Bet365 and Betfair each won three awards at the eGaming Review Operator Awards recently, with bet365 winning the coveted prize of Operator of the Year. Bet365 beat other popular nominees such as 888, Betsson, PartyGaming, Unibet and Betfair to receive the trophy, while Betfair was highly commended.

Bet365 won Casino Operator and best website performance, sponsored by website performance monitoring firm Gomez. Betfair on the other hand won Innovation, Mobile Operator and UK sports-betting operator of the year, while William Hill was highly commended for UK sports-betting operator.

Manfred Bodner of bwin won the Outstanding contribution to the industry award. In his acceptance speech he thanked the industry for 10 “fun years” as well as his co-founder Norbert Teufelberger, saying the award was really for the whole company.

bwin, who is planning to merge with PartyGaming in the first quarter of next year, also won the European sports betting operator category, fighting off competition from Betclic, Betsson and Unibet.