Patrick Kennedy PADDY Power chief executive, insisted yesterday that the online operator is not in danger of being left behind in the US as a number of states move ever closer to legalizing online poker. PP wants in to the US, but lacks own Poker software
Mr Kennedy conceded that companies such as Bwin.Party and 888.com have the technology platforms to provide online poker operations that Paddy Power doesn’t possess.
“What we’re showing potential partners is deep e-commerce expertise that other global companies don’t have,” said Mr Kennedy. “We know how to run, better than anyone, I would argue, an e-commerce business. So there are different parts to the value chain.”
One good point Paddy Power could benefit from is an untarnished legal reputation. Some online poker operators have been previously been charged by the US Justice Department with illegally offering internet gambling to US, not Paddy Power.