Number Crunching – Operator profits, TIU alerts and contingency buses

Number Crunching – Operator profits, TIU alerts and contingency buses

Thursday, January 19, 2017
A breakdown of some of the more interesting figures to emerge from the gambling industry in the past seven days.

£32.4 million - The pre-tax profits posted by Betfred for the 2015/16 tax year, having reversed an £88 million loss from 2014/15. During the year, the company recorded total wagering of £10.8 billion and an increased turnover of £578 million.

12 – The number of contingency buses that Sky Bet has agreed to sponsor across two park-and-ride sites, for Brighton fans travelling to the Amex Stadium for the club's rearranged match with Cardiff City on 24 January. The original fixture on 30 December was postponed due to heavy fog.

£275-285 million - Ladbrokes is expected to generate circa £101 million, with Coral Group contributing £179 million for a total which is ‘in-line’ with expectations for full-year Ladbrokes Coral operating profits. This is despite the impact of December’s poor sporting results on the firm's combined performance.

292 - The number of alerts received by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) for suspicious betting patterns in 2016. As part of its first annual report, the TIU expressed concern over the 20% rise in alerts from 246 in 2015, with eight of the 292 from Grand Slam, ATP and WTA matches.

48 - Bookmakers are divided on the impact of a 48-team World Cup, after FIFA’s Council voted in favour of Gianni Infantino’s 2026 proposal. Betway’s Alan Alger fears that lower quality will reduce punter engagement, while Unibet's Anthony Cousins suggests that replacing a longer build-up of friendlies with more competitive matches could play to the bookmaker’s advantage.

16 - Online betting exchange Matchbook has expanded its presence within UK racing by agreeing to a 16-race title sponsorship with The Jockey Club, for fixtures at Sandown and Kempton Park.


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