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UK Bookmakers: bet365 proves to be more popular than competitors
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UK Bookmakers: bet365 proves to be more popular than competitors

With multiple betting shops on almost every high street up and down the country, as well as punters piling onto online sites at all hours of the day, the UK really does have a unique bookmaker culture. With so many well known firms being frequently used by UK punters, we wanted to find out which, if any, is searched for the most. Unsurprisingly, a large number of bookmakers, according to google trends, are frequently searched for, but there is one who, over the last three years, seems to be leading the way as far as search engine popularity goes. bet365…

Everything’s Going According to Plan: How the ban changed demand for Russian bookmakers
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Everything’s Going According to Plan: How the ban changed demand for Russian bookmakers

History of blocking online bookmakers without a Russian license The first wave of the blocking in Russia came back in March 2014. At that time, the government considered amendments to law No. 244-FZ, which regulates the gambling business. These amendments legalised online sports betting (so-called interactive bets) on a Russian bookmaking license, however, they also demanded that these bookmakers were based in the Russian Federation and were members of the Self-Regulating Organisation of Bookmakers (SRO). On 21st March, Roskomnadzor (the Russian executive body which oversees media and mass communications) blocked the websites Betcity, Fonbet, Liga Stavok, Parimatch, Olimp, Baltbet, Favbet…

Transfer News: Where is Quincy Promes heading?
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Transfer News: Where is Quincy Promes heading?

As the January transfer window begins to gather pace, Premier League teams are currently in for Spartak Moscow forward Quincy Promes, who has offers from three English clubs. It’s become known to BR that Liverpool, whose manager Jurgen Klopp has long been an admirer of Promes, as well as both Everton and Stoke City, have expressed concrete interest in the Dutchman. Another of the Premier League’s elite in Tottenham were also in the running to sign the forward but it appears that their interest has now faded. Spartak bought Promes in August 2014 for £10 million and managed to sign…

Bookmaker Ratings helps resolve 30,000 euro payout delay
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Bookmaker Ratings helps resolve 30,000 euro payout delay

At Bookmaker Ratings, not only do we provide bookmaker reviews and regular betting tips, but we also liaise with both bookmakers and punters – acting as an intermediary to solve any issues that arise. One such recent case saw our team help a punter recover a sum of 30,946 euros from 1xbet. A dispute between punter and bookmaker was brought to our attention. Having won a series of bets the punter was hoping to withdraw their winnings. However, they were informed that a verification problem was preventing this. Having contacted the bookmaker several times, the punter failed to reach the desired…

Betfred Chief Executive leaves his post
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Betfred Chief Executive leaves his post

The Racing Post reports that John Haddock has left his post of Chief Executive at Betfred. Co-owner and co-founder Fred Done said: “I would like to thank John for his 30 years of loyal unblemished service and I wish him well for the future. For the time being I shall be assuming all of John’s duties.” Mr Haddock began his career in the bookmaking industry as a betting shop manager for Ladbrokes in Altrincham. In 1986 he joined Betfred, which at the time only had 25 outlets, becoming CEO of the company. He played an important role in the expansion…

Claudio Ranieri: “I don’t have a good relationship with the bookmakers”
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Claudio Ranieri: “I don’t have a good relationship with the bookmakers”

Sam Allardyce was sacked as England manager after a corruption scandal. Claudio Ranieri appeared on the list of applicants for the vacancy, the chances of which are rated by the bookmakers. The manager of English champions Leicester City, who is a specialist in response, says he does not have a good relationship with the bookmakers. AFP journalist Tom Williams wrote on his Twitter account that when Ranieri was told that he was on the bookmakers’ list of candidates to become the next England boss he said: “The bookmakers? You know I have not a good relationship with the bookmakers!” Note…

Jurgen Klopp doesn’t understand betting odds
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Jurgen Klopp doesn’t understand betting odds

When asked about betting in the Premier League, Jurgen Klopp remarked: “I don’t understand the numbers! “Where I come from you keep your money… you don’t do something like this. “It’s not too important for me but it’s better we have something like an optimistic mood around. “I think in this moment Liverpool feels good. That’s how it is, they’ve seen us playing, we had this very important game now against Hull and we did it in a really impressive way.” “It’s nice to see [the table] but the one problem is the number, it is six games now so it’s…

