How much is the Russian bookmaking market worth?
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How much is the Russian bookmaking market worth?

The bookmaking business is considered to be one of the most rapidly growing branches of the Russian economy. It first started growing in the early 1990’s after a long period of gambling prohibition during the Soviet era. Now, after more than two decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the bookmaking business has become a fully-licensed industry that can satisfy the betting needs of more than 2.3 million Russians. A significant factor in the development of the industry came into play in the summer of 2009 when a law banning gambling (casinos and gambling halls) was introduced in the…

Champions League Final Betting: How do favourites perform in Europe’s biggest match?
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Champions League Final Betting: How do favourites perform in Europe’s biggest match?

On May 19th 2012, Bayern Munich took on Chelsea in the Champions League final in Munich. The German side had been afforded the luxury of playing their biggest match of the season in front of a home crowd and so were strong favourites to win in 90 minutes. With the familiar surroundings very much in their favour, Bayern were priced as short as 4/6 to get the job done in 90 minutes and when Thomas Muller gave the hosts the lead with just seven minutes left on the clock it looked as though they’d secured the money for favourite-backers and…

Premier League 16/17 Betting Review: Spurs prove to be a favourite-backers dream on home soil
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Premier League 16/17 Betting Review: Spurs prove to be a favourite-backers dream on home soil

Another Premier League campaign is over and it was certainly an eventful one, not just in terms of the football played or the goals scored, but, from a betting point of view, it was another season littered with drama. Favourites were foiled at regular intervals and outsiders triumphed. Early upsets  The betting whirlwind started very early on in the campaign as Champions Leicester City were beaten in the opening fixture by newly promoted and eventually relegated Hull City. Despite being away from home, the Foxes, then managed by Claudio Ranieri, were as short as 10/11 to start their title defence…

Premier League Betting: Man United disappointed punters on home soil
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Premier League Betting: Man United disappointed punters on home soil

It’s no secret that the once dominant force of Manchester United has waned somewhat over the last few years but, nevertheless, with Mourinho at the helm, and a squad of expensive talent at his disposal, they were still considered heavy favourites against most teams this season, especially on their own patch. However, despite being favourites in almost all of their matches, Mourinho’s men failed to live up to market expectations on a regular basis, particularly when playing in front of a home crowd. In fact, United were available at a shorter price than the opposition in each of their 19…

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…

Championship Betting Upsets 16/17: Favourites foiled left, right and centre
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Championship Betting Upsets 16/17: Favourites foiled left, right and centre

The Championship is often dubbed as one of the most unpredictable leagues in world football and England’s second tier certainly didn’t disappoint this season. Over the course of the campaign, punters were left scratching their heads at regular intervals as odds-on shots were foiled by teams who, according to the betting, had little chance. At the start of the season, Newcastle, having dropped out of the top flight a few months previously, were the favourites to finish top of the Championship pile. They did of course managed to reclaim their Premier League status by winning the division; however, it wasn’t…

Premier League: Business end of the season
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Premier League: Business end of the season

We are finally reaching the business end of the season and, with no more than seven games left to play for any Premier League side, teams will be looking to put good runs together in order to achieve their objectives. The race for the top four is currently wide open with most of the teams stretching down to 7th believing they have a realistic chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season. The top two of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are the only ones all but guaranteed to finish in the Champions League spots this season. Beyond that though,…

Champions League: The time is now for Italian giants
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Champions League: The time is now for Italian giants

Having won each of the last five Serie A titles, Juventus are well and truly the big boys of the Italian game and have been for some time now. With a sixth consecutive league title looking very much on the cards as they hold an eight point advantage at the top of the table with just five games left, the Old Lady’s dominance domestically cannot be questioned; however, it’s been a long time since the Italian giants were considered a dominant force on the continent. During the early 1980’s, under the stewardship of legendary Italian manager Giovanni Trappattoni, Juventus boasted…

Scottish Premier League: Playing for 2nd place
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Scottish Premier League: Playing for 2nd place

As another season in Scotland’s Premier division draws to a close, another inevitable Celtic title has already been sealed. Having secured their 1st place finish with any amount in hand, Celtic have now come out on top in each of the last six seasons. Even though it’s widely known that the Scottish top flight is lacking in competition, six in a row is still impressive. Of all their recent titles, the first of Brendan Rodgers’ tenure is likely to be remembered as both the easiest and the classiest. Right from the word go, it was clear that the Celts were…

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…

Can Brighton beat Newcastle and the bookies to the Championship title?
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Can Brighton beat Newcastle and the bookies to the Championship title?

