PartyGaming Approaches Empire Online About a Takeover

Nov. 3 — PartyGaming Plc, the owner of the PartyPoker Web site, said it may buy Empire Online Ltd. to grab a greater share of the $8.2 billion Internet gaming market as growth slows. Empire’s stock rose as much as 9.1 percent.The proposal is the second for Empire, which helps poker and casino Web sites win business and in September ended talks on a possible takeover by Sportingbet Plc. Empire, which has a market value of about 350 million pounds ($622 million), confirmed the approach today in a …

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Fri, November 4th, 2005

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  • ON THE COME - A situation where the player does not have a complete hand but hopes to make one if the right cards come up.
  • CARDS SPEAK - Winner(s) of the hand are determined by turning their cards face up, the best hand(s) wins (no declaration).
  • GUT SHOT - A draw to an inside straight, as in 2-3-4-6.
  • ON TILT - Playing worse (usually, more aggressively) than usual because a player has become emotionally upset.
  • RAKE - Money taken from each pot and given to the house in return for hosting the game. Usually a percentage of the pot (5%-10%) up to some maximum amount.
  • OPEN - Make the first bet in a hand, especially in draw poker.
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