Tabcorp, so often seen as being at the altar with the WA TAB, has apparently ended its interest in a deal that would have given it a complete retail and parimutuel monopoly across Australia.  

The Australian Financial Review reported on Thursday that Tabcorp’s desire to pursue the WA TAB has faded under the current terms and it would walk away, leaving rival Entain in an even stronger position to win the day.

But you will forgive those in the Western Australian racing industry, and the WA taxpayers, for waiting to see the vows and rings exchanged with any new suitor before they start the popping corks and celebrating the TAB finally getting hitched after all these years.    

The privatisation of the WA TAB has been a nearly decade-long saga, with more matchmaking drama than a reality TV series.

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