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Betfred Tote Pool under threat from potential rival set up

Betfred
A group of UK racing stakeholders are reportedly getting ready to set up a rival pool-based betting system to the long established Tote, which is owned and operated by Betfred. Racing is looking for new streams of revenue, and this latest move, which is being led by the Jockey Club and Arena Racing Company (ARC), has allegedly gotten the support of 56 of the 60 UK racetracks who are set to commit to the Tote rival venture. Betfred's exclusive pools licence expires in 2018 and the rival venture will look to have its system up and running by then. Former Gala Coral Chairman Neil Goulden is leading the new racing pools project which has also drawn in plenty of high-powered racing stakeholders, according to reports. The people behind the new venture have detailed that it could double pool betting contributions to UK racing. Back in 2011 the UK government sold off the Tote to Betfred for £265 million and UK racing received 50% of the sale. The sale though was highly criticized at the time by high profile racing stakeholders because they argued that it pretty much gave Betfred free reign to dominate trackside racing pools up and down the country. Betfred founder Fred Done hasn’t always had the smoothest of relationships with UK racing as they were stripped of sponsor here for the Cheltenham Gold Cup a couple of years ago because they refused to commit to UK racing’s “authorised betting partner” scheme and he has been vocal in his opposition for racecourse owners funding strategy for the sport.
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Paddy Power pay out €8,000 in free bets on Dancing with the Stars

Paddy Power
The Dancing With the Stars season in Ireland drew to a close over the weekend with Kerry footballer Aidan O’Mahony scooping up the Glitterball in a spectacular finale. He managed to win the famous trophy even though he had received a lower score from the judging panel than either of his opponents in the finale, Aoibhin Garrihy and Denise McCormack. The issue was that both of the actresses lost out in the public vote, leaving O’Mahoney to sweep the title with his partner Valeria. Aidan had been the “dark horse” of the entire series but he stepped up to the plate in the three-dance performance showdown in the finale to land the title. But because of the disappointments for punters having backed either of the losing finalists, Paddy Power decided to shell out €8,000 in free bets for customers who bet on LOSING finalists Aoibhin Garrihy and Denise McCormack. Former Fair City star Aoibhin Garrihy lost out after going into the final as the bookies favourite, trading at even money with Paddy Power heading into the finale. O’Mahony had odds of 2/1 going in with Denise McCormack going into the final with odds at 5/2. Féilim Mac An Iomaire, a spokesperson for Paddy Power, said: “The fleet-footed baller from Kerry may have won the public vote but a number of our customers felt aggrieved having lost out despite backing the acts who were adjudged to have performed best on the night. Therefore we feel that the only fair thing to do is to give them back their hard earned which will hopefully put the pep back in their step.”
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Bookmakers pull out of Poland

Betfair
Betfair have joined the bookmaker exodus from Poland. New national gambling laws were announced to be coming into effect this week and that has prompted some major players to withdrawal ahead of the deadline. Betfair are the latest to announce that they are leaving the Polish market, with William Hill and Bet365 already having stated that they will be out before the deadline. The new relations in Plan And will mean that operators who aren’t willing to apply for a new licence, which will now include a massive 12% tax on wagering turnover, will have to cease operations there by April 1st, 2017. Operators have been unhappy with the new regulations, claiming that the high rate of tax makes the Polish market unprofitable. Totalizator Sportowy is to remain a monopoly in the country, with complete control over its online gaming market.
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Ladbrokes customer scoops £14k acca win

