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When Amaya bought the Rational Group for $4.9 billion in a leveraged buy-out, investors and industry pundits alike wondered what other deals could be on the horizon.

There have been two other major deals this year involving gaming companies. GTECH bought International Game Technology (IGT) for $4.7 billion, and Scientific Games bought Bally for about $5.1 billion—including taking on the company’s existing debt.

The flurry of corporate activity made investors consider whether companies such as bwin.party, 888, Betsson and Playtech could also “be in play.”