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Paul Scholes apologises after being fined £8,000 for breaking betting rules

• ‘It was a genuine mistake,’ says former Manchester United player• Scholes made 140 bets made while co-owner of SalfordPaul Scholes has been fined £8,000 by the Football Association after accepting a charge of breaching betting rules.The former Manche…

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Punter’s case against Bet365 for £1m unpaid winnings discontinued

• Megan McCann placed a £25,000 stake on 12 horses in 2016• Bet365 claimed student’s bet breached its terms and conditionsThe long-running legal case in which Megan McCann, a student from Northern Ireland, was suing the bookmaker Bet365 for £1m in unpa…

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Why there is no accounting for a large slice of luck in the Premier League | Greg Wood

Football data shows that chance plays a significant, possibly decisive, role in one match in sixBack in the late 1990s a bookmaking firm came up with an interesting new game to keep the customers in its betting shops amused while they were waiting for …

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Why there is no accounting for a large slice of luck in the Premier League | Greg Wood

Football data shows that chance plays a significant, possibly decisive, role in one match in sixBack in the late 1990s a bookmaking firm came up with an interesting new game to keep the customers in its betting shops amused while they were waiting for …

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Judd Trump lands punter £10,000 for snooker bet placed 21 years ago

• Neil Morrice backed eight-year-old Trump to win title in 1998• ‘Even at eight they could tell he was something very special’A punter has won £10,000 after Judd Trump’s victory in the World Championship saw a 21-year-old bet finally come off. Racing j…

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Ladbrokes owner proposes ban on gambling ads linked to sport

GVC to end sponsorship deals that promote its brands on football shirts or pitchside The owner of Ladbrokes, GVC, the UK’s largest gambling company, has broken ranks with the rest of the industry by announcing a series of proposals to protect problem g…

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Two centuries after the first proper bookie, betting’s future is no banker | Greg Wood

The system Harry Ogden invented on Newmarket Heath in the 1790s has endured but the industry it spawned is eating itselfThe world’s first bookmaker, so the story goes, was a man called Harry Ogden. One afternoon in the early 1790s, when organised thoro…

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Sky Bet criticised for featuring gambling addict Paul Merson in adverts

Company says it no longer uses pundit in promotional material Campaigners say betting firms should stop using sport starsSky Bet has come under fire for using Paul Merson in its adverts despite his well-documented struggles with gambling addiction.The …

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Sky Bet criticised for featuring gambling addict Paul Merson in adverts

Company says it no longer uses pundit in promotional material Campaigners say betting firms should stop using sport starsSky Bet has come under fire for using Paul Merson in its adverts despite his well-documented struggles with gambling addiction.The …

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Gambling Commission ‘content’ with way BetBright voided ante-post bets

• Punter plans to sue over potential payout of £30k• Backer had outstanding football bets with firmA punter whose ante-post bets with a potential payout of nearly £30k were voided by the defunct bookmaker BetBright last week said on Wednesday that he i…

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Rich Ricci defends voided stakes at BetBright amid punter fury

• Defunct bookies’ executive chairman can ‘understand’ upset• Customers could miss out on big football and racing winsRich Ricci, the former executive chairman of the defunct bookmaker BetBright, has said on Wednesday evening that while he can “underst…

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Anger as BetBright ceases trading and declares void all unsettled bets

• Move a week before Cheltenham Festival after sale to 888• Season-long bets on football among the bets voidedCustomers of the bookmaker BetBright reacted with anger and disappointment on Tuesday when the firm stopped trading and declared all outstandi…

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Anger as BetBright ceases trading and declares void all unsettled bets

• Move a week before Cheltenham Festival after sale to 888• Season-long bets on football among the bets voidedCustomers of the bookmaker BetBright reacted with anger and disappointment on Tuesday when the firm stopped trading and declared all outstandi…

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Talking Horses: Labour needs to wake up to gambling’s complexities

A deeper understanding of betting is essential if any future Labour government is to make a better fist of gambling regulation than the last oneTom Watson, the deputy leader of the Labour party and a politician with a long-standing interest in the regu…

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British bookies go from favourites to American outsiders

No sooner has one law changed in gambling companies’ favour than another turns against them. Now all bets are off againWhat starts in the US, the cliche goes, inevitably ends up in the UK (burger restaurants, assaulting fellow shoppers on Black Friday …

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Bet365 obtained details of punter’s account via Skrill in McCann case

• Skrill complied with order to reveal details of McCann’s account• Megan McCann suing bookie for nearly £1m in unpaid winningsA legal case from January 2017 which relates to Megan McCann’s long-running attempt to sue Bet365 for £1m appears to suggest …

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‘People are dying’: Campaigners want gambling classed a public health issue

• Charles and Liz Ritchie’s son Jack killed himself after gambling• ‘The industry targets vulnerable and those already addicted’Campaigners for stronger government regulation of gambling have called for it to be classed as a public health concern and f…

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Fresh claims throw doubt over Ladbrokes’ ‘cancelled’ bet settlements

• Guardian highlighted problem with procedures in November• ‘Tens of thousands of pounds are still at stake,’ says FairheadLadbrokes’ recent claim that all customers affected by a long-standing software “glitch” had been contacted and, in many cases, p…

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Fresh claims throw doubt over Ladbrokes’ ‘cancelled’ bet settlements

• Guardian highlighted problem with procedures in November• ‘Tens of thousands of pounds are still at stake,’ says FairheadLadbrokes’ recent claim that all customers affected by a long-standing software “glitch” had been contacted and, in many cases, p…

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Revealed: the ‘dire consequences’ of football’s relationship with gambling

• Some young men cannot watch games without multiple bets• ‘Gambling is the worst addiction,’ major new study is toldThe relentless involvement of betting companies in football has drawn a generation of young men into strongly associating their support…