Can Survivor fight the odds?
By maddy
Pilot episodes, sneak previews and curtain raisers maybe good for other TV shows, except for Survivor, which is drawing more betters than eager fans. Even before the first episode was televised for the current season, more than 15 people from the Vancouver, British Columbia have started placing bets with an offshore bookie. They are betting on survivor participant, Sandra Diaz-Twine, who was revealed as the winner during the show's season finale on CBS, earlier this week.

Smelling foul play, the Antigua-based bookmaker,, shut down 'Survivor' betting back four months ago. But the website still paid out $40,000 this week, from less than $5,000 in wagers. The winners or recipients were people who won their bets before it was stopped.

'We may now join other offshore bookmakers that he said shun 'Survivor' because of fears of insider betting,' says Simon Noble, CEO of The company believes that either an insider from CBS or a friend or neighbor of Sandra's is the source of the insider information.

Diaz-Twine, the prospective Survivor lives in Fort Lewis, Wash., which is several hours way from Vancouver. According to Noble, the bettors may know Diaz personally, to take advantage of the information. But Diaz says, 'For months I know that I one of the final two contestants but only on Sunday I found that I won the $1 million prize, and no, I didn't spill the beans.” She adds that if she knew of the foul play, she would forfeit the prize money.

But the Survivor, did admit that few friends approached her this fall wondering if they should bet on her, after the bookmaker rumors were in the air. According to Diaz, she told her friends about rumors of two other potential winners, and discouraged her friends from betting on her.

Betting theories apart, according to data from Neilsen Media Research, Survivor continues to be one of prime-time TV's most popular shows, drawing in more than 25.4 million viewers for Sunday's finale.

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