British squad named for UCI Worlds in Holland

2012-09-03 13:45:29 - LIMBURG, Holland - The British squad for the 2012 UCI Road World Championships was named today. The long list comprises of the key riders who will take part in the Worlds, which will be held in Limburg from 15 to 23 September. Reigning champion Mark Cavendish will be back to defend his crown but he is expected to struggle on a course that will not suit him....

4,422 finish 2012 Etape du Tour Act 1 - Albertville to La Toussuire

2012-07-12 14:32:18 - LA TOUSSUIRE, France - 4,422 riders finished the 2012 Etape du Tour Act 1 from a total of 5,686 starters, meaning that 77.7% of cyclists completed the 152km race. Apparently around 3,300 riders completed within the official time limit of 9 hours and 54 minutes but the 'broom wagon' policy of the Etape organisers was not too strictly applied and some riders...

IPL Final: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings

2012-05-25 21:09:16 - CHENNAI, India - The Kolkata Knight Riders face the reigning two times champions Chennai Super Kings in the final of IPL Season 5 on Sunday evening and the bookies make CSK a narrow 4/5 (bet £5 to make £4 profit) favourite with Paddy Power and Ladbrokes. Few pundits would have expected the Super Kings to make the final two weeks ago and they were out to...

2012 Grand National Preview - Synchronised heads the betting at top weight

2012-04-13 16:09:47 - LIVERPOOL, UK - This year's Grand National is not an easy puzzle to solve. The field is top quality but the main conundrum is the state of the ground. Earlier in the week the clerk of the course seemed to think it was soft but now he has eased it to good to soft and the times so far suggest it is riding perhaps even a little faster than that. But an...

IPL: Delhi Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings odds and betting preview

2012-04-09 21:53:47 - DELHI, India - The Delhi Daredevils host the Chennai Super Kings at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Match 11 of the 2012 Indian Premier League. Unsurprisingly CSK, who won last year's IPL, are widely regarded by the bookmakers as favourites for the game although Stan James can't choose between the two and offer 10/11 (bet $11 to make $10 profit) about both sides, a...

IPL: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders odds and betting preview

2012-04-09 14:25:50 - BANGALORE, India - The Royal Challengers Bangalore come into their second game of the Indian Premier League with a 100% record while the Kolkata Knight Riders have lost their two opening fixtures and will hope they can record their first victory of IPL5. RCB are best priced at 8/11 (bet $11 to make $8 profit) with Stan James and BetVictor while KKR are on...

Etape du Tour 2012 - Pau to Bagnères de Luchon - route analysis

2011-10-31 13:05:31 - Acte II of the Etape du Tour 2012 is a 197km route from Pau to Bagnères de Luchon with four major climbs. It will take place on 14 July 2012, which is Bastille Day and should ensure a decent turnout in terms of crowds cheering on the etape riders. Online registration for Acte II will open on 17 November 2012. Sportive.com will provide a full route analysis...

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Paul Bittar becomes chief executive of BHA

2011-09-13 10:46:35 - Paul Bittar has been appointed Chief Executive of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), the governing and regulatory authority for British Racing. He takes over from acting CEO Chris Brand, who has held the job since Nic Coward left in March 2011. Bittar will join the BHA in January next year, following his departure from his current job as Chief...

Tour de France - betting on gap between winner and last place

2011-07-01 15:17:52 - PARIS, France - Sportingbet are offering odds on what the gap will be between the winner of the 2011 Tour de France and the final rider to complete the race. Sportingbet make the market at 4 hours and 10 minutes between the winner and the rider who is awarded the Lanterne Rouge, with odds of 13/20 (bet £20 to make £13 profit) that the gap is greater than...

Tour de France 2011 prize money - how much do riders get paid in the Tour?

2011-07-01 14:26:20 - PARIS, France - The prize money for the 2011 Tour de France has been announced by the organisers and in total there is almost €3.5 million available across all categories with the winning rider picking up a €450,000 winner's prize. However the Tour prize money is dwarved by the fees paid to each rider for taking part with top riders getting around €2...

