Suspicious Betting over Wimbledon MatchPublished June 24, 2009 by OCR Editor
Bookmakers have noticed suspicious betting activity and, taking caution, suspended activity.
Wimbledon is a celebration for the tennis world and for the betting world too. It will be unfortunately, regrettable in fact, if it were to sour.
On the second day of the competition, a match between Austrian Jurgen Melzer and American Wayne Odesnik has drawn attention and started an investigation.
First to notice the suspicious activity - betting has turned suddenly in favor of a straight sets win for the Melzer - were the bookmakers themselves. Paddy Power, Ladbrokes and Sportingbet have all cancelled betting on the match, while other, namely William Hill Sports, did not see the trend as anything other than "reasonable."
The Gaming Intelligence website reports that games of this sort draw about £10,000 in set betting; this match saw £350,000 in bets.
According to recently agreed procedures, the bookmakers have filed a report to the Tennis Integrity Unit, which is allowed to see all betting taking place and can decide on an investigation.
The players deny involvement and we will wait on the investigation to conclude and update you with the findings. Play safe and fair.