|New York, NY– September 23, 2005 – For the second time in six months, Sportsbook.com has announced that wagering on reality television series The Amazing Race has been halted because it suspects the winners have been leaked. The show is scheduled to begin on September 27 on CBS.|
Odds makers at the world’ largest sportsbook and casino have witnessed irregular betting patterns on the Linz Family. A large number of wagers have recently come in on these contestants. What is suspicious is that all the bets have come from Ohio, the state the Linz Family is from, and all have been for the maximum allowable wagers.
On March 9, 2005, Sportsbook.com noticed almost identical betting trends on contestants Uchenna and Joyce, in what was the last installment of the popular reality television series. Sportsbook.com halted wagering immediately as it suspected the winning couple had been leaked and that those with inside information had been placing the bets. As it turned out, Uchenna and Joyce did indeed win the Amazing Race, confirming Sportsbook.com’s suspicions.
“There’s always a risk with these shows that information will leak and certain people will try to take advantage of it,” said Alex Czajkowski, Marketing Director, Sportsbook.com. “We decided to offer odds again this year because that’s what the majority of our customers wanted. Reality Television is a big part of our business, but in the spirit of fairness we can no longer accept any wagers on this particular show.”
Sportsbook.com will honor any bets already placed on this years’ series and continues to offer odds on other reality television programs, including Survivor, The Apprentice and The Apprentice – Martha Stewart.
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