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Snooker World Champion Stuart Bingham Banned for Betting

Former snooker World Champion Stuart Bingham has been suspended from the sport for staking more than £36,000 on matches.

Following a review of the 2015 World Champion’s betting accounts, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) has suspended the pro for six months. Although half of the ban will be suspended until October 2018, Bingham will miss the UK Championship at York in November and the Masters in London at the start of the New Year.

Bingham Raises the Stakes

In addition to his suspension, the world number nine must pay £20,000 in costs. According to the chairman of … Read more

UK Gambling Adverts Spark Social Responsibility Debate

The way UK gambling sites advertise their services has come under fire following a recent report aired on the Victoria Derbyshire show.

Investigating the prevalence of gambling related adverts on UK TV, reporters for the BBC Two show found that 95 percent of breaks during live football matches contained at least one betting ad.

Although advertising laws state that gambling promos can only be shown after the 21:00 watershed, there are exceptions when it comes to live sporting events.

Gambling Ads Stacking Up

In addition to the headline stat, the report analysed the ad breaks before, during and after 25 … Read more

Ladbrokes’ Scores an Own Goal with Burnley FC Betting Blunder

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

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 to share promotional resources and create “new experiences for fans” according to the club’s Commercial Director, Anthony Fairclough.… Read more

Betfair Backing Rio Ferdinand to Become a Boxing Champion

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

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 for a title (something he wants to do), takes more than some cardiovascular strength and a bit of willpower. To help … Read more

Paddy Power in Trouble After Offering Odds on a Dead Man

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.

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 Backlash

Birmingham native Ozzy Osbourne was one of the exotic options rated at 2,500/1, but the one outlier that … Read more

‘Pie-Gate’s’ Wayne Shaw Learns His Fate for Face-Stuffing Betting Stunt

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

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 bookmaker Sun Bets.

Prior to the match, the betting site offered odds of 8/1 that the larger-than-life Shaw would consume a pie during the game. With his love of pastry no secret, the bet … Read more

British Punter Loses £100,000 Betting on Conor McGregor  

The boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather attracted more than £250 million in bets according to UK bookmakers.

As the eyes of the world watched the two high profile fighters square off on August 26, bookies across the country were tallying up their bets. According to Bet Bonus Code, the UK’s leading betting sites saw £250+ million wagered on the contest.

Long Odds Attract Punters

Speaking to the Daily Star, a spokesperson for the company noted that Leicester City’s infamous Premier League win during the 2015/2016 season has renewed interest in long odds betting.

“Interestingly, ever since Leicester’s … Read more

Conor McGregor Fight Causing UK Betting Records to Fall

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are setting UK sportsbooks alight ahead of their Las Vegas showdown.

When UFC star McGregor takes on former boxing champ Mayweather on August 26, industry insiders expect between £200 and £300 million to be wagered live and online.

Speaking to The Daily Mail’s sports correspondent Daniel Matthews, Betfair’s Barry Orr said that the fight has captured the public’s imagination like never before.

Despite a number of commentators calling the bout a mismatch given McGregor’s lack of pro boxing experience, Betfair’s exchange has already seen £19.95 million wagered. Even with a few days to go before … Read more

British Racing Fans Set for New Betting Options With Colossus Bets

British racing fans will soon have new ways to bet at some of the country’s leading course thanks to a new deal with Colossus Bets.

Announced on August 17, the partnership between British Racecourses and Colossus Bets will bring new pool betting innovations to live punters across the UK.

British Racecourses is the representative for 54 venues across the country and its new deal will filter a wave of big money jackpots and online-style betting options throughout its network courses.

A New Wave of Betting Options

Described as a “sleeping giant” by Colossus Bets’ COO David O’Reilly, pool betting … Read more

Mayweather vs. McGregor to Break Betfair Betting Record

The super fight between Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor is on track to break British betting records according to Betfair.

Ahead of the August 26 showdown in Las Vegas, Betfair is reporting that betting via its exchange has already topped £7.5 million.

Even with just under a month left to speculate on the crossover fight, the money wagered has already beaten the £5 million bet on the recent Anthony Joshua/ Wladimir Klitschko showdown.

May/Mac to Break Records

With UFC lightweight champion crossing over to take on the undefeated Mayweather in his own sport of boxing, the exchange has been flooded … Read more