Ladbrokes’ social media team was forced to issue a public apology to Burnley FC and its fans after scoring an own goal on Twitter.

Chris Wood Ladbrokes tweet.

Ladbrokes has apologised to Burnley fans following a crude tweet referencing former Leeds player Chris Wood. (Image:

Despite UK betting operators often having some fun with their social media accounts, Ladbrokes’ recent critique of Burnley’s loss to Leeds United came at the expense of its business partner.

A Rocky Start to a New Relationship

Burnley announced Ladbrokes as its official betting partner back in August 2017. As part of the deal, the two companies agreed … Read more

Former footballer Rio Ferdinand is bidding to become a professional boxer and British betting operator Betfair is backing the campaign.

Rio Ferdinand boxer.

Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand is fighting to become a boxer with the help of Betfair. (Image:

Despite being a rank novice with zero amateur bouts under his belt, 38-year-old Ferdinand knows what it takes to compete at the highest level in sport. On top this, he’s kept himself in good shape since retiring from football.

Ferdinand Doesn’t Want to be the Class Clown

However, to step in the ring as a pro and ultimately challenge … Read more

Betting operator Paddy Power has landed in hot water after offering odds on an ex-footballer coming back from the dead to manage Birmingham City FC.

Ugo Ehiogu

Paddy Power receives a public lashing after offering betting odds on the recently deceased Ugo Ehiogu. (Image: Wiki/Ben Sutherland)

Following the sacking of Harry Redknapp on September 16, Paddy Power was quick to jump on the action and put up a betting market speculating on his replacement.

Alongside established coaches such as Sam Allardyce and Frank de Boer, Paddy Power’s odds makers decided to have add some of customary outside bets.

A Critical Oversight Causes

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GVC Holdings Chief Executive Kenny Alexander has said further mergers and acquisitions could be on the horizon but only after the UK government’s gambling review is published.

Kenny Alexander GVC.

GVC Chief Executive Kenny Alexander has said the company will look to secure more high profiles deals when the time is right. (Image:

Following the publication of the operator’s interim financials for the six months to June 30, 2017, Alexander has confirmed the need for further growth when the conditions are right. According to the results published on September 14, GVC Holdings saw net gaming revenue increase by 25 percent in real … Read more

A review into Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) hasn’t been brushed under the carpet according to government sources.

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A report by The Times claims the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has dropped his opposition to a review on FOBTs. (Image:

Following a report that Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond had moved to block a review into FOBTs, the government has confirmed otherwise.

At the start of August, the Daily Mail suggested the head of the Treasury wasn’t keen on a reducing the maximum stake for FOBTs.

However, following backlash over Hammond’s potential objection to the FOBT review, … Read more

Scottish Gambling Rates Top the UK Average

Scotland has been named as the “gambling capital” of the UK according to statistics published by the Gambling Commission.

Matt Zarb-Cousin Scottish gambling.

Responsible gambling advocate Matt Zarb-Cousin has called for the government to do more after Scotland is named the UK’s gambling capital. (Image: Jay Akbar/YouTube)

Punching way above its weight in terms of money wagered on casino, poker and sports, Scotland’s latest title will be seen as yet another ominous accolade by some.

However, unlike the 2015 NHS study that proclaimed Scotland as the drinking capital of the UK, the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) at least suggest the country now enjoys … Read more

Wayne Shaw, the infamous Pie-gate punter, has been fined £375 by the Football Association (FA) and banned from play for two months.

Wayne Shaw fined suspended for piegate

Former Sutton United goalkeeper Wayne Shaw has been fined £375 and told to stay off the field for two months for eating a pie and unduly influencing an online novelty sports bet. (Image: Reuters)

Shaw hit the headlines back in February, when he ate a pie live on TV during Sutton United’s FA Cup fifth round tie against Arsenal. As the cameras caught the former Sutton goalkeeper in the act, it triggered a payout by the online Read more

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has taken a subtle swipe at the Conservative government with a proposal to ban gambling operators appearing on football shirts.

Labour Tom Watson gambling and football.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson believes that football clubs shouldn’t have gambling firms printed their shirts. (Image: Twocoms/Shutterstock)

Speaking The Guardian newspaper, Watson announced that a Labour government would tackle what he believes to be the “hidden epidemic” of problem gambling in the UK.

Despite Labour losing the recent General Election, Jeremy Corbyn’s second in command has said that he would work to sever the links between football and betting.

“Shirt sponsorship sends out … Read more

UK betting firm 888 Holdings Plc. has enjoyed a financial upswing in the first half of 2017 but it won’t bank a profit due to regulatory and tax issues.

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888’s Itai Frieberger brushes off a drop in profits by pointing to the company’s diversification and innovations. (Image:

According to 888’s financial report to the six months ending June 30, 2017, revenue increased to £207.8 million compared to £201.5 million generated during the same period in 2016. In addition to a jump in total revenue, the company saw adjusted profit before tax improve by 12 percent year-on-year to £29 million … Read more

888 UK Limited has been has been hit with a record fine by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) for failing to protect vulnerable players.

UKGC Sarah Harrison.

UKGC chief Sarah Harrison has said that player protection isn’t “optional” as 888 is hit with a record fine. (Image:

Following a lengthy investigation into the way 888 handles problem gaming behaviours and self-exclusions, the UKGC has issued a fine topping £7.8 million. The fine is the largest ever issued by the UKGC because, as the regulator has stated, player protection isn’t “optional.”

Investigation Hits 888 in More Ways than One

When the UKGC announced … Read more