Britain At the Bookies – BBC One TV Show Receives Criticism

Britain at the Bookies

The BBC have been broadcasting a new three part series following both the gambler and the bookmaker, as both try to outsmart the other. The show has received mixed feedback from critics and viewers.

You can stream episode 1 and episode 2 yourself on iPlayer for the next three weeks, and episode 3 is broadcasted on Monday 3rd August. The BBC have worked with Coral to create the show and covers life both inside the betting shops, and also in the headquarters. The show has received criticism for different reasons.

Many believe that it focusses too heavily on those negatively affected by gambling and overlooks the millions who gamble responsibly,  whilst some groups think it doesn’t do enough to show the potential addiction consequences of gambling, in particular the fixed odd machines located in betting shops.

Fact is that the BBC need to tell both sides of the stories. Successful and unsuccessful gamblers, and there is only a finite amount of time to tell those stories. So the coverage can’t be proportionate to how responsible the UK generally is, nor can it tell the full spectrum of the story. We think the criticism is unfair when consideration to this is made. Here is a synopsis of each of the episodes to give you a flavour of the content.

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Full List Of Glorious Goodwood Festival 2015 Betting Offers

Glorious Goodwood

Qatar Goodwood Festival | 28th July – 1st August

We’re now onto day four of Goodwood. The new sponsorship deal means the festival is now known as the ‘Qatar Goodwood festival’, but it also means that the prize money has significantly increased. A total of £4.5m is available and the longevity of the deal, ten years, looks set to increase the profile of the meet in the racing diary. No-runner-bet is almost assumed these days, however for this festival it has become critical. The ground has been soft leading to a number of horses pulling out. The below are the betting offers that you must know about if you’re going to be betting on the horses:

Bet 365
Bet 365: Channel 4/1 offer

Glorious Goodwood is being broadcasted on Channel 4 meaning the festival qualifies for Bet 365’s Channel 4/1 offer. If you back any winner with odds 4/1 or greater, Bet 365 will give you a free bet up to the value of £50 for the next race. Should that free bet happen to win, then Bet 365 will give you yet another free bet for the next race.

Paddy Power
Paddy Power: Money back special & extra places

Paddy Power have been been promoting this offer heavily on TV. It applies for the first race (14:00) of each day. If your horse finishes either second or third, Paddy Power will refund your losing stake as a free bet up to a maximum of £50. On top of that, they are paying out an extra place on two races daily, one of which is the 15:45 Goodwood.

Ladbrokes: Free £25 bet per race

Ladbrokes are matching the Bet 365 offer for new and existing customers. If with Ladbrokes you bet on any horse that has odds 4/1 or greater, then you will receive a free bet. Only difference is that from our understanding, you don’t have to use the free bet specifically for the next race. One other thing to note is that to qualify for this offer you need to place your bet on the day, from 9:30am.

VC Bet
Bet Victor: Free £25 bet daily

Both new and existing customers are eligible for Bet Victor’s Goodwood offer. It’s quite similar to Bet 365’s offer. If you back a horse that has odds 4/1 or greater, Bet Victor will give you a free bet up to £25. The only difference to the Bet 365 offer is that customers can only qualify for this offer once a day.

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The 2015 Open – Spieth Starts As Favourite Among Betting Sites

St Andrews

Open Championship | 16th – 19th July 2015 

The 2015 Open Championship starts on Thursday with live coverage on the BBC. Jordan Spieth is looking starts the Championship as favourite, with odds of 7.00. The closest contender would have been Rory McIlroy however he has pulled out following an injury. The World Number One golfer ruptured his ankle ligaments whilst having a ‘kick about’, and after consulting Tiger Woods (who himself has had a number of injuries) decided to rest his body and even remains a doubt for the US PGA Championship next month.

In the absence of McIlroy and with Spieth’s good form, only doubts remain about his experience at St Andrews.  He has only played once at the course before, as an amateur in his teenage years, and decided against arriving early to practice instead favouring to play in the John Deere Classic. To compensate for that, Spieth has been using a simulator but former successors at St Andrews have largely all had a lot of playing time there.

If Spieth does slip up, Dustin Johnson is the second favourite at 13.00 whilst the Englishman Justin Rose is third favourite. Rose represents value at odds of 17.00.  He finished second to Spieth in the Masters and although he faded away in the Scottish Open, he has also been in good form and the Open is the tournament he wants to win the most.

