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Betcom.com Takes Wagers on 'The Apprentice'

21 Oct 2004

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – (PRESS RELEASE) -- To paraphrase "The Donald": "Where others see problems, we see opportunity!" And that is why Betcom.com, a division of Grand Central Sports Gaming Group (GCS), has decided to still take in wagers on the popular reality show "The Apprentice," despite the potential for insider information on the final outcome.

Last month, a significant number of people from New Hampshire opened offshore betting accounts with various sportsbooks, looking to place bets on two specific contestants from Donald Trump's mega-hit reality show.

The contestants in question are Jennifer Massey, 30, a lawyer from San Francisco, and Kelly Perdew, 37, a software executive from Carlsbad, CA.

This highly targeted wagering activity has caused quite a stir within the sportsbook industry because neither contestant is known to have any apparent ties to either the Granite state, or the production team, these being the two most plausible scenarios for a "leak."

"At this point it could be a friend, of a friend, of a friend type- scenario. We really have no idea," says Jimmy Mason, sportsbook director for Betcom.com, a seven-year-old offshore sports betting company based in San Jose, Costa Rica. "The bettors bet them big and they bet them hard, which has all of us in the industry very suspicious. Somebody knows something!" Mason concluded.

The format of "The Apprentice" is such that all episodes are pre-recorded, with one contestant being "fired" every week until there are just two finalists. At this point, the finale is aired live with a winner then declared before a large TV audience.

The second season of "The Apprentice" was filmed in early summer. This gave the extremely large production crew and 18 candidates, all of whom are required to sign nondisclosure agreements, plenty of time to let "The Apprentice" out of the bag. But according to NBC, "The Apprentice" producer Mark Burnett noted that all prior leaks for the show thus far have proven to be false.

So Betcom.com has decided to turn the situation into an opportunity for its clients, whereby they are able to place wagers on which of the two expected "Apprentice II" finalists win the $250,000-a-year job with "The Donald." This is something most industry competitors have strayed away from, by suspending all wagers.

You can find out more information on this, and see if "the fix" is really in by going to http://www.betcom.com. We'll all know if it was, come December 16th during the season finale, if Jennifer M. and Kelly are facing off in the boardroom.

 
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