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LAS VEGAS — William Hill, the United Kingdom’s largest bookmaker, announced today that the group has been recommended for licensing after the Nevada Gaming Control Board voted unanimously for approval at a hearing in Carson City. The next and final phase of licensing is set for June 21st when William Hill and its executives appear in front of the Nevada Gaming Commission.

The UK-based bookmaker made its initial entry into Nevada in spring 2011 when agreements were signed to purchase American Wagering Incorporated, Club Cal Neva and Brandywine Bookmaking LLC.

Ralph Topping, Chief Executive for William Hill, commented: “We are extremely pleased to have the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s recommendation for licensing. We now look forward to our hearing with the Gaming Commission in two weeks’ time. Nevada regulators have been extremely fair and detailed in their assessment of our entry into the state, and we are grateful for their decision today.”

About William Hill:

William Hill, The Home of Betting, is one of the world’s leading betting and gaming companies, employing more than 15,000 people. Founded in 1934, it is now the UK’s largest bookmaker with over 2,370 licensed betting offices (LBOs) that provide betting opportunities on a wide range of sporting and non-sporting events, gaming on machines and numbers-based products including lotteries.  William Hill Online (www.williamhill.com) is one of Europe’s leading online betting and gaming businesses, providing customers with the opportunity to access William Hill’s products online, through their mobile, by telephone and by text services. William Hill PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange and generates revenues of over $1.7bn a year.

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