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Tiger Roll Grand National

A record number of punters made bets online prior to Tiger Roll crossing the finish line first in the 2018 Grand National. (Image: uk.sports.yahoo.com)

The 2018 Grand National prompted an increase in online betting activity as multiple companies reported record-breaking figures.

Following the completion of the world’s most anticipated steeplechase event on April 14, the numbers have shown just how important the race is for the British betting industry.

Reviewing the number of online payments processed in the lead up to the Aintree race, SafeCharge recorded a 60 percent increase in activity compared to 2017.

Fast and Furious Action Online

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One for Arthur Grand National 2017.  

One for Arthur takes the Grand National title in 2017 as bookmakers prepare for a betting frenzy in 2018. (Image: Twitter/@AtTheRaces)

The 2018 Grand National is set to get underway on April 14 and this year the bookmakers are gearing up for another multimillion pound race.

Before the 40 runners and riders line-up on the starting line at Aintree, bookies across the country are expecting somewhere in the region of £300 million in wagers.

In 2017, the leading jump race in the world was screened on ITV for the first time, a move experts predicted would lead to impressive viewing … Read more

Sky Bet has become the latest UK operator to feel the force of the Gambling Commission and its current drive to increase social responsibility standards across the board.


Sky Bet has been hit with a £1 million fine for failing its most vulnerable customers. (Image: campaignlive.co.uk)

In a notice published on March 28, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) explained that weaknesses in Sky Bet’s self-exclusion facilities had resulted in multiple failures.

According to the regulatory body’s findings, 736 self-excluded players were able to create duplicate accounts and make bets.

Multiple Failures Lead to Big Money Fine

Additionally, 50,000 players who … Read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Bethard postpones UK launch after FA blocks a deal with its main ambassador, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. (Image: commons.wikimedia.org/Frankie Fouganthin)

Footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic has forced online betting company Bethard to postpone its UK launch following an investigation by the FA.

The current Manchester United striker had been slated to appear at a press conference on March 26 to announce his association with Bethard UK.

However, after news of his partnership with the company reached English football’s governing body, the event was put on ice.

Rule E8 Catches Bethard Offside

As per its LinkedIn page, the Bethard Group was founded in 2012 and … Read more

Sportech shares crash

Sportech’s stock jumped off a cliff on Wednesday, as takeover talks break down, but the company believes it is well positioned to benefit from the possible legalization of sports betting in the US. (Image: Shutterstock)

On Wednesday morning, the former owner of Littlewoods Football Pools and the Littlewoods Gaming brand, Sportech, announced it had a new chief executive, Andrew Gaughan. It also issued a profit warning and confirmed that recent talks to acquire the company had broken down.

By lunchtime, more than 50 percent had been wiped off its market capitalisation as its stock crashed on the London Stock Exchange.… Read more

MansionBet George Groves.

Mansion’s new sports betting brand, MansionBet, will sponsor boxer George Groves in his forthcoming title fight. (Image: thelastfight.com)

MansionBet has teamed up with George Groves, the WBA super-middleweight champion, ahead of his much-anticipated title fight against Chris Eubank Jnr.

Working in partnership with sports advertising agency Project11, Mansion has agreed a deal to have branding for its new sports betting venture on display during the February 17 bout.

Despite previous sporting projects, this deal will be Mansion’s first major venture into boxing.

Branching Out into Betting and Boxing

The company’s casino brand has been associated with football for more … Read more

Alexandre Lacazette Cachet

Arsenal stars such as Alexandre Lacazette have been used to promote a new gambling cryptocurrency, CashBet Coin. (Image: @cfcunofficial Chelsea Debs)

Arsenal Football Club has become one of the first Premier League clubs to embrace cryptocurrency world by inking a deal with CashBet.

Announced on January 24, the deal will see CashBet receive exposure across Arsenal’s offline and online channels in the first instance.

Additionally, CashBet has already started to add images of famous Arsenal players to its site ahead of further crypto-related content in the future.

Arsenal Embracing New Technology

While the recent announcement doesn’t suggest that Arsenal will … Read more

University of Glasgow betting.

Research from the University of Glasgow has shown that 50% of Premier League clubs had betting sponsors in 2016/2017. (Image: gla.ac.uk)

Online betting sites have become a major presence in professional football across England according to the new research.

Charting the rise of betting sponsors in football, researchers at the University of Glasgow and Healthy Stadia found that online operators now control 95% of the market.

Sampling 79 sponsorship deals made since 2005, the academics noted that 75 were between betting companies and football clubs.

Relaxed Rules Cause Influx of Betting Sponsors

Prior to a relaxation of the rules regarding … Read more

Ipswich Town Ian Milne.

Ipswich Town’s managing director Ian Milne has defended the club’s decision to partner with betting firm Magical Vegas. (Image: ITFC)

Ipswich Town’s board came under fire from fans recently after it announced a new three-and-a-half-year sponsorship deal with Magical Vegas.

Following a decade with the same shirt sponsor, the Suffolk-based football club decided it was time for a change.

Now, where the eponymous company name of club owner Marcus Evans once was will be the logo of Daub Alderney Ltd.’s online casino site, Magical Vegas.

Deal Brings New Look and More Money to the Club

Part of the Stride Gaming … Read more

NJ Chris Christie.

New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie wants to make sports betting legal across the US and, potentially, open up new opportunities for British bookies. (Image: app.com/AP)

America’s sports betting market could soon be open for business across the country after analysts suggest the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) could soon be overturned.

Unlike the UK and Europe, sports betting in the US has long been a source of contention with only four states having the right to offer it legally since 1992.

However, following a battle between New Jersey’s Governor and those in support of PASPA, things could … Read more

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