Ladbrokes
It is clearly worth taking a good look at midweek football betting action, as one punter at Ladbrokes noted this week when they collected a massive £14k acca win from a 12-leg Both Teams To Score punt. The selections in the mega bet featured three games from the Football League and nine from the National League, with all matches priced at odds-on. The odds on the wager were 991/1 so that was a hefty price to overcome. Remarkably the bet was looking doomed when at 90 minutes, there was a 0-0 draw between Barrow and Wrexham and at the time, the BTTS outcome was at 250/1 on that game. However, in the six minutes of added time, both teams netted to ensure that Ladbrokes paid out a full £14,867. A Ladbrokes spokesperson said: “Our traders thought they were in for a quiet one last night, but one customer had bigger ideas.” He added: “We doff our hat to this sublime 12-fold Bookie Basher, although he probably owes the boys at Barrow and Wrexham a thank you card!” Winning bet in full: £15 12-fold BTTS accumulator returned: £14,867 Coventry 2-1 Port Vale – 17/20 Oxford United 2-4 Bolton – 8/11 Morecambe 1-2 Accrington Stanley – 4/6 Aldershot 3-1 Dagenham and Redbridge – 17/20 Barrow 1-1 Wrexham – 10/11 Braintree 1-3 Woking – 8/13 Chester 2-3 Macclesfield – 8/11 Forest Green 2-1 Solihull – 10/11 Gateshead 1-1 Guiseley – 10/11 Torquay 2-3 Eastleigh – 4/6 Maidstone United 1-1 Sutton United – 8/11 York City 5-3 Southport – 4/5 Register an account with online betting site Ladbrokes and earn a free £50 bet as welcome bonus from them. Just follow our links to get signed up and then after making your initial deposit, place your first stake on the new account and the bookmaker will match the value of it up to the maximum value of a £50 free bet. Just register using the promo code F50 and there is limit of one free bet per customer. Ladbrokes run 5 team (or bigger) accumulator insurance as well on selected matches on the Match Betting Market where you will get MONEY BACK as a free bet up to £25 if one team lets you down.
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Ladbrokes punters strike it rich with acca wins

Ladbrokes
Ladbrokes were bashed on the weekend from a huge football 15-fold acca that one savvy punter managed to land. This was a blockbuster of a bet and the £1 stake returned a returned a whopping £24,000. There were plenty of favourites winning matches up and down the country on the weekend and each selection in the wager was varying between 1/2 and 2/1. Late dramas in the wager came from Chelsea’s late winner at Stoke through Gary Cahill and League One side Bolton edging past Northampton at the death. Full Winning Bet Everton to beat Hull 1/2 Chelsea to beat Stoke 4/6 Leicester to beat West Ham 2/1 Bournemouth to beat Swansea 11/10 Manchester United to beat Middlesbrough 8/11 Tottenham to beat Southampton 8/11 Brentford to beat Burton 9/5 QPR to beat Rotherham 10/21 Aston Villa to beat Wigan 6/4 Bolton to beat Northampton 4/5 Bristol Rovers to beat Chesterfield 1/2 MK Dons to beat Coventry 13/20 Southend to beat Walsall Even Money Cambridge to beat Cheltenham 8/5 Stake £1 Returns £24746.00 That wasn’t the only big weekend bet that Ladbrokes found themselves paying out on as there was a £2 stake on a 12-fold winner as well. That too was all football selections which stretched out across Europe's leagues. The small stake returned just over £1200. There then a £5794.37 win for a punter who landed a huge 17-fold acca with most of the selections there coming from non-league matches on the weekend. That big win was off a £2 stake as well. One punter learned a harsh lesson about the cash out option at bookmakers. The punter decided to cash out for a tidy £1,800 at 16:45 on Saturday, with Bradford losing at home to Swindon. However, the Bantams struck two late goals, meaning that the 16-fold would have won £16k. Register an account with online betting site Ladbrokes and earn a free £50 bet as welcome bonus from them. Just follow our links to get signed up and then after making your initial deposit, place your first stake on the new account and the bookmaker will match the value of it up to the maximum value of a £50 free bet. Just register using the promo code F50 and there is limit of one free bet per customer. Ladbrokes run 5 team (or bigger) accumulator insurance as well on selected matches on the Match Betting Market where you will get MONEY BACK as a free bet up to £25 if one team lets you down.
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Ladbrokes pays out cool £250k win to Cheltenham 2017 punter

