Taking Bets on Which England Footballer Might Be Gay Turns My Stomach

Jack Sommers | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Sport
Jack Sommers

Betting firms causing outrage by offering bets on outrageous things has become a standard way of getting the media to do their PR for them. The press will write acres of condemnation that would have taken a million barrels of ink to publish before the internet. Until now, none of these has made me angry.

These Early Punters Look Set To Collect Thousands If Jeremy Corbyn Wins

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Politics

The news that Jeremy Corbyn has become odds-on favourite to take the Labour leadership next month comes as little surprise given the momentum of his c...

How to Pick the Winner of the 2015 Grand National

Stephen Harris | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Sport
Stephen Harris

It truly is a wide open handicap (each horse is allotted a weight to carry to try and equalise their varying abilities), and any of the forty runners these days hold realistic claims. No longer are hopelessly outclassed "rags" allowed to run, meaning the standard generally is much higher...

"Rush Of Bets" On Queen's Abdication Prompt Bookies To Close Bets

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Toby Gladwin | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK

A "rush of bets" has prompted bookmakers Coral to suspend odds on the Queen announcing her abdication in her Christmas Day message. Coral were offe...

Louise Ridley

Turns Out It's Fine To Call Farage And Clegg 'Mass Debators' | Louise Ridley | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK

A Paddy Power advert showing Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage with suggestive facial expressions and the words "WHO'S THE BEST MASS DEBATER?” has escaped...

Pistorius Advert Is Most Complained-About UK Advert Of All Time

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK

Paddy Power's controversial Oscar Pistorius advert has become the most complained-about UK advert of all time with the Advertising Standards Authority...

Government Plans Could See a Quarter of Punters Drift to the Black Market

Peter Howitt | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Howitt

The only real winner under the current proposals would not be the consumers who need protecting, nor the government wishing to raise revenues, but instead the unscrupulous black market bookmakers capitalising on the misfortune of firms currently championed for their regulatory excellence.

Asa Bennett

Clegg Caught In 'Tuition Fee Hypocrisy' Over Betting Machines | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg has been accused of a "re-run of the tuition fee scandal" after Lib Dem MPs voted to ensure people could bet as much as £100 per spin on r...

Kids Exposed To TV Gambling Ads More Than 200 Times A Year

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK

Kids as young as four are being exposed to gambling adverts on TV more than 200 times a year, as official figures show that the amount of gambling ads...

Is Facebook Inviting Trouble By Expanding Its Betting Operations?

Reno Charlton | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Tech
Reno Charlton

Over recent years, social networking giant Facebook has become a truly global phenomenon. Many of us now use the site on a daily basis for networking with friends, updating statuses, uploading photos, and general entertainment. However, the social network has made it clear that it wants to branch out into other areas...

Preview to the Final Day at Royal Ascot

Victor Chandler | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Sport
Victor Chandler

The big betting race of the day is the Wokingham Handicap and the short-list is particularly long with Nocturn, Royal Rock, Palace Moon and the selection Rex Imperator (4.25) who has always promised to win a big one and can finally fulfil his potential.

Preview of the Third Day at Royal Ascot

Victor Chandler | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Sport
Victor Chandler

All Shakin' Stevens fans will be hoping for a big run from Green Door in the opening Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday but preference is for Irish raider This Ole House no sorry still in Shakin' Stevens mode I mean Coach House (2.30) who has won his last couple of starts including when showing improved form on fast ground at the Curragh last month.

Preview to the Second Day at Royal Ascot

Victor Chandler | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK Sport
Victor Chandler

Day two of Royal Ascot starts with the 7f Jersey Stakes; the race has often thrown up a shock in recent years with three 20/1 shots and no winning favourite since 2001 when Mozart obliged for Ballydoyle.

Preview to the First Day at Royal Ascot

Victor Chandler | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Sport
Victor Chandler

The opening race of Royal Ascot 2013 sees, arguably, the most versatile horse in the world Animal Kingdom (2.30) make his British debut on what is likely to be his final start before he embarks on a career at stud; nice work if you can get it.

Latest Odds On Fergie's Successor

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK Comedy

So Fergie is leaving Manchester United - but who will replace him as manager? We've got the latest odds: (Odds obtained for HuffPost UK Comed...

My View on the Grand National 2013

Victor Chandler | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Sport
Victor Chandler

Seabass very nearly made history last year when finishing third for jockey Katie Walsh and she must have every chance again this year with the shorter trip a plus for a horse whose stamina gave way at the elbow last year. Ireland haven't won the big race since Silver Birch in 2007 but they have a very strong hand this year.

My Take on the Grand National 2013 Runners

Victor Chandler | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Sport
Victor Chandler

BetVictor are betting ¼ odds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 places on the John Smith's Grand National the greatest horserace in the world. Here are my thoughts on the race and potential runners at this stage.

Payday Loans and Gambling: Protecting the Poor from Themselves

Dave Clements | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK
Dave Clements

Like Citizens Advice the Money Advice Trust that runs the Debtline has called for the OFT to intervene where these companies are not sticking to 'responsible lending' practices.

Charlie Thomas

Betting On A Bright Future | Charlie Thomas | Posted 11.03.2013 | UK

Victor Chandler has a reputation as a gentleman bookie – a traditional charmer whose business is more caring about its punters than some of the othe...

Charlie Thomas

Britain's Love Of Gambling Makes William Hill A Good Bet | Charlie Thomas | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK

Despite money being tight, it appears the British public still loves to place a bet, after William Hill, Britain's largest bookmaker, said its operati...

The Day I Owned a Horse - Harness Racing on Prince Edward Island

Ben Whitmarsh | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK Sport
Ben Whitmarsh

The first time the elegant hoof of the equine world came hurtling into my life was back in 1987. The Grand National was on the BBC and the name 'Maori Venture' caught my attention.

Charlie Thomas

Who's Betting On A Stronger Future Without Greece And Germany? | Charlie Thomas | Posted 13.12.2012 | UK

Online sports betting giant Betfair suffered a 22% pre-tax profits drop in the first half of 2012, but group revenues increased from £191 million to ...

Paddy Power Offers Odds On Donald Trump's Obama Revelation

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.10.2012 | UK Comedy

Ah, Donald Trump. If he didn't exist, you'd have to invent him. And if his hair didn't exist, you'd have to... oh, wait. He already did that. Yes, ...

Health Lottery Ad Banned For Misleading Customers About Jackpot Prize

Posted 22.08.2012 | UK

The Health Lottery, an enterprise run by media mogul Richard Desmond, has been told to cease an advertising campaign which misleadingly implied multip...

Charlie Thomas

Why Do We Gamble In A Recession? | Charlie Thomas | Posted 20.08.2012 | UK

Last week, Adrian and Gillian Bayford won £148m on the EuroMillions, making the mild mannered couple from Suffolk richer than icons like Tom Jones an...