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Paddy Power Online Gambling Boom

31 Aug 2005

IRELAND – As reported by Ireland Online: "Bookmaker Paddy Power today hailed the online gambling craze as it generated most of its profits away from its high street betting shops for the first time.

"The group said its non-retail businesses accounted for 63% of operating profits of €17.8m in the six months to June 30, compared with one-third of the €18.2m earned last year.

"Online poker has emerged as a global phenomenon over the past few years and Paddy Power launched its own version for the game during the period, enjoying strong growth over summer.

"…Paddy Power already has 74,000 customers gambling via the web, with two-thirds in the UK, and operates an online casino as well as telephone betting.

"The growth in non-retail businesses helped to shield Paddy Power from the impact of a poor run of results in the big horse races in the first six months of this year when many of the favourites romped home…"

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