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Fred Done reputedly got hooked on betting when he had a successful bet on England to win the World Cup in 1966 with a stake equivalent to 10 weeks’ wages. It’s from the other side of the counter that he and brother Peter have made their fortune, however, buying their first betting shop in 1967. Neither had left school in Salford with much of an education but they learned the betting trade from their father, an illegal bookmaker, and today Betfred is the UK’s largest independent bookmaker with an annual turnover of more than £4bn and employing almost 10,000 people. They’ve forged a reputation for offering customers a little bit extra and, earlier this week, 69-year-old Fred was named the UK’s entrepeneur of the year.

In many ways Fred, the public face of Betfred, is a stereotypical entrepreneur. He had nothing to lose by taking risks when setting up business. Maybe that’s why it took so long for the Done Brother to expand out of Manchester. They’d made money by remaining local. However, the brothers realised that their formula of free bonuses and friendly banter were relevant to other areas and after taking 30 years to acquire 100 betting shops, the next 500 only took a further eight years.

Betfred are almost unique in that they still believe a high street presence is crucial to business and while others retreat more and more behind cursor and keyboard, the firm still fiercely protect the betting shop atmosphere. Last year, Betfred paid £265m for the Tote, beating off 20 rival bidders in the process, and they are now established as a major player. As are Paddy Power, who have announced some excellent news for the beleaguered Irish economy.

The Celtic Tiger may have gone into hiding but the Dublin-based bookmakers are fighting back with the creation of 600 new jobs at its HQ in the Irish capital. The posts will be in e-commerce, social media, risk marketing and online marketing to support a further expansion in its international online activities. Paddy Power are also looking to test out the waters with regards to betting office opening hours in England. One of their Newmarket branches has applied to extend its hours of operation from 7am to 12 midnight. So far there have been no objections – we await further developments.


11th October 2012 / paul - Category: Bookmaker News

BetFred

Online bookmakerBetFred are running a Correct Score Crazy promotion on your football betting this weekend. There is a full Premier League fixture list over the weekend and if you enjoy having a wager on the Correct Score market, then this promotion will be for you. BetFred are offering punters the chance to get their hands on double odds in the Correct Score market for football betting. All it takes is some late drama in the match of your choice to get your Correct Score odds doubled.

Just head to online bookmaker BetFred and place a Correct Score bet and if that bet happens to become a winner from a goal which is scored in added time, then BetFred will double your odds. The odds are always generous in the Correct Score market anyway because of the vast array of options there. So you can double up on your odds with the popular betting site here. The offer applies to goals scored after the regulation 90 minutes have been played, and if you Correct Score turns into a winner after those regulation minutes are up, then it is double odds. The coverage is up to a maximum of £500 per customer per match and applies to single bets only.

This plays along nicely with the ever popular BetFred Double Delight – Hat-trick Heaven promotion. With this offer, select a First Goalscorer in a match and if that player nets first and then goes on to score another in the match, BetFred will double your First Goalscorer odds. If that winning First Goalscorer selection nets a hat-trick in the game then that translates as treble your First Goalscorer odds.

So great ways to try and pick up some extra profit for your betting at the betting site. Online bookmaker BetFred offer a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account with them. Just open an account and place a £5 bet or more, and the bookie will match the value of that first bet on a new account with a free bet up to the maximum value of £50!

 

 


14th September 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

BetFred

Online bookmaker BetFred, the largest independent bookmaker in the world, was in the news recently, as owner Fred Done won an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The BetFred Chief Excessive put the award down to the bookie’s ambition in pushing forward, and their persistence in getting their hands on the state-owned Tote last year. It was his persistence in getting the deal done to win the auction for the Tote for over £250 million last July that really made him stand out. Done said that it was a battle against the class of his working roots against the city bigwigs, and it was his hard work which prevailed.

