bwin eyes South America

Austrian online gaming platform bwin has revealed plans to expand to South America.Company chief Norbert Teufelberger said in an interview today (Tues) that he saw more growth potential in America than in Europe.”The plan is to do business in two to four South American countries within one or two years,” he explained.The bwin head also said he expected the company to grow more this year than in 2009.Teufelberger said he was “satisfied” with how the first months of 2010 had gone for the Vienna-based firm.Asked whether customers gambled less in the economic crisis, he explained that the amount of stakes per client decreased while the number of people using bwin’s services did not shrink.Bwin – formerly known as betandwin – is one of Europe’s leading online gaming providers. It offers betting in more than 30 sport disciplines.The firm went public at the Vienna Stock Exchange (WBAG) in 2000.