Margins 1st Oct 2018
UK Bookmakers in what looks like a coordinated event have increased their margins on football matches.
Is such a cartel legal ? I do not know but such stealth price changes are certainly not customer friendly.

Could this be the introduction of minimum betting margins by the bookmakers following the government's restrictions of stakes on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals to 2  ? There has recently been some comment by the Horse Racing fraternity that tight margins on sports events are used as a loss leader to attract customers in so as to then fleece them on the fixed odds games. If true the affect would be to reduce the Betting Levy to the racing industry.

Whatever the reason making a profit has certainly got more difficult for us. See table below.


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2018
1 Sep
1 Oct

1 Sep
1 Oct

1 Sep
1 Oct
Premier League
1.5%
2.2%
National
2.7%
4.9%
Bundesliga
1.5%
2.6%
Championship
2.0%
2.6%
National North
3.0%
5.2%
La Liga 1
1.5%
2.6%
League One
2.5%
2.6%
National South
3.0%
5.2%
La Liga 2
2.5%
4.9%
League Two
2.5%
2.6%
Isthmian
6.5%
7.0%
Serie A
1.5%
2.6%
Scottish
2.5%
4.9%
Northern
6.5%
7.0%
Serie B
2.5%
4.9%
China
3.6%
5.5%
Southern
6.5%
7.0%
Ligue 1
2.0%
2.6%