Internet Bill Sparks Dividend Drop
By James Mc
In the aftermath of the US Congress decision to pass the Internet Gambling law, online gaming group PartyGaming has announced that it is to cancel its dividend that was due to be paid at the end of this month.

The world’s largest internet gambling firm, said in a statement that it had decided to cancel the interim dividend of three cents a share in order to spend the money, a total of $120 million (£64 million), on acquisitions.

The AIM-listed World Gaming also released a statement saying that it was in discussions with its banks following the decision by US Congress. The company, which derives 90 percent of its revenues from the US through sites such as and, said that the ‘material adverse change’ to its business from the new law could put it in ‘technical default’ of its loan agreement.

In other news, PartyGaming rival 888 Holdings, said that it is planning to turn its American gaming platform into an entertainment website when the new law takes effect. The new site is likely to include fantasy sports, where punters can win cash prizes for selecting successful fantasy sports teams.

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