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UK Sports Betting Firms Hopeful for Euro 2020 Frenzy

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The long awaited and highly anticipated Euro 2020 is expected to kick off on the 11th of June. After having been put on hold for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UEFA and football fans in Europe – and around the world – are getting ready to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the popular event.

Of course, it is not only the UEFA and fans that are excited for the famous competition. Bookmakers are also eager for this year’s event and are ready with promos attractive enough for Euro 2020 bettors. Many hope that they will be able to cash-in on the famous event and bring in profits comparable to or higher than what they experienced from Euro 2016.

Euro 2016 was profitable for bookies

Needless to say, 2020 was a brutal year in terms of profit loss for the majority of bookmakers, with most suffering a heavy decrease in revenue. Between the shuttering of physical shops, the cancelling of major sporting events and sporting leagues being forced into hiatus because of the pandemic, during the spring and early summer sports betting participation was far lower than usual.

Now, with the upcoming Euro 2020, bookmakers in the UK and across Europe are hopeful that they will benefit from the hype around the event and attract more punters to their sites. If this year’s event is anything like its predecessor in 2016, some bookies may be lucky enough not only to turn a huge profit, but even enjoy record profits.

For instance, the Euro 2016 brought record profit for several brands like Unibet. According to the bookmaker giant’s Q2 2016 financial results, Unibet’s gross winnings revenue for the quarter was £126.6 million, an increase of 57 percent. Of these revenues, £19.6 million (15.5 percent) resulted from the Euro 2016, alone. Other bookies that enjoyed a revenue boost from Euro 2016 included Paddy Power Betfair, William Hill and Ladbrokes.

Naturally, it wasn’t just bookmakers like Unibet that raked in the money from the event. The UEFA made a net profit of €847 million on Euro 2016, with the tournament generating total revenues of €1.92 billion, an estimated €500 million increase over the 2012 tournament.

England remains joint-favourite to win – good news for UK bookmakers

UK bookmakers, in particular, are hopeful that British punters will be especially enthusiastic for Euro 2020 as England is joint-favourites to win which is always good in terms of volume betting in the UK. Presently, England and France are 5/1 joint-favourites to win.

British football fans are hoping that England will live up to the expectations in the upcoming European Football Championship and surpass their fourth-place finish at the 2018 World Cup. To further add to the excitement for Brits, it is possible for England to play five of the seven games, including both the semi-final and final, at Wembley.

If restrictions are lifted and fans are permitted to return to the stadium to cheer on their team, this home support could prove invaluable, which is also likely to further encourage betting, an added plus for the bookmakers.

All that said, is it likely that Euro 2020 will bring in as much money for the UEFA and bookmakers as Euro 2016? Considering the world is still in the clutches of the pandemic, which means there’s less travel and continued restrictions on social gatherings, it is unlikely that this year’s Euro will break records like its predecessor. Still, there’s a good chance that bookmakers will see a much-needed jump in profits compared to Q2 2020.

As of the writing of this article, Euro 2020 is currently slated to kick off on Friday, 11 June, 2021 and run until Sunday, 11 July, 2021. The tournament will be held across Europe for the first time in its history, with a total of 11 host cities, each in a different country. The tournament format will be the same as Euro 2016, with the top two teams in each of the six final tournament groups, proceeding to the round of 16 along with the four best third-place finishers.

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Stats Perform co-founder launches social gaming disruptor PickGuru with £2.6m investment round back by leading angels including Paddy Power.

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PickGuru, a brand new social gaming platform, has secured £2.6m in seed funding in their quest to revolutionise the interaction between real-money wagering and live sport. The new platform will allow friends and fans to challenge each other in a wide variety of exciting sports prediction games.

With a concept built and refined by some of the most successful sports entrepreneurs in the UK, PickGuru will allow users to test their knowledge to win big cash pots for small stakes in nationwide leagues or compete with their friends in mini-leagues. Powered by seamless real-time data feeds, PickGuru leaderboards will update dynamically as games progress and reward successful sports gurus with cash prizes.

The funding round will be used to launch and scale PickGuru, set for early 2022.

PickGuru is headed by an experienced founding team including Oliver Slipper (co-founder of Stats Perform/DAZN), Paul Cobley (founder of Matulo Software), Paul Watkins (ex-FP&A director at Stats Perform/DAZN, ex-finance director at Sportquake), Jon Owen and Jon Youell (founders of Pitch International) and Adam Perrin (co-founder of Masomo Games, ex-brand director at Paddy Power).

What began as a competition amongst friends is now set to change the way fans interact with live sports forever. As told by PickGuru’s founders, the platform’s origins started as a manual spreadsheet-based tipping competition which was shared with friends and colleagues during the 2020 Masters tournament. After the game spread across the UK and became a viral sensation, the idea for a new and innovative platform to bring sports fanatics together was born.

PickGuru, is currently looking to fill 10 roles across development, compliance and marketing with a view to recruit a further 20 roles over the next 12 months.

