Paddy Power

  • Paddy Power Betfair in talks to buy FanDuel after US sports betting ruling

    Paddy Power Betfair has made the first move in an expected wave of takeover activity prompted by the legalisation of sports betting in the US, as it launched a bid for fantasy sports league company FanDuel. Shares in UK gambling companies soared earlier this week as investors responded to the US supreme...
  • Bookies are struggling – but they’ve got a dead cert coming up, honest

    In the moaning and whingeing stakes, bookmakers are the thoroughbreds. The government expects us to pay too much tax! Horseracing is always asking for too much money! Sporting results have gone against us! These are familiar refrains that usually provoke cheers rather sympathy. So, last week, one of the...
  • Paddy Power founder lobbied against fixed-odds terminals

    The founder of Paddy Power Betfair, Britain’s biggest bookmaker, privately lobbied against betting machines frequently dubbed the “crack cocaine” of gambling, it has emerged. Stewart Kenny, the former chief executive of the betting giant he founded, wrote that there was “no public demand” for fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), on...
  • Paddy Power faced with £4m bill after Republican’s victory

    They say the bookie always wins, but not on Tuesday night. Three weeks ago, bookmaker Paddy Power paid out £800,000 in winnings to punters who had backed Hillary Clinton to be the next US president, only now to be left with a bill for £4m to pay clients who...
  • William Hill and Amaya drop merger talks

    The London-based company will continue to consider strategic alternatives. William Hill Plc and PokerStars owner Amaya Inc. of Canada ended merger discussions, squelching one of the biggest possible deals in the betting industry after U.K. activist investor Parvus Asset Management opposed the union. William Hill will continue to consider...
  • Panorama: Why Are Gambling Machines Addictive? review – scandal of the century

    This personal and brave investigation by a woman whose partner killed himself after becoming addicted to gambling showed how our high streets have become gaming arcades of misery Go to any high street in the country – apart from perhaps the really posh ones, in very affluent places –...
  • Is the new Paddy Power ad offensive to Scots?

    Bookmaker Paddy Power is the master of “guerrilla marketing”, where a brand sneakily cashes in on an event’s popularity without paying it any money to do so. PP has been at it for years. It gets loads of coverage and pisses people off in the process. So it’s no...
  • Betfair and Arsenal renew partnership

    The new deal sees the operator become the official betting partner of Arsenal in the UK, Europe, Central and South America, while the expanded partnership will give Betfair increased branding at all domestic fixtures played at the Emirates Stadium. Betfair will also have access to first-team players in developing...
  • Paddy Power targeting minorities with betting machines, data suggests

    The bookmaker Paddy Power is targeting minority ethnic communities with controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), according to a new analysis. The study, which uses Gambling Commission data, reveals that 61% of Paddy Power’s 349 betting shops are located in areas with above average levels of non-UK born population. The...
  • Paddy Power case highlights scourge of fixed-odds betting terminals

    When Paddy Power launched a new advertising campaign with the tagline “You’re Welcome!” last year, its chief marketing officer told a trade magazine that “the Paddy Power brand has always been about two things – being as generous as we can with our customers, and behaving in a mischievous...
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