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 on: Today at 08:12:03 AM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by Anonamouse
Do you know who else is in the bookies with you?  Shocked

Ross Hutch has nose broken in brutal prison attack - by his own brother

June 24 2017

Jailed Kinahan cartel target Ross Hutch had to be taken to hospital after suffering a brutal assault - at the hands of his own brother.

We can reveal that the 25-year-old Dubliner was hospitalised with a suspected broken nose yesterday morning after he was head-butted by older brother Alan during the bust-up.

The incident comes after it emerged that Ross had been taken into custody only weeks after he was attacked in a bookmakers in the city.

The latest incident kicked off in Wheatfield Prison yesterday during a joint visit with a female cousin of the brothers.

"The two were in the visiting area with a female family member. Ross made a remark which Alan clearly didn't take too kindly to, so he stitched Ross a loaf in the nose," a source told the Herald.

"Ross was brought to hospital where he was treated for a suspected broken nose. He has since been returned to custody."

Alan was issued with a P19 - a prison disciplinary form - and had his privileges revoked as a result of the attack.

"It shows how much pressure these guys are under that they're now lashing out at each other," said the source.

Imprisoned Hutch family members are being housed on their own landing in Wheatfield for security reasons due to the ongoing gangland feud.

Ross, from the capital's north inner city, appeared before Dublin District Court on June 7 charged with possessing a knife or article and has been remanded in custody pending these charges.

Older brother Alan (33) is behind bars in Wheatfield for threatening to kill three gardai.

Ross is also sharing the same prison as his cousins Patrick and Derek 'Del Boy' Hutch.

The Herald previously revealed that Ross was savagely attacked in a city bookmakers.

The thug believed to have attacked Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch's nephew is understood to be working for the Kinahan cartel and is a brother of an Irish soccer star.

He is also suspected of carrying out a series of attacks on cars belonging to the Hutch family.

"Ross received quite a hiding from this man," a source said.

Ross Hutch has been repeatedly warned that his life is under threat since his father, Eddie Hutch Snr (58), was gunned down by the Kinahan cartel at their home in the north inner city in February last year.

He was also nearby when his cousin Gareth Hutch was shot dead in Dublin in May last year.

Gardai are attempting to extradite Jonathan Keogh (31) back to Ireland so they can question him in relation to that murder.

Last week, gardai foiled a gangland hit linked to the feud when they arrested two men and seized a loaded gun near his home in Dublin's north inner city.

The murder bid on the Kinahan cartel target was halted when armed gardai stopped and searched a moped and another vehicle and seized a so-called kill kit.

This included a loaded Glock handgun, a motorcycle helmet, gloves and a full can of petrol.


They arrested two men - including an associate of slain Regency Hotel gangster David Byrne - on June 16.

Gardai are investigating if one of the potential targets was Patsy Hutch (55), who is Gerry Hutch's older brother.

He is considered the top Dublin-based target for the ruthless cartel.

Gerry is now based in Eur- ope due to fears for his life in Dublin.

Patsy has survived a number of gangland hits by the Kinahan cartel in the past 18 months and, as a result, his home is watched 24 hours a day by gardai.

He has also received several Garda Information Messages- - known as GIM forms - which are given to an individual when gardai receive intelligence that there is a credible threat to the person's life.

 on: June 24, 2017, 11:03:55 AM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by Eugene
More progress potentially, than with FOBTs

 on: June 24, 2017, 07:57:57 AM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by Anonamouse
Online gambling groups face penalties as watchdog takes action

CMA has found punters can be blocked from withdrawing winnings


Frankie Dettori riding Cracksman, one of Frankel’s progeny, at Epsom Downs © Getty
Online betting companies face heavy fines or risk losing their gambling licences after the UK’s competition watchdog launched an “enforcement action” against firms that draw in new players with attractive offers while making it difficult to gain payouts.

On Friday, Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority said it had stepped up its investigation into the country’s online gambling sector, worth an estimated £4.5bn annually.

Among its concerns are that punters are not getting the “deal they are expecting” when offered promotions to sign up to online betting accounts, such as bonus cash if they put in their own money.

The CMA has found that, in some cases, “customers might have to play hundreds of times before they are allowed to withdraw any money, so they don’t have the choice to quit while they’re ahead and walk away with their winnings when they want to”.

Even players who sign up without a promotion may find they are stopped from cashing out as “some firms have minimum withdrawal amounts far bigger than the original deposit, or place hurdles in the way of them withdrawing their money”.

“New customers are being enticed by tempting promotions only to find the dice are loaded against them,” said Nisha Arora, CMA’s senior director for consumer enforcement. “And players can find a whole host of hurdles in their way when they want to withdraw their money.”

The CMA has been in touch with a number of as-yet unnamed companies to demand changes to specific practices. If the watchdog feels that adequate measures are not taken, it has threatened to take companies to court. Penalties range from a large fine to the removal of the right to operate in the UK.

