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Online bookmaker Boylesports took a bit of a hit last Friday, as a punter from County Meath (who wishes to remain anonymous) defied the massive odds of 33,000/1 by picking four numbers from the Euro Millions draw.

There was just a 50 cent bet going down on the lucky numbers 4, 7, 28 & 32 which were drawn from Friday night’s Euro Millions main draw. That is another big payout that Boylesports has had to go through, after paying out €91,500 to four lucky customers on numbers bets in the past three weeks.

Liam Glynn, PR executive at Boylesports, said: “We have been taken to the cleaners in the past three weeks with Lucky Numbers pay-outs and, no doubt, we will see another increase in numbers betting in the coming days.”

The betting chain congratulated the lucky customer who defied the odds of 33,000/1 and wished them happy spending as the festive season approaches.


25th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News


Online betting site Boylesports have not only continued their sponsorship of the Irish Grand National, but they have made it the most valuable jumps race in Ireland for the 2014-15 National Hunt season after confirmation that they have increased the prize fund for the race.

The 2015 Irish Grand National will go off during the Easter Festival of Racing at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday 6th April 2015 and the prize fund for the steeplechase will be €275,000.

It’s the “Race of the People” that has so far eluded National Hunt champions such as Willie Mullins, Davy Russell and Paul Townend and Boylesports have confirmed their sponsorship of the iconic race for another two years.

The 2014 renewal saw local jockey Barry Geraghty finally succeed in adding the Boylesports Irish Grand National to his long list of honours when he succeeded on the JP McManus-owned and Jonjo O’Neill-trained Shutthefrontdoor. This exciting chaser looks likely to add to his haul in the major chases this season having already won on his seasonal debut at Carlisle last week.

Peter Roe, General Manager at Fairyhouse, said: “We are really excited at the extension of our fabulous partnership with Boylesports who are helping us to really drive the Easter Festival in popularity which has grown so much in recent years again. We are also extremely proud and excited about hosting what is now the most valuable jumps race in Ireland which will really add to the excitement and hopefully bring even greater crowds to our Easter Festival of Racing. We have worked very hard over the past few years to improve our racing and facilities at Fairyhouse which is the home of so many historic races and legendary winners and we very much look forward now to hosting the 2015 Boylesports Irish Grand National.

John Boyle, Chief Executive at Boylesports, added: “We are delighted to extend our Irish Grand National sponsorship at Fairyhouse for the next two years and be associated with Ireland’s most valuable jumps race.

“With the sponsorship extension of the Boylesports IGN and the Irish Greyhound Derby, Boylesports are privileged to be associated with the two most prestigious and valuable events in the Irish sporting calendar.”

Barry Geraghty finally managed to get the title for the first time in his career at the 2014 renewal, landing the win on 8/1 Shutthefrontdoor, in front of a huge crowd of 16,253, which was up nearly eight per cent on the previous year.


22nd November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa)

Aston Villa v Southampton Betting Preview

Villa’s season doesn’t look as if it is going to get back on track anytime soon. They are on a horrible run of form, in stark contrast to the high flying Southampton who are ranked 2nd in the Premier League offensive stats and 1st in the defensive stats this season. With all that in place, this does look like a pretty strong away win is going to be on the cards.

The first goalscorer market is subject to a great bonus offer at online betting site Boylesports. Back the winning first goalscorer and if that player opens the scoring inside the first twenty minutes of the game, then the bookmaker will pay you out double your original odds taken! Great offer and new customers registering an account with Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.

Aston Villa v Southampton Betting Tips

The Villains are making rapid progress, to the Championship. They have failed to score in six of their last seven matches in the top flight, and only scored the one goal in the game in which they did find the back of the net. Four of the five goals that they have managed to score this season have come in the first half of matches and they have not scored at all after the 50th minute of a game this season. Not too surprisingly, they have the divisional lows in scoring from just 7% of their shots and managing to hit the target with just 30% of their efforts. They have also managed to put up the fewest shots on target in the Premier League this season, with just 23.