Back in 1967 Done opened a betting shop and now, over forty years later, he has 1,350 BetFred shops on the high streets of Britain. It has been a big rise, and Fred Done says that he has always taken risks to try and push ahead, and that is exactly the thing which has seen the BetFred brand grow so much. They have pushed hard as well with the BetFred online betting services, making them one of the most popular betting sites in the UK. Even through the tough times of the economy, Done insists that optimism, confidence and hard work can help business survive.

 

 


3rd July 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

BetFred

You can take advantage of the chance to pick up some extra profit for yourself in England v South Africa rugby bettingon Saturday, thanks to online bookmaker BetFred. The two sides go head to head in the second of three Tests, the first one having been won by the Springboks 22-17. Picking up wins in South Africa is an immensely difficult thing to do, but England matched up quite well against the Boks in the first half of the match, a half which ended 6-6. But then the hosts started getting a lot more physical and turned up the heat on England, and South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer saw his side run in two tries to edge the victory. England did make their way over the try-line, with Ben Foden scoring, even though it was a consolation at the end of the match. For the second Test, England coach Stuart Lancaster has made five changes, including thereturn of Toby Flood to the side, while Owen Farrell, who kicked four penalties in the first test, but was loose with his distribution, has to settle with a place on the bench this time.

Online bookmaker BetFred are running their Double Delight promotion for the second Test. Back a player as First Tryscorer, and if that bet is successful and then the same player then goes on to score a second try in the match, then BetFred will pay you out at double your original First Tryscorer odds. So that could end up with extra profit for nothing in the valuable market. England’s best chance of taking down the Springboks was last week, because they should have caught them cold at sea level, after the hosts only had five days to prepare for the game, not having played since the World Cup last year. Still, England were overpowered, so you may be better off looking at South Africa players predominantly for this offer. Jean de Villiers ran in a try in the first test, as did Francois Steyn and both are around 12/1 in the market. There is also the threat from speedster Bryan Habana as well, while Chris Ashton and David Strettle are leading the way for England at around 14/1. So good value as always in the First Tryscorer market, value which could be doubled if your winning selection runs in a second try in the match!

England v South Africa Rugby Betting Odds at BetFred
South Africa ¼, England 3/1, Draw 25/1

Online bookmaker BetFred offer a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account with them. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account with them, giving you a free bet to enjoy. The BetFred Double Delight promotion also applies to Saturday’s Austrlia v Wales and New Zealand v Ireland fixtures too.


15th June 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

BetFred

Online bookmaker BetFred have their Double Delight, Hat-trick Heaven promotion running for Bayern Munich v Chelsea Champions League final betting. This is a very popular promotion from the bookmaker, which provides the possibility of some extra profit in the First Goalscorer market. Chelsea head to Munich on Saturday evening for the biggest night of their season, and have to tackle both suspensions and injuries to take on the might of four times European Champions Bayern Munich. Chelsea aren’t helped by the fact that the game in on Munich’s home turf either. But who will step up in front of goal and be a hero? Chelsea will look to the qualities of Didier Drogba, while Bayern Munich have the lethal Mario Gomez up front for them.

Back a winning First Goalscorer selection, and if that player then goes on to score a second in the Champions League final, then BetFred will pay you out at double your original odds. There is better to come if your successful First Goalscorer happens to hit a rich vein of form and net a hat-trick. If that happens, then online bookmaker BetFred will treble your First Goalscorer odds, so there is a tremendous amount of potential value in looking in the market with BetFred. Online bookmaker BetFred offer a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account with them. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £50.

What is on offer in Chelsea v Bayern Munich Champions League final first Goalscorer Betting? Well, the man of the tournament really, Mario Gomez, who has netted twelve times in eleven matches is the outright favourite at 4/1. He has been deadly all season for Bayern and will get his chances. Team mates Arjen Robben, Ivica Olic and Franck Ribery are also massive threats to the makeshift Chelsea back line as well and are trading around 6/1 in the Champions League final First Goalscorer market. What of the Chelsea forwards? Well, Didier Drogba is the big man when it comes to important games for the Blues, and he is in at7/1, just short of Fernando Torres at 8/1.

