David Loveday’s abrupt exit stage left from the chief executive’s office at OpenBet raised a few eyebrows. Coming on the back of a strange no-show at ICE, many have been left wondering what on earth is going on at the world’s leading sportsbook provider.

The installation of his number two Jeremy Thompson-Hill as his successor less than a week later has added to the general sense of bafflement.

The official line (the day before Thompson-Hill assumed the role) was that to some extent Loveday has become a victim of his own success....

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