They are yet to grab a single point from a losing position this season and not surprisingly either is the fact that they go as heavy underdog for this game. The Villains did managed to at least end a run of six straight defeats in picking up a 0-0 draw against West Ham before the recent international break, but still, they have scored just the one goal in their last seven. It has been horrible form after such a positive start to the season and the relegation zone is looming large behind them. Villa though have lost just one of their last six visits to Southampton and sprung a 3-2 win there last season.

Southampton are on fire the moment and don’t look to be slowing down. This has been their best ever start to a season in the top flight, having amassed 25 points from their opening eleven games. They easily boast the best defensive record in the league, having conceded just five goals all season and they have kept clean sheets in each of their last four played in the Premier League. There is a fair chance that their immense defence is going to post another one this weekend and a Southampton to win to nil wager is value at 7/4 with online bookmaker Boylesports.

Southampton have not dropped a point from a match in which they have been leading this season, actually converting them into eight wins. They have allowed fewer shots on target against them than any other team in the Premier League this season and they have posted five clean sheets in their last eight. Their form does push you towards a 2-0 Correct Score which seems a reasonable result for a price of 6/1 and in the anytime goalscorer market, Graziano Pelle is even money favourite to bag for the Saints.

Aston Villa v Southampton Betting Odds

Southampton 3/4, Draw 13/5, Aston Villa 15/4

Aston Villa v Southampton Predictions

Villa are looking very lightweight going forward and there has be value in a stab at Southampton to win to nil at Villa Park. One way or another the Saints should produce the victory and it should be a comfortable afternoon for them. Given Southampton’s defence and lack of goals from Villa, it is natural to look under 2.5 goals here.

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20th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Rory McIlroy

It is the season finale on the European PGA This week as DP World Tour Championship betting tees off. This is the sixth edition of the tournament and while the issue has already been settled of who the Race To Dubai champion is, that will be Rory McIlroy of course, there is still a big title up for grabs this week at the Earth Course, designed by Greg Norman.

McIlroy is a 5/1 favourite for the tournament win at online betting siteBoylesports, and he is a former winner here. There have been five different winners so far in the history of the tournament, so will be the northern Irish star be able to cap off a brilliant year by setting a new record of becoming the first man to win the DP World Tour Championship twice?

Worth backing McIlroy? Maybe not. He’s nothing to prove here and he hasn’t played for six weeks now and has the distraction of his multi-million pound court case.

Behind him, the defending champion Henrik Stenson is an 8/1 shot. Stenson’s season has fallen a long way short of what he put up in 2013 when he was FedEx Cup Champion and needed to win the DP World Tour Championship to land the Race To Dubai title too. A totally different scenario this time around as he is just looking for a positive finish to the season.

So there are stronger options in the field like Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, both of which performed well last week but just couldn’t do anything about the in-form Brooks Koepka. 

Koepka, Westwood and Poulter can all be snapped up for around a price of 18/1 with Boylesports in DP World Tour Championship betting. Like McIlroy, Westwood is a former winner of this event and the Englishman has been producing some very solid stuff at theend of the season and should get himself in contention. Justin Rose, who looked to be heading to the 2012 title before Rory McIlroy produced a stunning finish over the last five holes, is in the mix as well around the 16/1 mark.

Big hitters will be rewarded at the Earth Course and that could lead you towards players like Charl Schwartzel and Alvaro Quiros. But of the crop in the mix, it could be Ian Poulter who looks to be the best each way bet for thegolf betting action. He really should have won last week in Turkey, and he always comes to life at theend of the season like this. He may have a point to prove after last week’s near miss.

DP World Tour Championship Winner Odds

Rory McIlroy 5/1, Henrik Stenson 8/1, Just Rose 14/1, Ian Poulter 18/1, Sergio Garcia 18/1, Victor Dubuisson 18/1, Brooks Koepka 19/1, Lee Westwood 18/1, Graeme McDowell 25/1, Jamie Donaldson 25/1, Martin Kaymer 25/1, bar 33/1

There is some nice insurance available for your DP World Championship golf betting this week at online bookmaker Boylesports. If your selection in the outright winner market finishes 2nd or 3rd (which includes ties) then the bookmaker will refund your lost stake as a free bet up to £50. New customers registering an account with Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus too.

