Sports betting

  1. Fair game? The secrets of football betting

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    Video caption: The potential harms of the ever-increasing sponsorship of football by gambling companies

    Paul Connolly investigates the 'gamblification' of football and examines the failure of betting companies to stop millions in stolen money from being gambled on their sites.

  2. By Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Scotland sports news correspondent

    Anonymous footballer

    Scottish footballers "in pretty much every dressing room" bet on matches, despite the risk of punishment, says one SPFL player.

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  3. William Hill gets boost from sporting results

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    Meanwhile bookie William Hill has handed the market some good news.

    It said profits for the past year will surpass expectations after it was buoyed by favourable sporting results in December.

    The gambling giant said this helped to boost its retail division and increase total group profits.

    It said operating profits from continuing operations in 2019 will come in at between £143m and £148m.

    Chief executive Ulrik Bengtsson said: "The group has delivered a strong operating performance, ahead of our expectations and against a challenging regulatory backdrop."

    Last April, the Government enforced a reduction of the maximum stake for fixed-odds betting terminals from £100 to £2, significantly affecting the revenues of high street betting shops.