Number Crunching – Gambling Commission fees, Barton breaches and a well-timed cash out

Number Crunching – Gambling Commission fees, Barton breaches and a well-timed cash out

Thursday, January 5, 2017
A breakdown of some of the more interesting figures to emerge from the gambling industry in the past seven days

1,900 - The number of operators who will experience fee reductions as part of the changes made by the Gambling Commission to its annual fee structure. Fees will be held at the current level for around 1,000 operators, while around 75 operators will be subject to an increase.

$12.4 billion - Global gaming research company Gambling Compliance has estimated that legalising sports betting in America could produce this figure in annual revenue, which would roughly equal all revenue generated by the NFL.

1,260 - The alleged number of bets placed by Joey Barton in breach of FA Rule E8 between March 2006 and May 2016. This comes just a few months after Barton was charged by the Scottish FA for placing 44 bets on matches between July 1 and September 15 of last year.

2,700 to 2,800 - The projected number of staff employed at bet365 by 2022. The company has recently lodged plans to build a sports hall and staff training facility at its Etruria Valley base, in preparation for recruiting up to 300 more workers over the next five years.

100 - The number of days of live racing that William Hill will sponsor in 2017 across ITV and ITV4. The bookmaker has agreed a one-year partnership to sponsor the racing coverage, which will be fronted by former Sky Sports presenter Ed Chamberlin.

25 - The Chairman of Scotbet John Heaton has cited the perceived problem of gambling addiction as a major reason for increased regulation, higher taxes and the introduction of full business rates that have contributed to the closing of 25 Scotbet betting shops over the last two years.

£223,000 - The amount won by a Betfair punter from just a £1 bet after an extremely well-timed cash out. The all-football festive accumulator was made up of 21 legs and included Plymouth to beat Wycombe in a game that ended 3-3 with a 90th minute equaliser from Myles Weston.


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