The BBC lost rights to show The Open from 2016 citing low interest from viewers. At the time of writing, we know of just three offers for the Open which is less than we expected, but we will update this as normal if more offers become available.

Betfair: Paying out eight places

Betfair lead the way for the Open Championship paying out on a massive eight places for its customers. If your golfer finishes in positions 1-6, Betfair will pay out as per normal, but if your golfer finishes in 7th or 8th, the maximum pay out for these positions is £25 per customer. If you’re going to bet to place at the Open, Betfair is your best choice.

Ladbrokes: Money back and 6 places

For both new and existing customers, Ladbrokes have two offers for The Open. Firstly, if you bet on the outright winner (singles and each-way), and they fail to make the cut after 36 holes, Ladbrokes will refund your losing stake as a free bet. The maximum refund available is £25. If it is each-way that you decide to bet, Ladbrokes are paying out six places. That’s not as much as Betfair though.

Unibet:  Free in-play bet

Unibet are giving customers a free £10 in-play bet for the opening day of the tournament. Again, for both new and existing customers, to qualify you simply need to place a £20 on the outright winner (not to place) before the 16th July. Important to note here is that you must opt-in to be eligible. Unless you do this, you won’t be awarded the free bet. To do so, visit the promotions page on the main navigation.


Wimbledon 2015 Preview – Odds And Betting Offers Available


Wimbledon 2015 | 29th – 12th July

In a summer of less sport than recent years, Wimbledon this year will garner even more interest than it usually does.

Tennis is often favoured by punters to bet on since compared to a lot of sports, it is assumed that the better player will be victorious.  Wimbledon starts on Monday 29th June 2015 and there will be a lot of people testing that hypothesis. We’ve crunched some numbers to test it, to see whether really the favourites always win, and now that the draw has been made, we have an even better understanding of the chances of players.

If you’re looking to bet on the outright winner of the tournament, you’d probably want to bet on one of the top three seeds, which are Djokovic (1st), Federer (2nd) and Murray (3rd).  Nadal, Djokovic, Federer and Murray combined have won 37 of the past 41 Grand Slam titles according to the ATP, however Nadal is struggling with injury and recent form has meant he has slipped to number ten in the Wimbledon seedings.

Betting websites such as Bet 365 are predicting Djokovic to win outright, with his odds being little over evens at 2.25. Second favourite is Murray at 3.50 and odds on Federer are quite long, at 7.00. Federer turns 34 in August, and will be looking to win a record eighth Wimbledon title. His form has been building up to this tournament, which is his favourite and he will be focused on making history. A lot of Brits however will be betting with emotion as much as rationale, which contribute towards Murray’s odds being very short this year.

Murray was the first Englishman in 2013 to win Wimbledon in 77 years. If Murray is to win Wimbledon again, he will may have to face Djokovic in the final who he has lost to eight times since he last beat him in 2013. None of those eight defeats have been on grass however, and interesting Djokovic has never taken a set off Murray on the grass surface. Furthermore, Murray only marginally lost to Djokovic in the recent French Open so he will be feeling bullish if he has to face the Serbian.

We would expect there to be more offers created as the tournament goes on, but for now, the following are the special offers that betting websites currently have running:

Boylesports: Money back if Federer/ Sharapova wins

If you think that Federer still has what it takes to win Wimbledon, they you will want to consider placing your outright tournament bet with Boylesports since should he do so, losing bets will be refunded as free bets up to the value of £25. The same applies for the Women’s single should Sharapova win the title.

Unibet: Money back if Federer wins / free in-play bet

Similar to the above, Unibet will refund losing outright winner bets if Federer wins but up to the value of £30. The second offer they have relates to in-play bets. Place four in-play bets and should the fifth lose (irrespective of the outcome of the other four but minimum odds of 1.40) then the fifth bet will be refunded up to £5.

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Bookies Don’t Think Arsenal Will Slip Up On Saturday

2015 FA Cup

FA Cup Final | Arsenal versus Wigan | 30th May 2015

Aston Villa have had an emotional season, with Tim Sherwood turning around their season to avoid relegation. They are the surprise team in the FA Cup, reaching the final having beaten a dire Liverpool side in the semi-finals and they will be looking to pull off another surprise result. They face Arsenal in the final, and betting sites think that not only will Arsenal win the cup (3/10 from Bet 365), that they will do it within the 90 minutes (4/7). Saying that, they do get it wrong, and the best example is 2013 when Wigan beat Manchester City 1-0, although you can’t blame the bookies since Wigan went on to get relegated that very season. This year the FA cup final means the end of the football season, but fear not, here is our betting preview for Saturday:

VC Bet
Bet Victor: Penalty shootout cash back

Bet Victor fancy Arsenal to lift the trophy too, and within 90 minutes. If you think they are going to get it wrong, then take advantage of their promotion which is eligible for existing customers. If the match goes to penalties, Bet Victor will refund certain markets such as correct score and anytime goal scorer, up to the value of £10. It’s unlikely to go to penalties, but if it does then the bookies have no preference with both sides being 16/1 to win with this method currently.

