The Last Month In Betting Headlines, News And Notes
After a busy December in the betting world, today Andrew takes a look back at the last month in betting headlines, news and notes.
'During their pope collaboration, Mr Scott said, Rodman and (Paddy Power) executives devised the idea of setting up an international basketball tournament involving North Korea's national team.'
Surely it's time for Paddy Power to offer an "Over/Under number of facial piercings for Kim Jong-un in 2014" market.
'Prominent Labour MP Tom Watson has admitted to an "embarrassing mistake" tonight after voting the wrong way on changes to rules surrounding Fixed Odds Betting Terminals.'
You can read Tom Watson's blog post explaining his error here. Fortunately for Tom, his voting error did not impact the result.
'The number of consumers using mobile devices including phones and tablets for online gambling is expected to reach 164 million by 2018, according to a report from the Juniper Research.'
Which is why our site redesign was well worth the while.
'Only the six highest-profile Premier League clubs draw £1m-plus sums from their "official betting partnerships" and several must work hard through social-media channels to promote their sponsors in return for performance-related bonuses.'
Matt Scott takes a look at the expanding relationship between English football clubs and bookmakers.
Why are consumers more likely to participate in online gaming than gambling?
'These largely unconscious associations affect what people think of the industry and even their intention to participate, the authors explain. The process of changing perceptions, called framing, has an impact on whether or not people think the industry is socially acceptable. And framing can occur merely by changing a word.'
Always amazes me how much a simple word can influence people one way or another.
'In 2013, the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation launched their "KidBet" campaign, with the objective of raising awareness of the effect of exposing young people to gambling, in particular, sports betting. However, the Board upheld a complaint that the TVC's effect was the exact opposite of the Foundation's intentions – that is, the TVC (being a parody of a sports betting advertisement) encouraged children to gamble.'
Having seen the ad itself, it is a fair judgement to say its message is confusing at the least.
'The moggie, who lives above William Hill in Newport Pagnell, sits outside the branch everyday until he can sneak in when a customer opens the door.'
Feel free to make your own Mrs Slocombe joke for this one.
'I used to sing from the rooftops about Betfair and the opportunity it presented, but funnily enough my voice dried up when the Premium Charge was introduced in 2008. The tune didn’t sound as good anymore and although I was still making money, gone were the days when I’d actively preach (to anyone willing to listen) how the betting world had changed.'
So much good will has been undermined by Betfair's Premium Charge.
"Why would bookmakers be wary of you?" counsel assisting the inquiry Peter Hamill SC said. "Because I'm smarter than them," Mr Azzopardi replied. He said one account with a now defunct site had been closed because "they don't like people who beat them."
The investigation continues into the conduct of police officers who set up accounts using the personal details of other police officers without their consent so as to allow two restricted professional punters to place bets. It's well worth following.
'Mr Richards, from Tonyrefail, south Wales, said: ‘It was a bit of bad luck losing the bet but I’m still almost £9,000 better off than I was when I started. I don’t regret putting on the bet because I had fun and felt relatively calm throughout the game.’'
Not sure I believe it was all that much 'fun'. Nor do I believe he was 'relatively calm throughout the game.'
“Then I looked back on it and said, ‘wait a minute. Auburn was 1,000-to-1 coming into the season. All of these improbable things have happened.’ It almost seems like it should happen. It’s almost been like a movie, the whole season: The catch and the return.”
Sometimes it pays to be a diehard fan with unrealistic expectations. Sometimes.
'Crewe engineer Alistair Lee earned a £5,000 Christmas present after betting he could lose 100lbs by Christmas. The 28-year-old overcame pneumonia to cash in on a £50 stake at a 100-1 with William Hill to lose a third of his body weight.'
Really wish I had a skinny twin brother. Or an overly obese twin brother for that matter.
'Bookies have refused to pay out on a 300-1 bet after admitting they made a mistake with the odds. Punter George Mustard expected a windfall after gambling on Alex Lowes to win the British Superbike championship.'
And not for the the first time or the last. If they take a bet in good faith, it should stand. End of story. Would they have refunded the stake of the bet had it lost? Of course not.
In the UK, it is possible to bet on an individual player being cautioned during a match, but gamblers are restricted to small stakes for fear that such betting opportunities can be manipulated. Every regulated bookmaker has software that will alert staff to a suspicious betting pattern.
The BBC's Ed Hawkins discusses why the distinction between match-fixing and spot-fixing in an important one to make.
'How much more comforting it is for us to think the threat is external, remote, isolated, than rooted in our own football culture. So long as we always have newspapers to catch match-fixers with hidden cameras we can always blame Hong Kong or Indian bookmakers and their middlemen, forever tempting players in London hotels.'
The Telegraph's Paul Hayward says that winning the fight against match-fixing starts with admitting there's a problem.
'As punters become more sophisticated, betting agencies have invested large sums in technology to keep their profits steadily ticking over. Alarm bells will ring inside a bookmaker's trading room at any one of a number of possible signals of corruption.'
Writing for the New Scientist, Scott Ferguson discusses the many ways that the betting industry is tackling the threat of match-fixing.
'It is dangerous, for instance, to disregard the fashion for fixing red cards as insignificant – simply because they are seen as trifling wagers that would not interest larger crime syndicates – when they can still have a marked bearing upon the impact of a match.'
The Telegraph's Oliver Brown shares his thoughts on the subject of match-fixing.
'Richard Scudamore has admitted he cannot rule out the idea that match-fixing may have taken place in the Premier League and has called for a blanket ban on players betting on football markets.'