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DraftKings Launches sports betting in New Hampshire

DraftKings the leading fantasy and sports betting site has launched their online platform to New Hampshire residents.

New Hampshire has become only the second New England state to allow sports betting to players over 18 years old. Residents can now legally place bets on their favourite teams using DraftKings online sportsbook.

To celebrate governor Chris Sununu placed the first bet of $82 on New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl.

For New Hampshire punters the timing couldn’t be more perfect, just as the NFL play-offs are about to start.

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New Hampshire Gov Chris Sununu is so confident New England Patriots will win the Super Bowl he placed the states first-ever bet.

This follows the approval of sports betting back in May 2018 where the US Supreme Court overturned a federal ban on gambling in all states but Nevada.

Since then New Jersey, Rhode Island and Delaware have given the nod to legalised sports betting in their respective states.

New Hampshire goes all in

Back in July 2019 New Hampshire lawmakers signed a bill to create a new state-run lottery, the New Hampshire Lottery, which has full control and approval of applications for gambling companies in the state.

In November officials agreed a six-year contract between the New Hampshire Lottery and Draftkings – the Boston-based sports betting company. In the agreement, half of the revenue generated from DraftKings will go back into state education.

The deal is expected to produce up to $8 million for New Hampshire education programs in 2021 and this figure could double to $16 million by 2022.

Best New Hampshire Sports Betting Sites

DraftKings are not the only sportsbook for NH punters to play. Here’s a list of the best New Hampshire sports betting sites you can signup to now.

Currently New Hampshire Lottery has approved gambling licences of up to 10 physical store locations and online/ mobile gambling platforms, with further applications being processed.

DraftKings has yet to confirm an exact date for their retail bookmaker stores in New Hampshire, but they anticipate it to be ready for the later end of 2020.

Massachusetts applies the brakes

Players in neighboring Massachusetts will have to wait a bit longer while officials decide whether or not to legalise sport betting in the state. The Legislature Economic Development and Emerging Technology Committee are currently reviewing the proposal but it’s unlikely we will see any action taken until mid 2020.

Massachusetts officials have been slow off the mark to implement any legislative changes to gambling in the state.

While it’s frustrating for MA gamblers, it is a screwed move by the state to monitor how early adopters have implemented the legislation in their respective states and possibly learn from any mistakes made.

Massachusetts state Governor, Charlie Baker said:

“The expectation is that its something that the legislature will take up before the end of the session which ends in July, but I would be very surprised if it got done before then.”

Bet365 WILL Struggle in US Market Without a Partner

Bet365’s joint chief executive Denise Coates has been in the headlines this week following news that the gambling founder, joint CEO with John Coates, earned an astonishing £323m.

To put this into perspective that’s 60 times greater than the median pay of just under £5m for CEOs in the top 100 UK companies.

While there is no justification to reward yourself such a ludicrous salary, there’s no denying their accomplishments.

By 2023 the US gambling market could be worth a staggering $19b.

Coates has done a remarkable job over the past decade, building the Bet365 brand as the leading online sportsbook in the UK. All of this in one of the fastest and competitive industries to be in.

On average Bet365 has just over 15 million active users, in comparison Paddy Power gets just 6 million.

That’s how far Bet365 are ahead of their nearest rival.

Eye off the ball

But while business is booming in the UK for Bet365, it appears that the gambling giant may have taken their eye off the ball when it comes to business across the pond.

In May 2018 gambling groups overturned a federal ban in the supreme court, in effect allowing sports betting in the US, and states across the United States have been applying for gambling licences.

Since then sports betting brands have been eager to get a slice of American pie. Most notable was Flutter Entertainment who own Paddy Power and Betfair acquisition of fantasy sports book FanDuel for $465m last year.

Both FanDuel and privately owned DraftKings own over three-quarter of the US sports betting market, putting Flutter in a comfortable position.

And it looks like Flutter are about to score another slam-dunk when it acquires Stars Group in early 2020. Stars Group has also released a new sports betting platform FoxBet in partnership with Fox Sports.

Flutter Entertainment’s shrewd acquisitions have put it in a great position to dominate the US market.

This could provide Flutter Entertainment unprecedented access to Fox Sports viewers.

Stiff Competition

It’s not just Flutter that are securing deals with dominant market players in the US.

Ladbrokes owner GVC Holdings has also joined forces with MGM Holdings and FoxBet, and together have launched a $200m venture with BetMGM earlier this month.

GVC Chief Executive, Adam Greenblatt has reinforced his companies investments are “for the long term.”

This leaves Bet365 without a dancing partner in what is possibly the most lucrative gambling market to open its doors in over a half a century.

Lucrative Proposition

The earnings potential in the US market could far exceed any other.

Some gambling insiders have estimated it could exceed $19b within three years. This is five times greater than the total revenue in the UK and with only two-thirds of US states legalising sports betting by this time.

A Faux Par

Bet365 recently released its trial beta sportsbook to punters in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, but have already hit a hurdle when some players noticed that NFL games were categorised under “American Football” and not under “Football” which most punters would expect.

It’s subtle cultural differences such as this that makes me believe that Bet365 need a tie-in with a major US sport betting brand before it’s too late.

In my mind it would have made more sense for Coates to have paid a premium for a super brand such as DraftKing instead of giving half of her earnings to the taxman.

Whether the Bet365 board have already tried this or not, they have failed to find a suitable partner with a big enough presence to make a real impact here.

It’s quite likely Bet365 will struggle in a market where it is lesser known, and at a time where UK gambling authorities are considering restricting the amount punters can bet online, which will certainly impact on profits in 2020.

William Hill Bet Slip Checker | All You Need to Know 2020

William Hill have come to the rescue yet again.

This time they’ve created a cracking app that saves you time checking if your accumulator or any other bet has come in.

The William Hill Bet Slip Checker does exactly what is says on the tin.

You can check instantly whether your a winner by entering your betting slip code.

And it’s really simple to do.

