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If reports are to be believed, Betfred is set to win its bid to acquire 360 betting shops from the £2.3 billion Ladbrokes-Coral merger.

City analysts are suggesting the Manchester-based firm have pipped Irish independent bookmaker Boylesports for the Ladbrokes-Coral retail inventory, which had to be put up for sale in order to comply UK CMA competition and monopoly standards.   

As the Ladbrokes-Coral merger nears its conclusion, Betfred’s bid is the apparent front-runner to land the properties beating Boylesports reported €118 million bid. At present, Betfred currently has a portfolio of 1370 betting shops and the new quota would raise their high street presence to over 1700 locations countrywide.

Since the official announcement of the Ladbrokes and Gala Coral merger in June 2015, Betfred founder Fred Done has made little secret of his firm’s intentions to purchase the real estate, which became available following the merged enterprise competition review.

However, Betfred also has a significant online presence and you can still get a £30 free bet if you register via and have an initial £10 bet.

Only customers who use the promo code ‘30FREE’ are eligible for this sign up offer. Your bet must be settled within 30 days of account opening in order to qualify for the free bet. Terms and conditions apply, please see full detail directly at Betfred.

In May, the UK markets authority had ordered Ladbrokes and Coral to begin to sell off some its retail assets as the review had identified +600 areas across the UK where the merger could harm competition. The Irish Independent expects an official announcement regarding Ladbrokes-Coral betting shops within the coming days.

Maybe you could use some of those free bet funds to back Hilary Clinton in the US Presidential race. Betfred is one of several bookmakers who have eased the Democratic candidate to 4/7 ahead of the upcoming Presidential debates with Republican Donald Trump.

26th September 2016 / paul - Category: Bookmaker News


It is another big weekend of Premier League football betting and one of the best offers are is running at online betting site Boylesports. They run their Premier League Crossbar Challenge which applies to Premier League games that are being televised live this season. This great offer applies to ALL LOSING BETS over ALL PRE MATCH MArKETS as well and it is a great way to take a little insurance into a match with you.

The matches that are covered this weekend by the Boylesports promotion are:

Saturday 12:30 – Man United v Leicester

Saturday 15:00 – Swansea v Man City

Saturday 17:30 – Arsenal v Chelsea

Sunday 16:00 – West Ham v Southampton

Monday 20:00 – Burnley v Watford

These are the five televised matches from the Premier League this weekend, so you have the coverage on those. Place a pre-match wager on the game and if the wager loses, it will be refunded as a free bet if either side hit the crossbar. This offer applies to -rematch bets only and the ball has to hit the crossbar and bounce back into play. Striking the posts doesn’t count. There is just one qualifying bet per customer and this will be the first one placed on the match. There is a maximum free bet refund of £25 per customer through the offer.

24th September 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


It is the big Old Firm derby in Scotland on Saturday lunch time, the much welcomed return of a top flight clash between Celtic and Rangers something which hasn’t happened since 2012. Both have gone unbeaten in the new season of the Scottish top flight, but it is Celtic who hold a point advantage with a game in hand over their old rivals at the summit, having banked three wins from three. The Bhoys have scored 10 goals in their three games this season, so what can the Gers do about that?

Well, they will have seen that Celtic’s defence has been far from watertight and that should give them a chance of getting something on the board. When they met in the Scottish FA Cup semi final back in April, it was Rangers who came out on top in a penalty shoot out after a 2-2 draw in the match. Also, in each of the last five Scottish Premiership seasons that these two have been together, it has been Rangers who has won the opening Old Firm derby of each of those seasons. An omen for them to go and raid Parkhead perhaps?

Online betting site Boylesports are running a great money back special and this is their regular Crossbar Challenge offer (which incidentally runs on all English Premier League matches as well).

Place a wager on Celtic v Rangers and you will get a losing bet refunded as a free bet if either side hit the crossbar in the match!

