Author: Francesca Leyland

Sports margins – price wars? When bookmakers increase gross margins by offering poorer odds (consumer prices), then their revenue goes down, not up (over time). This might seem to be a statement of the obvious to many of our readers – if it is, then there...

Why Problem Gambling Just Doesn’t Add Up Over the course of the last two decades, reported rates of problem gambling in Great Britain have doggedly refused to go down (or up) by very much. This finding should offer no comfort to the industry; but at the...

“Normal – noun. Conforming to a standard; usual, typical or expected.” “Normalisation – noun. The process of bringing or returning of something to a normal condition or state.” I am not quite normal. I know this to be true because I have been told so repeatedly through...

RP Blog: regulatory risk – shifting (quick) sands Regulatory risk is an ever-present issue in gambling, but it is also constantly evolving. Most perceptions of regulatory risk are over-simplified, in our view, and are becoming more challenged by an increasingly painful reality. In this blog we...

UK: LBOs – is it terminal or can SSBTs be the answer? We have written extensively on the potentially existential risk posed to ‘traditional’ (read all) LBOs by the DCMS Review, especially within the context of profit disruption and the need for a much more developed...

“Some things in life are bad, they can really make you mad; others just make you want to swear and curse…. There are some pretty good reasons to take a glass half full view of betting and gaming in Great Britain these days – high profile...