GBGC’s Warren Bartlett Publishes 2016 Predictions for Gambling Industry

Warren Bartlett of Global Betting and Gaming Consultant has released his annual predictions for the gambling industry in previous years and he’s back again in 2016 with his visions for the Europe, UK and USA in addition to a few other markets.

Starting with the UK, Bartlett pointed out the companies to watch for possible acquisition deals.

“Top picks for consolidation targets are: 888, Unibet, Bet Victor, and Skybet. A merger between Skybet and 888 would work. The mergers taking place already will create a ‘mask’ on corporate performance”, he wrote.

He addressed the merger between Coral and Ladbrokes and how it may affect betting shops. Data shows that most Ladbrokes betting shops have a Coral close by so a merger would mean that many of those locations would be sold off to potential buyers like “Paddy Power, William Hill, Betfred, or private equity.”

Bartlett also makes tax and UEFA European Football tournament 2016 revenue predictions.

GBGC 2016 UK predictions are available here.

As for the American market, Bartlett wrote, “2016 is a presidential election year. Hilary Clinton is the favourite to win the Democratic nomination and Donald Trump just might get the Republican nomination. Trump has owned and run casinos. Trump is a proponent of legalized online gaming: “It has to happen because many other countries are doing it and like usual the U.S. is just missing out,” Trump told Forbes in 2011. But he is 9/2 to actually become President.

“The clear Republican favourite is Marco Rubio. He is opposed to internet gambling and close to Sheldon Adelson of Las Vegas Sands.

“Prediction: my prediction is a there will be no change in Federal law and little progress on major states to introduce legislation allowing internet gambling.”

Gambling predictions for 2016: USA, Europe et al are available here.

These annual forecasts from Bartlett have shown some accuracy over the years so we will just have to wait and see what 2016 brings.
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    A very interesting article , would be great to see the USA embrace online gambling as it would most likely have a domino effect and perhaps influence other country's to get on board in the same manner , I know South Africa would more than Likely ease up if the US lead by example.. The merges taking place are an interesting development too and it does make buisness sense for the casinos involved but echo OOpaloo in the affect it could have on Unibet and existing players , be a Shame if Unibet due to the merger would restrict players that they previously allowed due to the merger .. Guess we just gotta wait and see
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    I believe online gambling in the U.S.A. is inevitable, but of course, I don't have his expertise and knowledge of the gambling industry. I wonder if these mergers in Europe might affect online players who have accounts with both companies before the merger? I guess you'd have to close one account. But what if you had accidently made multiple accounts with one and not the other? Would the new company then have the right to annul future winnings, because you had multiple accounts with one or another of the merged companies? Or would the new company pull out of certain countries with tougher licensing standards? I'd hate to see Unibet leave Denmark for example, but that probably wouldn't happen.
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    That would be cool if Donald Trump won and legalized online gaming, it would be great for the USA.
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    It is actually interesting to read predictions for gambling, we will see how the year goes and how many of these sayings will come true. I read the article about Europe too and overall I just hope there will be less bad casinos with bad rep and more trustful places. At the end of this year we can check how many things actually happened, but I am sure this year will be full of events in gambling world.
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    Rats, I would like Hilary Clinton to become the next President, but it would be more helpful to my bankroll if Donald Trump wins the Presidency.

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