Opaque betting operator Kaiyun is the shirt sponsor of Nottingham Forest and counts Wayne Rooney as one of their brand ambassadors. Kaiyun doesn’t hold a licence to offer gambling services, and is owned by a company with connections to the criminal underworld.
Without the fans’ knowledge, Bundesliga clubs are advertising unlicensed Chinese gambling companies on international broadcasts of their matches. A Swiss company run by Sepp Blatter’s nephew is a key dealmaker.
Data collection companies are scouring ever lower down the European football pyramid for live data that is feeding opaque Asian betting operators.
A copyright infringement complaint by 8XBet has been rejected by a US court because the bookmaker declined to provide a signature of its phantom-like CEO. It’s a move that raises more doubts about the real origins of Manchester City's mysterious Asian betting partner.
Aston Villa FC have just signed a three-year, eight-figure sponsorship deal with BK8, a gambling operator which is licensed in the United Kingdom but carries out its activities almost exclusively in Far Eastern countries where sports gambling is illegal.
Using models posing as directors, football’s latest betting sponsor has concluded deals with major clubs and leagues. This enables its owners to hide behind a myriad of companies, licensors and brands.
Josimar has found new evidence which shows that TGP, the Isle of Man company which provides UK gambling licences to Asian betting partners of a number of Premier League clubs, is intimately linked with the Suncity Group of Alvin Chau, the suspected triad member who was recently jailed for 18 years for fraud and gambling offences in China.
Asian betting brands are omnipresent in European football. In reality, most of them are owned by a handful of super-bookmakers, hiding their identities and huge cash flow.
The sponsor of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, 1XBet, was declared bankrupt this week. But the bookmaker is still signing new deals with several actors in international football.
Mystery surrounds 8XBet, Manchester City's new Asian betting partner. Open-source intelligence points to the UAE.
Bet365’s foray into the Chinese market may have expanded to include more than 12,000 domain names during the pandemic. IP addresses registered in Australia but located offshore, some possibly in Hong Kong, have been a key part of its operation.
You'd have thought that with the imminent publication of the British government's White Paper on gambling and the current public interest in – and criticism of – that business, English football clubs would have taken a step back in their toxic relationship with bookmakers. At least for a while.