This is actually a really good offer because it applies to ALL LOSING BETS over ALL PRE MATCH Markets. However, there is just the one free bet per customer, which will apply to your first stake on the match and the maximum free bet refund value is £25. The ball must hit the crossbar, the side posts do not qualify for this offer and then rebound back into play for the offer to be triggered. Register an account with Boylesports and earn a free bet bonus from them.

9th September 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


Boylesports are running a nice insurance product for the US Open which starts this week. The final Grand Slam of the season is here and what a big two weeks we could have in store. World Number One on the men’s side Novak Djokovic and Women’s Number One Serena Williams both have doubts over their fitness heading into this one and this could be a wide open tournament.

British hops all rest in the hands of Andy Murray of course who has had a speculator summer winning both Wimbledon and the Olympic Gold at Rio 2016. So he is on top of his game and he has a favourable draw going into Flushing Meadows as second seed while Djokovic has to do battle in a stacked top half of the draw which won’t be easy for him.

Serena Williams has had some difficulties as well over the summer, resulting in her early exit from Rio 2016 when she couldn’t keep her emotions in check. Will this be the hour for Angelique Kerber to land the second Grand Slam title of the year? The German is running in some hot form and could well benefit from any slips in the standards of Williams at Flushing Meadows. Will Britain’s Johanna Konta, who has a nice quarter ahead of her, be able to impress?

On the men’s side of the tournament only, Boylesports are running some insurance in case your match selection loses in a 5th set decider. This applies to all Men’s US Open matches and applies to pre-match bets only (all markets). You do have to go and opt into the promotion to take advantage of it and there is one refund per customer per matches (first bet on match qualifies). The maximum free bet refund is £25 per customer. Register an account with online betting site Boylesports and earn up to £50 in free bets from them!

29th August 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


It was a great weekend for a Cork punter after landing three football accumulators which landed them over €28,000 profit. The biggest of the acca’s that came up for the punter was a €2 stake on 13 match betting selections across the Premier League, Championship and Football League’s One and Two to bring in a massive €25,418.36 win.

The selections were Chelsea (1/4), Everton (8/11), Leicester (8/11), Arsenal (7/10), Manchester United (4/9), Barnsley (20/23), Birmingham (13/5), Ipswich (11/10), Newcastle (11/8), Morecambe (11/4), Plymouth (2/1), Doncaster (3/4) and Portsmouth (11/10).

The punter had also ran a €2 stake on a separate accumulator with just the eight selections from the Championship, League One and League Two and this was running at the same odds as the bigger acca. Landing two accas in a weekend is a pretty big deal but then to go and hit a third is something pretty special. The smallest of the three bets was from a bigger €5 stake and was on the Premier League selections from the large accumulator, at the same odds, and that one netted an additional €45.79.

“Getting one accumulator to click is a hard enough feat, but not for this punter who saw three of their footy accumulators click on Saturday,” said Aoife Heffron, PR executive for Boylesports.

“They stretched across the Premier League, Championship and Football league’s One and Two fixtures on Saturday and with all three coming to fruition it saw the punter take BoyleSports for €28,239.81.

“We want to wish them all the best with their winnings and commend them for their fantastic selections.”

28th August 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News


Online Betting site Boylesports are back in running with their Premier League crossbar product this weekend. This is a great insurance product because it covers ALL losing bets over ALL pre-match markets on a select game. So this is insurance well worth picking up and having on your side just in case.

Customers will have to go to their promotion page and opt in to the offer to avail themselves of it and this applies to pre-match bets only and the maximum free bet refund is £25 per customer per offer. This does apply to your first bet on a match only and there is just one refund per customer per match.

This Week’s Games: Man Utd v Southampton, Stoke v Man City, Burnley v Liverpool, Leicester v Arsenal, Sunderland v Middlesbrough & West Ham v Bournemouth.

So if you have a losing pre-match bet on one of those Premier League games and during the 90 minutes either side hits the crossbar then you will get your lost stake refunded as a free bet. This is a great offer. Register an account with Boylesports to go and take part in this one and when you do, you can earn up to £50 worth of free bets as a welcome bonus.

