Football and its relationship with gambling – Football Weekly special

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning and Philippe Auclair to examine the game’s ‘gamblification’ with the betting industry. We hear from James Grimes, who was a gambling addict for 12 years, Rob Davies, The Guardian’s business reporter who specialises in the gambling industry, and Brigid Simmonds, chair of the Betting and Gaming Council Rate, […]

Chinese city giving away 10m yuan in lottery trial of digital currency

Shenzhen residents can win one of 50,000 ‘red packets’ to spend in local shops Authorities in the Chinese city of Shenzhen have begun giving away more than 10m yuan ($1.49m) in a citizens’ lottery, as part of trials of a new digital currency. Almost 2 million people applied to be one of 50,000 randomly selected […]

The Crown inquiry: will the house that Packer built come tumbling down?

The inquiry into Crown’s fitness to hold a licence for the Barangaroo casino has raised serious questions about the company’s boardroom Kerry Packer’s doctor, an adman the late billionaire rescued from financial strife, and a former footy powerbroker who pledged to look after the interests of his son: can these people be trusted to act […]

Crackdown on UK gambling ads expected to ban use of celebrities

Proposed rules aim to curb advertising targeting under-18s The use of celebrities such as sports personalities and reality TV stars in betting and gambling ads is expected to be banned under new rules designed to crack down on marketing targeting under-18s. The rules, which are being proposed by the body responsible for setting the UK […]

William Hill expects to take hit from shock sport results behind closed doors

Betting income gradually returning to pre-Covid levels, says bookmaker Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Bookmaker William Hill has warned that empty sports stadiums are hitting its profits by producing a string of unpredictable results at fixtures being played behind closed doors. Bookies expect to be able to estimate the likely winners […]

Tory MP’s ex-aides work at betting firm that paid him £50,000

Philip Davies accused of ‘cronyism’ over £400-an-hour advisory work for GVC The Conservative MP Philip Davies has been accused of “cronyism” after it emerged that two of his former aides now oversee safer gambling at the betting firm GVC, which paid Davies £50,000 to advise on the subject. Davies accepted a £400-an-hour role with the […]

Treasury messed up over B&M’s Covid rates freebie

Where shops were open and sales booming, there was no case for a year’s relief from business rates It’s bad enough that the big supermarkets, sporting their best sales figures in years, were given a pandemic freebie by Rishi Sunak in the form of a year’s relief from business rates. But the case of the […]

Only 3% of problem gamblers in UK get help, says study

Report shows devastating effects on finances, relationships and careers ahead of government review Fewer than 3% of problem gamblers are receiving treatment, according to figures that lay bare the devastating effects on their finances, relationships and careers. Leading experts said the statistics revealed flaws in the treatment system and exposed the dangers of Britain’s relatively […]

Two Tory MPs take gambling jobs before review of betting laws

Philip Davies and Laurence Robertson paid tens of thousands for advising sector Two Conservative MPs have accepted jobs with the gambling industry worth tens of thousands of pounds before a government review of betting laws, the Guardian can reveal. The Ladbrokes owner, GVC, paid Philip Davies £49,980 for “providing advice on responsible gambling and customer […]

US election set to be £1bn betting event with Biden firm favourite

Eye-catching bets include a record-breaking £1m on the Democratic challenger to win The 2020 US election is shaping up to be the biggest betting event of all time, with one player placing a record-breaking £1m bet on a victory for the Democratic challenger, Joe Biden. People were still rushing to place bets on Monday on […]