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California Chrome Hopes to Claim Triple Crown

California Chrome Belmont Stakes Triple Crown

In many ways, horse racing is no longer a sport that captures the imagination of the American public. But the Kentucky Derby is still a major event, and the winner of that race receives plenty of attention heading into the Preakness Stakes. And should any horse win both, you can be sure that the entire…Read More

UK Gambling Ad Labeled as Seductive Is Banned by ASA

Coral ad UK ASA

A TV spot for UK-facing bookmakers Coral has been banned by the country’s Advertising Standards Authority because it’s deemed to link gambling with “seduction,” and therefore contravenes gambling advertising regulation in that country. The TV spot featured two men in a barber shop who are reading The Racing Post and discussing whether to place a…Read More

Golfer John Daly Says He Lost $55 Million Gambling

John Daly PGA Tour British Open

Back in the 1990s, John Daly was one of the best golfers in the world. He won the PGA Championship in 1991, and later took home a British Open title in 1995. He was one of the longest hitters on tour, and was known for his loud personality (and louder golf pants). But over time, his…Read More

Concerns Mount as Brazil Prepares for World Cup

Arena Corinthians World Cup 2014 Brazil

Maybe you thought Sochi was bad, but the buzz from Brazil as it readies to host soccer’s biggest event is giving that Olympic travesty a run for its money – and it’s not a contest the South American country wants to win. Stadiums aren’t finished. Crime rates are rising. Officials warn of match-fixing concerns. Even…Read More

Arizona Will Allow Account Wagering for Horse and Dog Racing

Arizona horse races wagering

When we talk about the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) or the Wire Act, we often act as though these measures affect all types of interactive betting equally. But the truth of the matter is far different. It has long been true that horse and dog racing – along with state lotteries – have…Read More

New Jersey Spends Big to Fight for Sports Betting

New Jersey sportsbetting Chris Christie

When New Jersey officials announced that they wanted to challenge the ban that they (and most states) face on offering sports betting, everyone knew it was going to be a tough battle to win. Sure enough, they’ve faced defeat after defeat in the courts so far, and most experts don’t think a final appeal to…Read More

UK FOBT Review Suggests New Restrictions

FOBT UK fixed-odds betting terminals

Without a doubt, fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) have been the single biggest issue for UK bookmakers over the past few months. The machines are highly profitable, but their spread has resulted in criticism that they are also addictive and predatory. That has led to many calls for restrictions on the machines – and it looks…Read More

Gibraltar Explosion Halts Online Betting Operations

Gibraltar power station

An explosion at a power station in Gibraltar temporarily wiped out a large portion of international online betting services earlier this week, including leading UK brands William Hill, Ladbrokes and Betfred, as the British outpost’s telecoms systems were interrupted by fire, effectively cutting it off from the rest of the world. The blaze cut most…Read More

UK Betting Shops Targeting Poor is Myth, Claims Report

FOBTs UK bookmakers

It’s a fashionable and long-held belief that the UK’s high street betting shops prey on the poor. Bookmakers spring up in deprived areas, says received wisdom, in order to exploit those already suffering from economic hardship. Leading bookmaking companies – such as William Hill, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power – have always strongly denied this, and…Read More

Bubba Watson Takes Down PGA Masters

Bubba Watson PGA Masters

Bubba Watson may not be the prototypical golfer, and he may not have a swing that you’d want to copy for your next round at the local country club. But he’s immensely popular among golf fans, and he’s now won the Masters twice in the last three years. Watson rallied after a slow start to…Read More

Sportsradar Urges Sports Federations to Combat Match-Fixing

match-fixing soccer

In response to match-fixing scandals that have rocked the world of sport recently – notably soccer and cricket – sports data provider Sportradar has published a detailed and comprehensive paper which looks at in-depth causes of – and solutions to – the problem. The most common form of corruption in sport is known as “spot-fixing”,…Read More

McIlroy Favored for 2014 Masters, Woods Out After Surgery

Rory McIlroy PGA Masters 2014

In the weeks before the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, there was just one question on everyone’s mind: would Tiger Woods be playing? The answer finally came on April Fool’s Day, but it was no joke: Tiger Woods would miss The Masters for the first time in two decades. The Masters –…Read More

Increased Tax on FOBTs Hits UK Bookmakers Where It Hurts

Fixed-odds betting terminals FOBTs UK tax hikes

Fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) have been a highly controversial issue for the UK’s bookmakers, who have put tens of thousands of the machines in their betting shops. Most of that controversy has been over whether FOBTs contribute to the creation of problem gamblers and aid and abet players’ propensities to lose too much money too…Read More

NCAA March Madness Begins for Basketball Fans and Gamblers

NCAA March Madness brackets

It’s that time of year again: when everyone fills out a bracket, productivity grinds to a halt, and basketball fans try to figure out who will be this year’s Cinderella. Yes, it’s time for the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament, an event you may know better by the nickname of March Madness. And while…Read More

James Packer Crowns Australian Betfair as Latest Business Conquest

James Packer Crown Casinos Betfair Australia

Looks like James Packer has his eye on the lucrative Australian online sportsbetting market. The chairman of Australia’s high-profile Crown Ltd casino group is rumored to be buying up 50 percent of online betting exchange Betfair’s Australian operation – namely, the 50 percent he doesn’t already own. The pioneering British betting exchange currently runs as…Read More