William Hill Takes Sponsorship Reins for ITV Racing in 2017

William Hill will become the corporate face of British horse racing thanks to a £10 million sponsorship deal with ITV.

Back in January 2016, ITV shocked many in the racing world by beating Channel 4 and Sky Sports to win the broadcast rights for the sport in the UK.

Channel 4 has been the home of British racing on TV since 1984. But, following a bidding process, the broadcaster was forced to give up its tenure.

A New Face for Racing

Although ITV’s bid wasn’t made public, it’s believed it was a lot higher than the £15 million Channel 4 … 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

Brit Poker Player Damon Smith Won £500 Hours before Alleged Bomb Plot

Damon Smith, the teenager suspected of planting a bomb on the London Tube Underground, reportedly won £500 playing poker on the day he carried out his alleged plot.

Following his arrest on October 20, Smith has been detained in custody for what London police officers have described as possession of a “viable device.” Under British Terrorism Act of 2006, the production and distribution of a bomb carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Smith Banks a Win before Arrest

As yet the authorities haven’t formally charged Smith, but forensic teams have been spotted at several of his previous addresses.… Read more

William Hill Shareholders Pour Cold Water on Amaya Deal

The William Hill and Amaya dream merger is all but dead according to a spokesperson for the former.

Ever since news of a potential deal hit the headlines at the start of October, financial experts have questioned the terms of the merger. Bloomberg was the first to point out that ongoing legal issues for PokerStars (an Amaya asset) as well as potentially unsustainable levels of debt would be highly unappealing for shareholders.

Best Deal for Both Parties

Following Bloomberg’s analysis, William Hill shareholder Parvus Asset Management raised its objection to the deal, essentially saying that it didn’t offer an attractive … 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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UK Casino Bosses Call for Regulation to Come into the 21st Century

UK casino bosses are calling for regulatory changes in a bid to ensure they can meet the demands of the modern gaming environment.

As reported by Gambling Insider, Grosvenor Casinos’ Managing Director Mark Jones told the Future of Casinos seminar that the three-tiered structure UK casinos have to follow is hurting the industry.

Under the current legislation (as laid out by the 2005 Gambling Act), casinos established under the 1968 Gaming Act can only house a total of 20 gaming machines, while “small casinos” are allowed up to 80 machines and “large casinos” can have a maximum of 150 machines.… Read more

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