Speaking about the latest fund raise, Oliver Slipper, chairman and co-founder of PickGuru, said: “I certainly didn’t expect things to take off less than a year after sending out a simple game to friends but the massive popularity of it convinced me that I was onto something.

“Following months of hard graft and huge investment, we’re proud to be building the first UK-focused platform that uniquely combines elements of fantasy sports, gaming and live action, and strongly believe users will love the result.”

He continued: “I’m delighted that some of the most successful sports entrepreneurs shared our vision and I thank them for backing our ambitious plans for the business.”

Following a £6m pre-money valuation, PickGuru brought together a list of angel investors including Paddy Power (ex-communications director, Paddy Power), Simon Wear (founder and chairman of Global Cycling Network), Oliver and Alexander Kent-Braham (founders of recent unicorn, Marshmallow) and Will Neale (founder of Grabyo).

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Best sites for testing casinos for free

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When you’re buying a new car, you more often than not want to go for a test drive before making the final decision. Similarly, it’s understandable if you hesitate to spend real money at a casino you have never used before. That’s why it’s always a good idea to try casinos out for free. 

Another valid reason to do that is if you want to experience the thrill of gambling without spending heaps of money. In this article, we will tell you how to try out casinos for free and what are the best sites for doing that. 

How To Test Casinos For Free

There are two ways you can get a glimpse of the casino experience without paying a single penny and then make a decision whether you want to play for real money. 

You can peruse the game selection of an online casino and try out different aspects of the site without signing up. Many casinos allow you to play a wide selection of slot or table games without making an account and play the demo versions without making a real money bet. In addition, you can chat up with the support and see if they are quick, polite and do you enjoy your experience.

It’s easy and convenient because you do not have to create an account. However, the main drawback of this method is that it doesn’t really give you the full user experience of casinos – many games do not support demo play, and you cannot test many user-only features. 

That’s why the best way to try out a casino is by using a no deposit bonus. Upon signing up, these offers will give you either free funds to play casino games for free, for free spins at the most popular slot machines – sometimes even both. 

The biggest drawback of this method is that few casinos offer no deposit bonuses in comparison to those that require deposits. The best way to find a no deposit bonus offer is by using a site like Freespinsbonus24.

What Is A No Deposit Bonus

Bonuses make gambling easier. While this statement is true for all bonus types, it is particularly true for the no deposit bonus. While other kinds of bonuses more often than not require you to meet a certain deposit requirement to claim and use them, no deposit bonus, as the name implies, can be used without any payment. Just claim the offer and start playing!

That being said, just like most casino bonuses, no deposit bonuses have certain terms and conditions, such as wagering requirements. That’s why it’s a good idea to thoroughly read the T&Cs before claiming the bonus. 

By using a no deposit bonus, you can either get a set amount of bonus cash that you can spend at various casino games or a large number of free spins that let you have a go at slot machines for free. 

Free Spins Bonus

One of the most sought-after risk-free online casino bonuses is the free spins bonus. This bonus is mostly focused on slots and will allow you to play some of the biggest slot titles for free. If you are worried about the effect the bonus will have on the game quality, relax, you have nothing to worry about. The game will treat your free spin exactly the same as a real money spin.

Perfect for new players who are still learning the ropes of slot gaming, free spins will help you understand how the game works and try out its gameplay and features without any risk. It’s also a great way to try out brand new slots that just have arrived. All in all, this bonus is a must-have for all players who want to make real money while gambling at no cost.

Where To Find No Deposit Bonuses?

Free spins no deposit bonus is the best way to test out a casino, and Freespinsbonus24 is a great place to find all the best offers. It lists casinos that offer no deposit free spins or regular no deposit bonuses in a convenient place, with all the information about the casino you need. This site also does casino reviews, so you can learn all you need to know before signing up. 

Conclusion

If you want to try out an unfamiliar casino and see if you like it, there are two very good ways to do that. One way is playing demo games without signing up, and the other one is claiming a no deposit bonus. 

It’s a great and lucrative way to try out casinos for free and maybe get some wins, but finding a good no deposit offer is hard. That’s why using a site that finds the best no deposit bonus offers for you is a great idea. 

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PLANETPAY365 BECOMES AS ROMA NEWEST OFFICIAL PARTNER!

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AS Roma is pleased to announce a new partnership with PlanetPay365, the multi-service platform owned by Planet Entertainment, the SKS365 division for value added services.

The brand will support the club throughout the 2021-22 season, enabling all Giallorossi supporters to benefit from the wide range of products on offer.

As an Official Partner, PlanetPay365 will be supporting AS Roma at all Serie A and Coppa Italia matches scheduled to take place at the Stadio Olimpico – not only through visibility on the sidelines, but also through various initiatives that Giallorossi fans will be able to take advantage of, involving PlanetPay365’s retail network.

PlanetPay365 will also enjoy visibility on the club’s online channels thanks to digital campaigns developed in collaboration with the club, the two parties working together in order to offer the best of its services to Giallorossi fans, from phone top-ups to the purchase of gift cards and digital content.

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