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At least £62m in bets placed on big EU vote

By John Mulligan

Published 24/06/2016

Vote counting staff sort ballot papers at a vote counting centre at The Royal Horticultural Halls in central London. Bookies have confirmed the poll has broken betting records for non-sporting event.
Vote counting staff sort ballot papers at a vote counting centre at The Royal Horticultural Halls in central London. Bookies have confirmed the poll has broken betting records for non-sporting event.

Around £62m of bets on the EU referendum were matched on the Betfair betting exchange by yesterday evening, with the vote shaping up to have been a record-breaker for bookies.

Ladbrokes confirmed that it has taken millions of pounds in bets in the 24 hours leading up to yesterday's poll.

"It is already our record non-sporting event," said a spokesman, who added that the referendum had also broken records for the recruitment of new customers, and that visitor traffic to its dedicated referendum web page had surpassed one million.

He declined to reveal the precise amount that had been staked on the vote by Ladbrokes' customers.

However, yesterday morning a spokesman for William Hill said the 2014 Scottish independence referendum remained the group's single biggest political betting event. That vote saw William Hill take a total of £3m in fixed-odds bets.

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