  1. Go to the Bet Slip Checker homepage.
  2. Manually enter your bet slip number – You can find this beneath the William Hill logo.
  3. Click the Submit button.
  4. The result below will tell you if you have won.

So there’s no need to check if the results of your complicated 5-fold acca have come in. Just go to the William Hill Bet Slip Checker to find out instantly if you’ve won.

You can even setup a shortcut icon on your mobile homepage to make it even quicker.

Partial Cash Out Your Bet Slip

Did you also know you can partially cash out your bet using the bet slip checker.

Once you submit your code you’ll be given the option to cash out your bet with the cash out price displayed.

Simply accept the cash out and enter your details to transfer your winnings.

It couldn’t be simpler!

In-Store Bet Slip Scanner

Alternatively William Hill also has a number of in-store bet slip scanner terminal.

This will scan the unique QR code on the bet slip and automatically check if you have a winning slip.

It’s really convenient if your in a rush and there’s a queue of punters after a game or race collecting their winnings.

But before you go…

Regular William Hill Punter?

Did you know: That a staggering 2.3% of all winning bet slips are never claimed.

There are two reasons for this:

  • Either the bet slip has been misplaced or lost.
  • Or worse, punter doesn’t realise it’s a winning slip.

Don’t live in the dark ages!

If you enjoying poping into your local William Hill bookmaker on a Saturday to meetup with mates that’s perfectly fine.

But why not sign-up to the in-store William Hill Plus card.

“There’s no need for a bet slip as all your bets are kept on your plus card.”

And you can keep track of all your bets with the William Hill mobile app.

BEST still, if you win you can have your winnings transferred to your bank account without having to pop back into your local branch.

If you’re not already a William Hill online customer, you can take advantage of an exclusive offer of Bet £10 Get £30 in free bets. Free bets come with a 30x wager and must be used within 14 days. Just be sure to check the terms and conditions before you register.

Our Verdict

While i’m all for punters popping into the local bookmakers to help out the highstreet, nothing would annoy me more than tossing a winning ticket away without knowing.
Online tools such as William Hill Bet Slip checker are designed to ensure that punters avoid this problem – which can easily happen if you’re distracted.

Alternatively you can sign-up to Plus card which gives you more flexibility. Holding all your bets on one card and ensuring that even if you lose your card, your slips are still safe ready to payout.

Plus it saves you having to carry bet slips around, winner!

Should you Clear Bookmaker Cookies when Gambling?

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Summary:

  • Bookmakers within holdings could potentially share data between companies.
  • What data protection rights you have and are they enough to protect you.
  • How to delete bookmaker cookies and setup private web browser windows.

Harvesting Your Data

Nowadays we hand over far too much information of ourselves on the internet.

And in most cases users don’t even realise they are doing it.

Most of the information we give away is relatively harmless, such as our geographical location or products we’re interested in.

So how do companies collect this information?

One word… Cookies.

Nearly every time you go on a new website you will be asked to accept their terms and use of cookies.

In fact our site betotg.com uses basic google analytics meta-data, to collate user information about which pages users have viewed and the length of time spent on each one. So we can see which content is more engaging to our users.

But what are cookies and should you be concerned?

What are Cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of data sent from websites and stored onto your computer to record user browsing activity. In some cases it can be something as simple recording the items in your basket. So the next time you browse the same site, the items will still be there in the basket saving you time.

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Deleting cookies really quite simple, as you’ll find out.

So as you can see cookies hold very simple pieces of user information. It’s not monitoring or recording your every move, it’s not that smart.

Suffice to say that in general most cookie data is harmless and not much use to other websites.

Essentially cookies are your personal preference data for each website. So the cookies of one site is of no use to the cookies of another.

Fair Game?

The problem is that bookmakers have a reputation of not playing fair.

Over the years there have been various articles raising the issue of bookmakers installing so called iesnare which aims to scrape as much meta-data it can to build-up a profile of the user.

And the worse part is it’s completely legal!

As bookmakers say that they are retrieving data about the device, such as IP address or browsing history, and NOT the users themselves.

In the past bookmakers have defended their actions stating they are forced to do this due to regulation, and without this software it would be impossible to meet regulatory guidelines set out by the Gambling commission which include; ensuring that no money laundering occurs on their platform.

Personally I think this is pathetic excuse, even by bookmakers standards…

But fore warned is fore armed, and understanding the limitations of what bookmakers can and can’t extract from you is a means to fight back.

Should I be worried about Bookmakers Cookies?

Well maybe…

You see, cookie data should be defended by the Same-Origin Policy, which prevents one site from accessing and reading the cookies of another.

Technically there’s nothing stopping websites accessing other cookies. What legally protects you is the Same Origin policy.

Case closed then?

Well no quite, as some bookmakers are part of the same holdings company and this is where it becomes unclear.

Flutter Group currently owns Paddy Power and Betfair, and looks set to own Skybet and Foxbet in 2020

Paddy Power and Betfair are part of the same group Flutter Entertainment. And GVC Holdings owns and operates both Ladbrokes and Coral sportsbooks.

It’s possible that Paddy Power and Betfair cookies are part of the same group of cookies (Flutter Group) and can therefore share data between companies.

I will stress there is no concrete evidence that this is happening and is purely speculation, but it is plausible.

So what should you do if you are concerned by bookmaker cookies?

Well you could of course delete the data every time you finish a web browsing session.

In fact you can set this up in a couple of minutes and is fairly straightforward to do.

In this following section we’ll go through a step-by-step process of clearing your existing cookies and setting up an automatic “clear cookies” every time you close your web browser.

Don’t worry we’ll still keep your autofill data for usernames and passwords, so you don’t need to complete this every time you log into websites, this is purely meta data stored in cookies.

Deleting Bookmaker Cookies  – Chrome Browser

Android Devices

1. Tap on the Chrome Icon
2. At the right of the address bar tap DOTS > Settings
3. Tap on Privacy > Clear Browsing Data.
4. Set Time Range to All Time and check the box Cookies and Site Data.
5. Finally tap on the Clear Data button on the bottom right-hand corner.