18th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting


John Boyle, the founder of Boylesports, recently said that he would be ready to step back as chairman of the company, to help with expansion.

It appears that Boylesports are at the point where expansion is necessary and they are looking for suitable targets for a takeover, in order to make some big strides out into the main UK market.

Boylesports have a chain of 198 betting shops in Ireland, but that is close to their limits of expansion. But with the rise of online betting, Boyle said that he was expecting the number of betting shops in Ireland to shrink, compensated by the industry’s growth online.

But there is plenty of room to grow in Britain in brick and mortar locations, and this would appear to be next logical step forward.

In order to deliver on their expansion plans, Boylesports are looking for a chief executive to take operational control of the business and continue its growth path. If a candidate can be identified, then Boyle himself would step back into being the chairman of the country’s biggest independent bookmakers.

Boylesports had eyed a up a big expansion before, back in 2008 they looked at placing a €525m bid for the UK’s Tote in 2008, but with a big financial crisis deepening, they pulled back from overseas expansion plans.

The allure of making a bid for the Tote was the chain of 540 shops across Britain that the state-owned Tote held. The Tote was eventually sold to Betfred in 2011. Betting operator Boylesports is now looking again for expansion through a major takeover, but Boyle said that he has yet to identify the suitable target.

“A big push into the UK would be one of the next steps for the business,” Mr Boyle said.

“And if it happens it will be done in scale. Now that we are debt free we would have backing from the banks,” he said.

Boylesports is a private company, which is now debt free and profitable, according to Boyle. They are currently in the process of moving their regulatory base over to Gibraltar (a part of the UK) where so many of the big UK betting operators are already established. The move is likely to ease entry for Boylesports into the UK market.

“Another option is to sell. I have had good offers in the past – I was getting offered scary numbers. But that was never part of my plan,” he added.


14th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Other Events Betting

It is that time of the year when people will be thinking about a White Christmas. Mentalist Keith Barry has added a  bit of winter fuel to the fire as he came up with a prediction last week that Ireland was going to receive its heaviest snowfall on record for Christmas 2014.

The famous “brain hacker” hit Facebook recently to announce a list of crazy predictions that had come to him. Other predictions included the collapse of the Irish Government, the Book of Kells being stolen from Trinity College, NASA discovering foreign metal on Mars proving life other than here on Earth, and a major oil spill in near the Gulf of Mexico this side of Christmas.

Irish bookmaker Boylesports has priced up Barry’s snowfall prediction at a 8/1 that Ireland will record its heaviest ever snowfall on record by the end of the year. There is a quote floating around of 7/2 on Dublin being hit with snow actually on Christmas Day 2014, while punters caught up in the snow frenzy can take an 11/4 shot on there being snowfall before the end of November 2014.

Scotland is favourite to get snow on Christmas Day with Glasgow and Edinburgh joint favourites on 11/4, while Aberdeen isn’t far behind at 3/1. Meanwhile, Belfast is 7/2 while Manchester is the same.

Barry had also predicted a surprise win for QPR against Manchester City last weekend, and that came pretty close to happening with the R’s taking the lead twice in the game, and were only denied by some magic from Sergio Aguero seven minutes from time.

Does that mean that the snow won’t be too far away?

14th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Other Events Betting


The founder of Boylesports, John Boyle, has announced that he is ready to step back into the role as company Chairman, as they are looking to expand their presence and operations in the UK betting and gaming market.

In a recent interview, Boyle stated that he would return to managing Boylesport, as long as Boylesports could find a Chief Executive Officer to take over management operations.

Boyle further stated that the operator needed to expand its operations and presence in the UK betting market, as it had reached peak expansion within Ireland were its 198 retail betting outlets.

