#twitterlygaming - The General Election 2017

#twitterlygaming - The General Election 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017 Posted by Sam Cooke
We picked out the best social media from the last seven days in the wake of the UK General Election and a surprise result.

This week was always set to be one of the busiest on social media. June 8th saw Theresa May’s Snap Election hit and with a somewhat resurgent Labour party, the gambling markets have been turbulent with Jeremy Corbyn getting shorter and shorter. The political markets always spur considerable conversation on social media, with several analysts and gamblers taking particular interest. The eventual result, a Hung Parliament, was not what many expected and speculation is now rife as to when the next election will take place and who the next Prime Minister will be. We looked back at some of the best tweets from those in and around the industry in the last seven days.

After the Brexit and Donald Trump markets, the amount wagered on this Snap Election was the third largest political market in history. Betfair Exchange has revealed that it matched a staggering £90 million across the whole of the 2017 General Election:


With every popular market with a big favourite - there’s always big bets. Whether it be a huge stake at very short odds on the resounding favourite or a seemingly obscene amount of money on a long-odds option, there’s no shortage of interesting bets. Graham Sharpe, former William Hill Media Relations Director tweeting that £200,000 on a Conservative majority is the biggest bet to have been lost across the election:

There was more misery for a mystery punter who decided it was wise to put £1,000 on the Green Party to win a majority. Neil Channing, professional Poker player has sympathy for the bettor:

Guy Harding, Head of Commercial at Oddschecker has revealed that Ladbrokes could potentially be facing a hefty payout. Earlier this week, one punter placed a staggering £2,000 on Boris Johnson to be Prime Minister before 1st July. No one quite envisaged the outcome and he’s now as short as 4/1. That’s not the price that Ladbrokes gave at the time, however:

Marina Hyde, a columnist for the Guardian used the famous Gambleaware phrase “when the fun stops, stop” to provide her opinion on the overall political landscape in the United Kingdom:

Rounding off Twitterly Gaming is Dustin Gouker, the DFS guru who provided an interesting map showing just how far you could drive and legally be allowed to play Daily Fantasy Sports in the States following recent progress:


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