Archives for December 17, 2018

Ladbrokes is in Deep Doo Doo

The Gambling Commission is investigating claims made in the Guardian that Ladbrokes agreed to pay nearly £1 million to the victims of a problem gambler who funded his habit with stolen money, in return for not informing the industry’s regulator.

A report in the newspaper Dec. 17 said the British man—who ran a property business in Dubai—had stolen from clients in order to gamble, five of whom complained to Ladbrokes…

Source: Ladbrokes Under Investigation by Gambling Commission

British Horseracing Authority stands firm in call for whip to be banned

An impassioned call for the use of the whip in racing to be banned met with a rigorous response from the British Horseracing Authority on Wednesday.

Respected journalist Matthew Syed said in his column in The Times the racing industry was “in denial” and that “pain is being inflicted upon animals for the purpose of making them run faster.”

He added: “It is in the interests not only of horses but of racing itself to consign the use of this device for the purposes of increasing speed to the scrapheap of history”.

Responding on Twitter, the BHA said: “If horses behaved as if they were in pain, then the millions of people who watch the sport – and the thousands who take part and dedicate their lives to the care of these animals – wouldn’t accept it.

Would Sports betting hurt or help Washington’s horse-racing industry?

When the U.S. Supreme Court held the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) unconstitutional in May 2018, it left the decision whether or not to regulate and tax sports betting up to each state.

In Washington state, there are several stakeholders in the debate over potential regulations, ranging from behavioral health advocates to Washington’s tribes. Another eyes the impending, burgeoning industry with what seems to be a complex combination of worry and hope: horse racing.

Doug Moore, the Executive Secretary of the Washington Horse Racing Commission (WHRC), represented the WHRC at the Washington State House Commerce & Gaming Committee work session last week. Moore showed that the horse-racing industry in Washington has experienced a steep decline in recent years as other forms of gambling have been introduced — with the most significant impact hitting after the first tribal casino opened in 1991…