Unfortunately Chrome on Android does not allow automated clearing of cookies, so we suggest you use a private window, which we show you how to setup further below.

Desktop Devices

1. At the right of the address bar click DOTS > Settings.
2. On the left-hand sidebar select Advanced > Privacy and Security > Clear Browsing Data
3. Set Time Range to All Time and check the box Cookies and Site Data.
4. Click the Clear Data button on the bottom right-hand corner to delete all cookies.

To clear cookies every time you close Chrome

5. Select Privacy and Security > Site Settings > Cookies and Data
6. Then check “Clear cookies and site data when you quit Chrome” switch.
7. Close the window and your cookies data will be cleared.

Wait! I just want to clear bookmaker cookies and keep cookies from other websites.

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How to open a new Private Window in Firefox.

In that case you will need to open a New Private Window or Incognito as it’s known on Google Chrome.

This allows you to open a blank web browser window that’s separate from your existing window with no cookie data – treat it like a new blank session.

Once you’ve finished browsing the bookmakers site, simply close the window using the cross in the upper right-hand corner and the cookie data for that window is automatically cleared.

Open a New Private Incognito Window for Bookmaker sites

This is really simple to do.

Chrome:

At the right of the address bar click DOTS > New Incognito Window.

Firefox:

At the right of the address bar click VERT > New Private Window.

You can also open a private window quickly on desktop by holding Ctrl+Shift+N on Chrome or Ctrl+Shift+P on Firefox.

The new private “incognito” window should appear. You can now browse bookmaker sites in this window privately.

Once you close the window the session will end and your cookies will be deleted.

It’s recommended that you open private windows for each bookmaker, as cookies are still used being used per session. So i’d recommend opening a new private window and to close this down once you have finished with that particular bookmaker and open a new one if you want to switch to another bookie.

One Caveat with using Incognito Windows

There is one word of caution when using private “incognito” windows, and that is that websites can detect whether you are using a private window or not.

This is fine for most websites, but I would be cautious about using them with bookmakers, as it might make them suspicious about your intentions and they could monitor you activity more frequently.

Be careful, bookmakers can now detect if you are using a Private Incognito Window.

The reason for including this is that it gives you “options” whether to include this or not – ultimately it’s your decision.

Final Thoughts

Just to be clear, there is no clear evidence that bookmakers within the same holdings company use “group cookies” to share data between companies. I’m no expert in web development nor litigation as to whether this is possible.

Whilst I would prefer to provide as little information as possible to bookmakers, I generally do not worry about clearing cookies.

Chances are that you’re more likely to alert bookmakers to your account if they see you wiping your cookies or detecting a private incognito window every time you access the site.

So if your a frequent user of just one bookmaker I would advise you leave your cookies alone.

However, for matched betting players aiming to “game” bookmakers and who are frequent switchers, I do think there is some mileage in doing this, as it’s likely that you will switch between bookmakers and exchanges.

So if you’re using Paddy Power or Betfair Sportsbook and then switching to Betfair Exchange to lay the other trade, it’s almost certain they will detect your activity and gubb your account sooner.

7 Best Ewallets for Gambling Sites – Definitive Comparison Guide 2020

Summary:

  • The digitization of money continues at a rapid rate and bookmakers are desperate to ride this trend.
  • Why mobile ewallets are simpler and more secure than traditional debit card payments.
  • Complete comparison guide to the latest and best ewallets for gambling which you can download and use today.
  • Finally which ewallet I currently use for sports betting and why.

Content:
Secular Shift to Digital Wallets
Ewallets in Gambling
So Many Choices
7 Best eWallets for Gambling Sites
Bookmaker eWallets for Central and East Asia
Pros and Cons of Gambling eWallets
The Downside to eWallets
What about Google Pay?
Hang on… You Missed out Bitcoin?

The Secular Shift to Digital Wallets

best ewallets for gamblingOnline digital payments may sound like brand new ground-breaking tech, but they’ve been been around for quite some time.

Just take PayPal as an example, the company has been operating since the late 90’s.

But it wasn’t until mobile apps and big players such as Google and Apple stepped in that we started to see a shift in consumer appetite to electronic wallets – or ewallets for short.

In a recent poll 21% of sportsbook customers regularly use ewallets to transfer funds.

Within this group 48% account for 18-34 year-olds – that’s nearly half of all gambling ewallets are held by this age group.

And this growth looks set to continue into the next decade as more gambling customers switch from the highstreet to online and we move to a cashless society.

Ewallets in Gambling

But this trend hasn’t caught the gambling industry off-guard.

Bookmakers and casino sites have been well prepared and stayed ahead of the curve when it comes to early adoption of financial technology – fintech.

In fact while researching for this article I found that Paddy Power had accepted Neteller ewallet payments since 2006 – so well over a decade.

They were also early adopters of online payment services such as PayPal with most major bookmakers now accepting the digital service.

So Many Choices…

Nowadays punters have more choices than ever on how to deposit funds to gambling sites.

Bwin has over twenty eight different payment methods!

The problem is which one should you go with?

After all half of these companies you’ve never heard of, so why should you trust handing over your hard-earned-cash to a mobile payment platform?

After going through every major bookmaker to see what payment options they provide their customers, (for the complete guide you can check out our Banking page) we’ve selected the very best ewallets for gambling.

7 Best eWallets for Gambling Sites

paypal

Were very early adopters in this space – way back in 1998. During the past twenty years they have dominated the online payments industry, accounting for over 72% of all ewallet transactions.

Accepted by Bookmakers:
888sport, Bet365, Paddy Power, William Hill, Coral, Betvictor, Betway, Sportnation, Racebets, Masion Bet, Bwin, 10Bet, Betstars, Tonybet, Mobilewins.