Speaking on corporate strategy, Boyle detailed that the operator may look to undertake a major betting acquisition in order to establish its presence in the UK betting market. Boylesports senior management were currently in the process of identifying potential targets.

“A big push into the UK would be one of the next steps for the business. And if it happens it will be done in scale. Now that we are debt free we would have backing from the banks,” Boyle commented.

Boylesports, who are a privately owned operator, are currently moving their base of operations over to Gibraltar, like so many in the industry have done, a move which they believe will help to expand their presence in the UK market.

The company are looking to acquire a top Chief Executive to undertake ambitious growth plans and execute dynamic strategies for its business divisions.

Boyle continued: “I was always looking for someone to come along and take my role, always looking for a good CEO. But to get someone who would have that passion and care, not just do the job, that’s the challenge.

12th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Champions League

Chelsea v Maribor Betting Preview

The Blues should be on cruise control in this one, and it should provide an opportunity for Jose Mourinho to reach into the depths of his strong squad. Another win for the Blues over the Slovenians would see the Premier League leaders on cruise control to the round of sixteen in the UEFA Champions League.

Check the starting line ups and have a shot at the first goalscorer market with online bookmaker Boylesports. If your backed selection nets the first goal of the game in the first twenty minutes of action, Boylesports will double your original first goalscorer odds. This fantastic offer applies to all Champions League matches this season involving English teams. The maximum stake is £50.

Chelsea v Maribor Betting Tips

Just a fortnight ago, Chelsea posted a 6-0 win over the Slovenians at Stamford Bridge. That was Chelsea’s biggest ever win in the UEFA Champions League and it was the largest ever defeat for the ‘Purple’ in the tournament. That three points for Chelsea has left them in a commanding place in their group, with seven points from three games, two ahead of Schalke and a further three ahead of third placed Maribor. That match day three fixture at the Bridge between Chelsea and Maribor has been the only previous competitive European match in which the Blues have faced a side from Slovenia.

After being held to a draw against at Stamford Bridge against Schalke on Match Day One, Chelsea posted back to back wins over Sporting and Maribor to put themselves in control of their group. They have won their group in eight of their last eleven UEFA Champions League campaigns and look on course to do it again. With them priced so short in the match outrights, it is worth looking at the goalscorer markets for the game. Diego Costa returned against QPR on the weekend after his lay off through injury and is 4/7 favourite in the anytime goalscorer market. Didier Drogba is an even money price and Eden Hazard up at 6/5.

Slovenian outfit Maribor have lost five of their seven previous meetings with English sides, so not a good track record. They did post a 2-1 home win over Wigan during the Europa League group stage last season, but that has been their lone victory against a side from England in those previous seven encounters. Overall their record against English opposition is W1 D1 L5. Incidentally, their win over Wigan is the only instance of an English side losing against a Slovenian team in European competition. They did start the group fairly well, taking back to back draws against Sporting and Schalke, but then came that hammering at the Bridge, which could well have knocked the steam out of them. It was their first defeat in nine Champions League matches this season though.

Chelsea v Maribor Betting Odds

Chelsea 3/10, Draw 5/1, Maribor 10/1

Chelsea v Maribor Predictions

Even though the Blues hit the road and may have one eye on their Premier League clash with Liverpool on the weekend, Chelsea should get the win on the board. They should be comfortable given the depth that they have in their squad and it could be worth backing them to win to nil, or you could look around the 2-0 mark in the correct score market if you are feeling adventurous.

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4th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League


It is the BMW Masters golf betting on the European PGA Tour this week. This is the start of the Final Series, which is the European equivalent of the US PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup play offs. There is a star studded field out, including seven players who were in the dominant Ryder Cup team for Europe this year. Team Europe captain Paul McGinley is also in the field which has a massive US $7million prize fund.

For the Final Series, any Race To Dubai cash earned this season gets converted to points, and the top 78 players head into the final series. There are four tournaments in the Final Series, but players don’t have to play all four events, with the field not getting cut down to 60 until the final event, the DP World Tour Championship starting on November 20th. Each of the Final Series tournaments will carry a 10 million point prize total, 1,666,600 going towards the tournament winner.

