Paddy Power is about to make sports betting even easier by launching a fully integrated Facebook chatbot service.

Paddy Power Facebook bot.

Paddy Power has released the first ever Facebook chatbot that can place bets for customers. (Image: fintechist.com)

As of November 2016, Facebook was home to approximately 34,000 chatbots and now Paddy Power is joining the party with its own betting focused product.

Paddy Power first launched its Facebook chatbot back in April when it was branded as a “betting and entertainment” hub.

According to the site’s literature, users could only use the early chat service to get betting news, find odds and … Read more

888 Holdings could be facing a substantial fine or worse following a review of its social responsibility practices by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

Wayne Rooney loses £500,000.

888 Holdings is under investigation by the UKGC as Wayne Rooney reportedly loses £500,000 in a Manchester casino. (Image: cdn.images.dailystar.co.uk/Getty)

According to statement published by 888 Holdings on May 15, the UKGC is unhappy with the way one of its subsidiary sites handles things such as self-exclusion.

Although the operator hasn’t made it clear where the potential breach occurred, the implication is that it may have to enact a blanket policy change.

As part of the … Read more

William Hill revenue up.

A revamped online site and mobile app have helped William Hill hit new revenue highs at the start of 2017. (Image:mobile.williamhill.com)

William Hill has reported an upturn in revenue thanks to increased traffic across its online sports betting platforms.

In a trading statement sent out by William Hill on May 9, the UK betting operator indicated that online sportsbook betting volume was up by 9 percent with net revenue improving by 8 percent.

In addition to Cheltenham providing an increase in traffic during the first 17 weeks of 2017, new mobile betting provisions helped William Hill generate more revenue.

Thanks … Read more

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has dealt a £300,000 bad beat to bgo following a series of advertising infringements.

UKGC fines bgo

UKGC fines bgo £300,000 for potentially misleading consumers about one of its free bet offers. (Image: YouTube/bgo)

As part of its ongoing efforts to regulate UK gambling and ensure operators don’t mislead consumers, the UKGC has taken action against bgo over nine rogue adverts.

According to reports, bgo fell afoul of the UKGC’s code of practice (May 2015), which stipulates that operators must adequately explain the conditions attached to a “free bet” or “bonus.”

After reviewing the company’s onsite adverts as … Read more

The UK horseracing industry changed for good on April 25, 2017, after the European Commission endorsed the government’s proposed 10 percent levy.

Tracey Crouch British racing betting levy.

British racing is set to receive a huge financial boost after Tracey Crouch’s new levy comes into force. (Image: YouTube.com/ Cardiac Risk in the Young)

Back in January 2017, Sports Minister Tracey Crouch MP announced the government’s long awaited funding plan for the UK horseracing industry.

After reviewing the old system through which offshore operators weren’t required to contribute to the industry, the government decided to shake things up.

Months of planning, discussions and disputes with betting operators … Read more

A crackdown on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) on the UK’s high streets could cost companies like Ladbrokes Coral almost £450 million according to Barclays.

Ladbrokes to lose £450 in FOBT move.

Ladbrokes could lose nearly £450 million in annual sales if the government limits FOBT bets to £2. (Image: flickr/Ian Sutton)

With gambling opponents continuing to push the government to reduce the maximum wager on FOBTs across the UK, analysts at Barclays Capital have looked into the financial impact of such a move.

Taking the current betting limit of £100 and combining it with annual revenue figures from various high street bookmakers, the analysts concluded that … Read more

British horseracing is causing a stir in more ways than one this week after two different bets led to two very different outcomes.

Kerry McKay loses £10,000.

Kerry McKay has missed out on a £10,000 payout despite making all the right moves at the recent Cheltenham Festival. (Image: Sunday Mail)

When Kerry McKay played the Pick 7 game on Sky Bet, she never expected her horses to win at Cheltenham Festival and net her £10,000.

However, despite banking a hefty sum of money, the 25-year-old’s dreams quickly turned to a nightmare after Sky Bet refused to pay the money into her account.

A month … Read more

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has issued a stark warning to operators that they need to improve or face a backlash from customers who believe they aren’t offering a fair service.

The Last Samuri Grand National.

Can The Last Samuri make history at this year’s Grand National and equal a 43-year-old record set by Red Rum. (Image: metro.co.uk/Getty)

As part of the UKGC’s continued efforts to improve standards across the industry it has conducted a review of the complaints procedures offered by operators.

The Complaints Processes in the Gambling Industry report, which was published on March 30, found that the information about dispute resolution is … Read more

Anthony Gardner, formerly of Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday, scored his first poker win recently inside Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn.

Anthony Gardner wins at Dusk Till Dawn.

Ex-footballer Anthony Gardner scores his first win at the felt after winning Dusk Till Dawn’s £100,000 guarantee. (Image: telegraph.co.uk/ Getty Images)

The former professional footballer, who made a single appearance for England, has become an avid poker player since retiring from football in 2014.

Although his Hendon Mob record stretches back to 2012, Gardner has stepped up his game over the last three years.

As his Twitter timeline shows, Gardner is now winning online satellites to events like … Read more

Islam Uddin from London has been jailed for 10 years after being found guilty of robbing a string of betting shops using a Nerf Gun.

Islam Uddin Nerf Gun robberies.

Islam Uddin has been jailed for ten years after pleading guilty to a spate of betting shop robberies using a Nerf Gun like the one pictured. (Image: uk.pinterest.com)

Despite sounding like something out of a movie, the spate of incidents left a number of cashiers at properties owned by Paddy Power and Betfred with lasting mental scares.

According to police reports, 32-year-old Uddin originally burst into Paddy Power in Camden Town on February 28, 2016.… Read more