Betway has taken the bold decision of paying out all customers that bet on Liverpool to win the Premier League at odds of 9/4. The Reds opened up an 11-point lead at the top of the table after beating Crystal Palace 2-1 on Saturday. Champions Man City slumped to a 2-2 draw away at Newcastle and they now have a huge deficit to make up. Yet there are still 24 games remaining and that leaves plenty of time for Pep Guardiola’s men to claw their way back into the title race. Liverpool have been close to immaculate so far, but they are embarking on a really congested period in the calendar and they could see their lead cut in the weeks ahead. Yet Betway clearly feels that Liverpool cannot be caught. This strategy previously backfired for Betfred, who paid out early on Man Utd to win the title, only to see them caught and overhauled by Arsenal.
The UK remote gambling industry has declined for the first time in history as gross gambling yield dropped 0.6% in the year to March 2019. New figures from the UK Gambling Commission show that yield stood at £5.3 billion during the 12-month period, which was slightly down on the previous year. Overall, Britain’s gross gambling yield dipped 0.3% to £14.36 billion, ending a long period of growth. Sports betting yield decreased by 10% to £2.12 billion, in spite of a 2.7% increase in the total handle. Football was the biggest money-spinner for the bookmakers, although yield dropped by 1.5% to £991.2 million. Digital slots and online casino games both increased, propping up the sector.
One savvy punter pocketed a £229,246.71 payout after placing a successful £5 accumulator with William Hill. His identity has not been revealed, but the bookmaker said it was a man in his 40s that visited a betting shop in Essex. He compiled a 21-leg acca, of which 17 selections were odds-on. Twenty paid off, including Scotland to beat Cyprus at 7/5 and Morton to beat Arbroath. It all went down to the final game, and the punter must have been ecstatic when Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad 3-1 to earn him the life-changing payout. Karen Heapy, manager at William Hill’s South Ockendon branch, said: “Usually customers laugh when they see a payout figure on the bottom of their slip with hundreds of thousands on it, but this just goes to show it can happen.” Hills said it was delighted for the punter, who is now set for a cracking Christmas.
Unibet has become an official betting partner of the NBA. It will allow the operator access to the league’s official data and it can use the league marks on all online platforms throughout the season. “We are very proud to team with the NBA,” said Manuel Stan, US senior vice president at parent company Kindred. “This will add further customer value to an already first-class betting experience thanks to official NBA betting data and league marks across our mobile and retail platforms. Kindred shares the NBA’s view on a legal and sustainable sports betting market, which makes this partnership a perfect match.” William Hill is among the other operators to have become an official NBA partner.
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Josh Shaw has become the first NFL star to be suspended for betting on games since the 1980s. A league investigation found that Shaw wagered on a number of different games taking place this season. He did not benefit from any inside information, and there is no evidence that any game was compromised, but NFL players are barred from betting on pro football games and he will be suspended until the end of the season at the very least. According to the NFL press release, he may petition for reinstatement on or after February 15, 2021.