Unibet: Normal time penalty cash back

If you’re going to bet on the FA Cup Final, then you should strongly consider Unibet as they have one of best offers available. They’re refunding up to £30 in losing bets if a penalty during the first 90 minutes. It applies to 1X2 bets (which means you must bet on either an Arsenal win, draw, or Aston Villa win) and given there were two penalties in the 2010 final, we’d recommend this one.

Betway: Extra time money back

Existing customers who unsure whether Arsenal will win within 90 minutes need to know about Betway’s money back offer. If Arsenal win the game, but do so specifically within extra time then Betway will refund losing first/last goal scorer bets up to the value of £25. Aston Villa are 11/2 to win on Saturday, but Betway also have enhanced odds on Benteke to score and Villa to win 11/1.  Although Benteke is in form, and looks to be leaving for a bigger club this summer, we still don’t feel that these odds are long enough to find value here.  Better value is with the enhanced odds on Sanchez to score first and an Arsenal win at 13/2.  Looks like Betway think Sanchez will score at some point since the Arsenal striker enhanced odds different slightly that he has to be the first goal scorer.

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What Bookmakers Think About The Last Day Of The Season

John Carver

All teams feature in the final day of the season, with Sky choosing to broadcast Newcastle vs West Ham, and Hull vs Manchester United. Either Hull or Newcastle will get relegated on Sunday.  Hull require a win against Manchester United and bookies don’t think they’re capable of it and have them down as 1/7 favourites to get relegated. On the contrary, bookies think Newcastle with John Carver (AKA the best coach in the league) will survive with odds of 5/1. Despite Newcastle’s form, Bet 365 have Newcastle to win at under evens which would make the rest of Hull insignificant. There are not many offers on this weekend for the football, here are three to pick from:


Betfair: Enhanced odds  for new customers/ Refund Trigger

Betfair have quite a lot going on for the final day. They’re offering enhanced odds on Hull getting related (4/1) and Hull to not get related (10/1). Alternatively, they’re offering enhanced odds of 6/1 on a Newcastle win versus West Ham. All those enhanced odds are for new customers, but existing customers should have the option of refund triggers available to them. At time of writing,

Paddy Power
Paddy Power: Free in-play bet

Paddy Power are offering free in-play bets for the Newcastle and Hull game, as they are both being televised on Sky Sports. Existing customers who bet £20 or more in single bets before kick off will receive a £10 free in-play bet.

VC Bet
Bet Victor: Enhanced odds for new customers

Newcastle fans might fancy this one. Bet Victor are offering enhanced odds of 8/1 on Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United all to win. Chelsea have Sunderland who are now safe, and Manchester City have Southampton, another ‘nothing’ game so punters could fancy this one coming in.


How Many ’90s Premier League Stars Can You Name?

Interactive Quiz

Play our new interactive football sticker quiz we’ve just launched.  It’s probably the most difficult ’90s football sticker quiz on the Internet and there are a total of 50 players to identify. Share it with your friends and see who can get the highest score.

To get the answer correct, we’re looking for both the first and second name of the player. If you’re finding it difficult, or if the name is on the tip of your tongue, then hit the ‘hint’ button, and the first name will be revealed.

If even the hint isn’t enough and you’re completely stuck, then you can find a full list of the answers here.

Mayweather v Pacquiao – Betting Preview & Offers


Finally, the fight everybody has been waiting for. Mayweather enters the fight as favourite, with odds of 1.50. You can actually get odds of 200/1 for Mayweather to win the fight within 60 seconds, however all the signs suggest that this will be a fight that won’t be over quickly. In fact, odds are currently 1.36 that it’ll go the full 12 rounds.

