Seems the combination of those dismal last quarter numbers and the lingering PartyGaming merger negotiations are starting to wear on Bwin boss Norbert Teufelberger. He’s been rather petulantly griping at the (remote) possibility that rivals Full Tilt and PokerStars might be granted equal access to a future government-sanctioned US poker market, because he was a good boy and pulled his company out of that market post-UIGEA, unlike the naughty boys at those other companies. “They say they’re not operating illegally but I think they are. Let’s see who is right.”
Teufelberger also revealed that the Bwin/Party merger will result in a company with a whole new name (because a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet, and a brontosaurus by any other name would still move as ponderously) and that they’ve already had discussions with unnamed American companies for B2B deals. In the meantime, Norbert would like a lolly — preferably, a bigger one than all the other kids have. Read more.