Number Crunching - PMU, Sky Bet and SIS

Number Crunching - PMU, Sky Bet and SIS

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Posted by Joseph Streeter
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Breaking down all the weeks news into a set of easy to manage figures

€9.92 billion - For the first time in five years, French betting operator Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU) has announced that its annual revenue has increased. Outlining its provisional operating revenue for the year of 2017, PMU reported a 2% rise on the previous year with revenue of €9.92 billion.

350 - Bill Vlahos, the man who was behind the BC3 Thoroughbreds as well as the failed betting syndicate The Edge, has appeared in court over claims he was part of a betting scam. Taking place in Melbourne, the case relates to 350 alleged counts of financial deception against Vlahos after his betting syndicate fell through, dating from 2005 to 2013, when Vlahos confirmed his bankruptcy.

50% - Former England footballer Joey Barton revealed that he believes 50% of professional footballers bet on football matches, Barton, who made 240 Premier League appearances, was handed a 18 month ban and a £30,000 fine after he was found to have placed 1,260 bets on football matches over a 10 year period; Barton’s ban was later reduced by five months.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4 Barton stated: “Where we've got it wrong is that we've got the gambling rules mixed up with the match-fixing rules.

"Match-fixing is wrong and challenges the integrity of the sport, it's the same as taking performance-enhancing drugs. I think culturally betting is acceptable. There's nothing wrong with betting if it's controlled - it's when it becomes out of control and people bet beyond their means.”

He added: "My point to the FA was, how can they be so stringent when they have an official gambling partner. I believed that no-one cared about betting. I thought they just cared about match-fixing.

"I'd had a betting account in my name for 12 years. I was doing things for betting companies and they were paying me in betting account money - they weren't informing the FA."

42 - Betting operators will have access to 42 meetings a week, via a new dedicated greyhound channel set to be launched by Sports Information Service (SIS) in March. The channel will allow for exclusive greyhound rights from eight British and three Irish tracks.

Paul Witten, Product Director at SIS, said: “Our dedicated greyhound channel will be the market leading greyhound channel on offer to operators, with high-quality pictures, multi-angle viewing, rapid replays, and top quality virtuals.

“Our teams have been proactive in working with stadia to ensure they optimise their greyhound offer, and the stadia have increased investment in infrastructure and greyhounds trialling recently, to ensure the most competitive racing product possible in 2018.

“Coupled with quality virtual racing, our new channel provides operators with frequent short form betting opportunities which will help increase dwell time in-shop and online.”

3% - Speaking at an All Party Parliamentary Betting & Gaming Group Seminar that took place at the House of Lords, CEO of Sky Betting and Gaming Richard Flint revealed that Sky Bet restricts just 3% of its customer portfolio, adding that the site doesn’t close accounts of winning punters.

Simon Rowlands, Chairman of the Horseracing Bettors Forum, argued that bookmakers are too keen to eager to restrict accounts, subsequently leading to more casual punters getting caught in the crossfire.

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