The Grand National 2012

The Grand National: Scalable Payment Gateway

The Grand National 2015

MasterCard Payment Gateway Services processes payments for a significant proportion of the online gaming market, including major industry players like Paddy Power, Virgin Games and SkyBet.

Every year, the Grand National event becomes the busiest day of the sporting calendar with millions of horse racing enthusiasts placing bets on their favourites. Due to the sudden surge in bets taken in the run up to the main race event in the mid-afternoon, the uninterrupted and speedy performance of merchant's payment service provider becomes even more business critical than ever. If a punter can't bet immediately they will most likely go elsewhere.

Within MasterCard Payment Gateway Services we have a number of specialized expert teams and a network of advanced systems ensuring that all technical and operational challenges are dealt with instantly and that there's sufficient capacity at any time to handle the excess traffic. In order to guarantee the best performance and high gateway scalability our technical engineers are constantly monitoring all key operational areas of the system, putting contingency plans in place, so that in the event of issues arising at critical times a resolution has already been employed. Knowledgeable and highly responsive support function is also critical during large scale events like the Grand National and MasterCard Payment Gateway Services consultants are always on hand to carefully monitor progress and answer queries during the day, despite timings being outside of standard working hours.

Grand National Day is made all the more challenging when the event has seen significant year on year growth for MasterCard Payment Gateway Services’s online gaming merchants.

The Grand National event has seen significant year on year growth for majority of our gaming merchants and this year's event was no exception - the volume of transactions processed was up by over 8% on last year's figures. During the Saturday a total of nearly 3 million transactions were processed with a value of over £112 million, hitting a peak rate of 8341 transactions per minute (TPM).

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