Full Tilt Poker has Alderney gambling licence suspended

2011-06-29 12:58:43 - Full Tilt Poker's gambling licence in Alderney was suspended today after the regulator said that a special investigation had found irregularities in the company's operations. An offical statement from the Alderney Gambling Control Commission said: "Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) has today issued Hearing Notices under Regulation 46 of its...

Ladbrokes to pull out of Poland

2011-06-29 11:51:48 - WARSAW, Poland - Online gambling company Ladbrokes is to pull out of the Polish market after deciding not to apply for a gambling licence in the country. Poland has passed new legislation that means that anyone wanting to operate legally in Poland after July 1, 2011, will require a government issued gambling licence. In an email to partners, Ladbrokes said:...

Contador odds on favourite to win Giro d'Italia; no betting on Tour de France

2011-05-17 08:40:14 - TERMOLI, Italy - Alberto Contador is a heavy odds on favourite to win the Giro d'Italia at best odds of 1/5 (bet $50 to make $10 profit) with Ladbrokes and Paddy Power. The controversial Spaniard took the leader's pink jersey on Mount Etna on Sunday and holds a 59 second lead over his rivals ahead of today's tenth stage. Riding for Saxo Bank, Contador...

Virgin Media staff won £16,000 betting on X Factor inside knowledge

2011-04-08 18:11:10 - The Gambling Commission (the Commission) has today concluded an investigation into suspicious betting patterns involving employees of Virgin Media and has decided to void bets totalling over £16,000 placed on TV’s the X Factor. The voiding orders, the first of their kind under the Gambling Act 2005, follow a Commission investigation into a report of...

Horse by horse form guide and odds for the 2011 Grand National

2011-04-08 12:17:26 - Live Odds and Scores' Joe Saumarez Smith provides a horse by horse form preview for the 2011 Grand National at Aintree. The 2011 Grand National is one of the more difficult races to solve,which perhaps reflects why the bookies are offering odds of 11/1 about the favourite. In a normal year there would be something at around the 5/1 or 6/1 favourite mark but...

Big Bucks to meet Grand Crus in Liverpool Hurdle

2011-04-05 11:20:22 - AINTREE, Liverpool - World Hurdle champion Big Buck's will meet Grand Crus in the Liverpool Hurdle on Thursday. Big Buck's looks certain to start at a short price, as he did when winning this race last year at odds of 3/10. Bookmakers expect Big Buck's to be around a 8/13 shot for the three miles 110 yards contest with Grand Crus expected to be around the...

Sri Lanka set India challenging target of 275 in World Cup final

2011-04-02 13:19:12 - MUMBAI, India - Sri Lanka set India a challenging target of 275 to win the World Cup final, led by a fantastic innings of 103 from Jayawardene. The bookmakers reacted by making India narrow favourites to win the match at the half way point. On Betfair India trade at 1.83 (bet $100 to make $83 profit) while Sri Lanka are 2.16 to win the match. The score is a...

India favourites over Sri Lanka in cricket World Cup final betting

2011-03-30 19:48:32 - MUMBAI, India - India are the favourites to win the World Cup cricket final, which will be played at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. Bookmakers offer best odds of 4/6 (bet $60 to make $40 profit) on India winning the final with Betfair offering the best online odds. Sri Lanka can be backed at top odds of 6/4 with Betfair to win the World Cup for the...

Gibraltar court approves Party Gaming bwin merger

2011-03-23 13:27:24 - GIBRALTAR - The Supreme Court of Gibraltar has approved the merger of Party Gaming and bwin from 31 March, meaning that the final obstacle to the two companies merging has been removed. The company's name will change to bwin.party digital entertainment plc from 8am on 31 March, when the company's newly merged shares will start trading on the London Stock...

West Indies out to 41/1 to beat Pakistan after collapse

2011-03-23 11:46:18 - MIRPUR, Bangladesh - West Indies collapsed to 112 all out against Pakistan and are offered at odds of 41/1 (bet $10 to make $410 profit) on Betfair to go through to the World Cup semi finals. At the start of the games Pakistan were 8/11 favourites and West Indies could be backed at 5/4. Chanderpaul was the top scorer on 44 not out from 106 balls but he was...

