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Hacketts was established in 1965 by Cyril Hackett. From it's single shop beginning, the company has continued to expand, to such an extent that it now has 28 branches throughout the Republic Of Ireland, and two on-course offices. Hacketts also offer an extensive telebetting service on all sporting events.

Hackett's offers a comprehensive coverage of sports betting for the Irish and international markets. We employ the latest technology to ensure that you are provided with a safe and convenient betting service.

Hacketts are Ireland's largest independent bookmaker. With over 40 years experience, Hacketts provide Irelands top betting facility in all our branches throughout the Republic of Ireland plus two on-course offices.

Hackett's provide a Tele-betting service for registered customers on

To place a bet with your telephone betting account, FREE PHONE 1800 844 238. When you call you will be asked for your details first. The Hackett's betting agent will verify your account, and tell you the balance in your account. To place your bet, tell the betting agent, the bet details. The agent will repeat your bet. It is important to listen as the operator reads back your bet, so that you may confirm or correct it before it is registered. As soon as you accept your bet, your account is debited. Your conversation is recorded and kept for reference. Winnings will be credited immediately after the results are official. Account statements are mailed upon request.

To place a bet is simple. Once your account has been setup and you have sufficient funds deposited, all you need to do is call Hackett's Telebetting centre in Betpack (1800 844 238) and place you bet with the asigned agent.

When you set up your telebetting account with Hackett's your credit card details are taken. To deposit money to your hackett's account call Hackett's telebetting centre.

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Irish Bookmaker Gambles on Facebook Betting App

Irish Bookmaker Gambles on Facebook Betting App

An Irish bookmaker is set to become the first company to offer real-money sports betting on Facebook when it launches an app on the social networking site.

Paddy Power hopes to launch the beta version of its app, called Paddy Power In-Play!, within the next two weeks, according to a company spokesperson.

Users will be able to bet on a variety of sports and markets with real money rather than online credit, while also engaging with other users.

Facebook will unveil the product on Thursday at the World Gaming Executive Summit in Barcelona, pitching it as part of its social gaming strategy, aimed at bringing more casino games to the website.

The betting company, which is based in Dublin, produced the app in-house and a spokesperson from the company said that "robust" age verification procedures will apply.

Peter O'Donovan, managing director of Paddy Power Online, added: "The launch of the first real-money sports betting product on Facebook is testament to Paddy Power's e-commerce and technology capabilities, as well as our international industry leadership position in social media."

There are already a number of other gambling apps on Facebook such as Bingo Friendzy, a bingo game, but Paddy Power's will be the first to offer bets on sporting events.

The strategy from Paddy Power could be successful "if done correctly", according to Lynsey Sweales, CEO of Social B, a social media and online marketing company.

"If you look on social media, everybody is talking about something - for example Wimbledon. This allows Paddy Power to find out what people are talking about and then engage with that topic," she told CNBC.

"Gambling companies can't just go out and see what people are talking about then say 'bet with us', but they can increase brand awareness and possibly increase sales. There are strict legal guidelines with gambling, but a company can see what people are talking about and can tap that space."

A spokesperson for Gamcare, which helps people with gambling problems and works with betting companies to ensure they maintain high standards, said he was confident the app would be responsible.

"It is great to be able to work with more operators like Paddy Power on these sites, because it does minimize the damage that gambling can cause," Gamcare's Joel O'Connor said.

"Every day there is going to be a headline about the dangers of gambling, but there is no hiding from gambling. The important thing is that the credible operators work with us to make sure there are important safeguards in place."

Bookmakers Costing Irish Exchequer Millions By Refusing Bets, TDN, Thoroughbred Daily News, Horse Racing News, Results and Video, Thoroughbred Breedin

Bookmakers Costing Irish Exchequer Millions By Refusing Bets

Updated: October 12, 2016 at 12:14 pm

When the subject of betting is raised in casual discussion, one usually doesn’t have to wait long for the old maxim of “the bookie always wins” to be trotted out. With the likes of Paddy Power having made an operating profit of €180-million in 2015 and recently merging with another profit-making colossus of the betting world in Betfair, who would want to argue with it?

While the bookmakers always make sure to tilt the odds they offer in their favour, the most fundamental foundation block of the ever-growing popularity of betting is that the customer believes they have a chance of winning. Why else would they keep getting involved if they didn’t think they could come out on top every so often?

However, the seldom-discussed reality of modern bookmaking is that not everyone is given a fair chance to win. While a bettor that consistently loses will be welcomed and indeed incentivised to bet as much as they like, those that show even hints of skill will have the size of the bets they are allowed to place with their bookmakers restricted to derisorily small amounts and may even have their betting accounts closed altogether.

The specifics of this rampant problem were described at length in these pages last month and tangible evidence of it was recently detailed by the UK-based Horseracing Bettors Forum, but there is a bigger-picture consequence of this situation that is specific to Irish horse racing and has never been widely discussed in the media. It is a consequence that extends far beyond the world of betting, impacting on the very financial foundations of the sport in Ireland and it demands the attention of everyone involved in the industry before it is too late to take remedial action.

