the Northern Territory, following the state passing approved legislation and licensing provisions in April relating to services for online exchange wagering. The exchange operator, wholly owned by James Packer’s Crown Resorts, confirmed its decision to move to the Northern Territory last week, with the company reported to have …

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James Packer relinquishes majority stake in Crown Resorts with AUS $450 million share sale

 Australian leisure and gambling tycoon James Packer has sold approximately 4.8% equity in ASX-listed casino operator Crown Resorts (Crown) for a reported AUS $448 million (£257 million). The transaction was carried out by Packer’s investment vehicle Consolidated Press Holdings (CPH), who placed circa 35 million shares at AUS $12.80 apiece. The sell-off sees Packer relinquish his majority stake in Crown …

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