“The gambling industry should be under no illusion that if they don’t comply with consumer law, we will see this as a breach of their operating licence, and take decisive action,” said Sarah Harrison, chief executive of the Gambling Commission, the industry regulator which is working alongside the CMA on its investigation.

The CMA launched its review of the online gambling sector last year, after receiving complaints from hundreds of punters about alleged unfair conditions, such as the cancellation of winning bets and firms altering wagers after bets have been placed.

That review will continue, meaning gambling firms could face further action on other terms and conditions they place on online customers.

The move comes at a time that UK gambling companies complain that they are facing increased taxes and regulatory burdens that are damaging their earnings.

Increased regulation was one of the drivers behind a wave of consolidation over the past two years. Last year, rivals Betfair and Paddy Power completed a merger, as did Ladbrokes and Gala Coral. In 2015, GVC Holdings, owner of Sportingbet, bought last year after outbidding 888 Holdings.

Bookmakers are also awaiting the results of a review into the gambling industry by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. That is expected to slash the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals — gambling machines within betting shops which offer games like roulette. FOBTs provide the largest source of revenues at some retail bookmakers, such as Ladbrokes Coral and William Hill.

This article has been amended to reflect the fact the CMA has clarified that fines will not be linked directly to revenues, as it advised previously

 on: June 24, 2017, 07:50:38 AM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by Anonamouse
TWO female shop assistants were terrified when a masked knifeman burst into a bookmakers and forced them to hand over cash.

The man – in his early 20s – stormed in to Betfred in Hollingbury Place, Brighton, late at night.

After threatening the assistants he placed the money in a large black rucksack before fleeing.

The pair were too upset to speak about the robbery but residents living nearby have spoken of their shock.

Sam James, 24, has four young children and lives near the shop.

She said: “It is a scary thought that something like this has happened so close to my home.

“There are so many kids who hang out round there on their own and now this has happened you just get frightened.”

Kirsty Botting, 28, has lived in the area for seven years and has three young children.

She said: “I won’t let my kids out my sight now I have heard about this.

“The kids who play in the Dip are often out until the same time as when the incident happened and they could easily have witnessed it which is horrible.”

Sarah Jeffreys, 36, who works in Water Babies opposite Betfred, said: “I am shocked to think it could happen round here.

“We have been here for two years and not had anything like this happen before.

“There is quite a sense of community so it is a shame to hear this.

“We always lock our door even when we are open but we will make sure we keep doing it.

“I will be looking over my shoulder when I lock up for the day.”

The incident happened at around 9.20pm on Tuesday evening.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “We received a call from Betfred in Hollingbury Place reporting a knife point robbery.

“Officers arrived at the scene where two female workers were on duty.

“A man with his face covered walked in demanding money over the counter.

“An unknown amount of cash was handed over to him and the man placed the cash in a large black rucksack.

“He left the store and ran east towards Dudley Road.”

The man is described as short with a skinny build.

He has dark hair and his face was covered by tights.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting 1595 of 20/06.

No arrests have been made.

 on: June 23, 2017, 03:19:55 PM 
Started by aidan - Last post by Anonamouse
FA dropping Ladbrokes is just the beginning

How will the FA's decision to drop Ladbrokes impact on the market for betting sponsorship across sport, asks HSE Cake's MD.

Jim Dowling Added 5 hours ago
FA dropping Ladbrokes is just the beginning
How will the FA's decision to drop Ladbrokes impact on the market for betting sponsorship across sport, asks HSE Cake's MD.

Linguist, philosopher, art critic, pedestrian midfielder and now sports sponsorship revolutionary; footballer Joey Barton leaves his imprint on every element of civilisation.

So it's likely football’s bad boy will claim the credit for the FA’s decision to drop its betting partner Ladbrokes.

But this tells only part of the story.

In April this year, former QPR and Newcastle player Barton was banned for 18 months by the FA after he had been found to have made over 1,200 bets on the outcome of football matches.

Barton put the FA’s sponsorship strategy front and centre of the debate.

"They've given me such a harsh sentence because they want to maintain to the world, to the people who buy TV rights, that this is a very high-integrity game here," he told The Times. People who work for betting companies have told me that's the key issue.

"The FA have no actual interest in [tackling] betting. And they can't solve the problem, especially when they've got Ladbrokes as a partner. Because the players are going, I'm not doing anything wrong."

The quote runs a finger down a long running sore that goes far beyond the FA and time will tell if this is a blip or a trend in the relationship between elite sport and the gambling industry.

Tony Blair’s government opened the floodgates in 2005 when the Gambling Act made betting advertising on television legal for UK and offshore gambling companies.

At a stroke, a whole new sponsorship was created which bore all the hallmarks of sport’s previous money pit of tobacco.

A mass of largely undifferentiated brands seeking to use sport’s global media platform to normalise a habit the government can’t or doesn’t want to ban.

This made for a heady cocktail and advertising spending went up 1400% between 2005 and 2012.

Today, gambling brands dominate the marketing air, not just during the ad breaks but during the match too. If Ray Winstone's live odds (pictured above) won’t get you then the brands on the players’s shirts might.

