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

Brexit Won’t Hurt UK Betting Giant Rank

Fears that Brexit would negatively affect the iGaming industry in the UK appear to be unfounded; at least that’s the recent verdict from the Rank Group.

The British casino operator has stated that the country’s impending exit from the European Union (EU) will have little to no impact on its financial forecasts going forward.

Between its casino interests with Grosvenor and Mecca Bingo, the Rank Group has become one of the largest operators in the UK.

Business Model Offers Natural Protection

Because it has limited exposure to non-sterling earnings, Rank will be sheltered from the majority of currency fluctuations that … Read more

Investigation Reveals Binary Options Sites Hiding Behind Shell Corporations

Binary options betting sites using Scottish shell corporations have come under fire from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Tracking the rise of binary options platforms across the UK, the FCA has issued a warning that customers are losing large sums of money on these unregulated betting sites.

Binary options basically allow punters to speculate on the financial markets. For example, an operator might offer a bet on the fact that the FTSE will end the day higher than it started.

If people believe this will be the case they can “buy” or back the bet. If they think it … Read more

William Hill Rejects £3.6 Billion Takeover Offer

The Rank/888 coalition that’s been sizing up a bid for William Hill over the last few months has finally put together a formal offer according to the Financial Times.

Although the specifics of the deal have been kept under wraps, two sources briefed on the plan have told the Financial Times that Rank and 888 Holdings have offered 364p per share.

However, by the time all is said and done and various deals have been struck, the true offer per share is expected to hit 408p which would make the deal worth £3.6 billion.

A Potential Super Power

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UK Online Gambling Participation Among Millennials Hits New Low

UK online gambling participation among millennials is falling according to a recent report by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

Outlined in a report by the UKGC, the figures state that online gambling activity among 18 to 24 year olds in the UK has dropped for the second consecutive year.

Between 2013 and 2014 participation rates among millennials was 17 percent, which is a full 7 percent higher than the 10 percent that ante-up between 2015 and the first half of 2016.

Millennials Down, Everyone Else Up

However, while iGaming participation among 18 to 24 year olds had dropped, players … Read more

Could 888/William Hill Deal Create a New UK Betting Powerhouse?

The UK betting industry could be set for a major shakeup if a deal between 888, Rank and William Hill comes to fruition.

Although a firm offer has yet to be tabled, William Hill confirmed that has been interest in a merger from 888 and Rank.

For those with long memories, this may seem like a case of déjà vu as 888 proposed a similar deal to William Hill back in 2015. After those talks broke down, the online gaming company tried to acquire bwin but lost out to GVC on that occasion.

Not wanting to give up on the … Read more

UKGC to Crackdown on eSports Betting

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is set to review emerging gambling markets across the country in a bid to continue its protection of players.

Following the release of its annual report, the UKGC has pledged to review new betting opportunities such as eSports and Bitcoin as they continue to gain traction in the UK.

The shift in focus is part of new CEO Sarah Harrison’s mission to tackle any potential issues relating to “regulation and player protection.”

Although the emergence of Bitcoin in the betting industry isn’t completely new, it is starting to gain some popularity is because of the … Read more