They Haven’t Got the ‘Guts’ to Offer Sports Betting in Sweden Any More!

8 December 2020

Last year, Gaming Innovating Group Inc (GiG) took the decision to temporarily take down its sports betting platform operating in Sweden on two of their in-house brands, Rizk and Guts, while awaiting clarification from the Swedish gambling Authority on what they could and could offer customers in that specific jurisdiction. While a brief pause got underway in sport betting, the gambling operator made it abundantly clear that any bets that were placed prior to the ‘shut down’, would be honoured.

Fast forward to the autumn of 2020 and here we are again, only this time, GiG have taken the decision to terminate as bookmaker there sports betting activities indefinitely. Despite there being links to casino, live casino, sports and poker, only three of those core gaming products are accessible – sports. Clicking on sports delivers a blank page with the following message:

“Sportsbook Closure. Sportsbook betting is no longer available. All bets placed after 17/11/2020 but before 24/11/2020 with outcomes prior to 10/12/2020 will be honoured. Any bets placed from 17/11/2020 until 24/11/2020 with outcomes after 10/12/2020 will be void and refunded by 17:00 on 24/11/2020.”

Strangely enough, in 2019, GiG closed both Rizk and Guts sports betting platforms, and when hearing of the termination of sports betting capabilities on Guts, we instantly thought of Rizk and wondered if that too would be closing its doors for good and here’s the good news – Rizk Sports are very much open for business!

In with a Sporting Chance

Customers who sign up to Rizk are guaranteed three things – plenty of betting markets, bet in play services (live betting) and enhanced odds on certain events. From the Champions League to La Liga, Bundesliga to the Premier League, you’ll find a huge number of ways to place a bet and win. Sporting markets not only cover football, they stretch to the four corners of the globe with alpine skiing, American football, Aussie rules, bandy and baseball! Other markets include:

  • Boxing
  • Basketball
  • Counter Strike
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country
  • Cycling
  • Darts
  • Dota 2 (e-sports video game)
  • Floorball
  • Futsal
  • Gaelic Football
  • Gaelic Hurling
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Ice Hockey
  • MMA
  • Motorsports
  • Rugby
  • Snooker
  • Specials
  • Starcraft (video game)
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Waterpolo

And one of those categories listed below is making waves in the media – football! It’s rumoured that an American sports investor (ALK Capital) is closing in on a deal to buy Burnley, the English Premier League football club for the sum of £200m! Talks have been underway between the US firm and the owners of Burley, Mike Garlick and John Banaszkiewicz, who together own 77.44% of the club, since October 2019 and both parties are keen to put pen to paper! News outlets all over the UK and the USA are reporting the conclusion of the £200m take-over bid is in its final stages and we expect there to be an announcement imminently!