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FA Cuts All Ties with Betting Sites

The English Football Association (FA) has ended its partnerships with multiple betting operators, including Ladbrokes following a review of the industry.

The FA’s decision to cut ties with any gambling related company comes to 12 months after it signed a four-year deal with Ladbrokes. As part of the deal, Ladbrokes became the official betting partner of the FA across league events as well as the Emirates Cup and England internationals.

In addition to branding on TV and inside stadiums, Ladbrokes was given exclusive rights to offer betting at Wembley Stadium. However, following a three-month review of this relationship and others, … Read more

Online Growth Marks Positive Start to 2017 for William Hill

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 to better access for Android users, William Hill welcomed more customers in Q1 which resulted in online net revenue increasing by … Read more

UK Gambling Commission Hits bgo with £300,000 Bad Beat

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

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 well as those published across various affiliate sites, the UKGC found that bgo hadn’t clearly outlined its … Read more

EU Green Lights New UK Horseracing Betting Levy

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

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 ensued before a final proposal was submitted to the European Commission for approval in late 2016.

That approval was finally granted in mid-April this year … Read more

IP Issues Mean British Horseracing Punter Loses Out On £10,000

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

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 after scooping her unexpected win, McKay told Scottish newspaper The Daily Record that she’s been denied the £10,000 because Sky Bet claims she … Read more

Mystery Man Banks £457,000+ from £2 Horse Racing Bet

UK horse racing has produced another big money winner after a punter from North London placed a £2 stake with Ladbrokes on March 3.

Despite wishing to remain anonymous, the retired account from London has made the betting headlines this week after a £2 stake banked him a pension-boosting £457,067.52.

Speaking to The Mirror, the mystery man explained how he’d placed £2 worth of £0.10 accumulators on seven races at Lingfield, Doncaster and Newbury.

Early Loss Results in Impressive Late Win

In spite of his initial optimism, the man quickly lost interest in his bet after checking on his tablet … Read more

UKGC Survey Shows Almost 50 Percent of Brits Gamble

Almost 50 percent of Brits gamble according to a recent report by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

Analysing industry spending habits in 2016, the UKGC found that the number of people who said they’d gambling in the last four weeks was up by 3 percent compared to 2015.

Moreover, the number of men who now said they gambled was 53 percent, while 44 percent of women surveyed said they’ve made at least one bet within the 12 month period.

Gambling is on the Up in the UK

Although these figures drop when the National Lottery is excluded (e.g. the number … Read more

Pie Eating Bet Lands Sutton United’s Wayne Shaw in Hot Water

Wayne Shaw, the larger than life Sutton United goalkeeper, may have bitten off more than he can chew after he tucked into a pie during his side’s FA Cup tie against Arsenal.

Leading up to the FA Cup fifth round match, Sutton reserve keeper Shaw hit the headlines for his less than athletic appearance. Weighing more than the average footballer, Shaw admitted that he was a fan of pies.

Naturally, with the Sutton vs. Arsenal match being the standout match of the fifth round, one UK bookmaker decided to capitalise on the opportunity with a novelty bet. On top of … Read more

UK Gambling Commission Slaps YouTubers with £255,000 Betting Fines

Two British video gamers have been prosecuted by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) after an investigation showed they accepted illegal payments through the popular game FIFA 17.

Craig Douglas and Dylan Rigby are two of the UK’s most popular gamers with more than 1.3 million YouTube subscribers tuning in to watch their videos.

However, as well as being professional gamers, the pair also ran a site called FUT Galaxy, which allowed FIFA players to use in-game credits to bet on sport.

According to a Bloomberg report in 2016, black-market gambling in the video gaming world is now a billion dollar … Read more

New UK Horse Racing Levy Could Prompt Legal Challenge from British Bookies

The UK horse racing industry looks set to change the amount operators have to pay on their profits if new proposals pass the European Union’s state aid rules.

Under the new proposals, UK and offshore betting operators will have to pay a 10 percent levy on their gross profits above £500,000 from April 1 to support the racing industry.

Despite operators sponsoring racing events across the UK and Ireland, the new rules would mean they’ll have to contribute more to the pot.

As it stands, only UK-based operators have been required to contribute to the racing industry. However, following a … Read more