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Bookmakers suspend betting on key UK Snooker Championship clash

15 Dec 2008

LONDON, England -- As reported by The Guardian: "Leading bookmakers suspended betting on a key clash in today's UK Snooker Championship after becoming concerned about unusually heavy betting on a particular scoreline.

"Victor Chandler, Ladbrokes and others pulled their odds on correct-score betting on the first-round match between Stephen Maguire and Jamie Burnett after a flood of bets on Maguire to win 9-3. After resuming this afternoon with the score at 6-2, Maguire did in fact defeat his fellow Scotsman 9-3.

"...The Association of British Bookmakers, the umbrella organisation that represents the biggest names in the industry, is understood to have conducted its own investigation into the unusual betting pattern and issued an advisory note to its members on Friday afternoon flagging up its concerns.

"...It is believed that bookmakers became suspicious when a number of bets were placed on Friday, all predicting the same score at odds of 6-1..."

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