The issue of betting restrictions is easily categorised as one that only affects those that bet, but such a view is guilty of losing sight of how Irish horse racing is financed. While all of the betting tax revenue generated in Ireland is no longer automatically funnelled into the Horse & Greyhound Fund which finances Irish racing as it was until the recent past, there remains a significant link between the betting tax yield and how much funding the government provides Irish horse racing with. Indeed, it was no coincidence that it was only after the Irish government finally succeeded in bringing in legislation to get online betting revenue into the tax net with an estimated value of €20-million per year to the exchequer that funding for Irish horse racing increased by over 25% to €54.4-million in 2014 and has continued to rise since.

The link between betting tax yield and the issue of bookmaker restrictions should be obvious. Betting tax in Ireland is charged on a turnover basis, with 1% of every bet struck being taken by the government. Thus, every single bet that bookmakers turn away or reduce is directly depriving the exchequer of tax revenue. Bet restrictions have become so commonplace in recent years that such practice is likely to have cost and will continue to cost the exchequer millions in lost betting tax revenue, thus reducing horse racing’s case for increased funding from the government.

Another bigger-picture consequence of bookmaker restrictions is the effect that the resulting drop in betting turnover on horse racing will have on the negotiations with bookmakers for the rights to broadcast footage from Irish racecourses. These media rights deal are an essential part of the financing of Irish racing and Irish racecourses and if betting turnover on horse racing drops, the bookmakers will be in a strong position to offer less money for the same rights in future deals.

This is far from the first time that bookmaker behaviour has cost the Irish exchequer–and by extension the Irish racing industry–significant revenue. Indeed, it shouldn’t be forgotten that it was the big bookmakers that played a major role in creating a huge hole in the finances of Irish horse racing by moving their online operations offshore as soon as internet betting began becoming popular in the opening years of this millennium. This allowed them to avoid paying any tax in Ireland on the online bets they took from Irish customers, costing the Irish exchequer a sum likely to be well in excess of €100-million up until the government finally succeeded in bringing online betting revenue into the tax net with recent legislation.

It is essential for the future prosperity of horse racing that betting turnover levels on the sport are maintained. It is in the best interests of the retention of existing racing fans, the attraction of new ones and the financial health of the entire industry. With this in mind, the scourge of bookmakers restricting bets on horse racing to grossly unreasonable levels has to be brought to an end. Fortunately, a precedent of how to fix this problem has already been set and successfully implemented on the other side of the world.

In Australia, the racing authorities in New South Wales introduced a minimum bet limit that obliged bookmakers to guarantee to lay anyone a bet to lose A$2,000 at a city meeting and A$1,000 at country fixtures. While the bookmakers were up in arms when this move was announced two years ago, the feedback from Down Under is that the new rules are working well for both bookmakers and bettors. Indeed, such has been the success of them, Victoria has recently followed New South Wales in introducing similar rules. Interestingly, Paddy Power have a significant presence in Australia through Sportsbet and they have no problems adhering to those rules down there, so they would presumably have no problems doing so if obliged to in Ireland.

Of course, some readers may be instinctively reluctant to support such a line of action given the rise in awareness of the dangers of gambling addiction. However, despite the obligations that bookmakers are supposed to have in encouraging responsible gambling, betting restrictions rarely affect those that bet recklessly. In fact, rather than being discouraged, those that show themselves to be ill-disciplined and uninformed are routinely given the red carpet treatment by bookmakers.

One infamous case in recent years was that of a postman stealing €1.75-million from his employer to feed a gambling addiction which saw him bet €10-million over the course of just 18 months, losing a total of €1.7-million. In one instance that emerged during his trial he was allowed bet €40,000 on the result of something as obscure as a soccer match involving a Norwegian women’s team. Not only was he allowed essentially to have as much money as he wanted on any event he liked without fear of restrictions, in an effort to keep him sweet, a leading Irish bookmaker took him on free trips to the Europa League final and the Irish Derby along with other “high rollers.” Click here for more. This type of behaviour is typical across the bookmaking industry.

While that is obviously an extreme example, it represents the reality of the current betting world. Poorly-informed, ill-disciplined and proven losing bettors are allowed and indeed encouraged to bet as much as they like, but anyone that shows even a hint of competency will have their stakes severely restricted and effectively be told to take their business elsewhere. This is the type of ethically questionable business practice that has led to bookmakers generating record profits year after year.

All told, the big bookmakers in Ireland have got away lightly for too long. As well as avoiding paying tax on bets taken online from Irish customers for over a decade, the 1% turnover tax they pay is amongst the lowest rate anywhere in the betting world. Whilst there has been some talk from those in power of potentially increasing this tax rate, that would be likely to have seriously detrimental effects on the levels of betting turnover if it was passed on to the customer to pay. Implementing minimum bet limits is a far more attractive alternative. As well as leveling the playing field for all bettors, it will lead to a significant increase in betting turnover and tax yield overnight whilst not hitting the betting public in the pocket with a new tax which the younger generation of bettors have never had to pay.