Withdrawal times: Within 24hrs
Deposit Limit: £10
Transaction Fee’s: None
Mobile App: Available

Pros – Most widely used ewallet on the planet and accepted by most bookmakers
Cons – Bank account verification process can take some time.

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Neteller is a global leader in the industry for ewallets and can be used with a variety of merchants including Spotify and Google.

Neteller also accepts Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency deposits.

Accepted by Bookmakers:
888sport, Bet365, Paddy Power, Betfred, William Hill, Coral, Betway, Totesports, Racebets, Matchbook, Come On, Bwin, 10Bet, Leovegas Sports, Betstars, Royal Panda Sports, Mobilebet, Tonybet, Fans Bet and Mobilewins.

Withdrawal times: Within 12hrs
Min Deposit: £15
Transaction Fee’s: None
Deposit to Bookie: Free
Mobile App: Available

Pros – Quick setup time and great mobile interface.
Cons – Demands additional security passwords which are necessary to access account.

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skrill Built a strong reputation as a reliable and trustworthy payment service, so much so that they are accepted by most major bookmakers.

 

Accepted by Bookmakers:
Bet365, Paddy Power, Betfred, William Hill, Coral, Betvictor , Totesports, Racebets, Matchbook, Come On, Bwin, 10Bet, Leovegas Sports, Betstars, Royal Panda Sports, Mobilebet, Tonybet, Fans Bet and Mobilewins.

Withdrawal times: 24hrs
Minimum Deposit: £10
Transaction Fee’s: None
Mobile App: Available

Pros – Accepted by most leading bookmakers.
Cons – User interface is slightly confusing.

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Apples own digital wallet is not just accepted online but widely used on the highstreet. With fingerprint password protection, you won’t find a more secure and trusted brand.

 

Accepted by Bookmakers:
888sport, Bet365, Paddy Power, Betfred, William Hill, Betfair, Sportingbet, Bwin, Mobilebet.

Withdrawal times: NA
Minimum Deposit: £5
Transaction Fee’s: None
Mobile App: Available

Pros – Can also be used in most retail stores.
Cons – Available on Apple devices only.

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A lesser-known ewallet but beginning to gain momentum and is now accepted by some well known bookmakers.

Accepted by Bookmakers:
William Hill, Coral, Bwin, 10Bet, Tonybet, Fans Bet, Mobile Wins.

Withdrawal times: 24-48hrs
Deposit Limit: £10
Transaction Fee’s: None
Deposit to Bookie: Free
Mobile App: Available

Pros –
Cons –

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Relative newbie in this space with the company only founded in 2015, but already we’re finding this ewallet crop up with a number of bookmakers.

Accepted by Bookmakers:
888Sport, Sportingbet, Bwin, Betstars.

Withdrawal times: 24-48hrs
Deposit Limit: £5
Transaction Fee’s: None
Mobile App: Available

Pros – Low minimum deposit amount.
Cons – Quite new ewallet with very few bookmakers accepting this payment.

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Slightly lesser known brand to the other but has been operating for the past 8 years and built up quite a following with over 14 million users globally.

Accepted by Bookmakers:
888sport, William Hill, Sportnation, Black Type, Come On, Bwin, Leovegas Sports, Mobilebet, Fans Bet, Mobile Wins.

Withdrawal times: 1-2days
Deposit Limit: £10
Transaction Fee’s: None
Mobile App: Available

Pros – Well established brand supported by a large number of bookmakers.
Cons – Time to withdraw is slightly longer than other brands.

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Bookmaker eWallets for Central and East Asia

Qiwi

The leading mobile payment service in Russia with over 21 million customers and accounts for 78.6% of ewallet transactions in the Russian digital payments service.

Currently only William Hill and 888sport are the only western bookmakers that accept QiWi deposits.

It’s highly likely we will see more western bookmakers accept QiWi payments, due to the sheer size of the Russian market and opportunities available there.

Pros and Cons of Gambling eWallets

So why should you switch to ewallets when gambling, what are the advantages?

Don’t get me wrong there’s nothing wrong with using traditional debit card payments, but digital ewallets have some pretty compelling arguments to convert.

Below is a list of the pros and cons of moving to mobile ewallets. Some of these are fairly obvious, but some are less so.

1. Convenience

It goes without saying but transfers to bookmakers using ewallets are much simpler and quicker than entering debit card details during signing up.

This is more so if you are a frequent “bonus-hopper” i.e. someone who frequently switches bookmaker to take advantage of their new customer offers.

In most cases selecting the correct payment carrier will automatically redirected you to the mobile app. From there you simply enter your password and confirm the amount you want to transfer, and hey presto you’re done!

There’s also a huge security benefit to this which we’ll come to further down.

2. Two Factor Authentication

Where mobile ewallets come into their own is with enhanced two-factor authentication. You may have already used this feature to sign into your Amazon or Ebay accounts.

Generally it requires you to enter a six digit number that the carrier sends to your mobile as a text message. Simply enter the code into the pop-up screen and you’re done.

This ensures the carrier that your account hasn’t been hacked as only you can confirm the transaction when receiving the text on your mobile device.

3. Fast Winnings Withdrawals

It feels incredible when you win big.

But the problem that most of us face is not having the funds available straight away to celebrate.

With ewallet funding you may get your winnings back sooner than you think.

In general ewallet transaction times are twice as fast as card transfers. Ewallets usually take between 24-48 hours. In contrast traditional banking can be anywhere between 3-4 working days.

4. Enhanced Security – Protect your Card!

Generally we don’t know for sure that the device we’re using hasn’t been compromised in some way, either by a hacker gaining access or by an inconspicuous virus.

In the past, viruses made themselves visible to the user to somehow extort money from the user. But more modern viruses are much more sophisticated and will sit in the background monitoring your activity and collecting information you enter such as debit card information.

Now this is not intended to scare anyone that their mobile or laptop is infected. The point i’m making here is that the less information you enter while online, the less chance there is of someone stealing your information and use it against you.