17th August 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


There has been a lot of support coming in for the Boylesports Irish Grand National as the prize money this week has almost doubled. There will 500,000 Euros in the prize pot for the 2017 renewal of the event. That funding now means that it is the most valuable of its type in Ireland and it will continue to be supported by Boylesports for the next three years as well.

This year’s edition of the Boylesports Irish Grand National was worth 275,000 Euros but with funding coming in from the Horse Racing Ireland and the host racecourse Fairyhouse, it has taken a massive boost.

Fairyhouse general manager, Peter Roe, said: “We are very happy that this globally-renowned race with such a long and illustrious history is now truly a huge rival to the greatest National Hunt races.

“The E500,000 prize fund places us up there with the likes of the Cheltenham Gold Cup and will definitely attract more and more of the best horses out there, as well as greater crowds, especially from Britain.

“We are delighted that an Irish firm like Boylesports are renewing their sponsorship with us for a further three years and are matching our ambition.

“We are thrilled to work with a partner who is keen to support our fast-paced industry and use this platform as part of their growth strategy over the coming years.”

Bookmaker Boylesports has been supporting the race since 2014 and they are continuing to support it. Dubbed as the “Race of the People” the 2017 edition of the event will go on Easter Monday, April 17th 2017.

Jenna Boyle, Director of Retail at BoyleSports, said: “We are delighted not only to continue our sponsorship of the BoyleSports Irish Grand National but to help make this the most valuable event in the Irish racing calendar. Irish owners do not need any incentive to take part in this iconic event, but the significantly-increased sponsorship will add to the international prestige of the event, and in particular, should assist in attracting more UK owners across the Irish Sea in their pursuit of winning the jewel in the crown of the Irish National Hunt calendar, the BoyleSports Irish Grand National.”

16th August 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News


Boylesports are warming up for the US PGA Championship golf next week with a coverage of the vent with a couple of promotions. When you go and open an account with the bookmaker, you can earn up to £50 in free bets as a welcome bonus. Through that offer you can claim a free £10 bet every week for five weeks.

But looking forward to the US PGA Championship where the big guns at the head of the field are Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy and there could be a fantastic shoot out between them. However, we have seen first time winners of Majors claim the first three Major titles this year, so will the market be upset again?

Boylesports are running a money back special on the US PGA Championship outright market. GO and get a £20 win (or each way) on the US PGA Championship outright market with them and get a free £2 bet for every bogey that the player hits. The offer applies to the first two rounds only and free bets are capped to £10 per day.

So that’s a good way to get a little something back just in case your player hits a sticky patch or two over the first couple of rounds. There is more coverage on the outright US PGA Championship outright as well. You will get your money back as a free bet if your selection finishes 2nd or 3rd at the tournament (including ties). There is a maximum free bet refund of £25 per customer through this one and applies to wagers placed before the start of the tournament only.

25th July 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Football Betting

As usual, the Championship gets an earlier start than the Premier League, so the league will come into focus pretty soon. The first game of the new campaign is on Friday, August 5th when Fulham take on Newcastle. Taking the drop from the Premier League last season along with Newcastle was Aston Villa and Norwich, so will any of those three be able to make an immediate return to the top flight? There will be hesitations there perhaps around Aston Villa, although they are trading at a quote of 9/1 to win the Championship, but it is Newcastle who are going as 2/1 outright favourites to top the second tier next season.

As many players as Newcastle can hold on to, the better they will be from their drop last season. Of course changes need to happen, particularly at the back, but with the expertise there of Rafa Benitez who has stuck with the club, there is optimism abound that they will be playing in the top flight again next season. It’s hard to argue that and they are worth a punt at 21/20 with online betting site Boylesports for a Top 2 Finish. What of Aston Villa and Norwich though? This is a big drop for both, but Norwich should be fairly well equipped to make it back up.

