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FIFA World Cup Turnover Generates €136bn

The FIFA World Cup in Russian was deemed by all to have been a major success both on and off the field. FIFA in conjunction with their service provider Sportradar have successfully managed to ensure that the integrity of the games is maintained both in domestic and international fixtures. Following the conclusion of the FIFA Work Cup in Russia, it has been concluded that total global betting turnover was €136 billion with no match manipulation been detected. The average match for the 21st FIFA world cup was €2.1 billion with the final between Croatia n France generating around €7.2 billion. Not surprising Croatia had the highest average betting turnover per match with opening odds of 34.0 based mainly on their underdog status. Sportradar Fraud Detection System was responsible for monitoring over 550 betting operators globally. This was part of FIFA’s measures aimed at preventing match manipulation prior and during the FIFA 2016 World Cup. According to the findings of SportRadar no matches at the FIFA 2018 World Cup were found to be suspicious of betting fraud and match manipulation. Bookmakers like Paddy Power and Betfair announced increased profits for Q2 boosted mainly by increased revenue from the World Cup. Other major operators like Kindred and French National regulator Arjel also confirmed increased revenues due to  the FIFA world...

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Woolworths Admits To Liquoring Up Gamblers To Keep Them Playing

Our regular readers will be well aware that Australians are the biggest gamblers on the planet so it comes as no surprise that gaming companies will do just about anything to maintain this status quo. After whistleblowers aired allegations earlier this year, Woolworths has admitted to using dubious operating methods to ensure their cash paying customers continue to lose their money. The company confirmed that high value gambling players were often plied with liquor to keep them spinning on the pokie machines. In addition they also admitted that personal details were kept about the regular customers in order to ensure that revenues were boosted. This data according to insiders included everything that the from gamblers’ favorite football team to their playing times. This sensitive information was then shared across the company’s 400 pubs. This behavior has been described by whistleblowers as “unethical and predatory.” Details of the investigation were confirmed on Monday in a statement from the ALH which is owned by Woolworths.  The ALH said in a statement that employees recording descriptive information about gamblers was contrary to their polices and fell below ALH’s expectations. Following the investigation various employees have been fired and ALH has vowed to implement a range of measures that include enhanced staff...

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FanDuel Partners With Boyd Gaming To Further Expand US Sports Betting Reach

FanDuel and Boyd Gaming have announced their strategic partnership which see them pursuing sports betting and online gaming opportunities in the US. Anyone following the US gambling industry will know the frenzied pace at which the newly legalized sports betting market is being divided up. The largest US based and European based gaming companies are all vying for a major share of this burgeoning market. In terms of this latest partnership Boyd Gaming will build a presence both in the sports betting and igaming industry by leveraging FanDuel’s technology which will operated Boyd Gaming’s igaming and sports betting services. From FanDuel’s side they will utilize Boyd Gaming’s licenses in various states to operate both mobile sports betting and gaming. As part so the deal Boyd Gaming will take a 4% equity in FanDuel Group with an option to acquire another 1%. Both companies will undertake co-branding and cross-promote each other’s product, Boyd Gamings reach is extensive and includes their market-access agreement with MGM Resorts international. FanDuel CEo Matt King commented on the partnership and said,” With more than 40 years of experience, Boyd Gaming is a leader in the gaming and entertainment space, and a natural partner as we continue to build a leading position in the sports betting market. There is incredible momentum in the sports betting space and we look forward to partnering with Boyd Gaming to bring the FanDuel Sportsbook to more customers across the United States.” Boyd President and CEO Keith Smith was equally delighted at the deal and said,” Through this partnership, Boyd Gaming and FanDuel Group will be in excellent position to successfully capitalise as sports betting and online gaming expand across the...

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UK Gambling Commission Threatens Unlimited Fines For Operators Targeting Underage Gamblers

The UK gambling Commission is continuing their crackdown of gambling firms who target children. According to research over 450,000 children are gambling in England and Wales on a weekly basis which has set off alarm bells. The commission plans to punish companies that glamorize gambling in their adverts or use adverts that appeal to children in their ads and could face unlimited fines. Companies like Coral which were proven to target children will now face even tougher penalties. As of October operators will also face tougher penalties for sending spam or texts to players while also been compelled to solve customer complaints within an eight week deadline. This follows years of complaints from players about difficulties withdrawing their money and misleading bonus offers. CEO of the Gambling Commission Neil MacArthur re-iterated the Commission’s obligation to the consumers and said,” Protecting the interests of consumers is priority for us. These changes will protect consumers from irresponsible advertising and misleading promotions, ensure that consumers can withdraw their money more easily and will mean that consumer complaints are dealt with more swiftly.’ Gambling operators have already face the wrath of the Advertising Standards Authority and firms like Coral have seen numerous adverts for their animated games been banned. These include figures with childlike appeal that included Rainbow Riches, Fishin Frenzy and Lucky Wizard which were all deemed to appeal to under...

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MGM Poised To Be First Operator to Take Mobile Sports Betting Wager in New Jersey

MGM has in the space of a week cemented itself as one of the leading players in the emerging US sports betting market. Their landmark partnership with GVC Holdings was followed by the announcement of their partnership with the NBA. In terms of the deal MGM will become the first gambling company to form a partnership with a US sports league. The deal is set to be worth $25 m and will include mobile sports betting. The fact that the NBA has got to the point of partnering with a real money gambling entity is far from a given as many will be quick to remind NBA commissioner Adam Silver of their once fierce opposition to any association with gambling. However money talks and no one can stop the progress of an industry that is worth billions. MGM CEO Jim Murren announced via their website that mobile sports betting will be coming to New Jersey via their playMGM platform. On their website he said,” It won’t be long now! Coming to soon, mobile sports betting will be more convenient than ever, thanks to the playMGM NJ Sports betting app. It’s just a matter of time until you’ll be able to place wagers from the bar, the dinner table or anywhere in New Jersey, simply by using your own personal mobile device. Stay tuned for more details. Bet on sports now at Borgata Race & Sports Book.” Murren went on to say following his announcement regarding the NBA partnership that MGM has a running start as they already run the largest operation in Las Vegas with their 10 resorts. He added that their playMGM app has been active for a while and is quite popular, He added,” Closer to home here, of course we own Borgata, and at the end of this week, we’ll be taking mobile bets from Borgata and playMGM in New...

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