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Paddy Power Chatbot Ready to Take Your Bets

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

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 use the “entertain me” button. However, all that seems to have changed in recent weeks thanks to … Read more

Islam Uddin Jailed for Holding Up Betting Shops with Nerf Gun

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.

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.

Uddin on a Rampage with Nerf Gun

Concealing the toy gun under a black bin bag, Uddin demanded the tills to be opened before escaping with an unreported … Read more

William Hill Could be Sold While Lottery Winner Tries to Sue Camelot

William Hill could be put up for sale later this year if its biggest shareholder, Parvus Asset Management, get its way.

Despite a series of acquisitions and mergers taking place around it, William Hill has resisted the urge to partner up with another iGaming operator in 2016.

Almost an act of defiance against the current movement of the market, William Hill appears to have taken the opinion that it should be the main player in any deal that goes down.

Evidence of this came to light in the summer of 2016 when talks of a deal between the Rank Group, … Read more

UK Gambling Commission to Make Gambling Safer in Scotland

The UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) mission to increase the safety and quality of the industry moved another step forward recently thanks to a join initiative with Police Scotland.

As part of its ongoing commitment to improving awareness of gambling issues between betting shops and local police forces, the UKGC recently set-up a project that will see Police Scotland educate officers across the country.

At the heart of the operation is a two step process that will not only help betting shop staff to better identify common crimes, but train officers to carry out inspections on licensed premises.

An Ongoing Commitment

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Gambling Round-Up: UK Online Betting Leading the Way with £4.5 Billion Haul

The UK’s online betting industry is now a bigger cash cow than the National Lottery and high street betting shops.

According to a recent report by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), online betting revenue now accounts for 33 percent of all gambling in the UK.

Reviewing the period between April 2015 and March 2016, the industry’s Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) hit an impressive £4.5 billion.

The Biggest Player in Town

On top of making online betting the most lucrative sector in the industry, £4.5 billion is more than £1 billion more than the National Lottery (£3.4 billion) and high street … Read more

William Hill Shareholders Pour Cold Water on Amaya Deal

The William Hill and Amaya dream merger is all but dead according to a spokesperson for the former.

Ever since news of a potential deal hit the headlines at the start of October, financial experts have questioned the terms of the merger. Bloomberg was the first to point out that ongoing legal issues for PokerStars (an Amaya asset) as well as potentially unsustainable levels of debt would be highly unappealing for shareholders.

Best Deal for Both Parties

Following Bloomberg’s analysis, William Hill shareholder Parvus Asset Management raised its objection to the deal, essentially saying that it didn’t offer an attractive … Read more

UK’s William Hill Looking to Merge with Canada’s Amaya

William Hill, one of the UK’s largest bookmakers, is reportedly looking to complete a merger with Canada’s Amaya.

Although news of the deal only came to light at the start of October, sources close to the negotiations have stated that talks got underway back in February.

That timeframe means William Hill was already sizing up a deal with Amaya long before 888 and Rank made a joint offer for the company.

A Multi-Billion Dollar Deal

At this stage the finer points of the potential merger are unclear, but market analysts have suggested that a newly formed entity would be worth … Read more

UK Online Poker Industry Could Help Boost New Jersey’s Fortunes

British online poker players could soon be linking up with their transatlantic cousins if a liquidity sharing deal with New Jersey comes to fruition.

Since the US Department of Justice (DOJ) shutdown the online poker industry in 2011, players in the UK have been unable to exchange bets with their American counterparts.

However, with the market starting to open up on a state-by-state basis and liquidity sharing coming into its own, talks are now underway to reconnect two of the top poker playing nations in the world.

The Wheels are in Motion

According to recent reports, New Jersey’s Division of … Read more

UK Gambling News: Gambling Addition Drugs Raises Concerns for UK Operators 

Doctors are now prescribing gambling addiction drugs to people that can’t be treated using conventional methods says a report by the Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT).

According to statistics published by the RGT, almost 1,000 people were referred to its clinics last year after GPs identified patterns of serious problem gambling habits.

The RGT, which operates as a charity and is part funded by gambling operators, was set-up to help tackle problem gambling in the UK through a combination of education, direct action and treatment services.

As part of the latter service, the RGT set-up the National Problem Gambling Clinic in … Read more

Neil Goulden Resigns from RGT Amid Conflict of Interest Claims

Neil Goulden, the former chief executive of Gala Coral, is to step down from his role as the chair of the Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT).

It’s been just over a week since it emerged that Goulden had potentially exploited his relationship with the RGT to help boost his relationship with the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) and now he’s announced his decision to leave the Trust.

According to reports, Goulden worked on a 2013 paper that called for the ABB to refocus its marketing efforts in order to “position gambling as an economically valuable and socially responsible leisure pursuit.”

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