In this sports betting company, the winners are called problem customers

Original article by Steve Cannane, Kyle Taylor
abc.net au – Page: Online : 6-Dec-19

Former employees of UK-based wagering giant Bet365 have revealed the strategies it uses to protect its profit margins. The whistleblowers say Bet365 uses complex algorithms to identify customers who have a high win rate and limit the size of the bets that they can place via its platform. The algorithms are also used to target punters who lose frequently, in order to increase their betting limits. In-play betting is one of Bet365’s biggest sources of revenue globally, although it is restricted to telephone betting in Australia. An internal document shows that Bet365 is concerned that telephone-based in-play betting is easier for customers to exploit than online betting.

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BET365 GROUP LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

Aussie winner declared bad for the bookies

Original article by Mark Schliebs
The Australian – Page: 6 : 6-Nov-19

TAB has reported that its turnover for the 10 races at Flemington on 5 November was $160.7m, which is 5.9 per cent lower than previously. TAB’s turnover on the Melbourne Cup itself was $106m. TAB processed up to 108,000 bets per minute on Cup Day, while the numbers of wagers process by Sportsbet peaked at 35,000 per minute. Racing Victoria CEO Giles Thompson says the fact that an Australian-bred and trained horse won the Melbourne Cup is likely to have affected bookmakers’ profits, as many punters backed the local horse.

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TAB LIMITED, TABCORP HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX TAH, SPORTSBET AUSTRALIA, RACING VICTORIA LIMITED, BETEASY PTY LTD, LADBROKES GROUP PLC, MELBOURNE RACING CLUB

Sportsbet/BetEasy merger would dominate online betting market

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 15-Oct-19

New research from Roy Morgan shows that a global merger of The Stars Group and Flutter Entertainment, the online betting companies in control of Sportsbet and BetEasy, would dominate the Australian online betting market. Over 52% of the estimated 1.7 million Australians aged 18+ who place bets online use either Sportsbet (44% of online bettors) or BetEasy (15%) or both. Other leading online betting sites include TAB.com.au/UBET (35%), Ladbrokes (19%), Bet365.com (11%), TABtouch.com.au (3%) and Betfair.com.au (2%). These are the latest findings from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey, derived from in-depth face-to-face interviews with over 50,000 Australians each year in their homes.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, SPORTSBET AUSTRALIA, BETEASY PTY LTD, TAB.COM.AU, UBET, LADBROKES GROUP PLC, BET365 GROUP LIMITED, TABTOUCH.COM.AU, BETFAIR.COM.AU, THE STARS GROUP, FLUTTER ENTERTAINMENT

Betting on races attracts older gamblers than sports betting

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 18-Jun-19

New research from Roy Morgan shows that 1.8 million Australians aged 18+ place bets in an average three months, including 1.5 million who bet on racing events (7.9%) and over 620,000 (3.2%) who place Sports bets. The Roy Morgan Gambling Currency Report also shows that 12.3% of men now have a bet in an average three months, compared to only 6% of women. Analysis shows that betting on Racing is most appealing for 50-79 year olds; over 10% of Australians aged 50-64 years old and 9.3% of 65-79 year olds bet on Racing, compared to only 3.1% of 18-24 year olds. In fact 18-24 year olds are more likely to bet on Sports (3.6%) than Racing – the only age group for which Sports betting is more popular. The likelihood of betting on Sport increases to 3.8% of 25-34 year olds and 4.9% of 35-49 year olds, before dropping off substantially for Australians aged 50+. The differential is most stark for Australians aged 80+, with 8.2% betting on Racing compared to less than 1% that bet on Sports.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED

Tabcorp hits out over 40pc first strike

Original article by Sarah-Jane Tasker
The Australian – Page: 17 & 21 : 18-Oct-18

Tabcorp Holdings’ remuneration report was rejected by 40.4 per cent of shareholders at its 2018 annual meeting. Tabcorp chair Paula Dwyer attributes the high protest vote to factors such as the wagering group’s decision to terminate its Sun Bets joint venture in the UK and a record fine of $45m for breaching anti-money-laundering and counterterrorism financing laws. Dwyer has also accused proxy advisers of providing misleading information to investors about Tabcorp, and says shareholders should engage directly with the company rather than via such advisers.

