Bet365 has become a thriving operation since Denise Coates persuaded her father Peter to refocus his chain of high-street betting shops on internet gambling. The 50 shops were sold to Coral Eurobet in July 2005. Sales have grown 44% a year from an annualised £291m in 2003 to £605m in 2005 as punters keep logging on to gamble and game online. Bet365, owned and run by the Coates family, is based in Stoke-on- Trent and employs 650 staff.
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