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TOP TEN SPORTS SPREAD MARKETS


1 International Cricket - England v Pakistan 3rd Test 2 International Cricket - England v Pakistan 2nd Test 3 International Cricket - England v Pakistan 4th Test 4 Domestic Football - Man Utd v Newcastle 5 Domestic Football - Liverpool v Arsenal 6 Domestic Football - Man City v Liverpool 7 European Football - Tottenham v Young Boys 8 European Football - Young Boys v Tottenham 9 Domestic Football - Fulham v Man Utd 10 Domestic Football - Wigan v Chelsea Chart supplied by: Spreadex. Calculated on volume of bets


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ronically, given the ‘spot fixing’ scandal, the test matches between England and Pakistan were extremely attractive betting events, especially for those who play on the spreads with whom cricket has always been popular.


Whether the allegations will reduce this popularity with punters whose perception of cricket as a ‘fair’ sport remains to be seen, but cricket has survived fixing scandals before and come through relatively intact. However, that was without the News of the World on their backs. After following up the initial sting in which Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir appeared to be prepared to contrive pre-arranged no- balls for payment, the paper targeted another player Yasir Hameed. He said: “Every second Pakistan match is fixed. The match between Pakistan and West Indies in 2004’s champions’ trophy was a fix. Pakistan cricket board should investigate about the Australian tour. How can Mohammad Asif buy four bungalows?” Former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid warned that the sport needs to fully investigate the allegations in order to clean up its image. He said: “The last thing we need is for the events of this week to be swept under the carpet. No guilt must be attached until the investigations are complete, and everyone deserves a fair chance to defend themselves. But the process must be thorough and comprehensive.”


Mike O’Kane, chief bookmaker at the European Sports Security Association (ESSA), doesn’t think there will be a cover up. “The allegations that have been made against certain members of the Pakistan cricket squad are extremely serious and demand to be investigated with the utmost rigour, with any proven misdemeanour punished severely,” he said. “The ICC’s anti-corruption unit has been proactive in investigating alleged misconduct in the past and must be encouraged to be so again. We strongly recommend that they engage with ESSA so that we can provide them with betting related information to make sure cricket’s integrity is upheld for the benefit of fans today and in the future.”


Meanwhile, perhaps the Gambling Commission should look at seconding the News of the World’s investigative team into its armoury against corruption as this is the second major sports betting corruption story it has broken in the past six months. If this were to happen, licensed operators would have to be more vigilant in the future if someone pretending to be a sheik pops up on the doorstep offering wads of money.


46 BettingBusinessInteractive • SEPTEMBER 2010 TOP TEN RETAIL BETTING EVENTS (EIRE)


1 Golf - PGA Championship 2 Domestic Football - Fulham vs Man Utd 3 Domestic Football - Sunderland vs Man City 4 Domestic Football - Man City vs Liverpool 5 Domestic Football - Liverpool vs Arsenal 6 Golf - WGC Bridgestone Invitational 7 Golf - Irish Open Golf 8 Horseracing - York - Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Group 1) 9 Horseracing-York – Ebor (Heritage Handicap) 10 Domestic Football - Chelsea vs Stoke Chart supplied by: Boylesports


TOP TEN SPORTS EVENTS WATCHED ONLINE


1 European Football - Liverpool v Trabzonspor 2 European Football - Trabzonspor v Liverpool 3 Tennis - ATP 1000 Series Toronto 15/8 4 Domestic Football - Nottingham Forest v Leeds 5 Tennis - ATP 1000 Series Cincinnati 19/8 6 European Football - Fenerbache v BSC Young Boys 7 Football Friendly - Arsenal v Celtic - Emirates Cup 8 Portuguese Football - Benfica v Academica 9 Australian Football - Perth Glory v North Queensland Fury 10 Dutch Football - De Graafschap v Ajax Chart supplied by: www.watchandbet.tv


TOP TEN POOL BETTING EVENTS


1 York - Darley Yorkshire Oaks 2 York - Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes 3 York - Juddmonte International Stakes 4 York - Sky Bet Strensall Stakes 5 York - Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes 6 York - Jaguar Cars Lowther Stakes 7 York - eventmasters.co.uk 25th Anniversary Handicap 8 York - totesport Ebor 9 York - Sportingbet.com Great Voltigeur Stakes 10 York - Addleshaw Goddard Stakes Chart supplied by: Totepool


1 William Hill 2 Ladbrokes 3 Gala Coral 4 Betfred


5 Totesport 6 Paddy Power


7 Jenningsbet (inc. Better) 8 Mark Jarvis 9 Scotbet


10 Stan James TOP TEN


BIGGEST UK OFF COURSE LBO ESTATES 2,308


2,082 1,648 851 517 115 75 69 63 60


TOP TEN BETTING EXCHANGE EVENTS


1 International Cricket - England v Pakistan (3rd Test) 2 Golf - Group B / USPGA Championship 3 Tennis – Cincinati Masters Final - Federer v Fish 4 Tennis – Cincinati Masters - Fish v A Murray 5 Domestic Football - Man City v Liverpool 6 Domestic Football - Liverpool v Arsenal 7 Domestic Football - Fulham v Man Utd 8 International Cricket - Sri Lanka v India (3rd Test) 9 International Cricket - England v Pakistan (1st Test) 10 Tennis – Cincinati Masters Federer v Davydenko Chart supplied by: Betfair


TOP TEN RETAIL BETTING EVENTS (UK)


1 Domestic Football - Premier League Outright 2 Domestic Football - Championship Outright 3 Domestic Football - Premier League Handicap 4 Horseracing - The Ebor, York 5 Horseracing - The Nunthorpe, York 6 Domestic Football - Liverpool v Arsenal 7 Horseracing - Juddmonte International, York 8 Domestic Football - Man United v Newcastle 9 Domestic Football - Fulham v Man United 10 Domestic Football - Man City v Liverpool Chart supplied by: Betfred


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