This online bookmaker attracts 10.5m customers a year from 200 countries. As well as having a flutter on sport, punters can bet on the financial markets and play casino games. Owned and run by the Coates family, the firm is the biggest employer in Stoke-on-Trent, with 2,151 staff based at its headquarters. It is also the majority shareholder of Stoke City Football Club. A 60% increase in “in-play” betting, where customers bet during live sports events, boosted sales to £722m. After close of research, Bet365 reported that sales to March 2013 had leapt to an annualised £975m.
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