Four big chains controlled 87 per cent of UK betting shops before the deal. That will go down to three if sale of more than 300 shops to Betfred persuades competition watchdogs to green light Ladborkes and Coral merger
Regulators had ordered the sale after finding that the deal could lead to a worsening of comptition
The market added nearly £130m to the company's value when Hill's biggest shareholder said it would oppose a merger with Canadian gambling outfit Amaya
The bookie is talking to the PokerStars owner about an all share deal but both companies have problems and putting them together might make things worse
The merger between two of the largest bookmakers in the country would reduce competition and choice for customers in a large number of local areas, according to the competition watchdog
The bookmaker is in a mess otherwise the pair of smaller gambling companies - worth £1bn less combined than Hill's - might have been laughed off. Meanwhile others could be waiting in the wings
In a statement, 888 and Rank said they saw benefits to merging their in-store and online operations with William Hill
The company is looking for an external candidate to take over as chief executive after the online business stalled under Mr Henderson, a 31-year veteran of the group who started as a trainee manager and worked his way up to the top
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Peter Capaldi has become the bookies’ latest favourite to play the title role in Doctor Who.
George remains the firm favourite as thousands head to place bets on the name chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Australia are preparing to unleash a battery of fast bowlers to imperil England in the Ashes. The way their wicketkeeper and vice-captain Brad Haddin told it on Monday, it is as if they are keeping them in a locked cage on the Yorkshire moors, before releasing them to do their worst.