The Canaries put together a good campaign in the 2014/15 season to earn promotion, coming through the play offs, so they know what this is all about. After season after season of struggling at the foot of the top flight, how will stand up to be one of the perceived better teams taking on the challenge at the top of the second tier. There was frankly, so many issues with Aston Villa last season that their path back to the top may be a lot more difficult than that of Newcastle and Norwich.

But of course there are other good options around on those who missed out on a place in the top flight last season. Brighton would have to be at the top of the main contenders there. They were in brilliant form for most of the season, but narrowly missed out on goal difference on earning the second automatic spot and then lost out surprisingly in the play offs. If they can take what they did last season and build on it, namely a very good attack, they should be in the mix for at least another shot at promotion through the play offs.

Derby are likely going to be there or thereabouts in the title race. They looked for the most part that they were really going to challenge for an automatic promotion spot, but their challenge fell away really over January and most of February. They couldn’t stick the pace and then slipped out of the play offs when more was expected of them. The Championship can be a quickly fluctuating league and there are pieces in place at the likes of Ipswich, Brentford and even QPR that could click well enough, if added to from last season to make an assault on promotion.

Remember though that you can back a team to win promotion, which isn’t the same as backing them to win the league outright. You have good variety in markets here with Promotion, To Win The Play Offs and Top Two Finish.

Championship Winner Odds

Newcastle 7/4, Aston Villa 8/1, Norwich 9/1, Derby 12/1, Brighton 14/1, Wolves 14/1, Sheffield Wednesday 16/1, 33/1 bar

Championship Top 2 Finish Odds

Newcastle 21/20, Aston Villa 4/1, Norwich 10/3, Derby 11/2, Brighton 6/1, Sheffield Wednesday 7/1, Wolves 6/1, Cardiff 12/1, QPR 12/1, Fulham 14/1, Ipswich 14/1, Wigan 18/1, Brentford 18/1, bar 22/1

Championship Promotion Odds

Newcastle 8/15, Aston Villa 2/1, Norwich 11/4, Derby 10/3, Brighton 4/1, Sheffield Wednesday 9/2, Wolves 9/2, QPR 8/1, Fulham 8/1, Ipswich 91/, Cardiff 10/1, 12/1 bar

Championship Fixtures

So the new season all starts with Newcastle’s first steps in trying to get back to the top flight. They travel to Craven Cottage on Friday, August 5th for a game which they are a quote of 6/5 to win. Then comes a big fixture list on Saturday 6th including a mouthwatering clash between Derby and Brighton. The Rams are a 7/6 quote to put the win on the board there with Brighton out at 14/5. It could be a great start and confidence booster for the Seagulls to land a win there. Having lost three of the last four seasons in the play-offs, you wonder if they can take that step further this season and winning games like this could answer that.

Then on Sunday, August 7th you have a couple more matches with QPR v Leeds and a hugely entertaining affair of Sheffield Wednesday v Aston Villa. Will the Villains be able to get off to a winning start in the Championship? They are 9/4 to win at Hillsborough, but Sheffield Wednesday were brilliant on home turf in last season’s campaign and they may be the best value to back at a quote of 13/9 to take the three points.

Championship Fixtures Opening weekend

Fulham v Newcastle United
Birmingham City v Cardiff City
Blackburn Rovers v Norwich City
Bristol City v Wigan Athletic
Derby County v Brighton and Hove Albion
Huddersfield Town v Brentford
Ipswich Town v Barnsley
Nottingham Forest v Burton Albion
Reading  v Preston North End
Rotherham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Queens Park Rangers v Leeds United
Sheffield Wednesday v Aston Villa

Rounding out at the other end of the season, you have Aston Villa v Brighton on the final day, which could be a cracker if they are both in the promotion hunt. Other feature games there would be Norwich v QPR and a tasty clash between Nottingham Forest and Ipswich.

