Friday, 23 May 2008

OnThePunt smells another rat in NRL

from OnThePunt.com

The annual State of Origin rugby league series always proves a hit with punters - but the winner of Game One's "Channel Nine Man of the Match" had some punters and bookies scratching their heads. NSW five-eighth Greg Bird (10/1) got the nod ahead of the likes of Gasnier, Wallace, Cooper and Fitzgibbon. The Australian selectors vote for the man of the match award.

Fair enough some might say, its the opinion of four blokes who have had a bit to do with Rugby League over their time and it is just that - an opinion. But here's the stinger. Within the betting industry, the Channel Nine Man of Match award has a bit of a reputation for being a touch on "dodgy" side over the years. And now we find out that several bookies laid three players before the jump - all to significantly high wagers. The players were Buderus, Hodges and Greg Bird.

At least one bookmaker is believed to be seeking clarification from authorities citing integrity concerns and is refusing to pay out on the market.

who loves a bet? pretty much everyone...

Charles Barkley and other American sports stars not doing much to help the image of sports betting in North America...

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Henin to retire?

All hell has broken out this morning on French Open tennis markets - rumours emanating from Belgium suggest Justine Henin is about to announce her immediate retirement from the game.

The tournament becomes wide open if this is true - several of the big names (Sharapova, Serena, Venus) struggle on clay, Kuznetsova can't win a final these days if her life depended on it and the new breed of Ivanovic and Jankovic still haven't made that step up.....