Papal election sparks frenzy of betting and adopt-a-cardinal

Italian cardinal Angelo Scola

As the Catholic Church prepares to elect a pope, some irreverent souls are betting on the outcome while more religious-minded ones are "adopting" individual cardinals on a website to pray that they make the right choice.

Sunday, 10 March, 2013, 7:31am

Sport Digest, February 14, 2013

Trainer Robert Smerdon has been fined A$10,000 (HK79,600 for his involvement in the Australian illegal betting scandal of jockey Damien Oliver, Racing Victoria said yesterday. 

14 Feb 2013 - 3:04am

Huge betting moves pay off for astute punters

Vincent Ho. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Even though a few favourites floundered, punters still seemed to zero in on the winners, with the Caspar Fownes-trained Blossom Daily landing one of two huge successful plunges in successive races.

11 Nov 2012 - 4:09am

Increased services for mainland tourists

The Jockey Club has acknowledged the growth of its mainland tourist market and also taken its first steps towards attempting to revive some of the exotic pools among a number of marketing initiatives for the new season.

5 Sep 2012 - 3:17am

Betting syndicates move over the border

Cross-border soccer betting syndicates have set up gambling websites that operate from mainland bases in an attempt to avoid detection.

Police say one website, run by the Wo Shing Wo triad society, was among several established recently before the Euro 2012 soccer tournament began yesterday.

9 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Betting on sectional times may open door to corruption

After what has happened lately, with the jailing of cricketers for spot-fixing in matches or the rugby league scandal in Sydney over a plunge that went wrong on the 'first points' bet, you'd have to think they must just be slow learners in Victoria, Australia, where betting on margins or sectional times in races is being tossed around as a valid new option in the wagering scene.

16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Pair held in raid on betting syndicate

9 May 2011 - 12:00am

Longer trips await smart sprinter

The Ricky Yiu Poon-fair-trained Pretty One was workmanlike taking his record to three wins from four starts after being bet down to favouritism, and Brett Prebble admits that further than 1,200m is going to be the gelding's game in the future. 'But not just yet.

4 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Letting jockeys bet would invite trouble

Well, we are all about rules this week. And the other aspect that is breeding column inches like mushrooms after rain, in Australia at least, is about jockeys betting. Yes, with their own money, unlike the Hong Kong model.

1 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Betting rule for staff is half-hearted solution

The club's policy change to allow its employees to bet this season, in specific circumstances, probably belongs in the yawn, so-what category since the provisos attached to it became known.

We were already aware that those in sensitive positions would be excluded from the new freedom, along with those actually on duty. All fair enough.

15 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

HK$12.3m in illegal soccer betting slips seized

Undercover police officers arrested ten suspected bookmakers and seized soccer betting slips worth HK$12.3 million in three operations against illegal soccer gambling.

17 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Everyone a winner thanks to mainland bookies

Another race day on Saturday, another good jump in the betting figures year on year.

20 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Odds and ends

Like all casino games, baccarat features a built-in series of odds that tend to favour the house. Simply put, player and banker are each dealt two to three cards and the highest hand wins (neither wins in the event of a tie). No decisions are required; the rules of the game dictate whether and when either hand receives a third card from the dealer.

1 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Six held over HK$53m in betting and money laundering

Police have arrested six people for illegal bookmaking and money- laundering involving more than HK$53 million.

Officers confiscated betting orders on soccer matches and horse racing with a face value of HK$5.2 million and seized computers, bank accounts and documents.

18 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

All In

Odds against a cap on junkets until government shows its hand

To cap or not to cap? That is the question for the Macau government when it comes to VIP junket commissions.

17 Jul 2009 - 12:00am