Brazil-Switzerland from Betclic headquarters in Bordeaux, “more than 2.5 million euros in bets on the match”

The most frequent bets? Victory for France with goals from Mbappé and/or Giroud!“Martin Houdbine, director of sports and horse betting at Betclic, does not hide a small side”chauvinist“. A European heavyweight in online betting, the company opened the doors of its headquarters in Bordeaux to the press on the occasion of the Brazil-Switzerland match on Monday evening.

Green carpet imitating a football field, round balls and cleats at each corner of the table… Unsurprisingly, at Betclic, “we mainly have people who are passionate about sports“. In the trading room, 14 bookmakers develop in real time and in a studious atmosphere the odds of matches and players. The Seleção winger “Vinicius Junior, he has a price tag of 3.5 euros because the whole Brazil team is counting on him to score“, explains Julien Brun, director of operations of the company.

Our traders that you see here are traditionally based in Malta, where our trading operation is located, but exceptionally on the occasion of the World Cup, we decided to bring the teams together to be able to operate the various matches“, continues Martin Houdbine.

The 14 Betclic bookmakers came specially from Malta to Bordeaux for the duration of the World Cup.
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Jules Brelaz

If a match like Brazil-Switzerland generates more than 2.5 million euros in online bets, the average gain does not exceed 47 euros. “You do not win large sums of money by betting“, indicates Julien Brun, the number 3 of Betclic. The company also insists: “85% of stakes are redistributed as required by law, and 76% of players have won at least one bet in 2021“.

Despite these figures, online betting sites often crystallize criticism fromassociations and communities
due to the phenomenon of gambling addiction, especially among those under 18. “The game must be a game and nothing else“, answers Audrey Herblin-Stoop, director of communication at Betclic.

We have a hundred people who work with us every day to make sure that the players don’t fall into addiction. From the moment we have detected them, we have very precise support, we send them fewer requests, fewer emails, we offer them to take breaks, set limits and even potentially accompany them towards voluntary banning What is important to understand is that we offer entertainment, we want to have players who play for small amounts, who have fun. A player who is ruined, it makes no sense either for the business or for him.

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