Ladbrokes
It was a fantastic Cheltenham Festival 2017 and as news of more winners emerge, out of the biggest ones around we have found is a massive £251,384 win that one punter at Ladbrokes landed from a Lucky 31 bet. This punter probably enjoyed the final day of racing from Prestbury Park a lot more than others did, thanks to their selections. The punter, who is a 67 year old factory worker, placed a Lucky 31 bet at £1 each-way at Ladbrokes. The bettor had backed Arctic Fire in the County Hurdle at 22/1, Penhill in the Albert Bartlett at 14/1, Pacha Du Polder in the Foxhunter at 22/1, and Champagne Classic in the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle at 25/1. If Dodging Bullets had won the final race of the Cheltenham Festival 2017 then the savvy punter would have collected a  million-pound win. The punter, who remained anonymous, told Ladbrokes: “I love my racing and always like to have a bet during the Cheltenham Festival. I don’t bet much, but when I do, it’s always on outsiders and each-way as well. I was watching the racing in my local Ladbrokes shop and when I realised that my bet could come in, I couldn’t stand to watch anymore so I left.” He continued: “As soon as I realised that I won this amount of money, I was ecstatic, but it hasn’t quite sunk in yet, my heart's still pounding. My wife has always wanted a bungalow and now we can buy one and make the dream happen.” Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes said: “In a week where bookmakers emerged as the winners, this one punter made sure we didn’t get away scot-free. However, after making some incredible predictions, we couldn’t be happier to pay the winnings to a lifelong racing fan.” Register an account with online betting site Ladbrokes and earn a free £50 bet as welcome bonus from them. Just follow our links to get signed up and then after making your initial deposit, place your first stake on the new account and the bookmaker will match the value of it up to the maximum value of a £50 free bet. Just register using the promo code F50 and there is limit of one free bet per customer.
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Boylesports punter lands Lucky 63 at Cheltenham Festival 2017

Boylesports
One punter will be having a cracking St Patrick’s weekend. The punter, from Dublin, hit the jackpot with a massive bet on Thursday’s action from the Cheltenham Festival 2017. The punter saw his Lucky 63 bet return a whopping €12,616.72. The punter, who has remained anonymous stuck down the wager at Boylesports, risking a total of €63 and the big payoff came in when five of the six selections in the bet came in. The BoyleSports customer played a Lucky 63 style bet - which is a 6 selection wager consisting of 63 bets: 6 singles, 15 doubles, 20 trebles, 15 four-folds, 6 five-folds and a six-fold accumulator. The selection in the Cheltenham bet were Yorkhill (6/4) in the 1:30, Un De Sceaux in the Ryanair at 9/4, Nichols Canyon at 11/1 in the Stayers’ Hurdle, Road To Respect in the 4:10 at 16/1 and Let’s Dance in the 4:50 at 13/8. If IsleOfHopeDreams could have placed in the 2:10 race from the Cheltenham Festival, the punter would have walked away with a massive windfall. Liam Glynn, BoyleSports spokesperson said: “Hats off to the lucky customer for picking five out of six winners at Cheltenham on Thursday and turning their €63 bet into a whopping €12,616.72.”
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Barcelona comeback a costly liability for bookmakers

