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UPDATE 1-PartyGaming in Italy joint venture with Intralot

* UK gaming firm agrees poker JV with Greek peer

* Two firms to seek opportunities in other markets

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LONDON, April 6 (Reuters) - British gaming firm PartyGaming PRTY.L has agreed to launch an online poker service in Italy with Greek lottery systems supplier Intralot INLr.AT and will look to secure more overseas deals in the coming months.

PartyGaming, which owns some of the best-known brands in online gaming including PartyPoker.com and PartyBingo.com, said on Monday it would cooperate further with Intralot to explore opportunities in other markets around the world.

Intralot is the first member of PartyGaming’s poker network in Italy and will promote the new service through its retail network, which includes 600 betting outlets.

“This is our third business-to-business deal in 2009 and we are confident of continuing to build our portfolio over the coming months,” PartyGaming Chief Executive Jim Ryan said in a statement.

Reporting by Rhys Jones; Editing by Matt Scuffham, John Stonestreet

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