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World Cup draws record bets but predictable final damps profit

With the football World Cup finally at a close, Russian bookies are finding their profits are lower than expected, despite a surge in volume.

Thai gambling arrests soar during World Cup

Police in Thailand arrested three times as many gambling suspects during the FIFA World Cup this year than they did during the prior tournament in 2014, The Nation reports.

Police bust Vietnam betting ring worth $26m

Police in Vietnam have smashed on online betting ring thought to have been worth about $26 million, arresting four people, local media reports.

Thai authorities see success in World Cup crackdown…industry less so

Elephants took to a football pitch in Thailand’s ancient capital of Ayutthaya this week in an effort to raise awareness among young people about illegal gambling.

Hong Kong seizes $9.9m from illegal World Cup gambling ring

Hong Kong police have seized bets worth HK$78 million ($9.9 million) from a gambling ring taking bets on the FIFA World Cup, local media reports.

Tabcorp expects $76 mln in betting turnover from World Cup

Australian wagering giant Tabcorp could be raking in more than A$100 million (US$76.1 million) in betting turnover from the upcoming football World Cup, according...
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Macau May GGR rose lower-than-expected 12.1 percent

Macau’s gross gaming revenue rose 12.1 percent in May, below analysts’ forecasts, with June expected to record a further slowdown as players are distracted by the FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

AGTech teams with Jilin on lottery marketing

AGTech Holdings has teamed with Jilin Provincial Sports Lottery Center to jointly launch a marketing and promotional campaign during the 2018 World Cup to enhance the brand awareness of China Sports Lottery and raise the popularity of its sports lottery products.

Russia online payment law takes effect

The law banning Russian credit institutions and any payment systems working on Russian territory from transferring money from individuals to illegal bookmakers, casinos and totes has come into effect in the run-up to the World Cup.

Red tape kicks World Cup prospects

Russian bookmakers are hoping for a bonanza from the FIFA World Cup, which will be held in the country less than two months from...

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