Feeds

Overseas gamblers to take advantage of William Hill site

Tax-free betting site is closed to UK punters though

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

High street betting office giant, William Hill, is to set up a gambling Web site aimed at European and Asian people who want to bet on UK football matches. That’s soccer, to the rest of the world. UK gamblers will not be able to participate though, as the site will be based on the Isle of Man. Despite being part of the UK, the Isle of Man has its own tax laws which will prohibit UK residents from taking part. Graham Sharpe, William Hill media relations manager, said there would be a UK equivalent to the site by August. “We set this site up for the World Cup and now we’re giving it a revamp. It’s aimed at international gamblers who are eligible to settle their bets without paying UK tax. Obviously we are not able to extend that sort of service to UK residents.” The company has a large Far Eastern customer base and will be hoping the football Web site will pull in the Asian punters in droves. Sharpe said William Hill had no idea how big the online gambling market is. “This is still a fledgling market and in truth, no-one has a clue how big it could be. We’re optimistic, though.” Despite its squeaky-clean image, UK gambling has had its fair share of set-backs recently. There has been an increase in the number of allegations of match-rigging at Premiership games, from those that led to Bruce Grobbelar and Justin Fashanu being cleared of such charges. More recently, the Metropolitan Police in London made a number of arrests after the floodlights at Charlton Athletic’s ground were found to have been tampered with. A connection was made by some in the football world between the tampering and overseas betting syndicates. ®

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
Number crunching suggests Yahoo! US is worth less than nothing
China and Japan holdings worth more than entire company
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.