India slight favourites to beat South Africa in World Cup

2011-03-10 17:03:58 - NAGPUR, India - India are best priced at odds of 8/11 (bet $11 to make $8 profit) with Coral to win their Group B encounter against South Africa on Saturday. The visitors can be backed at odds of 5/4 with Totesport to win the game. South Africa need to win the game more than India as the home side have already qualified for the quarter final stages after...

Gambling on cricket should be legal in India, says ICC chief

2011-02-08 10:03:48 - MUMBAI, India - The chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC) has called on the Indian government to legalise cricket gambling. Harron Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, said that he believed that legalisation would allow the authorities to track the flow of bets and stamp out match fixing. He said he had held discussions with the Indian...

Super Bowl XLV Live Commentary

2011-02-06 23:12:20 - Live commentary on this years Super Bowl XLV between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Coverage starts at 6.30 EST on Sunday February 6th.

Contenders Hurdle at Sandown result - Binocular wins

2011-02-05 15:08:30 - SANDOWN, UK - Binocular won the Contenders Hurdle at Sandown this afternoon but was not hugely impressive in taking the four horse contest. Sent off at 1/10 (bet £10 to make £1 profit) he was held up before taking second two from home and readily asserting when taking it up jumping the last. Binocular (pictured) won by 1 3/4 lengths from 50/1 shot...

Welsh Champion Hurdle result: Oscar Whisky wins comfortably

2011-02-05 14:55:26 - FFOS LAS, Wales - Oscar Whisky won the Welsh Grand National comfortably to justify odds of 2/7. The win was is owned by Dai Walters who founded and owned Ffos Las racecourse. Oscar Whisky travelled smoothly throughout until the second last but was slightly awkward at the last two hurdles; however jockey Barry Geraghty never looked worried and was able to...

Man arrested over Bellagio casino chips robbery

2011-02-04 10:46:38 - LAS VEGAS, Nevada - A man has been arrested over the daring $1.5 million robbery of casino chips from Las Vegas's Bellagio Casino. The 29 year old suspect is the son of a Las Vegas judge. Anthony Carleo is being held on suspicion of stealing $1.5 million of casino chips from the Bellagio on 14 December. On that day a robber parked his motorcycle in the...

Peddlers Cross reported to have coughed, will miss Welsh Champion Hurdle

2011-02-02 16:05:20 - CHESHIRE, UK - Peddlers Cross will miss his weekend engagements because of a cough, Live Odds and Scores has learned. The Donald McCain-trained Champion Hurdle hopeful will still be declared for the Welsh Champion Hurdle on Saturday but it very unlikely to run. McCain posted on his blog in the last 30 minutes: "Good afternoon – a bit of news on Peddlers...

Fury keeps Tattersalls Million Trophy following objection

2011-02-02 10:31:37 - LONDON, UK - Fury will be allowed to keep the Tattersalls Million Trophy following his victory in October last year after a British Horseracing Authority rejected an objection by the owner of the second horse. Fury comfortably won the Tattersalls Million by 1 3/4 lengths under Kieran Fallon, picking up £278,000 for his connections; he is trained by William...

Macau gambling revenues higher in January

2011-02-01 16:44:39 - MACAU, China - Macau's casino revenues were up 33 per cent in January on a year-on-year basis but the enclave narrowly failed to match December's incredible gambling revenues. Revenues were 18.57 billion patacas ($2.3 billion), down from 18.88 billon patacas in December but still sharply higher than comparable figures in January 2010. Macau is officially...

Gambling re-legalized in Azerbaijan

2011-02-01 15:59:14 - BAKU, Azerbaijan - Gambling has been re-legalized in Azerbaijan after a break of 12 years. The change in law will allow lotteries and some types of sports betting but casinos will remain illegal. In 1998 gambling was banned by Ilham Heydar, the then president of Azerbaijan, after his son Aliyev allegedly lost $6 million to a Turkish businessman in a...

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Joe Saumarez Smith is a well known writer on gambling. He has written for numerous magazines and newspapers around the world about gambling, including for The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Financial Times and Bloomberg. He regularly appears on television and radio to discuss gambling issues - recent appearances include BBC News, Al Jazeera, Sky News and BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

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