Betfred win battle to purchase 360 outlets from Ladbrokes & Coral
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Betfred win battle to purchase 360 outlets from Ladbrokes & Coral

As expected, Betfred will soon acquire 360 shops from Ladbrokes and Coral, say The Irish Independent. Betfred, based in Manchester, were the main contenders for the purchase of the betting shops and, back in December 2015, the founder of the company Fred Dawn explained how his company were ready to take around 500 new outlets on board. At the start of August 2016, Irish bookmaker Boylesports filed an application to acquire the 360 outlets from Ladbrokes and Gala Coral, offering them £100m (more than $132m). Betfred currently has a total of 1370 outlets in the UK and in 2011 the…

Bookmakers make Ryan Giggs favourite for Swansea job
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Bookmakers make Ryan Giggs favourite for Swansea job

Despite the fact that Francesco Guidolin is still in charge of Premier League club Swansea, bookmakers have started to take bets on the next head coach of the Swans. The main contender for the job according to Betfair is former Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs. Odds on the Manchester United legend leading the Swans are as low as 11/25. Second in the list of contenders to be the next head coach of the Welsh side is Wales national team coach Chris Coleman, with the odds on him being appointed standing at 11/2. In third place is another Manchester United player,…

Manchester Derby Offer – 8/1 United OR 10/1 City!
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Manchester Derby Offer – 8/1 United OR 10/1 City!

To take advantage of this offer and back either United or City to win at 8/1 or 10/1 click here.   

Manchester Derby Betting Preview
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Manchester Derby Betting Preview

At 12:30 on Saturday, the Premier League is back with a bang as the Manchester Derby kicks off the weekend’s top-flight action. Not only will the derby be a first for new managers Mourinho and Guardiola, this renewal is also set to be the most expensive ever, with the combined fees of both line-ups said to be around the £672 million mark. In the betting it is Mourinho’s side who come in as the 5/4 favourites, while Guardiola’s City can be backed around the 12/5 mark. Considering that both sides have made perfect starts to the new campaign, this disparity…

CEO of 888 Holdings says purchase of William Hill failed because of press leaks
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CEO of 888 Holdings says purchase of William Hill failed because of press leaks

A few hours before the 888 Holdings and Rank Group announced their interest in buying William Hill on July 24, the details of the deal were reported in the British Sunday Times newspaper. As a consequence, companies are under constant pressure and are unable to avoid attention from the public and the media. “The leak didn’t allow us to have a conversation behind closed doors. That’s one of the root causes of why we couldn’t progress it. Before we could make a call to William Hill, it was all over the press. That is very unfortunate.” said Itai Frieberger Recently,…

PaddyPower Betfair’s profits increase by 40% in first half of 2016
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PaddyPower Betfair’s profits increase by 40% in first half of 2016

In the first six months of this year the company’s revenue grew by 18% to £759m ($1bn), while the company’s net profit increased by a fantastic 40% and reached the £105m mark (about $140m), according to Irishnews. PaddyPower Betfair stated that this impressive performance was helped by Euro 2016, the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National. This was in addition to the 16% and 17% increase in sales in the United States and Australia respectively. Chief executive Breon Corcoran said: “Due to the strong market position, scale, and advanced features we have all the chances to continue to show stable…

Isco could be on his way to Tottenham
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Isco could be on his way to Tottenham

According to Skybet, Isco’s most likely destination is fancied to be Tottenham Hotspur – a move that has been priced up around the 3/1 mark. Spurs have recently showed an interest in Isco and the Spanish play-maker has in turn expressed a desire to move away from Madrid (on-loan) for the time being. It is thought that a lack of regular first team opportunities is the reason for this. Tottenham aren’t the only team in the hunt, some of Europe’s other top clubs are also reportedly interested in pursuing the 24 year-old. Isco moving to Italian giants Juventus by the…

Bookies make Djokovic & Williams favourites for US Open
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Bookies make Djokovic & Williams favourites for US Open