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TABCORP HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX TAH, SUN BETS, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, TATTS GROUP LIMITED – ASX TTS, CALTEX AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX CTX, AUSTRALIA. ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPT. AUSTRALIAN TRANSACTION REPORTS AND ANALYSIS CENTRE, AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE, AUSTRALIAN SHAREHOLDERS’ ASSOCIATION

Pokies still the King of gambling in Australia

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 30-Apr-18

The Roy Morgan Gambling Currency Reports show that poker machines (including online) account for 56.7% of all the dollars gambled in Australia. Meanwhile, 20.7% of the gambling dollar is spend on all forms of betting, including sports betting (5.2%) and horse racing, harness racing and greyhounds (15.5%). Lottery/Scratch tickets make up a further 14.2% of Australia’s gambling dollars, followed by Casino table games (including online) at 5.0% and Keno at 3.4%. Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine notes that more than 2.7 million Australians aged 18+ (14.2%) use a poker machine in an average three months, significantly higher than the two million Australians (10.5%) who place a bet on a horse race, harness race, greyhounds or sporting event.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED

Australian betting market dominated by racing

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 23-Apr-18

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey shows that racing commands nearly 75% of the Australian betting market. Horse racing is the dominant form of betting, comprising 50.9% of the betting market, while a further 12.5% of Australians aged 18+ bet on greyhound racing and 11.4% bet on harness racing. Sports betting itself equals 25% of the money Australians bet in 2017 and this is dominated by the two major football codes, which comprise more than half of Australian sports betting; 7.6% of money bet in Australia is on NRL/State of Origin markets, just ahead of the 6.8% bet on AFL-related events. The balance of 10.7% is spread around all other sports including tennis, cricket, basketball, swimming, football, netball and cycling. Analysis by age shows that Australians aged 35-49 and 50-64 are most likely to bet, as are people from Victoria and New South Wales (including the ACT).

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED

CrownBet wins race for William Hill

Original article by Sarah-Jane Tasker
The Australian – Page: 28 : 7-Mar-18

CrownBet will become Australia’s third-largest wagering group after securing a deal to acquire the local arm of UK-based William Hill for $A300m. Rival bidder Sportsbet was trumped after CrownBet’s bid gained the support of its major shareholder, The Stars Group, which bought its controlling stake from Crown Resorts in 2017. William Hill chose to withdraw from the Australian market due to rising losses and a ban on credit betting.

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CROWNBET PTY LTD, WILLIAM HILL AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, WILLIAM HILL PLC, THE STARS GROUP, SPORTSBET AUSTRALIA, CROWN RESORTS LIMITED – ASX CWN, TABCORP HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX TAH, BETSTARS, POKERSTARS, AUSTRALIA. FOREIGN INVESTMENT REVIEW BOARD, NORTHERN TERRITORY. RACING COMMISSION

Pay TV exemption for gambling ads riles rival broadcasters

Original article by Andrew Tillett
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 2 : 8-Feb-18

Free-to-air TV networks have urged the Federal Government to ensure a level playing field regarding its a ban on gambling advertisements during live sports broadcasts. The Australian Subscription Television & Radio Association wants an exemption from the ban for pay-TV sports channels that have low ratings, arguing that they are mainly watched by adults. The proposed exemption, which is outlined in ASTRA’s new draft code of practice for pay-TV, is also opposed by the Greens, the Nick Xenophon Team and Responsible Wagering Australia.

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AUSTRALIAN SUBSCRIPTION TELEVISION AND RADIO ASSOCIATION (ASTRA) INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, NICK XENOPHON TEAM, RESPONSIBLE WAGERING AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS, SPORTSBET AUSTRALIA, LADBROKES, CROWNBET PTY LTD, BETFAIR AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Tatts all folks: Tabcorp wins bid

Original article by Sarah-Jane Tasker
The Australian – Page: 19 : 13-Dec-17

Some 98.64 per cent of Tatts Group shareholders voted in favour of a merger with Tabcorp Holdings at a scheme of arrangement meeting on 12 December. The enlarged Tabcorp will boast a market capitalisation of about $A11bn and pro-forma annual revenue of $A5bn. Tatts’ outgoing CEO Robbie Cooke noted at its last AGM that the gaming and lotteries group’s market value has risen by $A2.5bn since he took the helm five years ago. Tatts chairman Harry Boon will join the Tabcorp board.

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TABCORP HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX TAH, TATTS GROUP LIMITED – ASX TTS, LADECO AIRLINES, GVC CORPORATION