Betting Cheats Targeting Rugby Matches
You may have thought that due to most rugby matches being broadcast live these days, and the technology now in use to help referees and those in charge of monitoring the sport, that it is impossible to pull any type of rugby betting scam successfully.
That is of course usually the case, however much like all other sporting categories, there are always fraudsters looking for ways that they can rig a match and relieve betting site operators of their money!
However, it is often the fraudsters greed that will prove to be their undoing, and that was certainly the case back in 2010.
Gone have the days when the only types of bets and wagers you can place on a rugby match are a win type of bet placed on either team, for most if not all betting sites bookmakers and sportsbooks will be offering a range of novelty and unusual bets.
One such bet allows punters to pick out one of the two teams and name the way they will open the scoring on that match and being a novelty type of bet there is not usually a huge amount of money placed on those types of bets when compared to the outright betting markets for example.
In a rugby match that took place however on the 21st of August 2010 between the Canterbury Bulldogs and North Queensland Cowboys some hefty bets were placed on the Cowboys to open the scoring on that match by a penalty goal.
All betting sites will of course have their own in-house teams of market makers and odds compilers and have their own security teams who are trained to spot any unusual betting patterns on any betting markets they are offering a range of different odds on.
The rugby match did begin as usual and when the outcome of the first team scoring was, low and behold via a penalty, one betting company that had taken many bets on that being the outcome of the way the opening score would be determined alerted the authorities.
To cut a long story short, the powers that be in charge of investigating betting and gambling scams in Australia, which is where the game took place, that being the Firearms and Organised Crime Squad’s Casino and Racing Investigation Unit launched an investigation.
One of the players, that being Ryan Tandy, was found to have been part of that rugby betting scam and was ultimately charged with the offence and was given a lifetime ban from the sport. Sadly, four years after that scam Tandy died from a drugs overdose.
All betting sites operates and bookmakers need to be alert for any such scams in the future, however it is very true to say that any gambling related company that does see huge amounts of money being placed on one of their novelty betting opportunities that rarely attract lots of money are always going to spot it and will always report their suspicions if those bets turn out to be winning ones!