Rory McIlroy has withdrawn from the first two events of the FInal Series, leaving others with the chance to close the gap on him a bit. Justin Rose is 9/1 favourite to win the BMW Masters with online bookmaker Boylesports. Victor Dubuisson and Chris Kirk follow him in at a price of 16/1 and then Brooks Koepka, Jamie Donaldson and Joost Luiten are at 20/1, with everyone else 25/1 and longer.

The action is at Lake Malaren, Shanghai, China and Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano is out as a 66/1 shot to hold on to the title. There is great coverage on the BMW Masters golf betting market at online bookmaker Boylesports as they are offering money back on a second or third place finish.

Back a pre-tournament selection in the outright winner market and if your selection finishes second or third in the tournament (including ties), then you will get your lost stake refunded by Boylesports as a free bet up to the maximum value of £50. New customer registering an account with Boylesports can get a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus too.

28th October 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Premier League Betting

Crystal Palace v Chelsea Betting Preview

Most punters will be expecting three away points in the bag at Selhurst Park for league leaders Chelsea. Jose Mourinho’s men are heavy odds on favourites for the trip across London of course, as they look to continue their unbeaten start to the season. Can Crystal Palace pull off a shock giant-killing act on home turf like they did last season? The head to head record between them wouldn’t suggest so.

Diego Costa will probably take a lot of backing to open the scoring in this one. Back the successful first goalscorer in the game, and if that player opens the scoring inside the first twenty minutes of action, the online betting site Boylesports will pay out double the original odds taken on the player! This applies to all Premier League matches in England this season. Maximum stake is £50.

Crystal Palace v Chelsea Betting Tips

The Eagles did actually beat Chelsea in their last league meeting, which was at Selhurst Park. That was a famous 1-0 victory for them, but can they do it again?  Do they have the defensive strengths to keep Chelsea at arms length for 90 minutes? While they have shipped a lot of goals on the road, they have only conceded an average of one per home game this term (the same average rate at which they have scored too). Palace have shown some good spirit this season, but again the quality is perhaps not there. They have yet to take a point off any top-half opposition who they have gone up against this season, but have been ticking along in a sold fashion since the arrival of Neil Warnock.

Palace have only lost one of their last five matches in the English top flight, that defeat coming against Hull just before the international break. Perhaps uncharacteristically for them, is that they have been scoring a few goals this season, including three at Newcastle and Everton and a couple against Leicester in a 2-0 victory. Palace have posted a W1 D1 L1 record at home this season in the Premier League, conceding all three of their aforementioned goals in a 3-1 defeat against West Ham. So with back to back clean sheets at Selhurst Park, can they snatch at least a point? Unfortunately for the Eagles, that win over Chelsea in their most recent meeting, is their only victory in their last 14 matches against the Blues.

Chelsea of course have been steaming along, with Diego Costa (3/1 first goal scorer) netting nine goals and Cesc Fabregas assisting seven (both league highs). Chelsea are now unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League matches, winning eight of them. The only dropped points this season came in a 1-1 draw at Man City, other than that, it has been wins all the way. With a confident 2-0 win over Arsenal before the international break, then it would be a shock if they don’t win this one. The Blues have lost just one of their last 15 Premier League London derbies (W10 D4 L1), that defeat being at Selhurst Park last season. Chelsea’s start of 19 points from a possible 21 is the second best ever start made by any side in the history of the Premier League. The best was Chelsea’s 21 from 21 in the 2005/06 season.

Crystal Palace v Chelsea Betting Odds

Chelsea 2/5, Draw 7/2, Crystal Palace 13/2

Crystal Palace v Chelsea Predictions

It’s not just all about Diego Costa for Chelsea, as nine different players have scored for the club this season. that is the firepower that they have and with clean sheets in their last three in all competitions, they are starting to get it together at the back. There should be goals in this one and take an easy punt over 2.5 goals. Chelsea have won three of their last four visits to Selhurst Park with a clean sheet in tow.

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15th October 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

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