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According to Bloomberg, the price tag for Amaya Gaming's rumored purchase of PokerStars' parent companycould be more than $1 billion. The news outlet, which released a series of articles on Thursday about the potential acquisition, said, "Blackstone Group LP's credit business, GSO Capital Partners LP, is among the backers of Amaya's bid, arranging more than $1 billion in financing." Trading of Amaya's stock in Toronto was haltedmidday Thursday after it had risen 28% in two days and 17% on Thursday alone. The reason, according to multiple reports, is a forthcoming acquisition of PokerStars'
On Friday, we'd expect to hear news that Canadian-based Amaya Gaming will be purchasing the parent company of PokerStarsand Full Tilt Poker, the Isle of Man-based Rational Group. Blackstone, a US-based private equity firm, is reportedly raising $1 billion for the acquisition. All of this is according to Online Poker Report, Bloomberg, and our own sources. Amaya is already licensed in New Jersey, although whether it would bring the PokerStars or Full Tilt brands to the Garden State remains to be seen. According to 4Flush, a reverse takeover is planned. While Amaya is green-lighted in