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Gambling in the United Kingdom

A year of lows for suffering punter

With the final two meetings of the season unlikely to move the figures much, our annual look at the betting market and how things played out for punters tells us something we pretty much knew already - it was tough to win in 2010-11.

Wednesday, 6 July, 2011, 12:00am

Betting plunges raise doubts on racing integrity

Some observers of Hong Kong racing this season have been questioning whether the Jockey Club has ultimately made a rod for its own back in the coloured lights that highlight the firming runners on the tote board.

17 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Punters still splashing the cash, despite the financial storm

Betting turnover has proved itself to be remarkably resilient this season with so much turmoil in the business world.

The raw figures on the tote betting for 55 meetings to date show turnover to have dropped by just HK$800 million - a very respectable 1.68 per cent year on year, considering the circumstances.

8 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Delayed betting totally unnecessary

Late scratchings at the barrier can be a curse to the Jockey Club in these turnover-sensitive times, especially if one of the last-minute withdrawals happens to be a short-priced favourite.

1 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Bumper HK$1.13 billion through the tote

More than 86,000 Hongkongers ventured to the Sha Tin races to test their luck in the Year of the Rat, giving the Jockey Club a bumper day's business at what is traditionally the biggest betting meeting of the year.

10 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Cash in mooncake box leads to jail for ex-lottery officials

A mainland court has jailed two former lottery officials for taking bribes, state media reported yesterday.

Zhang Weihua , former deputy director of the State Sports General Administration's Sports Lottery Management Centre, was jailed for 101/2 years for receiving US$20,000 in kickbacks from a paper supplier from September 2003 to 2004.

20 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Global bet can succeed if it takes into account local interest

On the commingling front, news out of Royal Ascot for the new nameless, global tierce bet, was somewhat improved on the opening sortie conducted the previous week on the French Oaks.

27 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Outrage at organisers' tampering with lottery

Their attempt at 'damage limitation' to cover up a camera problem backfires

Organisers of the national lottery are being fiercely criticised for tampering with the broadcast of the Two Colour Balls draw earlier this month.

14 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Saturday's computer breakdown at Happy Valley highlights need to keep punters better informed

A computer malfunction can strike even the very best run organisations so no brickbats are to be thrown at the Jockey Club's Information Technology department just yet though, equally, this is far from the first breakdown and any more could do irreparable damage to the department's good name.

30 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Club must stake its claim

The news that there will be a Government commission set up to study the possibility of betting on football is welcome.

The brief statement from the Secretary for Home Affairs, David Lan Hong-tsung, came some three weeks after the chairman of the stewards of the Jockey Club, Alan Li Fook-sum, had said they would study any approach made to them by the Government.

15 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

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