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FOBTs tax credit sees Betfred rideout 2020 retail storms 

Betfred Limited has filed its 2020 corporate accounts (period reported up to 27 September), disclosing the impact of last year’s COVID-19 pandemic on its business units.  The Done family-owned betting group saw its group wagers shrink from £10-to-£6.5 billion,  a result of the enforced closure of its UK betting estates and further COVID-19 adjustments.   Trading with an impaired retail unit, …

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Betfred purchases Betting World to crack South Africa

Betfred has secured a foothold in the South African betting market, purchasing Betting World (bettingworld.co.za) from Phumelela, conducted via the newly established Betfred South Africa brand.  Carried out at a purchasing price of R120 million (£6.1 million), subject to final adjustment relating to the net capital of working items, the transaction was considered officially concluded as of 31 May. The …

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Betfred scores triple Challenge Cup title sponsorship

Betfred has been named as the title sponsor to the 2021 Challenge Cup, Women’s Challenge Cup, and Wheelchair Rugby League Challenge Cup, building on its long-running association with the Super League. The draw for the first and second rounds will be held next Thursday, whilst the quarter finals are scheduled for the weekend of 8-9 May. The semi-finals are pencilled …

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Coates and Done families named as UK’s top tax payers

The Coates and Done families, two gambling dynasties, have featured in the top-three of ‘The Sunday Times 2021 Tax List’, which tracks vital contributions of the super-rich during a critical period for the UK Treasury. For the second year in a row, Denise, John and Peter Coates – the founding family of bet365 – topped the Sunday Times tax list …

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Betfred partners with England RL trio in new sponsorship agreement

The Betfred Championship final trophy

Betfred has penned a triple deal to become an official partner to the England Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair teams for 2021, including when England hosts the upcoming edition of the Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) tournament. In 2017, the UK bookmaker secured the title sponsorship of the Super League, the top tier of rugby league. The deal was extended in May …

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Phumelela ‘winds up business’ as it delists from JSE

Phumelela ‘winds up business’ as it delists from JSE

South African horse racing operator Phumelela Gaming and Leisure Group will delist from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in early 2021 as the company is broken up to repay creditors.  The heritage racing operator has faced financial difficulties for a number of months, following the forced closure of its racetrack venues due to South African coronavirus restrictions in May.  Johannesburg’s …

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Suitors await Caesars call on William Hill’s ‘non-US’ assets

City news sources report that New York investment fund Apollo Global Management will bid to acquire William Hill Plc’s ‘non-US assets’, as the FTSE250 firm moves to merge with US strategic partner Caesars Entertainment. Apollo had formally announced its intentions to bid for an outright acquisition of William Hill. However, the investment fund’s pursuit of the heritage UK betting group …

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Done eyes William Hill estates in potential UK chop-up

Betfred founder Fred Done is reported to be eyeing a swoop of William Hill’s UK retail estates at a discount price, as rumours circulate as to how Caesars Entertainment will reshape the company, following this morning’s approval of its £2.9 billion takeover offer.  Done has been branded as the big winner of the Caesars deal, having built a 6% stake …

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Betfred debuts new rockabilly TV campaign promoting ‘Nifty Fifty’ live draws

Betfred has launched its new national TV advertising campaign ‘Great Balls of Fire’ to promote its new ‘Nifty Fifty’ daily live draw game. Developed by Liverpool-based creative marketing agency Zut Media, the 30-second TV-spot takes place in a 1950s dance hall, with Betfred promoting its new daily draw to Jerry Lee Lewis’ rockabilly anthem of ‘Great Balls of Fire’. Launched …

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Betfred supports Stroke Association with £32,000 donation

Following its charity activity at the 2020 World Matchplay, Betfred will donate £32,000 to the Stroke Association. Betfred, which was the title sponsor of this year’s tournament, previously unveiled a pledge to donate £50 per 180 hit during the tournament, as well as a £10,000 bonus should last year’s total of 330 be matched or beaten. “I’m delighted to be …

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