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Bookie is FTSE 100 thoroughbred
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William Hill's shares have soared since its flotation in 2002
Bookmaker William Hill is poised to join the stock market's front runners with a ticket to the FTSE 100.

The company will be admitted to the top index on 8 April in a revamp sparked by the merger of healthcare firm Amersham with US giant General Electric.

William Hill listed on the London market in June 2002 and currently has 1,586 branches in the UK plus telephone gambling and interactive interests.

Pre-tax profits rose to 202m in the year to December 30, up from 141m.

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