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Huddersfield fined £50,000 by FA for kit sponsorship stunt

Huddersfield wore kit for pre-season friendlyBookmaker’s logo broke FA guidelines Huddersfield have been fined £50,000 after admitting a charge relating to the Football Association’s kit and advertising regulations. The club were widely criticised for …

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Going with the crowd is now the way to seeing the future with better odds | Greg Wood

The rise of Betfair’s wisdom-of-crowds online gambling model has put canny sports fans in the driving seatSir Tim Rice found a moment during the gripping final hours of the third Ashes Test at Headingley last weekend to tweet about the latest betting o…

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Ladbrokes knew of problem with ‘cancelled’ bets, says former employee

• ‘There was meeting after meeting saying, what can we do?’• Bets were shown as accepted but had been rejectedA former employee of Ladbrokes has told The Guardian that the company was aware for several months of an issue with its software systems that …

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Talking Horses: betting firms’ deals with trainers and jockeys treble

Racing professionals’ links to bookmakers have increased dramatically in the past three years but the BHA says it regularly monitors arrangementsThe number of trainers and jockeys signing up to links with betting firms has trebled in three years. A Bri…

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Nigel Adams says Derby giving Wayne Rooney No 32 shirt is ‘very crafty’

• Sports minister urges club to consider impact of gambling• Derby using Rooney’s shirt to promote online casino sponsorDerby County have been urged by Britain’s new sports minister to reconsider their “very crafty” decision to give Wayne Rooney the No…

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Nigel Adams says Derby giving Wayne Rooney No 32 shirt is ‘very crafty’

• Sports minister urges club to consider impact of gambling• Derby using Rooney’s shirt to promote online casino sponsorDerby County have been urged by Britain’s new sports minister to reconsider their “very crafty” decision to give Wayne Rooney the No…

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Daniel Sturridge gets six-week ban for breaching FA betting rules

• Four weeks suspended so forward set to return on 31 July• FA unhappy with findings and sanction and will appealDaniel Sturridge has been suspended for six weeks and fined £75,000 after being found guilty of breaching Football Association betting rule…

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William Hill latest bookmaker to declare bets void at short-notice

• Hills’s decision follows similar moves by BetBright and 188BET• Bookmaker to stop taking bets from customers in SwitzerlandWilliam Hill, one of the most famous names in betting, has become the latest bookmaker to declare a significant number of ante-…

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Frankie Dettori’s Ascot exploits had online firms rushing to sell punters short | Greg Wood

With a payout in excess of the jockey’s Magnificent Seven on the cards at the Royal meeting, the big firms did no one a favour by refusing multiplesThere were some memorable and historic achievements at Royal Ascot last week, including Hayley Turner’s …

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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…