Betfair may have decided to pay out early on a no vote, but if Scotland decides to vote in favour of independence, what can the gambling industry expect from the SNP?

Today’s vote could prove to be a cataclysmic event for the United Kingdom as a whole, with the outcome of the Scottish Referendum still seen as too close to call by almost all pollsters. Despite the Better Together campaign’s marginal lead – around four points according to an ICM Research poll – the SNP-led independence campaign remains within touching distance of success.

Each side has come out with dire proclamations of what may happen should the electorate vote for or against independence, but gaming operators are yet to openly discuss the ramifications of independence for their businesses in Scotland, which accounts for around 11 per cent of the total UK retail betting estate.

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