Gambling software powerhouse Playtech is reportedly planning to use funds of up to £800m to launch a string of new acquisitions.
Playtech, founded by Israeli billionaire Teddy Sagi in 1999, is thought to be eyeing up the UK-based software developer OpenBet, owned by Vitruvian Partners, in a £250m deal.
However, as the firm has contracts with most of the UK’s major bookmakers, an acquisition could spark competition questions.
Playtech is also said to be considering a bid for Amaya, the Canadian owner of Pokerstars, which is subject to a $2bn (£1.4bn) “take-private” bid from its chief executive, David Baazov, the Sunday Times reported.
Playtech has available cash of around £600m and a further £200m can be easily accessed by selling stakes in Ladbrokes and the online foreign exchange trader Plus500.
The latest takeover push follows a number of deals made in 2015, such as its purchase of YoYo Games.
However, Playtech suffered a setback in November when its bids for Plus500 and the online derivatives broker Ava Trade fell through due to regulatory concerns.