It’s the biggest fight of all time historically, and financially too. Mayweather will receive an estimated £90m from the fight and Pacquiao £60m. Fans are going to have to stay up late to watch it as it’s being televised at 4AM on Sunday morning and is being shown on Sky Box Office at a cost of £19.95. If you consider that to be expensive, fans in the states are having to pay almost £65 which alongside the record capacity of 16,000 in the stadium, it’s clear to see why there is so much money going into this fight. Lots of the bookmakers are running offers specifically for the fight, and here they are:

William Hill
William Hill: Enhanced odds for new customers

It’s pretty rare that William Hill run enhanced odds for new customers, so this is good to see. New customers can get odds of 3/1 for Mayweather to win, and odds of 7/1 for Pacquiao to win. A maximum stake of £10 applies, but the great thing about this particular offer is that the winnings are paid as cash. Usually they’re paid as a free bet, but as soon as the bet has been settled, you’ll be able to withdraw your winnings as cash.

Paddy Power
Paddy Power: Free in-play bet

Paddy Power have an offer for existing customers. Bet £20 or more in single bets before the fight starts, and they will reward you with a free £10 bet to use in-play. Given it is expected this fight will go the distance, there should be some good opportunity for the in-play bet.

Betway: Refund losing bets

Both new and existing customers can take advantage of Betway’s offer. They will refund losing bets up to £25 if Pacquiao wins inside the distance.  He’s not the favourite and Mayweather is yet to lose a fight, but at odds of around 3.00 this is a cracking offer from Betway.

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AP McCoy Says Farewell at Sandown – April 25th Saturday Racing Offers

AP McCoy

Most of the attention today will be put on the retirement of AP McCoy, who will celebrate finishing the most successful career as a jockey. He will love to finish with a win, and he is participating in the 3:15pm (riding Mr Mole) and 4:25 (riding Box Office). The BBC have written up some statistics about his career. He has raced more than 16,000 and impressively within those races he has won over 4,300 times. We expect to see some very emotional scenes as he permanently awarded the champion jockey’s trophy for the 20th time. There are some good offers for this weekend, a mixture of usual on-going offers then ones specially for today:

Bet 365
Bet 365 : Regular Channel 4 Offer

AP McCoy’s final race was moved forward in the race schedule so that it could be televised on Channel 4 and therefore is eligible for Bet 365’s Channel 4 racing offer. Back any horse at 4/1 or greater, and receive a risk free bet for the next televised race.

Ladbrokes: Free bets

For existing customers, Ladbrokes can enjoy a similar offer to that of Bet 365. If you back any winner at odds of 4/1 or greater on Saturday, then Ladbrokes will give you a free bet.

Betfred: Price Boost on AP McCoy Wins

This one is for new customers only. Betfred have adjusted their normal sign up bonus which is £30 in free bets to include a 10% price boost on any AP McCoy wins.

StanJames: Money back on runner up

Note that this one does not apply to desktop users; you must be on either a tablet or mobile device. If your backed horse comes second in the race, StanJames will refund your bet up to the value of £25.

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World Championship 2015: Betting Preview and Offers

2015 World Championship

The World Championship spans 17 gruelling days, and such is the length of the tournament the winner will need to show good, consistent form over a long period of time. John Parrott over on the Paddy Power blog gave some of his opinions on some of the favourites and their chances.  Entering the tournament, Ronnie O’Sullivan is favourite at the short odds of just 3.25. John Parrott reckons that he is in a good place, and has shown consistent form over some recent competitions but at such short odds, punters will find it hard to find value there and will look for value in some of the other players. Mark Selby can currently be backed at odds of 9.00 on Bet 365, and providing he can navigate himself out of the early rounds where he has some tough opponents. Not too much activity from bookmakers for the tournament, but here is a roundup of what is available:

Betway: Deciding 19th frame money back

For both new and existing customers, Betway have an offer for first round matches. If you bet between £5 and £50, Betway will refund losing bets if your backed player loses in in the 19th deciding frame. If they repeat this offer for the later stages of the tournament, we’ll update the page.

Boylesports: Deciding 19th frame money back // Trump card

Boylesports are running a similar offer to Betway, in that if your backed player loses in the 19th deciding frame then you’ll get your stake refunded as a free bet up to the value of £50 per customer. The one difference to point out is that it applies for all matches at the World Championship at Boylesports. They have a second offer too called ‘Trump card moneyback’. If Judd Trump wins the tournament, Boylesports will refund all outright winner bets up to £50. You’ll need to get your bet in before his first match, but given he is second favourite to Ronnie at odds of 6.50 then it’s a good shout.

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