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Nigel Payne

Born: March 1960
Occupation: Executive Director
Website: Sportingbet Plc

Nigel Payne (born March 1960) is the former Group Chief Executive and current Executive Director of Sportingbet Plc, which operates a network of bookmaking websites, as well as the Paradise Poker online poker room.

A native of the United Kingdom, Payne has long been an outspoken critic of bans on online gambling; he appears regularly on news programs such as 60 Minutes.[1] He is an ardent supporter of legalization and regulation of the industry.

In his early life he was an expert table tennis player, once ranked 5 in the UK.


Career at Sportingbet

Payne joined Sportingbet in 2000 as Group Finance Director and was appointed Group Chief Executive the following year. He held this post through 2006, guiding the company through numerous acquisitions and a listing on the London Stock Exchange.

Payne stepped down as Chief Executive in October 2006 and was succeeded by Andrew McIver. Payne continues as a non-executive director, focusing on industry regulation and legal issues.[2]

See also


  1. ^ 60 Minutes interview. Published September 17, 2006
  2. ^ Sporting Plc Board of Directors. Retrieved January 10, 2007

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