GUKPT Travels to Luton for £100,000 Tournament Debut

The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) is set to land in Luton this weekend where it will offer a £100,000 guaranteed prizepool for the first time.

Part of the tour’s improved schedule, the £560 main event will get underway on June 6. As well as a six-figure guarantee, this will be the first of two stops in Luton for the GUKPT this season.

GUKPT Building on Previous Success

Running two separate events in the Bedfordshire city is Grosvenor’s bid to give more value to more players.

In 2018, the GUKPT hosted its more familiar £1,110 main event inside Grosvenor … Read more

Paddy Power Betfair Becomes Flutter Entertainment

Paddy Power Betfair has officially changed its name to Flutter Entertainment to reflect its new universal business strategy.

Following its latest investment, the Irish operator implemented the new branding on March 28. In becoming Flutter Entertainment, Paddy Power Betfair’s stock market listings have also changed.

For investors, the company will now be represented by the ticker symbol FLTR on the London Stock Exchange and Euronext Dublin.

Universal Outlook Prompts Change

The name change was approved during the company’s annual general meeting. Presented as a way of representing its new business model, board members voted unanimously in favour of Flutter Entertainment.… Read more

The 2019 GUKPT Goliath is set to awake from its slumber on July 25 and, this year, the organisers are hoping for another cracker.

Part of a packed 2019 GUKPT schedule, the Goliath will return to Coventry’s Ricoh Arena for another record attempt this summer.

GUKPT Goliath Continues to Grow

As its done since 2011, the summer tournament has set the standard for mass participation.

During the inaugural season, 1,765 players sat down for the first of what’s become the largest live event outside of the WSOP.

Running through the numbers, the 2019 GUKPT Goliath could attract more than 8,000 … Read more

Football and betting have collided once again, this time thanks to Everton’s £27.5 million defender Yerry Mina.

Although he’s only been subject to Football Association (FA) rules since he joined the club in August 2018, Mina has already broken an important one.

After spotting a viral video of the Colombian circulating on the internet, the FA has launched an investigation. At the centre of the issue is Mina’s appearance in an advert for betting brand Betjuego.

English Football and Betting Don’t Mix

Despite being a Colombian company, FA rules state that players are banned from working directly with betting operators.… Read more

William Hill is staying active following recent changes to fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) by going live in Sweden.

Just six weeks after new laws reduced FOBT stakes to £2 per round, William Hill is expanding its digital network.

As noted by CEO Philip Bowcock in 2018, moving into new online markets will play a crucial role in the company’s ongoing success. Although William Hill isn’t removing itself from the UK’s high streets, it is exploring new opportunities.

Offline to Online Movements

In tandem with 900 planned betting shop closures, the operator completed the acquisition of the MRG Group in … Read more

ASA Cautions Paddy Power Over Giggs Advert

Paddy Power has incurred the Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA) wrath once again, this time for an ad featuring Rhodri Giggs.

Created by VCCP and released back in February, the tongue-in-cheek promo made light of Giggs’ now infamous breakup.

Giggs Scandal Makes Perfect PR for Paddy Power

Being the brother of ex-Manchester United star Ryan Giggs, Rhodri is no stranger to the spotlight. However, in 2011, he was thrust into the full glare of the media.

At the heart of the matter was an eight-year affair between Rhodri’s wife Natasha and his brother Ryan. A messy split ensued, with Rhodri and … Read more

David Haye Describes APT Win as Better than His Boxing Millions

Retired British boxer David Haye has described his first live poker win as more satisfying than the money he made in the ring.

Despite being a two-weight world champion and earning millions, cashing at the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila is one of career highlights.

Although Haye stopped short of calling it the best moment in his life, he said the £532 winnings made him prouder than his “last few” boxing purses.

David Haye Still Swinging

For followers of boxing, Haye’s final outings left a lot to be desired. After retiring from the sport, he return to face Tony Bellew … Read more

International Online Innovations Push Up Paddy Power Profits

Online betting and gaming have helped Paddy Power deliver a 17 percent uptick in revenue for the first quarter of 2019.

Publishing its Q1 report on May 2, Paddy Power not only noted improvements at home but abroad.

In fact, it was the company’s ventures in the US and Australia that provided “excellent growth” according to chief executive Peter Jackson.

Sports Stumble but Revenue Soars

Delving into the details, revenue from Sportsbet and FanDuel helped offset unfavourable sports betting results in the UK.

In Australia, Sportsbet delivered a very strong quarter with revenues increasing by 20%. In the US, FanDuel

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Golden Oldies Love Online Gaming More than Ever Says UKGC Survey

Online gaming is no longer reserved for the younger generation according to a recent survey by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

According to the latest figures, the number of so-called “grey gamblers” has increased by almost 10 percent.

Surveying 4,000 people, the UKGC found that 6.8 percent of 55-to-64-year-olds had gambled online in 2016. Fast-forward three years and that figure has jumped to 16.3 percent.

More Golden Oldies Gaming Online

Today, an extra 740,000 over 55s now enjoy online casino games, poker, bingo and sports betting.

One of the main factors driving the increase is the People’s Postcode Lottery. Despite … Read more

UKGC Parts Ways With CMA But Vows Show Must Go On

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) and Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have ended their joint regulatory efforts but not the drive to improve standards.

In letter sent out to British gaming operators on April 29, the two authorities praised the progress that’s been made.

“The CMA’s work with the Commission has resulted in significant changes by the sector. The impact of this work has been felt across the entire sector,” reads the letter.

However, in announcing the end of the working relationship, the UKGC said more changes are needed.

Joint Effort Improves Consumer Trust

The two bodies joined forces in … Read more