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Worldpay expects Grand National surge for online bookies

first_img HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share Kenneth Alexander: Industry’s regulatory future is in-play as live sport resumes June 15, 2020 Share UK greyhound racing fast-tracks unlimited races June 9, 2020 Payment processing firm Worldpay is predicting a bumper weekend for online bookmakers, as Britain welcomes the 2018 Grand National.With internal research revealing that 45% of over-65s prefer placing bets on a mobile device as opposed to in-store, Worldpay is expected this to be the year that numbers for mobile gaming surpass its counterpart for punting pensioners.Data also shows online betting for the Grand National rising 20% year-on-year, and James McGurn, VP of Digital Content and Gaming at Worldpay, stated: “The Grand National is the biggest betting day of the year, bringing an entire nation to a standstill as horseracing fans up and down the country tune in to watch. “Though steeped in tradition, the Grand National has jumped into the 21st century, with a later start time and Snapchat coverage all designed to cater to the modern audience.“As the way in which we watch the race evolves, so does the way we choose to gamble. And mobile is at the heart of the new racing experience. “We are seeing a growing trend towards app betting, which is more convenient and user-friendly for sports fans of all generations.  “Whether placing a bet at the racecourse, down the local pub, or from the comfort of your own sofa, your smartphone could be the quickest and easiest way to win big.”In its analysis of punters wagering habits during last year’s event, Worldpay has revealed a spike of 65% in betting activities on race day.In addition it would seem a large proportion of consumers leave it until the last minute to place their stakes, with betting peaking seven minutes before the start of the race, and 118 deposits a second being made to online accounts.  However, despite almost half of the UK adult population having a flutter on the world-famous steeplechase, for many it will be their only bet of the year.As a result of this, the average spend per betting deposit drops by almost £3 over the course of the Grand National weekend.last_img read more

GFA contemplating evening matches ahead of new season

first_imgThe Ghana football Association have confirmed that they are considering the possibility of staging evening matches in the upcoming Ghana Premier League season.The new campaign is slated to kick off on the weekend of 28 and 29 December and according to the FA, deliberations have been held to discuss the feasibility of playing games under flood lights.“Scheduling is very important to us and because of that it is something that we are considering.“However, there are restrictions because of certain commission of enquiry reports that prevents us from playing our biggest game between Hearts and Kotoko especially in the evening.“When the President and the Executive Council met with Parliament, it was raised that Parliament should consider having a second look at the situation because a lot of factors including technology,infrastructure as well as attitudes have changed,” acting spokesperson for the GFA Tamimu Issah explained when he was reached by Citi Sports.With the FA expected to publish its list of fixtures in the coming days,it remains to be seen if evening matches will indeed be approved for the new season.last_img read more