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 online betting heavyweight, the company opened the doors of its headquarters in Bordeaux to the press ahead of the match between Brazil and Switzerland on Monday night.

Green carpet imitating a football pitch, round balls and cleats in every corner of the table… Not surprisingly, at Betclic, “we mainly have people who are passionate about sports“. In the trading room, 14 bookmakers develop in real time and in a diligent atmosphere the odds for 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 dealers, as you see here, are traditionally based in Malta, where our trading company is located, but exceptionally on the occasion of the World Cup, we decided to bring the teams together to be able to run the various matches“, continues Martin Houdbine.

The 14 Betclic bookmakers came specially from Malta to Bordeaux during the World Cup.
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If a match like Brazil-Switzerland generates more than 2.5 million euros in online betting, the average win does not exceed 47 euros. “You won’t win large sums by betting“, states Julien Brun, number 3 in Betclic. The company also insists: “85% of bets 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, especially among those under the age of 18. “The game must be a game and nothing else“, answers Audrey Herblin-Stoop, communications director at Betclic.

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

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