Around half of Premier League teams last season had shirt sponsorship deals with gambling companies; West Ham (Betway), Bournemouth (Mansion Group), West Brom (, Sunderland (Dafabet), Stoke (Bet365), Swansea (BetEast), Hull (SportPesa), Burnley (Dafabet), Crystal Place (Mansion Group) and Watford ( Below the Premier League, the Sky Bet Championship will be happy to take your attention.

But the FA is in a different position, one that Joey Barton’s criticism was intended to highlight. It has a broader remit than making money. It is the guardian of the game’s integrity beyond selling the England team and the FA Cup, it’s major commercial properties.

In this broader context, betting has always been a bad look for federations and governing bodies, and FA chief executive Martin Glenn, formerly of PepsiCo and Walkers Crisps, is very atune to brand perception.

He and Greg Clarke, the chairman, have been public about their reservations about this category and it should be noted that Glenn was talking about this way before Joey Barton hijacked the issue for his own ends.

The broader question is how the FA’s decision will impact on the market for betting sponsorship across sport – the sector generated combined sponsorship revenues of around €550m (£482m) in 2016-17, according to SportBusiness.

And all this is just the end of the beginning. Sport has a track record in selling technological innovation to a mainstream audience. And betting gives generic ‘content’ a hard, thrilling edge. We’re not far from Ray Winstone popping up during the live match, suggesting a cheeky punt on the next corner.

Is the FA’s decision a watershed moment, leading to a purge on the bookies and a huge hole in the sports economy? I wouldn’t bet on it.

Jim Dowling is managing director of HSE Cake, Havas’ sport and entertainment agency in the UK

 on: June 23, 2017, 03:54:45 AM 
Started by aidan - Last post by Anonamouse
“The FA will continue to work with betting companies, including Ladbrokes, as they play a key role in sharing information on suspect betting patterns and so help in regulating the game.”

FA chief executive Martin Glenn said: “We would like to thank Ladbrokes for both being a valued partner over the last year and for their professionalism and understanding about our change of policy around gambling.”

Glenn’s Ladbrokes Coral counterpart, Jim Mullen, added: “We understand the FA's decision regarding their commercial partnerships on gambling.

Football is a passion of ours, and our customers, and we remain committed to working with the FA to ensure  the integrity and trust of the sport is maintained for the fans of the game and the millions of customers who enjoy betting on it week in and week out.”

 on: June 22, 2017, 11:03:59 AM 
Started by aidan - Last post by aidan
FA announces end to all sponsorship deals with betting companies
• Decision comes after three-month review into betting sponsorship
• FA’s current partnership with Ladbrokes to be terminated this month
 The FA signed a long-term deal with Ladbrokes in 2016 but that will be terminated this month.
 The FA signed a long-term deal with Ladbrokes in 2016 but that will be terminated this month. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA
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Guardian sport
Thursday 22 June 2017 11.41 BST
The FA is to end all sponsorship deals with betting companies this month following a three-month review.

The governing body signed a “long-term” deal with Ladbrokes in June 2016 to become its “official betting partner” following a similar agreement with William Hill.

Greg Clarke, the FA chairman, admitted last month the Football Association was considering ending its partnership with betting companies but stressed the decision was not linked to the Joey Barton case. Barton was banned for 18-months in April for breaking betting rules and was critical of the FA’s relationship with betting companies.

The FA said in a statement: “At the May FA board meeting it was agreed that the FA would end all sponsorships with betting companies starting from the end of the 2016-17 season. The decision was made following a three month review of the FA’s approach to it as a governing body taking betting sponsorship, whilst being responsible for the regulation of sports betting within the sport’s rules.

“As a consequence the FA has mutually agreed with Ladbrokes that its current partnership with the FA will be terminated from June 2017. The FA will continue to work with betting companies, including Ladbrokes, as they play a key role in sharing information on suspect betting patterns and so help in regulating the game.”

 on: June 22, 2017, 08:43:33 AM 
Started by GamblingStories - Last post by Eugene
... The most recent report has been criticised by parliamentary standards, and it needed to be. The idea that it was funded in part by the BACTA, The Hippodrome is and CFFG caused me massive concern from the outset. Clearly things have to be funded, but taking dosh from BACTA especially, was fatal. I tried to draw Caroline Harris MP attention to this, but they knew best!  I hope I'm wrong, but I expect little change any time soon.

 on: June 22, 2017, 08:39:40 AM 
Started by GamblingStories - Last post by Eugene
The Sentence group will have served its purpose by buying out opposition to industry excesses funding groups like Ygam, BetKnowMore etc etc.

It was an opportunity for the industry to keep its enemies closer!

Aiden, I think the chance of any real action this Parliament is a slim one. It has massively been placed on the back burner. Public opposition to the industry is now far less an I think that total focus on the one industry sector hasn't helped...

 on: June 22, 2017, 08:33:38 AM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by Eugene
You can not win!!!   Whatever the cash outcome, Time is gone, lost!  No way whatsoever of ever getting that back.


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