Woman Wins £845,000 Mansion Courtesy of House Lottery

A special house lottery has helped one lucky punter turn £20 into a mansion worth £845,000.

In one of the strangest lottery winner stories of 2017, Marie Segal from Warrington has managed to win a six-bedroom property known as Melling Manor after spending just £20 entry tickets.

The unique raffle was the brainchild of Melling Manor owners Dunstan Low and his wife Natasha Doboz.

Genius Ideas Saves the Day

After struggling to maintain the mortgage repayments on their luxury property, the couple decided that selling up was the only option. However, after failing to secure an offer large enough to … Read more

Bloom’s Betting Links Won’t Hurt Brighton FC’s Premier League Dreams

Brighton FC owner and Chairman Tony Bloom is the talk of the football world at the moment, but his links with the betting industry mean he’s towing a thin line with the Football Association (FA).

After investing £80 million into the football club back in 2009, Bloom’s gamble finally paid off at the close of the 2016/2017 when the Seagulls made it to the top flight of English football.

The eight-year effort required around £250 million in investments and the bulk of the money came from Bloom’s sports betting business: Star Lizard Consulting.

FA Takes Hard-line on Gambling

Despite having … Read more

Church of England Expresses Concern Over Possible FOBT U-Turn

The Church of England is pushing the government not to go back on its plan to publish a review into fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

Picking up on the Daily Mail’s recent report that the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has rallied against curbs on FOBTs, the Right Reverend Alan Smith has voiced his concern.

Taking a line that’s previously been pushed by the Church of England’s parliament, the General Synod, Smith asked for reassurance that the FOBT review will be published as planned.

FOBT Review Could be Put on Ice

The Mail’s report claims that Hammond believes … Read more

Paddy Power Betfair Shares Take a Hit As Chief Exec Announces Departure

Paddy Power Betfair chief executive Breon Corcoran has announced he’s leaving the company following the company’s recent financial report.

According to a revenue report released on August 8, total revenue of £827 million in the six months to July 31 represented a 9 percent growth rate. Despite being better than a loss, the increase was half that of the 18 percent growth recorded in the first half of 2017.

Revenue Strong But Not Strong Enough

On top of the slowdown in growth, £40 million of the recent haul was due to the weakness of the pound following the Brexit vote. … Read more

Online Efforts Help William Hill Lessen Retail Slump

William Hill’s online sports betting revenue increased by 13 percent in the first half of 2017 despite a dip in retail profits.

In its latest revenue report, William Hill announced that net revenue was up 3 percent to £873 million during the 26 weeks to 27 June. However, despite this upswing, pre-tax profits were down by 7 percent to £93.5 million.

Live Revenue Takes a Hit

Much of this drop has been attributed to tighter margins and lower football betting revenue across the company’s live betting shops. According to the stats, retail activity was up by 2 percent to £1.2 … Read more

Mayweather vs. McGregor to Break Betfair Betting Record

The super fight between Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor is on track to break British betting records according to Betfair.

Ahead of the August 26 showdown in Las Vegas, Betfair is reporting that betting via its exchange has already topped £7.5 million.

Even with just under a month left to speculate on the crossover fight, the money wagered has already beaten the £5 million bet on the recent Anthony Joshua/ Wladimir Klitschko showdown.

May/Mac to Break Records

With UFC lightweight champion crossing over to take on the undefeated Mayweather in his own sport of boxing, the exchange has been flooded … Read more

UK Betting Fans Wave Goodbye to FanDuel

The UK betting community has lost Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) operator FanDuel following a decision to refocus its resources on the US market.

FanDuel may have only been active in the UK for little more than a year, the DFS operator has announced that it is taking break from the market so it can invest more time in North America.

UK customers received an email outlining the hiatus on July 28 before messages were posted on the FanDuel homepage and Twitter.

“Unfortunately, we will not be offering contests in the UK this season. We hope to be back in the … Read more

Grosvenor Casino Becomes the Official Sponsor for Fulham FC  

Grosvenor Casino has become the official sponsor of Fulham FC in the wake of the Football Association’s (FA) recent split from British gambling operators.

When Fulham kick off the 2017/2018 Championship season on August 5, they’ll run out with the grosvenorcasinos.com logo on their shirts. Thanks to the two year deal, Grosvenor will see its branding emblazoned on Fulham’s first team shirts as well as its second team.

In addition to being the Fulham’s new shirt sponsor, Grosvenor will have a presence around the club’s stadium, Craven Cottage, as well as across its online and social media channels. At the … Read more

UKGC Proving Clear Regulation Works as it Licenses GoWild Casino  

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has continued to bring more offshore betting sites under its jurisdiction by licensing Maltese casino site GoWild.

Despite being a feature of the iGaming scene since 2008, GoWild has embarked on an international expansion plan since Itai Zak became CEO in July 2016.

As well as moving into Germany and Canada, GoWild is looking to become a major player in the Nordic market by launching sites in Sweden and Finland.

Continuing this trend, Zak has now completed the licensing procedure in the UK.

According to the UKGC’s official list of licensees, GoWild has an active … Read more

British Bookmaker Geoff Banks Calls for UKGC to Implement a Betting Bonus Ban

UK bookmaker Geoff Banks is calling on the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) to take action against a matched betting site that helps customers to exploit online bonuses.

Detailed in a recent article by The Guardian, Banks logged a compliant with the UKGC on July 24 after his online betting site received a flood of unexpected new sign-ups.

Commenting on the issue, Banks said that a £30 free bet offer was generating around 10 to 20 account applications according to Google Analytics.

However, with just five days left to run, Banks saw the number of applications jump to 400 in a … Read more