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2016 UK Gambling Industry Wrap Up: Big Winners, Mass Mergers, and More

It’s been another year of fun and frolics in the United Kingdom’s gambling industry filled with excitement and controversy.

From Brexit fears and continued homogenisation of the market to big money winners on long shot betting prospects, British bettors had a lot to keep them occupied over the last 12 months.

Mergers and Movers

2016 didn’t see as many mergers as 2015, but the market did continue to consolidate. In February, we saw Paddy Power Betfair become an official entity with a formal listing on the stock market.

In the hours leading up to the new company’s listing on the … Read more

Yahoo Becomes the Latest Player in the UK DFS Market

Yahoo can now offer daily fantasy sports (DFS) betting in the UK after it was granted a licence by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

The company behind the famous search engine is no stranger to the DFS industry with fully operational sites in the US and Canada currently competing with the likes of DraftKings.

However, thanks to the UK’s laws regarding online gambling, it hasn’t been able to offer its services in the country until now.

After reviewing Yahoo’s application, the UKGC granted permission for a licence, which means players can now wager money on a variety of sports, … Read more

British Bettor Wins Big on US Election Thanks to Donald Trump

Donald Trump might be causing a stir across the pond, but his shock win in the US election has earned one British punter a seven-figure payday.

With record betting on this year’s US election, Vincent Tchenguiz decided to have more than a flutter on Mr. Trump. Sensing a power shift in the lead up to the final ballot, property tycoon Tchenguiz wagered £350,000 across a variety of betting exchanges.

Although he wouldn’t be drawn on his feelings on Trump or his election win, the billionaire did say that he wasn’t shocked by the result.

“I’m surprised by how everybody is … Read more

Gambler Tries to Blackmail Amir Khan with Fake Sex Tape

A gambler’s attempt to blackmail British boxer Amir Khan has failed after it emerged that the alleged “sex tape” never existed.

Hamza Din, who has been described as having a gambling problem and mental health issues, contacted Khan’s management team demanding a significant amount of money in exchange for the sex tape.

Although an actual amount wasn’t specified, Din warned Khan’s team that if they didn’t meet “the price,” then he would hand over the clip to the media.

No Girl, No Tape, No Clue

Unfortunately for Din, there was no “girl” as he claimed and, to make matters worse, … 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

Camelot and Lottoland at Odds Over Online Lotteries

UK lottery operator Camelot recently had some strong words for one of the iGaming industry’s latest upstarts, Lottoland.

Over the last five years the world of lottery gaming has changed dramatically thanks to the internet. Instead of players being limited to games in their local area, third-party betting sites have given online players access to a global network of lotteries.

Lottoland has become one of the leaders in the field and basically offers players the chance to bet on a lottery without investing in it directly. With the same prizes on offer and access available through online platforms, it’s easy … Read more

Jamie Vardy Uses Autobiography To Apologise For “Racist” Casino Assault

Jamie Vardy may be riding a high right now with a Premier League title under his belt. However, the Leicester and England regular is busy wiping old slates clean over past indiscretions.

The striker’s new autobiography, ‘Jamie Vardy: From Nowhere, My Story’ is currently being serialised in The Sun. And in it he has expressed regret over an episode at a Grosvenor Casino where he hurled verbal abuse at a Japanese poker player.

The forward was out on the town last year as Leicester’s title-winning season was opening. Sitting at a cash game at the city’s main casino, Vardy got … Read more

FIFA 16 Betting Under the Spotlight After YouTubers Are Charged With Promoting To Kids

FIFA 16 betting is in the news after two prominent YouTubers were charged with promoting gambling sites to minors.

Popular vlogger “NepentheZ”, known as Craig Thomas to his parents, is one of a pair of YouTubers who have been brought to book by the UK Gambling Commission after a lengthy investigation into eSports. Dylan Rigby is the other name mentioned in the legal case.

The pair have been charged with “promoting a lottery and advertising unlawful gambling”. Douglas himself has been specifically charged with enticing minors to gamble on elements of the hugely popular FIFA 16 game.

Rise Of In-Game

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Bookies Expect Low Betting Turnout for Paralympics

Betting on the Paralympics will be no more intense than an average horseracing meet according to William Hill.

With the Rio Paralympics set to get underway on September 7, British bookmaker William Hill has predicted that just £150,000 will be wagered on the Games.

Despite growing interest in the Olympic equivalent for impaired athletes, William Hill and Paddy Power have said that betting activity during the 2012 event was low and things won’t be much better this year.

In fact, because the 2016 Paralympics won’t have the same “home interest” for British punters that it did in 2012, bookies are … Read more

UKGC to Crackdown on eSports Betting

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is set to review emerging gambling markets across the country in a bid to continue its protection of players.

Following the release of its annual report, the UKGC has pledged to review new betting opportunities such as eSports and Bitcoin as they continue to gain traction in the UK.

The shift in focus is part of new CEO Sarah Harrison’s mission to tackle any potential issues relating to “regulation and player protection.”

Although the emergence of Bitcoin in the betting industry isn’t completely new, it is starting to gain some popularity is because of the … Read more