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

GVC Holdings Continues to Grow Following bwin.party Acquisition

GVC Holdings has just announced a number of additions to its online gaming services, including the addition of a new live casino studio.

In a bid to add another revenue stream to its ever-expanding list of offerings, the London Stock Exchange listed GVC recently announced plans for a new live gaming studio.

The private studio took six months to complete and has been designed in conjunction with creative consultancy My Agency and software supplier Evolution Gaming.

New Tech Makes Lives Games More Entertaining

The customised studio will not only give GVC the edge over online operators that offer generic live … Read more

Security Concerns Following Second Raid at Genting Casino Edgbaston

Genting Casino Edgbaston, Birmingham, has been struck by machete-wielding criminals for the second time in as many months prompting questions about its security provisions.

Despite being one of Genting’s smaller casinos in the Birmingham area, the Edgbaston venue saw a gang of five armed man storm the building on June 15. According to police reports, the alarm was raised around 2am and officers attending were told that the masked men stole an unspecified amount of money before escaping in a BMW 1 Series.

The gang took members of staff by surprise, jumping the cashiers’ deck and punching those in their … Read more

Labour’s General Election Surge Costs One Punter £70,000

Betting on the UK General Election topped £20 million at William Hill, but one punter will be regretting his decision to speculate on the outcome.

When Theresa May called a snap election, many saw it as a power grab for the incumbent Prime Minster.

With Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn out of favour with many in his own party, much of the mainstream media were predicting a comfortable win for May.

Conservative Slip Costs Punter

With the weight of opinion against anything other than a Conservative majority, William Hill posted odds on a landslide victory with prices dropping as low as … Read more

Shareholder Move Fuels Talk of 888 Holdings Sale

888 Holdings largest shareholders, the Shaked Family, have sold 40 million shares in the betting company, prompting speculation that there may be a push for a sale in the near future.

Following a recent surge in the price of 888 Holdings’ shares to an all-time high of £3, the family of Aharon Shaked, one of the founding members of the company, decided to sell for the first time.

After Aharon died in 2010, he left his stake in 888 Holdings to his wife and two children, who have sat on them ever since.

Share Price Rise Prompts Sale

However, with … Read more

UK Gamblers Stake Almost £14 Billion During 2016

UK gamblers spent £13.8 billion between October 2015 and September 2016 with £4.5 billion of that haul coming courtesy of online players.

According to the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) latest report, gross gambling yield for Great Britain’s collection of licensed operators was just shy of £14 billion during the last accounting period.

This figure comes despite a drop in the number of live betting shops and casinos.

Numbers Up but Provisions Down

As outlined in the statistical breakdown, the number of betting shops in Great Britain fell by 1.4 percent between March 2016 and March 2017, while players … Read more

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

888 Holdings Facing UKGC Disciplinary Action As Wayne Rooney Loses £500K

888 Holdings could be facing a substantial fine or worse following a review of its social responsibility practices by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

According to statement published by 888 Holdings on May 15, the UKGC is unhappy with the way one of its subsidiary sites handles things such as self-exclusion.

Although the operator hasn’t made it clear where the potential breach occurred, the implication is that it may have to enact a blanket policy change.

As part of the announcement, 888 Holdings stated that it will be co-operating fully with the UKGC’s review and that it will do everything … 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