Victorian Police Alerted to Possible Match Fixing at Aussie Open Doubles
The Victorian police have been alerted regarding suspicions of match fixing in a mixed double match at the Australian Open. Pinnacle Sports, an international gambling site, also suspended betting on the match citing unusual betting activity.
Pinnacle Sports suspended betting on the match between Lara Arruabarrena and David Marrero against Andrea Hlavackova and Lukasz Kubot, claiming they noticed large amounts of money being wagered unevenly in the match and on a match that would usually be too obscure to gain attention.
However, former Betfair executive and wagering industry consultant, Scott Ferguson said he believes Pinnacle chose to suspend the match due to past suspicions raised against Marrero and the chance to grab some publicity.
“Honestly, I think it’s a cheap grab at free publicity from Pinnacle,” Ferguson said. “Yes, this Marrero seems to have previous black marks for inside info on his [knee] injury, but their limits on this stuff are very small. One of the biggest books in the world, you can bet $50,000 easily on a NFL match, and for this it’s $500.”
“It won’t have cost them anything to switch the match off, contact a couple of journos, and here we go, watch our name get splashed everywhere across the globe.”
William Hill claimed to see no unusual betting activity surrounding the match stating that “less than five bets were placed on the outcome of the match, each at stakes below $5 per bet. The product fee agreement in place between William Hill Australia and Tennis Australia insures Tennis Australia and the Tennis Integrity Unit have full access to betting activity on all matches sanctioned by Tennis Australia.”
Victoria Police have refused to comment on their involvement in the matter other than to ensure that they will continue to liaise with Tennis Australia throughout the tournament.
April 16, 2017