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Old 08-12-2014, 10:18 AM
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Default Bookmakers Unwittingly Took Bets on ‘Pick-Up’ Soccer Game

Bookmakers Unwittingly Took Bets on ‘Pick-Up’ Soccer Game - Businessweek
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:34 PM
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This is unbelievable. And hilarious. Always wondered how in the fuck these 100's of soccer games a day can be updated live. Turns out they can't. I'll remember this next time I bet Tunisia Premier League at 4 in the morning. Probably a bunch of Tunisia kids in an open field at the park.

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Prosecutors are investigating whether there was betting fraud after two of Asia’s biggest sports bookmakers offered wagers on what one party described as a pick-up game among friends in a small Portuguese town.

Philippines-based SBOBET and IBCbet were among at least six betting companies to offer odds on the half-time and final scores of what was supposed to be an Aug. 4 exhibition game between Spain’s Ponferradina and Freamunde of Portugal, according to Chris Eaton, director at Doha, Qatar-based International Center for Sport Security. They received incorrect information about the game from Perform Group Plc’s (PER) RunningBall unit, which provides real-time match data.

RunningBall said its observer in Sao Joao de Ver, Portugal, mistakenly reported information from a game at the same venue involving teams wearing similar uniforms. That match was a pick-up game among friends who had to look for extra players to make up the numbers, according to Antonio Coelho, the president of Sao Joao de Ver sports club who said he rented out the field in the town of about 10,000.

“It was a fun game among friends,” Coelho said by phone, citing a description by one of the club’s employees who was present. Coelho said he didn’t know the name of the Portuguese man who rented out the ground for 200 euros ($267). He had used it “once or twice” previously, Coelho added.

RunningBall and then bookmakers reported the game as ending 2-1 to Ponferradina. That result was posted on Freamunde’s website along with two other “phantom” exhibition games later in the week against other Spanish second-division teams.
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