Online casino firm 888 buys bookmaker’s non-US assets from Caesars in £2.2bn purchase

The online casino company 888 has confirmed its £2.2bn purchase of the non-US assets of William Hill from the Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment, in a deal that raises questions over the future of the bookmaker’s 1,400 high-street shops.

William Hill shareholders accepted a $3.7bn (£2.7bn) takeover bid from Caesars nearly a year ago but the American casino company had no interest in its British target’s 87-year-old brand, its high-street shops, or its non-US online operations.

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