Number Crunching – Tabcorp takeover, Juniper Research and more betting misconduct

Number Crunching – Tabcorp takeover, Juniper Research and more betting misconduct

Thursday, December 1, 2016 Posted by Luke Massey
A breakdown of some of the more interesting figures to emerge from the gambling industry in the past seven days.

£2 billion - The figure muted for a potential takeover of Australian gambling operator Tabcorp Holdings by Ladbrokes Coral Plc. However, Australian news sources have since denied any communication between Tabcorp governance and Ladbrokes Coral. Any takeover bid is likely to temporarily halt the planned AUS $11 billion merger of Tabcorp with market rival Tatts Group.

$5.3 billion - A new study from Juniper Research has predicted that consumer spend on daily fantasy sports (DFS) will double from $2.6 billion in 2016 to $5.3 billion by 2021. Currently, more than 75% of the worldwide DFS market comes from North America, but West Europe is set to become the next major market over the coming five years.

40 million - The number of video views delivered by the first instalment of PokerStars' #raiseit campaign featuring Brazilian footballers Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. The next series of social media duels has just been launched with Cristiano Ronaldo and Dwyane Wade, who will battle it out by responding to challenges set by the other in videos released across a three-month period.

10% - Financial news sources have reported that Teddy Sagi, the founder of Playtech, has sold 10% of his equity in the FTSE-listed gambling technology supplier. This means he has reduced his stake in the company from 33.6 to 23.6%.

£25,000 - The fine paid by Jack Colback for betting misconduct. The Newcastle midfielder breached FA Rule E8 by placing a bet on a fixture that took place in March. It was not a match involving his club, or the league that they were involved in at that time. He follows Joey Barton, Kyle Lafferty and Martin Demichelis as high-profile players to have been penalised under the regulations in 2016.

66,000 - The number of fans that attend the World Darts Championship across 15 days of action at the Alexandra Palace. The tournament has enjoyed a 25% year on year growth in viewing figures since 2012. In fact, the 2015 final between Gary Anderson and Phil Taylor attracted more viewers than last year's free-to-air Cheltenham Gold Cup on Channel 4.

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