Coral reportedly pay out-of-pocket punter; SBTech moves into Albanian market

news in brief may 2UK bookmaker Coral has reportedly paid a punter  after he claimed in-store staff had denied winnings from a bet placed in a Bristol bookies. report that Chris Fear had placed £1 on Bristol Rovers to win away 3-0 and Jonjo O’Toole to score anytime at odds of 485/1. When he returned to the Coral store in Bristol staff refused to pay out on the bet as they didn’t do “anytime scorecasts” in store and only offered them online. Staff added that the bet had been taken in error.

Commenting on the situation, Fear said: “The bet was an ‘anytime scorecast’ but they now say they don’t do it and that it was a busy betting shop so they can’t expect all their staff to know all the rules.”

We contacted Coral to get their side of the story and confirm whether reports they paid him an “ex-gratia payment” of £204 were correct. By the time we released the article they hadn’t got back to us with a quote or comment and if we get anything else from Coral we will be sure to inform you, the readers.

Turnkey sports betting solutions provider SBTech has signed an agreement in Albania to provide land-based operator Xhoilloto with a full solution. The multi-year agreement sees SBTech replace the company’s legacy sports betting platform in their 500 betting shops and it gives them the chance to enter the online sports betting market at some point in the future. As for the here and now, Xhoilloto will be entering the online casino market and taking a similar path to the deal’s that SBTech signed in Georgia and Nigeria.

SBTech CEO Itai Zak added “Not only are we trusted by the biggest Albanian land based operator to replace their existing legacy sports betting platform for all of their betting shops, we will also provide a complete turnkey solution that will enable Xhoilloto to expand their land based business into the online medium.”