(Reuters) – British bookmakers had one among their busiest durations this weekend with punters worldwide playing on main sports activities occasions: the Grand Nationwide, the Masters and the Premier League conflict between title chasers Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool.
888, a pure on-line sports-betting participant, mentioned the Nationwide, which welcomed again followers for the primary time in three years on Saturday, was its greatest horseracing occasion ever, with “prospects putting bets from throughout the globe”, serving to the bookmaker entice a report variety of new prospects.
“Falling solely in need of the Euro 2020 ultimate between Italy and England, the recognition of the Grand Nationwide … clearly showcases its significance within the UK’s sporting calendar,” it mentioned.
Business turnover over the weekend may have hit round 1 / 4 of a billion kilos, sports activities betting agency William Hill’s spokesperson Tony Kenny mentioned on Monday.
“The previous couple of days have been heaven for sports activities followers. With the Masters, Grand Nationwide, and the large Premier League recreation between Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool all going down, we had one of many busiest durations we’ve ever had at William Hill,” he mentioned.
Turnover for the Grand Nationwide alone was within the area of 200 million kilos ($260 million), William Hill, which has over 1,400 betting outlets throughout the UK and now owned by Las Vegas-based Caesars Leisure, mentioned.
Flutter Leisure, proprietor of manufacturers Sky Wager, Betfair (sports activities ebook) and Paddy Energy, mentioned it noticed greater than 13 million bets positioned on the Grand Nationwide.
Noble Yeats’ victory was an “wonderful consequence within the buying and selling room”, William Hill’s Kenny added, with Sam Waley-Cohen’s mount, one among outsiders within the 40 runners, going off at odds of 50-1.
Ladbrokes-owner Entain declined to remark.
British bookmakers prior to now two years have seen extra punters flock on-line as pandemic restrictions pressured shut their retail outlets. Final yr’s Grand Nationwide set a report for UK on-line sports activities betting.
However as curbs in England have been lifted this yr, prospects have returned to the excessive road, with it being too early to inform how a lot of the web betting behaviour sticks.
Additionally attracting bets on-line and in retail outlets was the pulsating 2-2 draw between Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool.
And the weekend noticed Scottie Scheffler take a three-shot victory on the Masters on Sunday to earn the coveted “Inexperienced Jacket” and cement his standing because the world’s high ranked golfer.
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(Reporting by Yadarisa Shabong in Bengaluru and Padraic Halpin in Dublin; Modifying by Alison Williams)