William Hill granted US licence

William Hill shop William Hill has about 2,370 betting shops in the UK

William Hill has been given the green light to launch its first US operations after being granted a licence by the Nevada Gaming Commission.

Last year, the British bookmaker announced it was to buy three US companies, but the acquisitions were dependent on the awarding of a licence.

The deals are now expected to complete by the end of the month.

William Hill said it was the first British bookmaker to be licensed for sports wagering in the US.

Sports betting is legal under federal law in only four US states - Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon.

"A Nevada gaming licence is recognised around the world as a significant regulatory seal of approval and we are proud to have earned it," said chief executive Ralph Topping.

"We are now able to bring together these three businesses to create a leading position in the US sports betting market, combining our brand and product range with AWI, Brandywine and Cal Neva's extensive footprint, strong local relationships and trusted service.

"We look forward to working with our new colleagues to grow a leadership position in the US gaming industry."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Business stories



  • HandshakeKiss and make up

    A marriage counsellor on healing the referendum hurt

  • Pellet of plutoniumRed alert

    The scary element that helped save the crew of Apollo 13

  • Burnt section of the Umayyad Mosque in the old city of AleppoBefore and after

    Satellite images reveal Syria's heritage trashed by war

  • Woman on the phone in office10 Things

    The most efficient break is 17 minutes, and more nuggets

  • Amir TaakiDark market

    The bitcoin wallet with controversial users

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.