Ireland has an ideal mechanism in place to implement such minimum bet limits. As well as there being a licensing process in place for Irish-based bookmakers, recent legislation introduced a requirement for online betting operators to seek a license from the Irish government to allow them to take bets from Irish-based bettors. The first batch of these remote gaming licenses were granted to 27 betting operators and run for a two-year period from Aug. 1, 2015. Those licenses will be due for renewal in July 2017. Everyone that cares for the horse racing industry should start campaigning to have minimum bet limits added to the conditions that bookmakers must adhere to if they are to be granted a license to take bets from Irish-based bettors. This is the way forward for the industry.

Given that the Irish betting public do not have any representative group and that the racing media have been reluctant to highlight these highly-important issues, the only way this is going to gain momentum is if the betting public get behind it and push it to their political representatives. If you care about this issue, make your voice heard by sending this article to your TD and help make them aware of this serious problem. The Irish exchequer and by extension the horse racing industry have already been denied far too much revenue by this bookmaker practice. Let’s help put a stop to it for the greater good of the future of horse racing.

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1934 Betting and Lotteries Act

1934 Betting and Lotteries Act

The Betting and Lotteries Act, 1934 was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom and had three sections: Betting, Lotteries and Prize Competitions, and General. [1]

The draft bill was presented to parliament on 7 March [2] with the provisions passed on 27 March. [3]


Horse racing courses and greyhound tracks were forced to limit their race days to a maximum 104 per annum whereas previously they were able to race on an unlimited basis. On course bookmakers and totalisators were also restricted to betting on a maximum of 104 days per annum.

Power was given to local councils to issue (and revoke or refuse) the betting licences required and the 104 appointed days of trading must be published in advance. The racecourse and tracks were to charge on course bookmakers a specified admission price and it was illegal for under 18 to be involved in any betting organisation.

The issue of street bookmaking was not addressed which the press felt should have been. The restriction to 104 days was primarily brought in due to rapid growth of greyhound tracks after 1927 and the associated gambling implications that had followed. [4]

Lotteries and Prize Competitions

All lotteries were made unlawful with the exemption of small lotteries incidental to certain entertainment and private lotteries. Restrictions were made on certain prize competitions (i.e. in newspapers) and warrant rights were given to any constable to investigate premises that are suspected of breaking the restrictions.

The Official Act Sections Part 1 - Betting
  • 1. Restriction of betting on tracks.
  • 2. Restriction of bookmaking on tracks.
  • 3. Restriction of pari mutuel or pool betting.
  • 4. Restriction of betting on dog racecourses.
  • 5. Licensing authorities.
  • 6. Notices of, and procedure with respect to, applications for licences.
  • 7. Discretion of licensing authority as to, grant of licences.
  • 8. Special provisions as to first licences for certain existing tracks.
  • 9. Duration and transfer of licences and fees in respect of licences and transfers.
  • 10. Fixing of days on which betting facilities may be provided.
  • 11. Establishment of totalisators on dog racecourses.
  • 12. Facilities for bookmaking on tracks.
  • 13. Charges to bookmakers on tracks 'where betting facilities are lawfully provided.
  • 14. Occupiers of tracks not to have an interest in bookmaking thereon.
  • 15. Betting with young persons, and employment of young persons in betting businesses, prohibited on tracks.
  • 16. Revocation of licences.
  • 17. Saving for right of occupier of track to prohibit betting.
  • 18. Amendment and interpretation of Racecourse Betting Act, 1928.
  • 19. Power of entry on tracks.
  • 20. Interpretation of Part I.
Part 2 - Lotteries and Prize Competitions
  • 21. Illegality of lotteries.
  • 22. Offences in connection with lotteries.
  • 23. Exemption of small lotteries incidental to certain entertainments.
  • 24. Exemption of private lotteries.
  • 25. Amendment of the law with respect to, and saving for, lotteries of Art Unions.
  • 26. Restriction on certain prize competitions.
  • 27. Power to issue search warrant.
  • 28. Interpretation of Part II.
Part 3 - General
  • 29. Offences by bodies corporate.
  • 30. Penalties for offences under this Act, and forfeitures.
  • 31. Application to Scotland.
  • 32. Repeal.
  • 33. Short title, commencement and extent.
  1. ^"Betting and Lotteries Act, 1934" (PDF) .
  2. ^"OUR PARLIAMENTARY CORRESPONDENT. "Betting And Gambling." Times [London, England] 8 Mar. 1934". The Times Digital Archive.
  3. ^"Our Parliamentary Correspondent. "Betting And Lotteries." Times [London, England] 28 Mar. 1934". The Times Digital Archive.
  4. ^ Genders, Roy. NGRC book of Greyhound Racing. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 0-7207-1804-X.
  5. ^ Coleman, Marie (2005). " " A terrible danger to the morals of the country": The Irish hospitals' sweepstake in Great Britain, 1930–87". Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy Section C. 105 (5) . Retrieved 2010-07-08 .
  6. ^ Coleman, Marie (2009). The Irish Sweep — A History of the Irish Hospitals Sweepstake, 1930-87. University College Dublin Press. ISBN 978-1-906359-41-6.

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