Bayern Munich v Chelsea Match Betting Odds at BetFred
Bayern 4/5, Draw 1//4, Chelsea 10/3


16th May 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

BetFred

Online bookmaker BetFred are winding up the Premier League season with a Money Back special which is covering all ten of Sunday’s fixture’s. This promotion is BetFred’s popular Hat-trick Heaven one, which gives punters the chance to double or even triple the amount of winnings on the popular First Goalscorer market. This makes the already highly profitable market even more so. So for any of the weekend’s final Premier League matches of the season, this BetFred promotion is active.

So make a First Goalscorer selection in any Premier League match on Sunday, if your selection is successful in winning you your bet then you could be in for an even bigger payout. If a winning First Goalscorer selection goes on to score a second goal in the match, then BetFred will double the original First Goalscorer odds. Better still, if a winning First Goalscorer selection goes on to score a hat-trick in the match, then BetFred will pay out triple your original First Goalscorer odds.

So if a player steps up and finishes the season with a real bang, then BetFred is right there for you in offering some tremendous odds being paid out. Manchester City are home, hoping to run up a goal-fest against QPR to win the Premier League in style, Chelsea are at Stamford Bridge entertaining the relegated Blackburn, and Manchester United are visiting Sunderland in the hope of scoring a wealth of goals, just in case rivals City should slip up. So the stage is set for the final day, and who will emerge a goalscoring hero?

Online bookmaker BetFred offer a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account with them. The popular bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £50. This great welcome bonus provides some wonderful free betting cash with which to get started!


10th May 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

BetFred

A while ago, when Manchester United were five points clear at the top of the Premier League, and seemingly on course to comfortably defend their title, we wrote that online bookmaker BetFred were paying out early on the Red Devils winning the league.

Did it seem like too much of a premature move back at the start of April?

Not really, as the challenge from City seemed to have fallen away and who would have bet against United letting a firm grip on the title slip? Well, Fred Done, owner of BetFred and a Manchester United fan, may just be ruing the move.

Manchester City climbed to the top of the summit again after beating Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium this week. That put the Citizens on top by a superior goal difference, with just two games to go. So now Fred Done may be sweating under his collar a bit, as his payout on Manchester United 2/5 shot on winning the league may end up costing him badly. But this isn’t the first time that he has paid out on a Premier League title early. In 1998, Done paid out on Manchester United when they were 12 points clear of Arsenal in April, only to see the Gunners come back and miraculously win the title.

Will Manchester City leave Done reeling again? The BetFred owner came out and apologised for perhaps jinxing Manchester United’s title hopes, as he tried to appease fans who were unhappy with him at the time. This is because the early pay out was seen as nothing more than a publicity stunt, the kind which also saw opportunists selling early Manchester United Champions t-shirts on line. So did Done tempt the football fate of United? Whatever, there is still hope for BetFred, as City have a tough away match against Newcastle to come, while United have to very winnable matches.

So Fred Done may not have jinxed the Red Devils. For now, at least.


2nd May 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

BetFred

The busy Easter fixture list may well be upon us, and while it could be a huge weekend in terms of where the Premier League title may end up, for one bookmaker, it is already over bar the shouting. Online Bookmaker BetFred is already paying out its customers on Manchester United winning the league, despite seven matches still to go, including a Manchester derby at the end of April. United do hold a five point advantage and has what appears to be an easy home fixture on Sunday, while City travel to London to face Arsenal, and that has been enough for bookie BetFred to decide that the title is heading back to Old Trafford and nowhere else.

But is there a hidden agenda behind all this? Is it merely a publicity stunt, because BetFred owner Fred Done, is an avid Manchester United supporter, and the move could be a big gloat in the direction of the Red Devil’s neighbours. This is a smart bit of promotional business by BetFred, and it is not the first time that they have decided to pay out early on the outright winner market. Fred paid out early back in the 1998 season when United held a twelve point lead over Arsenal, only to see the Gunners come back and take the title by a point. BetFred lost over half a million pounds on that occasion.