According to bookmaker William Hill, the favourite for US Open 2016 in the men’s singles is Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic who won the tournament in both 2011 and 2015. The odds on him picking up another US Open title are as short as 5/4. Andy Murray’s isn’t far behind in the betting and the chances of the Brit winning the trophy are estimated around the 7/4 mark. Whilst the third favourite is Canadian Milos Raonic at much bigger odds of 12/1. Behind Raonic is Argentine Juan Martin del Potro who is rated as a 14/1 shot. The favourite for…

Bookies make Manchester United Europa League favourites
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Bookies make Manchester United Europa League favourites

Bookmaker William Hill believe that the favourites for the Europa League this year are Manchester United who will play in Group A alongside Fenerbahce, Feyenoord and Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk. The odds on Jose Mourinho’s team winning the title are 6/1. The second favourites are Italian side Roma who will come up against Viktoria Plzen of the Czech Republic, Austria Vienna, and Romanian title holders Astra Giurgiu. The probability of Spalletti’s side lifting the trophy is 8/1. You can also bet on fellow Italians Inter Milan or Fiorentina to win the trophy at 14/1. Spanish sides have done extremely well…

William Hill estimate the chances of English clubs in the Champions League
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William Hill estimate the chances of English clubs in the Champions League

William Hill have priced Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City as the most likely of the English contingent to lift the trophy. City can be backed at 12/1 to win the Champions League, whilst the price on them failing to get out of their group, which contains Barcelona, Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic, is 4/1. The probability of Pep Guardiola’s charges exiting in the last 16 is hotly fancied at 8/5, while a quarter-final exit is priced at 3/1, with the chance of them falling short in the last four is at 11/2. 10/1 is the price available on Manchester City making it…

PaddyPower Betfair’s revenue grows by 18% in first half of 2016
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PaddyPower Betfair’s revenue grows by 18% in first half of 2016

PaddyPower Betfair’s profit before tax (EBITDA) for the first 6 months of 2016 amounted to around 240 million dollars (181 million pounds) – an increase of 31% compared to the same period last year with a revenue growth of 18%, according to SBC News. Bookmaker PaddyPower Betfair have achieved double-digit growth in all four of the main categories. For example, the revenues of the British giant from digital sales increased by 20%. A big part of this was down to the role they played in the European Championships. The retail segment of the business grew by 12%, whilst there was…

Bookmakers assess the chances of Balotelli moving to Everton
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Bookmakers assess the chances of Balotelli moving to Everton

Skybet have assessed the chances of Balotelli leaving Liverpool for local rivals Everton and have priced such a move up at a very short 18/25. Judging by these odds, the chances of the Italian moving across Stanley Park is more than likely. Punters who aren’t so sure Balotelli will be able to secure a move away from Liverpool, can back their instincts at a respectable 4/1. Elsewhere, the odds on Balotelli moving to Bologna are 5/1 whilst a move to Wolves, who play in the Championship, are 8/1. For the more optimistic punter in these situations, a move to Arsenal…

Rio 2016 v London 2012: Olympic Betting Comparison
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Rio 2016 v London 2012: Olympic Betting Comparison

The 2016 Olympic Games was a success for many, not least of all Team GB, who became the best ever performers, in terms of medals won, in the games directly after hosting. However, from a betting perspective, it seems that Rio’s showpiece event failed to live up to the expectations set by it’s predecessor. It is said that the volume of bets taken on Rio 2016 fell dramatically short of that taken on the games four years earlier. Leading online bookmaker William Hill said: “Turnover was fractionally over half, in Rio, of what it was in London”. An interesting stat, but…

Diaz v McGregor will be the largest betting fight in UFC history
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Diaz v McGregor will be the largest betting fight in UFC history

The official betting partner of the fight, Unibet, expects this to be the largest in terms of bets made and amount bet in the history of UFC. According to SBC News, the management of the UFC expects the fight between Diaz and McGregor to break pay-per-view records as an unprecedented amount of people are set to purchase the broadcast of the live coverage. Bookmaker Unibet has also stated that this UFC fight will probably be the largest event in history to be sponsored by them. “We expect this to be our highest turnover UFC event ever, McGregor’s last two fights…

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