Sportsbook

Paddy Power & Ruby Walsh go viral for Grand National 2015

Ahead of this week’s Aintree Grand National (9-11 April), Paddy Power has launched a set of viral videos featuring legendary jockey Ruby Walsh. The viral videos follow Ruby Walsh as he prepares to ride the Grand National. Walsh who comes fresh from winning four Cheltenham Festival races last month, Walsh will be riding Ballycasey who the majority of bookmakers have …

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Worldpay predicts biggest ever Grand National for online bookmakers

Global payments processor and services provider Worldpay have predicted that online bookmakers are set for their biggest Grand National ever this weekend. Alan Watson, Vice President Gambling, Worldpay eCommerce, said: “The Grand National is always the most popular betting event in the sporting calendar and we are already seeing huge excitement around this year’s race. Racing fans were emboldened by …

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500.com share price set to tumble as China suspends lottery sales

The Easter holiday break has provided further bad news for embattled New York listed Chinese sports lottery operator 500.com, as Chinese authorities made a new announcement regarding the sale of online lottery services/products. A joint public communication led by China’s Ministry of Finance and eight other governmental bodies stated that all lottery sales serviced through online verticals or through third …

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DraftKings valued at $1 billion as Disney commits to venture Investment

International media and entertainment provider Walt Disney & Co (Disney) has announced that it will invest $250 million in daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings. The investment venture will see Disney own approximately a 27% stake in DraftKings. The Disney investment represents a huge coup for DraftKings, who are expected to partner with Disney owned sports media provider ESPN, the US’ …

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Ladbrokes launches UK General Election micro-site

Ahead of the UK General Election vote on 7 May, Ladbrokes has announced the launch of special micro-site The Ladbrokes Lowdown – General Election 2015. The Ladbrokes General Election micro-site was launched this week in time for the first set of leader debates hosted by broadcaster ITV. The General Election micro-site has been developed by London digital development agency Grand …

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Sky Sports’ Sarah Stirk tees off with Betway

 Broadcaster Sarah Stirk has signed up with leading online sportsbook Betway as a golf ambassador for the rest of 2015. Stirk has years of experience covering golf for major organisations like Setanta, the BBC and currently Sky Sports. She will provide Betway with exclusive written and video content around the sport’s four majors. With access to the game’s top players, …

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PokerStars rollouts Sportsbook product in beta

Amaya Gaming subsidiary poker operator PokerStars has begun to rollout its sports betting product in beta mode, as the operator looks to launch it’s an integrated online betting service by April 2015. PokerStars has announced beta rollout on 31st of March The long awaited launch of PokerStars betting vertical is set to come with the release of the operator PokerStars …

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Betway pots UK Championship snooker title sponsorship

Betway has signed an agreement with World Snooker to become title sponsor of the newly-named 2015 Betway UK Championship. Taking place at the historic Barbican in York from November 24 to December 6, the 2015 Betway UK Championship represents the online bookmaker’s latest foray into snooker sponsorship. The firm recently lent its name to World Snooker’s Shoot-Out tournament and the World Seniors …

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Betfair opens new development office in Cluj Romania

Betfair Chief Technical Officer Paul Cutter has unveiled the company’s new technical development offices in the Romanian city of Cluj. The Cluj development office will staff 330 Betfair employees and will become the operator’s largest technical development centre. Betfair Romania will be central to the operator’s plans on focusing on in-house product and operational development over third party supplier agreements. …

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France-Pari posts first ever earnings and profits

French licensed sports betting operator France-Pari has declared its first ever profits, as the operator posted EBITDA earnings of €500,000 (FY 2013: -€200,000). The operator’s positive EBITDA performance transferred to net profits of €300,000, compared to the €700,000 in operational earnings loss posted in 2013 Company governance stated that the turnaround to positive earnings results had been driven by growth …

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