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|Born||18 April 1951|
|Occupation||Bookmaker, Chairman, Victor Chandler International|
Victor Chandler is often credited as the first bookmaker to recognise the importance of online gambling, particularly online casinos and poker, as well as being the first to move his gaming business offshore with his firm BetVictor.com.
In the early 1990s, Victor began to accept football wagers from far-eastern clients and, in doing so, he recognised the potential growth in foreign markets. He opened up an office in Antigua to enable these clients to bet without the need to pay UK tax.
In the UK, punters were required to pay a 9% betting tax but, in 1996, Chandler obtained a betting licence in Gibraltar and in 1999 moved his entire business there. Over the next decade the company grew quickly and he now employs over 400 people and is the largest private employer on the Rock. Victor Chandler has offered free betting from £5, and in 2001 the then Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, announced that he was scrapping UK betting tax, a huge victory for punters.
Chandler has owned many racehorses over the past three decades in UK, South Africa & US. Following some success over the years, Chandler formed a syndicate called "Men In Our Position" which owned the 2009 Cheltenham Triumph Hurdle winner Zaynar, trained by Nicky Henderson. Zaynar re-appeared on 21 November 2009 at Ascot Racecourse where he demolished a top-class field in winning the Coral Ascot Hurdle by 6 lengths as reported by the Racing Post. Zaynar was then aimed at the Champion Hurdle, for which he was one of the Ante-Post favourites for the race. After running a galant race Zaynar finished third in the race.
Lucian Freud friendship
In July 2009 Victor Chandler agreed to become the main sponsor of Nottingham Forest F.C.  for a reported "significant six-figure fee". As part of his sponsorship he offered to pay for the following year's season tickets for Forest fans who opened an online account should Forest win. At the time of the offer Forest were rated as 80/1 outsiders to win the league, but after an amazing run of 19 games undefeated, Forest were second in the Championship in January 2010 and Chandler claimed Forest winning the league would cost him approximately £6m. After a poor March and April Forest's chances of winning the league receded and they instead qualified for the Football League play-offs where they were eliminated by Blackpool at the semi-final stage.
In March 2010 Victor Chandler announced a two-year extension to the Nottingham Forest sponsorship.
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