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tennis rort exposed on Challenger Tour

With thanks to ShankTennis for this article.....

The Romanian media picked this one up last week - an attempted sting at the Rijeka challenger event, but with plenty of matches involved.

Today, the company Advanced Betting System, Super Bet operator, was the victim of massive fraud attempts through the rigging of matches at the Challenger tournament in Rijeka (Croatia). Here are the details of this unpleasant event.

It goes on to claim the following:

A series of identical 12-leg parlays were placed at Super Bet outlets in Bucharest and Drobetu Turnu Severin.
The amount wagered was on each parlay was €1000, with a potential pay-out of €147, 000 on each.
Of the twelve legs, eleven were Challenger tennis matches with ten of those from Rijeka.
Of the tennis bets, all players either won in straight sets or lost via retirement (thus voiding those legs of the parlay).



It could be classed as an attempt to fix a series of matches, or alternatively, one big punter really having a big bet, but spreading out his wager across several tickets because of limits placed upon him or all tickets in general in Romania. I tend to think it's probably one or a few big punters using a bit of information, perhaps someone at the event, noticing a few players were enjoying the nightlife or not 100% fit and coupling them all up for a rather big wager. After all, it doesn't make any sense for an attempt to fix matches to only be punted with one betting outlet - there are enough around these days betting on challengers to get a few bets on.

But that could just be an opinion from someone who wants to see tennis be as clean as possible. Certainly having a couple of matches which involved retirements raises suspicions but it's not concrete evidence of a fix. A punter/syndicate behind a sting of this level cannot hope to have EVERY match under control, but he certainly wager with confidence if he had a few players in his pocket and was getting 147/1 for what he considered to be a 20/1 shot.


And if you want to read some comical responses from people who don't have the slightest idea how the betting industry works, this thread is worth reading.

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