Ladbrokes owner GVC Holdings said today it had made plans to relocate servers hosting online gambling platforms to Ireland for Brexit uncertainties. 

GVC owns games brands such as partypoker, PartyCasino, Casino Club, Gioco Digitale and Foxy Bingo.

It also said the cut to the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in the UK will result in the closure of up to 1,000 shops, while it expects the EBITDA impact to be £135m in 2019.  

The cut to the maximum stake FOBTs would be implemented from April this year after several British politicians called for curbs on FOBTs.

Fixed-odds betting terminals have been widely blamed for allowing gamblers to rack up large losses in a short space of time.  

The British sports betting and gaming company also implemented plans that involve operating those parts of its business which have customers in the European Union under Malta online gambling licenses. 

GVC said its online headquarters would remain in Gibraltar and employees from there would not be significantly impacted.

It also said that it had made plans to help employees living in Spain and work in Gibraltar if there are border crossing delays after Brexit. 

The company also posted a surge in pro-forma underlying profit before tax for the full year to £610.1m, up from £514.1m last year, boosted by its Ladbrokes acquisition. 

Pro-forma net gaming revenue, excluding certain divesture and discontinued operations, rose to 9% to £3.57 billion.