In contrast if you have an ewallet already setup on your phone, you simply tap the icon and enter your password.

In some cases you can also use a keylocker and your finger print to unlock your ewallets password, eliminating any keystrokes from the process and enhancing security – not to mention it’s pretty cool!

The Downside to eWallets

Ok so ewallets are not without their flaws.

Below is a list of issues we came across while using ewallets for gambling sites.

Deposit Limits

Similar to your wireless bank card, ewallets have a daily deposit limit of £30. So once you transfer £30 into you bookmakers account, you won’t be able to repeat this until the following day.

But don’t worry…

You can resolve this by speaking to a member of customer services and request that this threshold is increased to an amount your comfortable with.

On the plus side, this helps anyone who spends too much time gambling to limit the amount they spend each day.

Welcome Bonus Restrictions

In some cases we have found restrictions on using ewallets to receive new customer sign-up bonuses.

So if you are a first time depositor with a bookmaker and want to take advantage of their offer, just make sure you check all of the acceptable deposit options available.

As part of our comparison guide above, we’ve highlighted which bookmakers exclude certain ewallets as part of their promotions.

Just make sure you check the bookmakers terms and conditions that your ewallet can be used before depositing.

Transaction Fees

Nearly all ewallet providers will charge customers a small transaction fee to transfer funds back into your ewallet.

It’s unclear whether bookmakers will include this as part of their commission for processing the transfer, so it is best to check with them before requesting the transfer.

Fees will vary but are generally within 1-2% range of the total amount to be received.

What about Google Pay?

Well surprisingly the worlds largest search engine has only one supporter when it comes to mobile payments.

Bet365.

Yes Bet365 is the only bookmaker that currently (as of late 2019) offers Google Pay as a payment option.

Why is this?

Well we could speculate a number of reasons, but I think it’s more than likely the requirements to be a registered Google Pay bookmaker will be quite high and so most will avoid having to do this.

I do believe as more and more customers start using Google Pay to pay for groceries and everyday items, we’ll see bookmakers and casinos adopt this payment option.

Hang on… You Missed out Bitcoin?

What about Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies? Surely they should be included in the list of ewallets?

While it’s true that crypto currencies are in fact digital cash and should be included, the trouble is there are just too many wallets to choose from.

As a result we’ve decided to write a separate article that’s dedicated to crypto wallets which should be released shortly.

Our Verdict

Digital ewallets have come such a long way over the past decade (I still remember the first release of Neteller!) and their integration as mobile apps will only simplify the way we pay for goods and services in the future.

Punters do need to be aware that some ewallets CANNOT be used if you want to take advantage of bookmaker new customer offers.

But for the rest of us that frequently use the same bookie you could save time and enhance your security by adding one of the ewallets we’ve discussed, chances are you may already have an account with one.

So what do you think? Have you used any of the ewallets for sports betting we’ve discussed? Let me know in the comments section.

[1] Those are customers based in UK, US and Australia.

Paddy Power announces £10b merger with PokerStars

Betfair and Paddy Power’s parent company Flutter Entertainment announced last week its intention to acquire Stars Group in a deal worth £10 billion.

The merger still needs approval from both UK and Canadian authorities, but provided it goes through the deal would create the worlds largest gambling operator in terms of revenue.

Those that unfamiliar with Stars Group (formerly Amaya Gaming) will certainly have heard of their brands which include sportsbook heavy-weight Skybet UK, Oddschecker, Pokerstars and Full Tilt.

The two companies announced that Flutter Entertainment would acquire Stars Group in an all-share purchase – a £200m premium to Stars’ current valuation. Flutter shareholders would own 55 percent of the new company with Stars’ owners holding the remainder.

During the announcement Flutter’s chief executive Peter Jackson discussed that talks of a merger had been an on-going for the past couple of years.

“This will give us a much bigger platform to operate from. When you’re very small in a market you don’t have anything that differentiates you and you become a bit of a commodity.”

Under the terms Stars’ CEO Rafi Ashkenazi will become chief operating officer.

Revenues in the new-formed company are likely to double those of rival Ladbrokes Coral owners GVC and 50 percent more than Bet365 according to market analysts.

Whilst the two companies have agreed the merger in principle, the deal could take until the third quarter of 2020 as it faces scrutiny from officials in the UK and Australia due to size of the market share the new firm would have.

What’s in it for Flutter?

Cap on FOBT stakes to £2 has been a blow to highstreet bookmakers.Flutter Entertainment’s earnings have struggled in recent years with Paddy Power and Betfair already in saturated markets in the UK, US and Australia.

The UK governments decision to reduce the stake punters can place on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT) from £100 to £2 has been a massive blow for the industry.

In comparison Stars Group is six times bigger outside of Flutter Entertainment’s markets and it’s this reason why the gambling giant are keen to get a deal done.

This will expand their footprint further in Latin America and Asia by acquiring a well established brand in those markets and provide some much needed revenue growth for shareholders.

Stars’ Align

A major contributing factor in the deal came in May when Stars’ made an incredible coup by partnering with Fox Sports for the rights to provide sports betting odds to US viewers. Stars group now has ownership of FoxBet which is a subsidiary of Fox Sports.

In 2018 Paddy Power bought the rights to US fantasy football site FanDuel for shares-ownership in Flutter.

The merger would now consolidate the US market to only four major sports betting players, the others being William Hill, GVC which owns Ladbrokes Coral and Bet365.

Will Punters Benefit from Flutter Entertainment Stars Group Merger?

In short, No.

This is a heavily regulated industry which results in high barriers to entry (meaning a lot of capital and resources just to keep-up with existing companies).

So any concentration in an already niche market can only be bad news for customers.

It’s likely to lead to less favorable odds for punters.

There’s a good chance that this latest merger in sports betting will lead to further consolidation, with other rival bookmakers looking for partners to strengthen their position.

Possible Platform Shake-up?

The only possible glimmer of good news that may come from this deal is that Stars Group may now receive a much needed cash injection to innovate their poker platform.