Final day fixtures:

Aston Villa v Brighton
Brentford v Blackburn Rovers
Bristol City v Birmingham City
Burton Albion v Reading
Huddersfield Town v Cardiff City
Newcastle United v Barnsley
Norwich City v Queens Park Rangers
Nottingham Forest v Ipswich Town
Rotherham United v Derby County
Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham
Wigan Athletic v Leeds United
Wolverhampton v Preston North End

Championship 2016/17 Relegation

As usual with the start of a new reason you are looking at the newly promoted clubs in a division to be the favourites to take the drop. In the Championships this season you have Burton as the 10/11 odds on favourites to go straight back down to League One. Sat at the 2/1 mark is Rotherham and Barnsley while Blackburn may not be too far out of the woods this term sat at 4/1 along with Preston North End.

Championship History and Stats

The Champions was first born in the 2004/05 season and it kicked off with a real bang, raking in the attendances in its inaugural season. The division has always had 24 teams competing and it’s Sunderland who have been the most successful side in the short history of the Championship having won the title on two occasions. That of course meant that there was a relegation there as well.

There have only been three winners of the Championship who have taken the title with over 100 points, that was Reading in 2006, Newcastle in 2010 and Leicester in 2014. Hull have been promoted from the Championship three times before, twice through the play offs and once through an automatic promotion spot back in the 2012/13 season.

Last season in the Championship the 1-1 scoreline was the most frequent result, happening in 15% of all games played, which totals 85. The second most popular result was a 1-0 home win which happened 58 times and then happening 57 times each was a 2-1 home win and a 0-0 draw. The most popular away win scoreline was 2-1 which happened 45 times (8%).

Championship 2016/17 Predictions

The Championship can be a volatile old place and therefore the 2/1 shot on Newcastle winning the league isn’t all that appealing to kick things off with. Brighton don’t have the appeal either after their near misses in the play offs in recent times and Aston Villa will have to do a lot of work to prove that they are going to do anything. Norwich have big appeal therefore at a 10/1 each way punt to go out and win the Championships and you can dial that back a bit with a 5/2 quote on them to earn promotion. Derby are generally pretty steady performers are a worth a punt at 3/1 in the Championship Promotion market too.

14th July 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting


There’s nothing so tough as watching your backed selection in The Open outright betting, just fall a little bit short. Fortunately at online betting site Boylesports, your outright selection in the The Open 2016 field is covered by a nice bit of insurance. If the player you have backed in the outright market (pre-tournament) finishes second or third (which includes ties) then you will get your lost stake refunded up to the value of £50 from Boylesports!

Heading up the market as joint favourites are Dustin Johnson and Jason Day who are a 9/1 quote to go and land the title at Royal Troon over the links. Johnson is a man on fire at the moment, having claimed his first Major title over the summer and has continued that form on as well, by going straight back out and winning the WGC Bridgestone international. He has landed a top five finish in seven of his last ten tournaments and in each of his last four.

He is on fire at the moment and may take some stopping. Jason Day had a near miss in The Open last year when he lost in a three-man play off for the title to Zach Johnson. Day and Dustin Johnson are the powerhouses of the game at the moment, but that tied finish for top spot last year for Day was his best result at The Open by a country mile.

Jordan Spieth is a man with the game to contend if he is confident. He arrived early at Royal Troon to get some work in and has been flighting the ball with both irons and woods. There’s no questions about his short game and with luck a huge factor in winning on the links, he could easily rise back into the spotlight.

Spieth is a price of 12/1 to win the title at Royal Troon, with Rory McIlroy in is in at a 10/1 quote to land it. There are the four strongest market presences there, but as we have seen time and time again at The Open, it is a Major that isn’t unfamiliar with springing up surprises at all. So the are some big prices around with the likes of Rickie Fowler at 33/1 and Louis Oosthuizen at 50/1.

Along with their second and third place insurance, Boylesports have another promotion running for The Open 2016 golf betting. Bet a £20 win stake (or each way) on The Open outright market with online betting site Boylesports and you will get a £2 free bet for every bogey that you player hits over the first two rounds of action!! Register an account with the bookmaker and earn £50 in free bets as welcome bonus from them too.

12th July 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

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