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Betfair's share price is up 35p this morning, including a recovery from a 20p drop after a climb of 40p in the first two hours of trading, after it fell to a new low of 752p last week. Here's one for you - how would you price up "First to leave their post - David Yu or Sepp Blatter?"

The Czech lottery company Sazka has been declared bankrupt by the Prague Municipal Court. Surely there is something seriously wrong here - perhaps they should have spoken to FIFA about to keep a corrupt organisation in operation??

Centrebet shareholders are expected to support the Sportingbet buyout bid afte the Kafataris family and the board put their weight behind it.

Spain’s new gaming law has been officially published in the country’s State Gazette and will be enforced subject to European Commission approval.

In case you've missed it, the US Department of Justice is going after more than just the biggest US-facing poker rooms, with some sportsbooks in its sights as well..

The Tote sale in the UK is dragging on and it looks like racing will get a fairly average deal whichever way they go. The BHA have declared their hand towards a bid which allegedly supports racing, but will give it far less cash, but promises plenty of equity. Hmm, don't these guys watch those BBC reports on shonky real estate deals in Mediterranean beachfront estate?

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Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes
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1615 local time, 0515 GMT

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12 [8.0] Keep Cool (54) 80-1

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