Rival poker sites such as 888 Poker have completely overhauled their poker platform back in March in an attempt to catch-up with leaders Pokerstars.

Negative earning for Stars’ has lead to its platform falling behind. Flutter should have much needed funds to deploy to Stars Group platforms.

So it’s likely we’ll see a shakeup in all of Stars’ brands to keep ahead of its rivals.

Ladbrokes Odds Boost | All You Need to Know 2020

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In this weeks article we’ll explain how to get your hands on Ladbrokes Odds Boost and how frequently you can use and exploit it.

We’ll also highlight some of the key terms to make sure you qualify for this deal.

Finally we’ll explain when best to use Odds Boost to maximise your returns.

What is Ladbrokes Odds Boost?

ladbrokes odds boostLadbrokes Odds Boost is a simple yet powerful way to boost the odds on specific matches or events.

Punters eligible for odds boost will find tokens available on their bet slip, when they selects odds for a particular game that qualifies for odds boost.

We’ll discuss later how to find out which markets and matches are eligible for odds boost.

How to Qualify for Odds Boost?

First thing you’ll need a Ladbrokes account.

If you don’t have one already we have an exclusive offer of Bet £5 Get £20 in Free Bets. Use the promo code 20FREE.

To get this deal bet a minimum £5 bet within 14 days of setting up the account and use minimum odds of ½ to qualify for 4x £5 free bets.

Follow these Key Terms to Qualify

1. Ladbrokes Odds Boost is NOT available for Paysafe, Skrill, Neteller, PayPal or Moneybookers, so avoid these deposit options.

2. This promotion is available to new and existing punters who are registered in the UK and Republic of Ireland and are eligible to receive Ladbrokes promotions.

3. Any employees, advertising agencies or web promoters associated with this promotion are not eligible for this promotion.

4. Ladbrokes reserves the rights to withdraw this promotion at any time.

How to Claim Ladbrokes Odds Boost

A minimum of one Odds Boost token will be added to your account each day.

Odds Boost tokens will only be available when you have odds on your betslip for qualifying matches/events for specific markets.

For a list of qualifying markets/events go to My Account > Odds Boost for more details.

Only the first £50 of any betslip will have odds boost applied.

Tokens cannot be applied to already enhanced odds such as Ladbrokes Price Boost promotions, but they can be used in conjunction with other promotions. More details of this can be found on the ladbrokes website.

Key Terms and Restrictions

Tokens must be used before the start of specific sporting events otherwise they will expire.

Odds Boost tokens cannot be used with any other products including: Ladbrokes Exchange, Poker, Slots, Casino, Lotto, Pools, Games and Bingo.

Tokens cannot be used in conjunction with new customer free bets – cash only placed bets.

Odds Boost tokens cannot be applied to complex multiples such as Lucky 15 – single and single-line multiples only.

Our Verdict

Clearly any promotion that allows customers to enhance their odds gets our vote.

But make sure you are not attracted into other markets you normally wouldn’t, just to receive odds boost tokens. I’ve seen this time and time again with professional punters that should be follow a specific strategy, but instead are persuaded by bookmaker promotions and loose out.

I do like the feature where tokens will automatically appear on your betslip when you add any stakes eligible for odds boost. Just be sure to apply them before you place anything.

If you happen to receive Ladbrokes Odds Boost while placing a single or accumulator bet then great, but otherwise steer clear.

Could BetVictor Smart Cards for Horse Racing Give you the Edge?

betvictor smart card horse racing

There is no shortage of innovative products being released by BetVictor.

Last week the UK bookmaker launched BetVictor Smart Cards with an aim to take a stronger position in the online horse racing market.

So what makes BetVictor Horse Racing Smart Cards so different?

For the first time ever, you will have access to the latest up to date information from the paddock with smart cards – direct to your mobile.

In the past horse racing race cards were released just 24 hours in advance and remained static until the time of the race.

With BetVictor Smart Cards you get on-track insight from jockey and trainers, along with on-the-day insider tips and dynamic analytical data.

Smart Cards will also highlight any trends in betting activity, so you can make an informed decision and improve your chances.

Following the news, Product Designer – Adam Barnes was keen to discuss the key benefits:

“Traditional racecards remain static and do not update as the day’s racing unfolds. This can result in racecards displaying stale, inaccurate or misleading information. This was the opportunity which we focused on.”

“With Smart Cards we will display a selection of smart stats which are delivered dynamically to our racecards. Each morning, we will analyse the day’s races and deliver the most eye-catching statistics which will give users a better understanding on a horse’s chance in a race.”

BetVictor Smart Card Key Features

Some of features include an alert if a jokey and trainer with a higher than average strike rate team-up.

In this instance the smart card would alert you for that particular race and the number of races they are involved in.

Other live up to date information can be if there is a last minute jockey changes or changes to weather conditions which may or may not favour certain horses.

If in the meeting a jockey or trainer has won two or more races the smart cards will flag this to the user.

Latest BetVictor Offer

If this has peeked your interest we have an exclusive BetVictor offer: Bet £5 Get £40 in Free Bets.

Bet just £5 and get £20 in Sports Free Bets & a £20 Casino Bonus. Free bets must have odds of 2.0 or greater and will expire within 7 days, so make sure you use them.

There is no wagering on sports free bets, but casino bonuses come with a 40 times wager requirement.

Betvictor Horse Racing Smart Cards Q&A:

Where can the horse race smart cards be found?

Simply head over to the Horse Racing tab and click on any of the UK or Irish horse racing events and the Smart Cards should be in front of you.

Where is the information sourced?

Betvictor have a long standing relationship with Timeform which provides horse racing analytical data content.

Do any other bookmakers offer this feature?

No currently Betvictor is the only bookmaker to provide dynamic and up-to-date racecards throughout race-day. It’s likely that other bookmakers will follow-suit giving BetVictor customers and edge.

