Recent British press speculation suggested it was almost a done deal but the competition to buy Centrebet looks hotter than ever. William Hill are not the only ones trying to buy Centrebet, and rumour has it they are more than just 'tyre-kicking' several other potential targets Down Under. There are several Australian corporate bookmakers courting potential buyers at the moment and the Leeds-based firm will be at the top of any list for vendors. Sounds like only a matter of when, not if. Stay tuned for who Hills will be buying, and who will be taking over Centrebet, but it may not be the same deal.
The Christmas Hurdle from Leopardstown, a good Grade 2 race during the holiday period. But now it will go into history as the race which brought Betfair down. Over £21m at odds of 29 available on Voler La Vedette in-running - that's a potential liability of over £500m. You might think that's a bit suspicious, something's fishy, especially with the horse starting at a Betfair SP of 2.96. Well, this wasn't a horse being stopped by a jockey either - the bloody horse won! Look at what was matched at 29. Split that in half and multiply by 28 for the actual liability for the layer(s). (Matched amounts always shown as double the backers' stake, never counts the layers' risk). There's no way a Betfair client would have £600m+ in their account. Maybe £20 or even £50m from the massive syndicates who regard(ed) Betfair as safer than any bank, but not £600m. So the error has to be something technical. However, rumour has it, a helpdesk reply (not gospel, natur