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York City Pro Launches world’s first ‘social bet-work’


- Bet your mates, not the bookmakers -

Professional footballer Dave McGurk, a defender with York City, is hoping to score with his latest business venture, a unique new ‘social bet-work’, which will take on the bookies and change the way sports fans bet on their favourite teams. 

David McGurk
David McGurk

Bets of Mates ( enables friends to join for free and have a flutter against each other in a fantasy football-style league setting. However, unlike a traditional bookmakers, there is always a winner.  

The concept behind the site is that for every stake, each participant receives 100 points which they can distribute on different bets, with a win, lose or draw prediction. The player with the highest score in the league ultimately wins the game. However, there is always a winner, even if the prediction was not exactly right, as well as cash dished out to runners up.

Bets of Mates is also equipped with social network-style message boards and alerts, making for an engaging, competitive environment between friends. The site will initially focus on domestic football leagues, but will quickly expand to other sports including darts, cricket and rugby. 

Dave McGurk, says: “Like all good ideas, Bets of Mates was conceived over a few beers and the football on a Saturday afternoon. My business partners and I had been talking for some time about how there was a need for a betting service that combined the banter and competitiveness of friends, along with a guaranteed prize fund - unlike an accumulator bet where one wrong result can mean no winnings.

“Since launch we’ve had phenomenal interest with strong week-on-week signups. I see that this is down to Bets of Mates challenging the status quo when it comes to sports betting, and offering something refreshing and new.”

McGurk, started his career with the Darlington youth organisation and broke into the first team during the 2001–02 season. He has always been passionate for the sport and had a vision to create a sociable betting environment and a place where individuals can take part without the involvement of bookmakers. Also behind the venture are McGurk’s friends - and now business partners - John Hughes, and business development manager Adam Haywood.


For more information, or to try out the site with a free league set-up with betting credit, please contact Chris Norton or Will Ockenden at Prohibition PR on 0113 230 4583 or email   

Notes to editors

Bets of Mates is an online social betting site offering players the chance to bet against their mates in a socially safe and fun environment and not against bookies.