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The ultimate bluff: a case study of

Laffey, Des (2007) The ultimate bluff: a case study of Journal of Information Technology, 22 (4). pp. 479-488. ISSN 0268-3962. (doi:10.1057/palgrave.jit.2000096) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:3127)

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June 2005 was to bring online gambling out of the shadows and into the spotlight. PartyGaming, a start-up formed in 1997, launched a flotation (Initial Public Offering) on the London Stock Exchange that valued the firm at 4.64 pound billion giving it a larger market capitalisation than British Airways. PartyGaming had become the dominant player in the booming online poker market with its PartyPoker brand having over 50% market share. However, this float - as with Internet gambling in general - was not without controversy. While PartyGaming had an online gambling license from the tax haven of Gibraltar, nearly 90% of its revenue came from the United States, where the authorities viewed Internet gambling as illegal and threatened legal action. The complex operations of this truly global firm with bases in London, India, Gibraltar and Canada, the background of its founder Ruth Parasol in Internet pornography and the handling of its flotation also raised concerns from an ethical perspective, with some commentators questioning whether the float should have been allowed at all. These concerns were then confirmed as US legislation to curb online gambling was passed in September 2006, leading to PartyGaming's exit from the US market and an immediate fall of 58% in the share price. This case study analyses the entrepreneurs behind PartyGaming, its growth, the challenges it has faced, the ethical issues it poses and its future prospects. The case draws on theory from e-commerce, strategy and ethics.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1057/palgrave.jit.2000096
Uncontrolled keywords: e-commerce; online gambling; poker; dot.coms
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Kent Business School (do not use)
Depositing User: Suzanne Duffy
Date Deposited: 14 May 2008 07:09 UTC
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