Paddy Power is racing ahead with strong 2010

PADDY Power – Ireland’s largest bookmaker – said that online revenue so far this year was very strong and profit modestly ahead of expectations, as sports results went its way and punters spent more.

The company said the amount staked by online customers, excluding those in its recently acquired Australian business, grew by 19 per cent and its total gross wins were up 32 per cent in contrast to the run of adverse sports results last year.

Paddy Power’s fast-growing online division accounted for two-thirds of its operating profit last year.

The company, which plans to enter the French market after its move into Australia last year, said it was hoping for a boost from the World Cup.

“Paddy Power has the ability to continually deliver and it remains one of the few online gaming operators to boast upgrades year to date,” Goodbody Stockbrokers analyst Killian Murphy said.