Six Male Gamblers Arrested for Match Fixing in AU

Male gamblers aged 19 to 22 from Victoria and Western Australia were arrested on charges of engaging in conduct that corrupts a betting outcome earlier this month. The male gamblers collectively planned to lose their own matches in an online Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament and then betting on the outcome of those select matches. This gave them the added advantage of knowing the outcome of those matches and then betting accordingly which paid in their favor.

The arrests follow an investigation into suspicious betting activity by the Australian police force which began in March this year. A tip-off from an anonymous betting company prompted the initial investigation. The male gamblers face up to ten years imprisonment but have since been released pending further inquiries. The Victorian police force, together with detectives and betting companies including Sportsbet, continue to work on the case. It is unclear when the trial will begin.

Six Male Gamblers Arrested in OZ

Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson encouraged anyone with information about the current case, or other similar cases, to come forward. Furthermore, he said the recent arrests of the six male gamblers should be a warning, and that activity like this is a criminal offense and will be dealt with accordingly.

Details of Male Gamblers Arrests

The Victorian police force suspects that the male gamblers had placed 20 bets over five matches before anyone was aware of corrupt activity. The value of the 20 bets is unknown. The first set of arrests were made on Wednesday 21 August in Victoria where detectives from the sporting integrity intelligence unit as well as the organized crime intelligence unit cuffed two 20-year olds, one 22-year-old and another 19-year-old. The other two male gamblers were arrested that Friday, both 20-year olds.

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New Sportsbet Deal with Rita Provisions live streaming NZ horse racing events

Sportsbet NZSportsbet has inked a deal with New Zealand Racing Industry Transition Agency to stream NZ horse racing events in Australia. This deal follows one that was made with Betfair and the RITA earlier this year. The agreement was that Betfair would pay product fees to TAB when it produces odds on horse racing in New Zealand. The RITA is the organization that replaced the New Zealand Racing Board soon after it was phased out in April 2019.

New Zealand Racing Industry Transition Agency, through its new deal with Sportsbet, will feature streaming of live race events. Some of the races bettors can expect to see will be thoroughbred and harness racing as well as greyhound racing events. TAB General Manager for Media and International, Andy Kydd, said; “The new deal involves Sportsbet taking live vision of all three codes of New Zealand racing.” He further stated, “getting our racing in front of a big new audience in the Australian market that we’ve never been in while bringing in a new revenue source for the industry”.

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The current deal TAB has with Tabcorp, consisting of long-term broadcast and wagering agreement, will be responsible for facilitating the delivery of the coverage.  It is also a key enabler of the agreement with Sportsbet. The bookmaker is considered as one of the best sportsbooks in Australia.

In April this year, the NZ government announced that they will be phasing out the levy on horse racing. This was implemented due to a decline in the industry. The funds raised from the levy amounted to NZ$13.89million.

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This deal is set to bring the excitement of New Zealand Horse racing events to the Australian public. Equally, this means that Aussies will be able to place bets on the horse races through the Sportsbet platform. Following the announcement of the phasing out of the horse racing levy the NZ government further announced that betting profits on horse racing events will be given back to the sport.

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