UK Snooker Champs under investigation for match fixing

December 16, 2008 · Print This Article

UK Championship Snooker Irregularities Prompt Match Fixing Investigation

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Not even a week after the recent online betting scandal involving Absolute Poker and UltimateBet was televised by 60 Minutes, a similar story pops up on the grid, this time however, it involves the UK Championship Snooker Tournament.

According to today’s eGaming Snapshot by Stephen Carter World Snooker has launched an investigation after Stephen Maguire’s win over Jamie Burnett in the first-round of the UK Championship on Monday was overshadowed by match-fixing allegations.

Bookmakers suspended activity after a flurry of bets were placed on a 9-3 scoreline in Maguire’s favour, which proved the final score after Burnett missed a black in the 12th frame that would have made it 8-4. The two Glaswegians are close friends and sometimes practice partners.

Head of sport for Victor Chandler, Cliff Wilds, told the Times that online accounts were opened to bet on such an eventuality. “When you get accounts opened in Glasgow to bet frame scores, alarm bells go off,” he said.

Both players have categorically denied any wrongdoing.

The BBC Sport website also has further information regarding the story, footage of Burnett’s crucial missed black and an interview in which Jamie Burnett puts the crucial missed black in his 9-3 defeat by Stephen Maguire down to pressure because he was aware of rumours of irregular betting patterns on the match - but he strongly denies any wrongdoing.

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