Paddy Power Betfair joins the UK Government’s call
Until now, most UK bookmakers have been opposed to the UK Government’s plan to crack down on fixed odds betting terminals. One major UK bookie has decided to break ranks with the rest, and side with the government, though: Paddy Power Betfair!
The UK Government’s plans
The UK Government has long held plans to radically alter the fixed odds betting terminal industry in the UK. Anti-gamblers have referred to fixed odds betting terminals as the “crack cocaine of gambling”. The machines currently allow players to place maximum bets of £100 a pop, and the government wants to adjust that to £20 a game. Even then, most bookies have decided that £20 is too little to be worthwhile for them, and have estimated that as many as 9,000 bookies could be other leading UK bookies.
Paddy Power Betfair betrays the pack
Just because Paddy Power Betfair has decided to join the UK Government on the stance doesn’t make them betrayers of the pack. However, Paddy Power Betfair have urged the government to go further, and cap the maximum stake at £10 per game. Whilst it certainly makes Paddy Power Betfair sound noble, there is something players should know about their move.
Underneath it all, Paddy Power Betfair do not run any high-street bookies in the UK. The same cannot be said of Ladbrokes, Gala Coral and William Hill. By siding with the government, Paddy Power Betfair have nothing to lose, and would in fact gain from the other high street bookies have outlets closed. Suddenly Paddy Power Betfair’s motives seem far more selfish.
Play with Paddy Power Betfair
Of course, this despicable action is likely to infuriate players over at Ladbrokes and William Hill, but it may win over some fans who wish to see stricter regulations in the casino world. If you fancy joining the tearaway bookies, Paddy Power is offering all newbies the chance to claim a free £10 bet when they sign up at their domain, whilst Betfair is offering up to £100 for all newbies to come and join their sportsbook this autumn.
Record Summer for women’s sports at Betfair
Leading online sportsbook, Betfair has announced a record summer for betting on women’s sports. The popularity of women’s sports, in particular women’s football, has been on the rise over the last couple of years, so much so that Betfair sportsbook has been able to announce that 50,000 customers have been trading on major sporting events.
One of the most popular sporting bets in women’s sport at Betfair has been the UEFA Women’s European Championship. Prior to the England Lionesses’’ defeat to hosts Holland, over £30m had been wagered on women’s football matches at the tournament. A cool £6m of that had been staked by fans of the Lionesses alone, with a hefty £2.5m of that take on England’s top-quality victory of France in the quarter-finals. Prior to their elimination at the hands of the Dutch, Betfair were privately hoping that the final of the women’s competition might actually see the record created at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup broken by fans of the England women’s national team.
Women’s Cricket World Cup also very popular
Football isn’t the only big spending women’s sport over at Betfair right now, though. The women’s cricket world cup has also attracted quite a lot of attention. Last weekend, over £40m was traded when England defeated India to win the final.
Speaking about the impressive summer for women’s sports at the sportsbook, Betfair spokesperson, Katie Baylis, commented that “It really has been a huge summer for women’s sport”, and that “we have certainly seen unprecedented interest when it comes to betting on those events.”
With both events now over, many are predicting a slight lull in the takings of women’s sports. The national women’s football league in England just doesn’t gather the same kind of attention as the Premier League, which returns to action this weekend. Don’t feel bad for Betfair, though; they will certainly be making a killing from the opening weekend of the domestic men’s football league. New Customers Only. 18+. T&Cs Apply