Scots are biggest gamblers in the UK

THE full extent of Scotland's gambling habit has been exposed in a study which shows three-quarters of people in Scotland have taken part in some form of betting in the past year.

Who says thou shalt not gamble? Church minister wins big in Postcode Lottery

SAINT Paul wrote that "the love of money is the root of all evil" and the Book of Proverbs warns: "Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle."

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PartyGaming bets it can become world No 1

INTERNET betting firm PartyGaming is to press on with deal-making after its tie-up with Austria's Bwin to create the world's biggest online gaming company.

Investors see Ladbrokes as worth a punt with galvaniser Glynn at helm

NEW Ladbrokes chief executive Richard Glynn has stamped his mark on the bookmaker with the announcement of a management shake-up, the restoration of the company's dividend and a deal to buy gambling machines for its outlets.

PartyGaming and Bwin to form world's biggest online gaming group

PARTYGAMING and Austrian firm Bwin yesterday unveiled plans to merge, creating the world's biggest online gaming company.

William Hill unveils plans to offshore

BOOKMAKER William Hill is to move its telephone business offshore and review some loss-making betting shops amid concerns over the UK tax system.

Spain weren't the only ones to win World Cup plaudits

WILLIAM Hill yesterday said the World Cup was one of the best for bookmakers in 40 years after the tournament helped drive a 7 per cent hike in half-year sales at its betting shops.

IG Group betting on 25% rise in profits

SPREADBETTING group IG Group is benefiting from market volatility with full-year profits expected to come in ahead of expectations.

Web bookmaker in talks with US

BRITISH online gaming firm Sportingbet is hoping to agree a settlement with US authorities before the end of the year to protect it from the threat of prosecution, said chief executive Andrew McIver.

Ladbrokes loses fight for Dutch net bets

LADBROKES and Betfair have lost a battle with the Dutch gaming authorities over their right to accept internet bets from punters in Holland.

Punters' 'cracking year' hits Paddy

BOOKMAKER Paddy Power said a "cracking" year for punters had left it with a 15 per cent slide in profits after a run of exceptionally customer-friendly sporting results.

Pub boss takes a gamble on Scottish theme for old casino

A FORMER city centre casino and A-listed church is set to be transformed into a Scottish-themed pub and restaurant, creating more than 60 jobs.

'Wave of mergers' may be on the cards for gambling companies

ONLINE gambling group 888 predicted that 2010 could be a year of widespread consolidation for the industry, confirming it was on the hunt for acquisitions.

Snooker players questioned over irregular betting allegations

TWO snooker stars were questioned by police today over alleged irregular betting patterns during a UK Championship match.

Dividend cut as Ladbrokes joins list of battered bookies

A RUN of poor figures for the UK's bookmakers continued yesterday when Ladbrokes reported a fall in profits and cut its dividend.

Online growth for William Hill as profit dips

WILLIAM Hill, Britain's largest bookmaker, warned it was likely to miss profit targets this year because of poor results from major sporting fixtures and a slowdown in high-street gambling. The group posted pre-tax profits of £91.5 million for the six months to the end of June, down from £111.1m a year earlier, as snow cancelled race meetings and more favourites won races.

Investors take punt on spread betting

SPREAD betting was once seen as the domain of City dealers who had the knowledge – and the taste for risk – to gamble thousands of pounds on the direction of shares, indices and commodities.

STV launches first public service TV gambling show with NetPlay

STV has become one of the first public service broadcasters to take advantage of a recent Ofcom ruling allowing it to broadcast interactive gambling shows.

Power bets on software firm's ID technology

IRISH bookmaker Paddy Power, which is expanding in the UK, has signed up a Scottish software firm to check the age and identity of online gamblers.

Police investigate snooker result

POLICE are investigating the result of a snooker match between Stephen Maguire and Jamie Burnett.

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