BetFred did this last season too in April, as they paid out on Manchester United winning the title then as well, which didn’t back fire. Fred Done is pretty confident that the Red Devils, who are on a seven match winning streak, are simply going to coast to the title again.


6th April 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Sports Betting

Online bookmaker BetFred have a Six Nations Rugby Betting promotion running this weekend, which gives punters a chance to double their money! Their popular Double Delight promotion, which the bookie runs on select football matches too, has been translated over to the world of rugby union as the 2012 RBS Six Nations enters its second weekend. This weekend we have Italy v England, France v Ireland and Wales v Scotland in Six Nations betting to look at, and it is in the First Tryscorer market in each of the matches, which BetFred are offering some great value. Back a correct First Tryscorer in any of the matches, and if that same player then goes on to score a second in the match, then BetFred will Double your original First Tryscorer odds! So that is some good value, and Wales’ Jonathan Davies scored first in their match against Ireland last weekend, and went on to score a second for himself in the match, so that would have been a double payout already in this year’s tournament. England’s new look side head to snowy Rome to take on the battling Italians up front, and England’s Chris Ashton is favourite at 7/1 to open the scoring, so that is superb value if you double up on his odds for example. Ireland face a tough task in Paris, and French star Vincent Clerc (who is a good shout for tournament top try scorer) is priced at 17/2 along with Julien Malzieu to open the scoring. Scotland, who have not managed to score a try in their last four matches, head to the Millennium Stadium to try and break their barren run, as they take on the exciting and adventurous Wales. It is Wales’ giant winger George North who is favourite at 7/1 to open the scoring. Back any First Tryscorer options like these in this weekend’s round of RBS Six Nations matches, and if your correct First Tryscorer scores a second in the match, then you will get your payout odds doubled by BetFred.

Popular online bookmaker BetFred offer a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of a first stake on a new account with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £50, which gives you a great bit of free betting cash to enjoy on your new account!


10th February 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Free Bets & Promotions

A massive match at the Sports Direct Arena on Saturday, as we look at Newcastle v Chelsea betting in the Premier League. It will be a highly emotional day with tributes to the departed Gary Speed rolling in, but getting down to business there are a big three points at stake. The Magpies, after a superb unbeaten run to the start of the season, suffered their first taste of defeat on a trip to Manchester City, but recovered with a point at Old Trafford last weekend. While they have been good in defence, up front, they have the scoring prowess of Demba Ba who has fired in nine league goals this season. The Magpies striker is on a great run of form, and will be hungry to get at the leaky Chelsea defence. Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas is a man under pressure after a string of defeats has really seen Chelsea’s form dip after a solid start to the season. Chelsea are lacking confidence, but the young Portuguese manager needs to start turning things around quickly. It will be a difficult trip to the North East for them on Saturday with all the emotions going on up there, but it may be a good escape for them away from the extra pressures of playing at Stamford Bridge. This is fourth v fifth in the Premier League, with the Magpies in ascendancy over the Londoners by one point. So a big match ahead on Saturday, and Newcastle will be looking to that man Demba Ba to fire them to success on an emotional day.

For your Newcastle v Chelsea betting, online bookmaker BetFred are running a great promotion for it. If Demba Ba scores the final goal of the match on Saturday, then the bookie will refund lost stake refunds on all First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast bets placed on the match. This means that you have some great coverage for your Newcastle v Chelsea betting, and with three draws between them in the last four meetings, a 1-1 Correct Score fetches a handsome 6/1 with BetFred, while Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge is favourite to open the scoring at 11/2 in the First Goalscorer market. So there are great options for your football betting, all covered by this great BetFred promotion. The highly popular bookie offers a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account, courtesy of their welcome bonus. BetFred will match the value of your first stake on a new account, up to the maximum value of £50, giving you the opportunity for some great free betting cash, and the chance of risk free profit to be made with it!

Newcastle v Chelsea Outright Odds at BetFred
Newcastle 11/4, Draw 12/5, Chelsea 21/20


2nd December 2011 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions










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