Our Verdict

While Betvictor Smart Card may not be the holy grail for horse racing fans, it’s clear that they are trying to give their customers an edge over their rivals with the latest, accurate information from the track.

This is such an impressive product that it’s only a matter of time before every other bookmaker cotton’s onto the idea and creates their own. So why not take advantage of this and exploit the narrowing odds while you can.

Matched Betting VPN when Betting Aboard – Stay Under the Radar

If you’ve been matched betting for a while now you know just how lucrative it can be. Even ten pound a day which is relatively straight-forward to make can return a decent monthly earning.

So the last thing you need is any down-time while your away on holiday.

The problem is that most bookmakers will not allow punters to gamble abroad, even if your a UK resident! We’ll come back to the reasons why later on…

In this article we’re going to explain how using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) can help get around betting aboard.

It’s not as technical as it sounds believe me!

We’ll also explain why not all VPN’s are created equal, and how bookmakers can tell if you’re using them and ways of getting round this.

Finally we’ll give you our 5 “Super-Stealth” Matched Betting VPN’s by our very own IP security expert, so you can stay under the radar for longer.

Content:
Money, Money, Money
Why You Can’t Gamble Abroad
How bookmakers detect your Matched Betting Abroad
Matched Betting VPN
Nerd Alert
Benefits of using Matched Betting VPN when Outside UK
Not all VPN’s are created equally
Best VPN’s for Matched Betting
Setup Your Own Home VPN for Free using a Raspberry Pi
Our Verdict

Money, Money, Money

It happens to all great matched bettors eventually…

You finally pull yourself away from the latest Call of Duty and start your matched betting journey.

Within a three months you’re totally hooked earning enough to treat you and the family to a well earning holiday in the costa del brava.

Problem is bookmakers won’t take any of your bets while your abroad, so any time away will be lost earnings for the year.

Fortunately you read a post on a forum where a guy used a VPN while outside of the UK, which allowed him to continue matched betting and his winnings ended up covering half the cost of the holiday.

Why You Can’t Gamble Abroad

So why do bookmakers block punters when gambling outside of the UK?

It’s all down to licencing and regulation.

Each country has its own gambling licence which bookmakers have to apply for before they can operate in that country. Even though a specific bookmaker may have a UK gambling licence there is no guarantee they will have licences in other countries.

There may also be different regulations and rules between countries that restrict certain types of bets.

You also need to careful as some bookmakers may not warn you of licencing restrictions in certain jurisdictions.

In one case, while the bookmaker did not restrict the punter from placing a bet outside of the UK, they refused to pay any winnings as it breached their licencing rules.

So as you can see while some sites may not automatically block you, some may just take your hard earned cash and refuse to pay even if you win.

There are some bookmakers such as Skybet that will list all of the accepted counties where you can use your account abroad, so it’s worth checking out first.

How bookmakers detect your Matched Betting Abroad

Every time you connect to a network, whether it’s your home router or mobile phone provider, your device is assigned an IP address. Think of it as a local area postcode which allows mail (or in this case bytes of data) to be sent back and forth to your device.

It’s this IP address that bookmakers use to find your approximate location (within a mile or two).

But there are ways to change this address, making bookmaker think your in one location when in fact your entirely somewhere else. And that’s with a VPN.

Matched Betting VPN

So what is a VPN?

A Virtual Private Network (or VPN) is a remote private network that extends over a public network, it allows users access as if it were part of the same localised network.

matched betting abroad
VPN’s can be used to hide your precise location from bookmakers.

Lets use your home and work networks as an example.

Both your home and work are private networks, separated by a wider public network (the web).

What a VPN does is that it allows both private networks to be connected together securely, as if they were part of one whole private network. Meaning users can search for and find other computers on that virtual network, but in reality they could be in different cities or even countries.

How do VPN’s hide my location?

The beauty of these virtual networks is that you can use them as a “proxy server” to connect to other public servers such as bookmakers indirectly.

When the bookmaker connects to you they will not see your devices actual destination address, they will only see the address of the virtual network you are connected to.

So if you happen to be outside of Blighty on your holidays, and you connect your mobile or laptop to a VPN within the UK, the bookmaker will only see the location of the VPN.

And not the reality of you placing matched bets by the side of the pool in Cyprus.

Nerd Alert

OK so this sound really technical trying to set-up a VPN connection, I wouldn’t know where to begin??

The great news is you don’t have to have a Phd in computer science to set one up.

And most of the time it should take less than 5 minutes to get you up and running!

There are a number of online companies now that provide VPN services for a ridiculously modest fee (compared to your matched betting earnings over the same period).

So instead of setting up and maintaining a local VPN in your home, these companies have servers based internationally and only requires software or mobile app to connect to.

Benefits of using Matched Betting VPN when Outside UK

Pro’s and Con’s

Most come with a downloadable app
Simple to setup, saves you hours trying to configure your own
Connect multiple devices to the same account
Technical support available
Flat monthly fee
Cost. Generally pay between £3-5 a month for the service

Not all VPN’s are created equally

While VPN’s are great proxies to hide your precise location, they do have their flaws.

VPN vendors have huge banks of servers to handle all of the traffic from their users, so they have a specific number of locations (which are generally found in major cities) in any one country.

The issue with this is that some of these IP addresses are well known to be dedicated VPN servers, which defeats the whole point of using them in the first place for our exercise.

You see VPN’s are generally used as a secure connection between networks, they were not intended to be used as a proxy to provide geographical anonymity for users.

VPN’s do have other practical uses such as proxying to video streaming services such as BBC iPlayer or Netflix. Ever heard that the US generally has much more content and newer films on Netflix than in the UK? With a VPN you can proxy to a US server and watch the films you can’t yet see in the UK.

But as we mentioned before Netflix is aware of this sort of practice and has it’s own blacklist of known VPN servers in the US. So even if you are using a VPN, you might not necessarily get to watch US content.

There are however a small group of VPN service providers with “distributed networks” which are not known to video streaming services or bookmakers (coming back to the original subject).

