Buy Yourself a Bit of Casino

There are firms that are Jacks of all trades: their own casino, soft, betting, poker… A pair of most known companies of this type are presented in the market. In June of 2005, PartyGaming (LSE: PRTY) was introduced to the market – the proprietor of the popular PartyPoker and a number of casinos (later betting, bingoand financial trading and bingo were also added). Starting with shares at PS1,350, they saw an increase in prices that reached PS1,730 which led to the total company cost of over $10 bln – a record which will be likely to be broken soon! But after bouncing the Americans during 2006 the cost dropped many times.

Today, the shares are priced at PS230 and the total cost of about PS1 bln (or $1.5 bln). The most popular online casino (also featuring its own soft, as well as a poker-room, and later more games of chance were later added) – Casino on The Internet. To be exact, it’s the 888 Plc. Company, was privatized two months later. The first thing to note is that the shares increased in value by PS170 to PS230 however, 2006 did not spare it neither, although the effects were not too significant, as it was for Party. As strange as it may sound, the company experienced a serious decline at the winter of 2010, and currently, the shares are priced at PS44 and gives the capitalization of PS150 mln (and it was over $1 bln). Visit:-

Actually, there aren’t many companies, specialized in on-line casinos, which are listed on the market. There are two of them specifically; they both joined the stock market in 2005, the year popular for incorporation of on-line businesses to the stock-exchange. Both of them were affected by the volatility of the Americans (though both had been focused on European markets), and the costs of their shares was comparable. In the general sense, the first online casino to be incorporated became the Gaming VC company (LSE: GVC), better known as Casino Club, one of the leaders in the German-speaking market as well as popular among the fans of roulette. Like many other companies, after the announcement of shares, they saw their price increase (from around PS450-PS870), but the famous 2006 and the prohibition on the Americans betting have been a major factor in the decline of the shares numerous times – to PS100. After that, the shares have been slow to increase, and even surpassed PS200 however, the drop in the recent months has decreased the price to PS110. At that, the company capitalization amounts to PS35 mill.

The second hero we have is the 32 Red company (LSE: TTR), having a 32Red casino on the internet in the identical name (then they acquired casinos and recently, they have presented the stakes). The shares began trading at PS130, in 2006 the shares dropped to PS26, and after rising, the world crisis arrived with new drops, and currently the shares are valued at around PS15 as well as the entire company is PS10 million.

Finally, let’s see the principal players in the market in one glance. They are mainly being European bookmakers off-line with an impressive presence on the internet that offer not just wagers as well as online casinos such as poker, bingo rooms, lotteries, etc. Here are a few meaningful names in this subgroup: William Hill (LSE: WMH), Ladbrokes (LSE: LAD), BWin (Vienna: BWIN), Paddy Power (LSE: PAP). Each of them is on the amount of 1.2 billion, but only the first one is in pounds, and the second pair is with Euros (now, the pound is about 20-30 percent more expensive than Euro). Such companies as SportingBet, Bettson, Unibet, etc. are valued at several hundred million. The price of these companies usually makes the order of several hundred dollars – perhaps a couple of hundred pounds, or Euros, roughly. The price of these businesses has fluctuated greatly over the past few years, however 2006 had no significant impact on the value of these companies shares, as they were originally focusing on Europe and the prevailing element of the cost, in all cases, is made up of the off-line aspect of the business. For some time, Paddy Power and Bettson have not had bad results among the mentioned companies, in spite of the financial crisis.

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