Man City’s Martin Demichelis Pays £22K Fine After Betting Mistake

Manchester City’s Martin Demichelis has been fined £20,000 by the FA but won’t have to serve a match ban after admitting a string of betting infractions.

German defender Demichelis found himself in hot water with the FA earlier this year after evidence emerged that he’d breached the FA’s rules on match betting.

According to the FA’s code of conduct, players, managers and backroom staff are not allowed to wager money on any football match anywhere in the world.

Blanket Ban Covers All Demichelis’ Infractions

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Shane Warne Goes Walkabout As Charity Poker Limo Busts Out

Several poker celebrities, including Shane Warne and former World Series of Poker Main Event champion Joe Hachem, were left without transport for a high-profile charity event after their luxury stretch limo was stolen.

The limousine, a white Chrysler stretch costing around $200,000, was taken as Warne and pals tucked into a celebratory dinner before attending a charity poker night at the Sphinx Hotel in Geelong. The party was left unamused, however, when the car was hotwired right outside the eatery and then found later, having been crashed on Eastern Beach Road.

The charity poker event was hosted by former AFL … Read more

The UK gambling industry is worth around £7.1 billion annually and a large portion of that revenue is now coming from female gamblers.

Thanks to the advent of mobile gaming through sites such as Facebook, more woman are now finding their way to online betting sites according to an article posted on refinery29.uk.

Women Turned on by Gambling

Profiling the case of 27-year-old Hope, the article cites data from the UK Gambling Commission which suggests that more young women in the “AB economic category” (those with high ratings in terms of education, income and social status) are now gambling online.… Read more

Leicester City Win Leaves Bookies with £25 Million Loss

Leicester City winning the Premier League has cost bookmakers more than a pretty penny according to the latest stats.

Heading into the final stages of the season many of the UK’s leading bookies were looking tentatively at the top of the table as the Foxes closed in on an improbable win.

Eventually, however, despite being ranked as 5,000/1 outsiders by most bookmakers, Claudio Ranieri’s managed to overcome the odds and earn thousands of fans millions of pounds in payouts.

Although the majority of the money wagered on Leicester was by the team’s loyal supporters, early estimates suggest that bookmakers, including … Read more

Gala Coral Pays £870,000+ for Gaming Control Faux Pas

The Gala Coral Group felt the full force of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) this week following a review of its anti-money laundering controls.

Since it was established in 2005, the UKGC has regulated live bookmakers as well as overseeing the National Lottery. However, since November 2014 it’s also been in charge of licensing and regulating online betting companies that operate in the UK.

Since that time it’s denied the requests of dozens of online betting sites that don’t meet its strict licensing criteria, but it’s also carried out checks on many of the industry’s established operators.

Gala Coral Under

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UK Gambling Commission Gets Five New Experts

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has announced the appointment of five commissioners with immediate effect.

The government-backed body in charge of regulating iGaming operators in the UK will receive some fresh blood in an effort to make it the premier regulator in the world.

Since its formation in 2014 the UKGC has conducted more than 1,300 compliance visits to gambling sites, spent more than £1.8 million on responsible gambling initiatives, revoked 12 licences and ensured each licensed UK operator meets industry standards.

Experts to Guide the UKGC

The UKGC also employs around 270 staff and heading this network of employees … Read more

Gala Bingo on a Mission to Raise Responsible Gambling Standards

Gala Bingo has become the first online bingo site to join the Senate Group and will now work to improve player safety standards.

To earn a UK iGaming licence, an operator must comply with certain standards with regards to responsible gaming options.

Operators Looking to do More

Offering simple features such as accounts self-exclusions, permanent exclusions and self-imposed betting limits all fall under the umbrella of responsible gaming.

However, with gambling addiction and its portrayal in the mainstream media an ongoing concern for operators, Gala Bingo has joined the Senate Group’s gambling watchdog division.

The aim of the watchdog is … Read more

William Hill in Trouble as CIO Steps Down

William Hill came under fire from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) recently after it ran a free bet promotion the organisation felt was misleading.

Following two complaints from customers who felt William Hill’s marketing material was unclear, the ASA was forced to review the “risk-free” promotion it ran in December.

According to the advertising literature, sports betting customers would get the money back if they wagered £5 or £10 on certain events during the promotional period.

Risk-Free Betting with a Catch

However, what some customers failed to realise was that in order to receive a refund they would need to … Read more

Manchester City’s Martin Demichelis Hit with Illegal Betting Charges

Martin Demichelis, the Manchester City Defender, has been charged by the FA for reportedly violating its betting rules on 12 separate occasions.

The Argentinean professional has made 18 appearances for Manchester City this season, but between January 22 and January 28 it’s alleged that he breached the FA’s rules by placing 12 football bets.

Although the FA hasn’t suggested that Demichelis was attempting to fix the matches he had bet nor had he placed any bets on Manchester City games, it has stated that he was in breach of rule E8 which was introduced in 2014.

FA Hot on Blocking

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UK Gambling Round-Up: William Hill Issues Profit Warning

William Hill has issued a profit warning after a poor run of results at Cheltenham and a string of online betting restrictions have caused revenue to drop significantly in recent months.

According to a trading update released on March 23, William Hill announced that it expects its annual profits to fall to between £260 million and £280 million which would be between £11 million and £31 million down on 2015’s total.

William Hill Takes a Knock

Before the announcement analysts had given William Hill an average forecast of £307 million; however, after the company reported a string of losses at … Read more