With just six games to play in the Football League season, Newcastle and Brighton are gearing up to go to battle in Championship title race and appear to be the two teams who’re Premier League bound, but who will be heading there in pole position? Both Newcastle and Brighton, who play their football at opposite ends of the country, have been occupying the top two spots for the vast majority of the season with the former being in the automatic promotion places since match-day 12 and the latter being there since match-day 14. It is currently Brighton who top the…

Leicester, Brexit, Trump, Spurs? Can Tottenham join the list of victorious underdogs?
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Leicester, Brexit, Trump, Spurs? Can Tottenham join the list of victorious underdogs?

Even before Father Christmas started dropping down our chimneys all those months ago, it looked like Chelsea had this season’s Premier League title in the bag as they continuously stretched their lead at the top of the table. However, there may well have been a defining twist in a title race that appeared to be over at the weekend as relegation-threatened Crystal Palace snatched a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge to inflict Chelsea’s first home defeat since 16th September. This loss against Palace means that the current table-toppers are now only seven points clear at the summit of the Premier…

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…

Francesco Baranka – Working at the Football Federation of Ukraine is a big challenge
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Francesco Baranka – Working at the Football Federation of Ukraine is a big challenge

How long ago was it that you received the offer to become the Chairman of the Committee for Ethics and Fair Play at the Football Federation of Ukraine? The offer came in about two or three weeks ago directly from Mr Pavelko. I made my decision very quickly and we decided to start. What was your initial reaction to the proposal? Of course I had to think about it but I immediately thought of the FFU’s attitude to this problem. I was sure about the offer and, additionally, I trust the people at the federation and hope they trust me. The…

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How much is the Russian bookmaking market worth?
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How much is the Russian bookmaking market worth?

The bookmaking business is considered to be one of the most rapidly growing branches of the Russian economy. It first started growing in the early 1990’s after a long period of gambling prohibition during the Soviet era. Now, after more than two decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the bookmaking business has become a fully-licensed industry that can satisfy the betting needs of more than 2.3 million Russians. A significant factor in the development of the industry came into play in the summer of 2009 when a law banning gambling (casinos and gambling halls) was introduced in the…

Under-21 European Championship Preview & Betting Tips: Big players for the big occasion
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Under-21 European Championship Preview & Betting Tips: Big players for the big occasion

As the under-20 World Cup is now a thing of the past, it’s time for Europe’s best under-21 teams to come together in Poland for the 2017 renewal of the under-21 Euros. Having seen their younger compatriots lift the aforementioned World Cup less than a week ago, England’s under-21 side will be hoping to follow up with victory in Poland, although, with the strength in depth possessed by some of the other nations, they might just struggle to do so. Having said that, at 10/1, there will be plenty of punters who’re fancying the English to take this tournament. Big…

Champions League Final Betting: How do favourites perform in Europe’s biggest match?
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Champions League Final Betting: How do favourites perform in Europe’s biggest match?

On May 19th 2012, Bayern Munich took on Chelsea in the Champions League final in Munich. The German side had been afforded the luxury of playing their biggest match of the season in front of a home crowd and so were strong favourites to win in 90 minutes. With the familiar surroundings very much in their favour, Bayern were priced as short as 4/6 to get the job done in 90 minutes and when Thomas Muller gave the hosts the lead with just seven minutes left on the clock it looked as though they’d secured the money for favourite-backers and…

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