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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Last chance saloon

In all my 35 years advising the UK’s gambling industry I can think of no time when it has been so besieged with adverse criticism from the Government, the Parliamentary Opposition, regulators, the media and the general public alike.  Clearly opinions on gambling (whether justified, exaggerated or prejudiced) expressed in the media heavily influence public opinion. The opinions expressed by …

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Winning Post – How 2017 shaped up for the gambling industry

Regulus Partners, the strategic consultancy focused on international gambling and related industries, takes a look at how the gambling industry fared this year in its ‘Winning Post’ column. 2017 in review: growing up? Three key themes dominated the changing shape of the online gambling market in 2017: continuing channel shift, the continued march of Point of Consumption regimes, and increased …

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ESSA keeping tabs on integrity matters

SBC News’ Joe Plewes takes a look at the recent ESSA integrity report to see what the industry is doing to clamp down on incidences of match fixing. The recent ESSA integrity report for the first quarter of 2015 couldn’t have been more timely. It was released within a week of two former Football League players being jailed for a …

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How does alternative exchange Spiffx work?

Scandinavian start-up Spiffx markets itself as an alternative betting exchange. But what’s so different about it, and how does it work? Spiffx offers two different options, the ‘Spiffindex’ and the ‘Darkpool’. The Darkpool service works like a traditional betting exchange, offering users the chance to back and lay selections on popular football fixtures. The only real difference is that the …

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Ladbrokes – Alex Donohue – Novelty Bets

Ladbrokes’ Public Relations Officer Alex Donohue discusses and charts the continued rise of novelty and political betting ahead of this month’s Scottish Independence Referendum. SBC: How would you describe the phenomenon of novelty betting, the pros and cons? Alex: It’s a phenomenon that has been around for longer than many people are aware of – the first political bet was struck on the general election of 1966. I’d say the general …

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Paddy Power takes 27% more bets from punters as GAA Gaelic Football & Hurling explodes across UK

Pa ddy Power spokespersons discuss the benefits of Sky Sports’ recent and controversial GAA deal to sportsbook providers, as the British public go into meltdown during Sunday’s enthralling final between arch-rivals Kilkenny and Tipperary. The game finished level with the Cats scoring 3-22 to the Premier’s 1-28, the third final in as many years to go to a replay. Both …

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Shelbourne Park gears up for the Irish Greyhound Derby

Tipperary GAA fans arrived in their hundreds at Shelbourne Park not only to celebrate the eve of the All Ireland Hurling Final, but also the semi-finals of the Boylesports.com Irish Greyhound Derby 2014. And their support worked a treat as Tipperary based trainer Michael O’Donovan’s representative Laughil Blake was fastest as he turned in another superb performance and now stands as the favourite for …

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Georgia win sees Boylesports cut Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualification odds

The Republic Of Ireland left it late to record a victory against Georgia in their opening game of the Euro 2016 qualifiers. As a result of Aiden McGeady’s brace the Boys in Green have hardened to qualify for France. Martin O’Neill’s charges have been cut into 4/7 from 5/6 to qualify, and are now 11/1 from 12/1 to win the group outright. World Champions …

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Entries for Irish Champions Weekend almost double 2013 level

Initial entries for the Premier Handicaps on Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown and the Curragh on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September are well up on previous years. A total of 193 entries have been received, boasting a combined value of €600,000 (£474,702). The corresponding races in 2013 attracted 100 entries. 36 have been received from Britain and one from France. The Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Petingo’ Handicap, to be …

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Jog For Jockeys raises €25,000 for fund

Almost 800 people took part in the annual Jog For Jockeys charity fundraiser on Sunday August 24th at the Curragh Racecourse, raising €24,661.80 (£19,512) – the highest amount reached since 2010. Former Jockey Stephen Hunter was first across the line in the 10km race with an impressive time of 34:48. James Tyrell won the 5km chase in 18:02. Brian Hayes was the first jockey …

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