Tag Archives: gambling


Friday: Politicians accepting hospitality at horse-racing festival ‘deeply concerning’

This morning.

The National Lottery has confirmed it will hold a must-win draw this Saturday, after more than seven months without a jackpot winner.

Via RTE News:

This Saturday, if there is still no winner of the jackpot, it will flow down to the winners in lower tiers. This will likely result in several winners.

National Lottery spokesperson Fran Whearty said that must-win draws will be held in the future to prevent such long rollovers from happening again, explaining that jackpots are “guaranteed to be won no more than five draws after the cap has been reached”.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland Mr Whearty urged players to play responsibly at the weekend because they are “as likely to win with one ticket, as with multiple”.

It’s not gambling.

It only feels like gambling.


Lotto ‘must-win’ draw on Saturday as jackpot unclaimed since June (RTE)

Ah here.

*phones bookie*

Jennifer Zamparelli on 2FM: Eoin Coyne – Overcoming Gambling Addiction)

This afternoon.

Free counselling service Problem Gambling tweetz:

In the first four months of this year, the HSE treated 82 people with gambling problems, nationwide.

In the past four months, we have worked with 72 people, in two locations (Waterford & Dublin), with two staff – and a waiting list of 12 people.

There is an urgent need for statutory funding.

Problem Gambling

An investigation by the regulator revealed that two customers were allowed to gamble “significant sums” of stolen money on the company’s betting exchange, Betfair.

One of the customers was the former boss of Birmingham Dogs Home, Simon Price, who spent money with Betfair that he had stolen from the charity. He was jailed in December for five years for defrauding the charity of £900,000 over a four-year period.

Failings were also identified involving three online customers and in the betting firm’s shops, including weaknesses in its source of wealth and social responsibility checks

Paddy Power Betfair fined £2.2m for failing to stop bets with stolen money (Guardian)

Paddy Power Betfair fined £2.2m over gambling check failings (RTÉ)


The BetYou.ie social betting app.

Bonzer writes:

“Saw this advertised in the Metro today (page 8) Ridiculous Irish Startup. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that “social betting apps” are a terrible, terrible idea.”

Latest odds:
Terrible, Terrible Idea – evens
Harmless Fun –  10/1
Splutter – 5/1
FIGHT! – 2/1 (Fav)