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It will long go down in memory as one of the greatest ever games of football. We are talking about Barcelona’s epic UEFA Champions League comeback effort against PSG this week. Barcelona had put in a shocking performance in Paris for the first leg, coming away with a 4-0 loss and their tails between their legs. It had left PSG a best-priced 1/12 to qualify for the quarter finals because of the dominance that they had shown in the first leg. But this is Barcelona, and if one team in the world could ever have pulled off such a comeback it was them. It was a night at the Nou Camp not even the most optimistic of Barcelona fans or punters would have ever expected and while most bookmakers were hammered by Barcelona’s comeback, Bet365 reported a record-breaking liability on a single match after punters had flocked to back a Barca fightback. A spokesman for the firm said “We do many expensive offers with free bets and the like but taking them away I can’t recall such a heavy defeat on a stand-alone contest,” said Freeth. “Our liabilities were up to a few million before the game with punters backing them from 20-1 into 7-1 to qualify. Our worst scenario in-play was going to be Barcelona pulling off the impossible late on and that’s what we got.” Barcelona had gotten themselves 3-0 up in the second leg, before Edinson Cavani netted what looked to be the salvation for PSG, a vital away goal. It left Barcelona needing three more goals in the last 20 minutes of the game. Both Coral and Paddy Power saw Barca drift out to 100/1 with minutes remaining, but then Neymar netted a quick double before Roberto did the unthinkable and sunk home a cool winner deep into the five minutes of stoppage time that was being played. So with a lot of punters avoiding PSG and just going for Barcelona to qualify on the night at long odds, it proved a costly night for bookmakers up and down the country. Barcelona are new joint 11/4 favourites to win the UEFA Champions League having drifted out to 700 on Betfair’s exchange during the match. “It was a terrible outcome,” said a Coral spokesperson. “It will go down as one of the greatest comebacks in football history but it will be a game bookmakers will want to forget in a hurry as it proved costly. “Barcelona were very popular to qualify before the game and we saw plenty of support in-play to leave us licking our wounds.”
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Unibet BetUP offers excitement, instant bets and prize pool wins!

Unibet
Are you ready to BetUp at bookmaker Unibet? The highly rated bookmaker offers a tremendous and unique product that provides some fantastic thrills. The BetUP product is an innovative betting game which you can operate through both your mobile and your desktop as well. This is simply putting your powers of predictions to the test on a live football match. Then the players with the highest scores will go and collect the share of a prize pool. Much like a tote, this is a pool-betting product and you have to buy-into the pool. Of course, the great thing about that is that the more players buy-into a pool the bigger the prize pot gets! The more the merrier! For this live tournament sports betting game at Unibet, you simply go and enter the pool by picking your game and buying a ticket. Having done so, all players in that pool will then simultaneously receive a prediction question on the game. Maybe it is “What will happened first between 1:00 and 6:00 - a Goal, a Foul, a Corner, a Throw In" could be an option for example. Quickly back your selection and if you are right, you go on to the next round to try and collect more points. The players with the most points at the end of the pool will get to share out the prize pot. Because of the quick fire nature of the Unibet BetUP product, it can get really exciting and the product is open to all customers, every day. Speed is important because the faster you select a correct answer, the more speed points you collect. For example, if you answer in the first 30 seconds you gain 30 points but if you answer in the last second of the round, that’s just the one point collected. So there is not time to wait around. So keep collecting points on the leaderboard and you can compare yourself to other players of course. The Unibet BetUp Instant is also available now affording you the chance to land instant win moments too! Register an account with online betting site Unibet and get a risk free £20 bet to enjoy as a welcome bonus from them.
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Betfred pay out after Oscars Best Picture gaffe

Betfred
Well the Oscars on Sunday night left one big indelible moment on people’s memories. Forget all the winners on the night, the biggest moment came right at the end of the ceremonies when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced that the Best Picture Oscar had gone to "La La Land" after being handed the wrong envelope. Red-faced officials ran on stage to correct the mistake in the middle of acceptance speeches by the La La Land crew, as the real winner “Moonlight” was announced. It was a massive screw up which took all of the shine off the win for “Moonlight” at the end of the day and it would have left punters who had backed La La Land to win, in a state of shock and devastation. However, bookmaker Betfred have shown some Oscars generosity by paying out around £20,000 on punters who had backed La La Land for Best Picture. Boss Fred Done said “I thought i was all part of the show. You couldn’t make it up. “I felt for the films buffs who are Betfred customers who backed La La Land, which was the odds on favourite. “I’m in a generous mood and in what will be music to the ears of La La fans they will be getting paid out, as well as those who were on Moonlight”.
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