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Talking Horses: everyone a loser with William Hill closures news

Racing is facing up to heavy losses from annual media rights payments and the pressure on prize money will be brutalWednesday’s news that William Hill will close about 700 betting shops over the next few months, around a third of its retail estate, put…

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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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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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UK betting firms back live sports advertising ban

Online gambling firms such as Bet365, William Hill and Ladbrokes agree ban amid fears of impact on children Online gambling companies have agreed to a voluntary “whistle-to-whistle” ban on advertising during live sports, in an effort to address concern…

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William Hill in goodwill gesture after punter’s SP complaint

• Bookmaker paid 16-1 on Untold Secret offered at 28-1 elsewhere• William Hill to make additional payment to winning puntersWilliam Hill has decided to offer an additional payment to those who took the firm’s own starting price of 16-1 about Untold Sec…

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William Hill on verge of selling on-course pitches, prompting SP concerns

• Bookmaker has been ever-present since 1934• Sale will raise concerns for the future of SP systemWilliam Hill, one of the most famous names in gambling and ever-present in British betting rings since 1934, could vanish from racecourse rings within wee…

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William Hill could close up to 900 betting shops after FOBT clampdown

Bookmaker posts £820m loss and warns crackdown will have long-term consequences William Hill could close up to 900 betting shops that it expects to become loss-making as a result of the UK government’s clampdown on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs)….

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Britain’s bookmakers jockey for position in US betting watershed | Rob Davies

William Hill is a nose in front, with Paddy Power Betfair on the rail as market looks set to open upOver the past 26 years, if you had placed a bet on a baseball game in the US, the chances are you were doing so illegally. On the other end of the wager…

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William Hill fined £6.2m by Gambling Commission

Firm handed big fine over failure to spot problem gambling and prevent money launderingBetting group William Hill has been fined £6.2m by the gambling industry regulator for failing to protect consumers and prevent money laundering.The Gambling Commiss…

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A £2 maximum stake for betting-shop machines will be boost for racing

Bookmakers describe the scenario as ‘catastrophic’ but the sport is wrong to fear the impact if the government imposes major restrictions on fixed-odds betting terminalsThe Racing Post was unambiguous in its front-page headline last Monday, the day aft…

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Gambling charity warns betting firms are failing to fund addiction treatment

Bookmakers and betting companies are failing to honour pledge to donate to care, says leading charity GambleAwareGambling firms are failing to honour a pledge to donate part of their income to fund addiction treatment and should be forced to do so by l…

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William Hill sees online sports betting increase by 13% in a year

Increased online revenues and dividend push bookmaker’s share prices up, even as profits fall due to string of wins for football teams

Bookmaker William Hill has reported a big increase in online sports betting in the UK over the past six months, despite feeling the absence of a major international football tournament this year and the wider squeeze on household incomes.

The amount wagered on cricket, football, golf and other sports was up 13% on the same period in 2016.

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Horse racing and betting industries representatives pledge to work together

• Key figures respond to government’s weekend levy announcement
• Ladbrokes PR director sounds conciliatory note over future plans

Representatives of horse racing and betting have suggested the two industries must make renewed efforts at working together, following the government’s decision about a levy replacement scheme, announced on Saturday. The sports minister, Tracey Crouch, ruled that betting operators should pay 10% of their gross racing profits to the sport, which will bring to an end the hotly debated Authorised Betting Partners initiative and leave the two sides with significantly less scope for dispute.

Racing officials expect the new regime will increase the sport’s income by as much as £30m per year on recent years, now that online betting with offshore firms is to be captured. But they hope the benefit may outstrip even such an impressive figure by restoring certainty of income, allowing for planned, long-term investment and instilling confidence in potential investors.

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Fans in fancy dress at the World Darts Championship – in pictures

The international fans that follow the world’s biggest darts tournament have outdone themselves again with their wild and wacky costumes. Here are some of the best dressed from this year’s event at Alexandra Palace in north London

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Fans in fancy dress at the World Darts Championship – in pictures

The international fans that follow the world’s biggest darts tournament have outdone themselves again with their wild and wacky costumes. Here are some of the best dressed from this year’s event at Alexandra Palace in north London

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Bookies defend stringent identity checks over paying out winning punters

• Consumer rights campaigner urges Gambling Commission to investigate
• Winnings of £20,000 with William Hill ‘vanished’ from backer’s account

A campaigner for improved consumer rights for punters said on Wednesday that he believes a recent case in which a successful punter was forced to wait nearly a month to be paid £13,000 in winnings is “the tip of an iceberg”, and suggests that some online bookmakers are using their terms & conditions to delay or even avoid payment on winning bets.

Related: William Hill and online poker operator Amaya end merger talks

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William Hill issues profit warning after Cheltenham and online losses

Bookmaker’s shares slide after bad run of results and customers imposing betting limits on themselves

Dire horse racing results at the Cheltenham festival and high-value online customers imposing restrictions on their own gambling have triggered a profit warning for bookmaker William Hill.

In a surprise trading update on Wednesday, the bookmaker said it expected operating profit for this year to fall to between £260m and £280m, from £291m last year. Analysts’ average forecast was for profit of £307m from a range of £284m-318m.

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Ladbrokes and Coral in talks to create UK’s biggest bookmaker

Merger talks would form bookmaker with more than 4,000 shops and extra scale to compete online

Ladbrokes and Gala Coral are in merger talks to create Britain’s largest bookmaker by number of betting shops.

The talks, which are at an early stage, would give the combined company more than 4,000 shops and make it a bigger player in the increasingly important online market. William Hill has the most shops now with almost 2,400.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s autobiography on William Hill book award shortlist

• David Walsh’s Lance Armstrong exposé also nominated
• Winner of £25,000 award to be announced on 27 November

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been shortlisted for the William Hill sports book of the year award. The Sweden striker’s autobiography, I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, written with the journalist and author David Lagercrantz and translated into English by Ruth Urbom, tells the story of his life as a youngster in poverty through to his career success.

The Paris Saint-Germain player would become the first active player to land the award, which comes with a £25,000 prize, should he take it when the winner is announced on 27 November.

Also shortlisted is the Sunday Times journalist David Walsh, a key figure in exposing doping offenders in cycling, for his book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong.

William Hill Sports Book of the Year award shortlist

The Boys in the Boat: An Epic True-Life Journey to the Heart of Hitler’s Berlin – Daniel James Brown (Macmillan)

The Sports Gene: What Makes the Perfect Athlete – David Epstein (Yellow Jersey Press)

Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy: A Journey to the Heart of Cricket’s Underworld – Ed Hawkins (Bloomsbury)

I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Lagercrantz and Ruth Urbom (Penguin)

Doped: The Real Life Story of the 1960s Racehorse Doping Gang – Jamie Reid (Racing Post)

Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong – David Walsh (Simon & Schuster)

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