Irish-based bookmaker Paddy Power has agreed a deal to become Manchester City’s official UK betting partner. Running from now until the conclusion of next season the deal will be a collaboration across a number of commercial ventures. Under the terms of the deal Paddy will offer betting products to City fans via the club’s website and a specific City micro site. Paddy commented: “There are a lot of similarities between Manchester City and Paddy Power, with us both having established reputations for putting our fans and customers first, whilst rising to the top of the table in our respective fields.”
Paddy also announced a deal to become Perform Group owned Goal.com’s newest betting partner. The popular portal will carry odds from the firm with the Irishmen offering a £50 free bet for new sign ups.
Online betting exchange Betfair is one of the UK’s leading technology. The 2012 CIO 100 ranks the top technological members of staff across all sectors and names chief technology officer (CTO) Tony McAlister in sixth. It affirms the fact the iGaming industry has some of the best technology around and the panel commented: “A strong focus on R&D and recruiting the next generation of graduate IT workers impressed and the continual investment in IT during the downturn showed the panel that McAlister has board level influence at Betfair.”
Other gaming industry related personalities on the list include Health Lottery IT and operations director David Wall in 46th and Isle of Man Government IT director Allan Paterson along with CTO Peter Clarke in 83rd.
Betfair announced their site will experience downtime due to essential maintenance next week. From 0645GMT and 0845GMT on Monday 20th February the exchange product will be offline as well poker, arcade and casino. According to the release they “aim to have the core exchange back up and running before 08:45” with the other products “returning as soon as possible afterwards.”