Tag: World Cup

Bingo and the World Cup

This week the biggest sporting tournament in the world kicks off and you’d have had to be living the life of a hermit not to know that the 2014 FIFA World Cup is taking place in Brazil. Everyone and everything, it seems, has turned into a World Cup version of itself, and bingo’s no exception.…

Bitcoin-only sportsbook targets World Cup

Intergame Online – With the big kick-off in Brazil 2014 just a few days away, the world’s first licensed bitcoin-only sportsbook, BetVIP.com, has gone live. BetVIP takes bets and pays out exclusively in bitcoin and only accepts wagers in regulated markets. “BetVIP is not a PR stunt – it is a long-term business venture,” said…

Ladbrokes kicks off World Cup Facebook betting competition

iGaming Business – Bookmaker Ladbrokes has moved to capitalise on this summer’s Fifa World Cup by launching a bespoke Facebook application designed to facilitate a daily community derived from bets on the national team football tournament. According to Thedrum.com, the BIG Score app is a crowd-sourced, free-to-play, accumulator-style betting competition that allows players to grow…

World Cup Fever Hits the World Series of Poker

Poker News – As every poker player knows, there’s nothing quite like a tournament. Every participant in the field — from the underdogs to the overwhelming favorite — begins play with the same sense of hope and optimism, knowing that few fortuitous plays and a little good fortune can fuel them to a run at…

Sweden Hosts World Cup Tournament for Unrecognized Nations

Eurasia Net – Just about everyone knows that the FIFA World Cup football tournament gets underway June 12 in Brazil. But in a parallel football universe, a little-known tournament has already been completed, and the champion is a land that stretches across portions of France and Italy. The alternative tournament featured 12 teams representing internationally…

Match-Fixing at the World Cup

Sports on Earth – Aside from wondering which national team will be crowned champion, for astute soccer fans the burning question of the upcoming 2014 World Cup is not can matches be fixed by gamblers, but will they be? FIFA assures us that every precaution has been taken to prevent match fixers from corrupting any…

FIFA report: World Cup ‘friendly’ matches more susceptible to fixing

Aljazeera – The man in the dark green shirt and matching scarf, stood, statuesque, on Stevenage Road, in the upper-middle-class district of Fulham in west London. Some other fans, in Scottish kilts, stopped to take his picture. He wanted to be noticed, because he held a placard in front of his chest with words written…

Hong Kong police launch special team against illegal World Cup bets

SCMP – Hong Kong police are launching a month-long operation against illegal soccer betting in the run-up to the World Cup. Working in conjunction with Interpol in nine other countries, local police are coordinating efforts to eliminate the multimillion-dollar problem. Police in the city also say they are being thwarted in attempts to stamp out…

Police to crack down on World Cup illegal betting

GGR Asia – Police from Macau, Hong Kong and mainland China are stepping up enforcement action against illegal football betting as the World Cup nears. Police from both Special Administrative Regions and from Guangdong province have launched a month-long crackdown on illegal football gambling, Hong Kong Standard newspaper reports. The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil…

Brazil World Cup 2014 Is Set to Be a Betting Bonanza

Bleacher Report – As predictable as a Gary Lineker tweet, an Alan Hansen denouncement of anyone who “writes off the Germans” and a limp quarter-final exit in a major football tournament by England, is the collective media clairvoyance predicting an imminent billion-pound betting bonanza at the World Cup in Brazil. Brazil 2014 kicks off on…

British And Irish World Cup Turnover Expected To Double

Casino News Authority – Bookmakers located in Ireland and Britain have revealed that they expect that a younger, more tech savvy football audience to help double turnover on World Cup betting next month. Speaking to media, William Hill Trading Director Terry Pattinson said that his company will expect to double their £100 million in betting…

Greece’s OPAP plans online debut by soccer World Cup

Reuters – Greece’s OPAP, one of Europe’s biggest betting firms, plans to launch long-awaited online sports betting before the start of the soccer World Cup in June, its CEO said on Thursday, in a bid to capitalize on the popular event. Greece sold a majority stake in OPAP to Czech-Greek investment fund Emma Delta for…

Former Interpol chief issues match-fixing warning for World Cup

iGaming Business – Khoo Boon Hui, former president of Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organisation, has warned that global scrutiny of the 2014 Fifa World Cup will not deter individuals from attempting to fix matches during the upcoming national team football tournament in Brazil. Khoo, who held the role of Interpol president between 2008 and…

FIFA Calls on Gambling Industry to Help Fight World Cup Match Fixing

Casino.org – With just weeks to go until the world’s greatest sporting tournament kicks off in Brazil, FIFA, the international governing body of football, has called on gaming operators across the globe to help them stamp out corruption and match-fixing at the World Cup. FIFA uses the “Early Warning System” (EWS), technology that is proficient…

Bwin.party sees return to growth in World Cup year

Reuters – Online gambling company Bwin.Party said this year’s soccer World Cup would help it to return to growth after problems in Greece and a shift away from riskier markets cut earnings in 2013. Bwin.Party is concentrating on fewer markets where regulations are more clear cut and is expanding in the United States as gambling…