Stars Group buys majority share in CrownBet

$150 million to become majority shareholder

The Stars Group, a multinational e-gaming organisation which owns Island-based company PokerStars, has purchased a 62 per cent share in CrownBet.

The Canadian company has agreed to pay around $150 million to become majority stakeholder of the Australian business - it already has online gaming licenses in 17 other countries and also owns another of the world's biggest poker sites in Full Tilt Poker.

The move has come as a surprise to some experts, as PokerStars recently exited the Australian markets ahead of the national ban on online poker, which came in last year - the company also closed its offices in Sydney in 2016.

CEO Rafi Ashkenazi has voiced excitement at entering the regulated Australian sportsbook market, praising CrownBet's "market-leading loyalty program".

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