4 Best Matched Betting VPN’s while abroad

Below is a list of the best “stealth” match betting VPN’s which will keep you under the radar of bookies.

Nord VPN
Best Security for Match Betting
‎Express VPN
Great Performance
Vyper VPN
Easy to use Mobile App
Cyber Ghost VPN
Tons of advanced features

Setup Your Own Home VPN using a Raspberry Pi

Of course it is possible to roll-your-own private VPN in your own home.

The huge advantage of doing this is that the bookmaker will see that you are the same IP address as you normally do, which reduces the chances of you being caught.

The only issue with this is that it takes times to set one up, time which you could spend earning more money with matched betting.

But i’m a sucker for a good challenge and in a future article i’ll show you how to setup a Stealth Fighter Matched Betting VPN using a Raspberry Pi.

Our Verdict

It can be difficult to enjoy a well earned break when you’re missing out on some matched betting earnings.

VPN’s provide a simple solution for any matched bettor looking to circumvent restrictions that come with gambling outside of the UK.

Some commercial VPN’s are well known by bookmakers and likely to give the game away, so it pays to use a high-end VPN that allows for distributed network addresses and we’ve given you a few examples of the best Matched Betting VPN’s on the market.

But punters need to be aware of the implications of doing this, as this will technically be in violation of any bookmaker terms and could result in your account being gubbed sooner rather than later.

Maybe it’s just better laying on the sun lounger and enjoying some time away with the family.

If you’ve had any experience of using VPN’s for betting outside of the UK, leave them in the comments section below.

Betfred Double Delight Hat Trick Heaven DDHH – DOUBLE/TRIPLE Your Odds 2020

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It seem like bookmakers have taken note of the huge success both Paddy and Bet365 have had with their 2UP promotions.

So they’ve come up with their own tantalising offer for you lucky punters.

But Betfred has taken a different approach with a unique offer that knows the socks off 2UP.

In this article we’ll explain what Betfred Double Delight Hat Trick Heaven is and how you can take advantage of this deal.

We’ll also guide you on how to place your first DDHH bet.

Finally we’ll highlight some of the key terms as part of the promotion, so there shouldn’t be anything to catch you out.

Betfred Double Delight Hat Trick Heaven DDHH

So what is Double Delight Hat-Trick Heaven?

Double Delight Hat Trick Heaven is a new promotion from Betfred that can double or triple the odds on your first goal-scorer single bet. If the first goal-scorer scores again Betfred will double your odds and if the same player scores a hat-trick they will triple your odds.

betfred double delight hat trick heaven

Picture the scene…

Harry Kane is the first goal-scorer of the game and your FGS bet at odds of 4/1 comes off – Happy days.

Later in the game Kane bags another one, now your odds have doubled to 8/1!

But wait there’s more to come…

He nets in a third and now the England forward has score a hat-trick so now your odds have tripled to 12/1 or 13 decimal and your dancing round the house!

Betfred DDHH – Getting Started

This sounds great, so how do I get started?

Well the first thing you will need (if you don’t have one already) is to open a Betfred account.

Right now Betfred has a cracking offer to triple your first deposit with Bet £10 Get £30 in free bets.

This offers is for 18+ new customers only. Be sure to read the terms above before joining – for a full list checkout Betfred’s T&C’s

Registration should take less than 5 mins, after that you’re up and running!

How to place Double Delight Hat Trick Heaven bet

The process is really straight-forward.

First thing you’ll need to do is place a first goal scorer pre-match single bet on any of the specific Double Delight Hat-Trick Heaven games.

A full list of games can be found on the DDHH Promotions page. 

Following that the odds will automatically update if your chosen scorer qualifies by scoring more than one goal.

Key Terms and Conditions:

  • This offer is only available online (Betfred.com and Betfred mobile).
    Selected first goal-scorer markets only.
  • Bets must be placed prior to kick-off (exclude in-play promotion).
  • Odds will be doubled if the customer’s chosen first goal-scorer scores first and scores again.
  • Odds will be tripled if the customer’s chosen first goal-scorer scores first and two more times.
  • Offer is fulfilled in cash.
  • Single-based bets only.
  • Own goals do not qualify
  • Goals are only counted in first 90 minutes – extra-time not included.
  • Offer cannot be used in conjunction with free bets.
  • Betfred reserve the right to exclude players from this offer.

What matches are available for Double Delight Hat-Trick Heaven?

If you check out Betfred’s DDHH promotions page, you’ll find a list of all of the games available.

In general most of the major UK football games will be included, such as English Premier League and Championship League, Scottish Premiership, European competitions and International games.

Double Delight Hat Trick Heaven includes In Play Markets!

But wait, Betfred has raised the bar even further!

Due to the huge success of this promotion, Double Delight Hat Trick Heaven is also available on in-play markets.

With DDHH In-Play you get all the same promotional benefits while the game is active.

Some of the terms have changed slightly so make sure you check all of the terms for Double Delight Hat-Trick Heaven In-Play before you place a bet.

Super League DDHH

ddhh super leagueAnd it’s not just football fans that can take advantage of this incredible deal.

Betfred has recently opened it up to rugby fans with Super League Double Delight Hat-Trick Heaven.

Just as the football promotion, Super League punters can also get double and triple the odds on the first try-scorer.

Some of the terms and conditions have changed slightly so be sure to check these before betting.

Our Verdict

Betfred have clearly tried to differentiate themselves from the rest of the herd.

Although it may not draw as much attention as 2UP, Double Delight Hat Trick Heaven can be more lucrative offer for punters to exploit.

But I would strongly suggest you only use this promotion if first goal-scorer bets are already part of your long-term winning strategy. FGS bets are not for the faint hearted due as you are your more likely to lose your shirt than come out on top.

Overall Betfred DDHH offers punters something unique with real value and if you were planning on placing a FGS bet, then this is the cherry on the cake if it comes off.

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