Commission Voids X Factor Bets
The UK Gambling Commission has taken action to void GB£16,000 worth of bets placed on ITV’ reality show X Factor. The action follows an investigation into suspicious betting patterns on Betfair as to which contestant would be next eliminated. The activity was reported by the betting exchange’ Integrity Unit.
The Commission’ investigation found that three employees of phone line operator Virgin Media had “misused their access” to data on voting patterns to place unfair bets on the next elimination.
The Gambling Commission’ Director of Regulation, Nick Tofiluk commented, “Following a multi-agency investigation led by the Gambling Commission, we are satisfied that the bets placed were substantially unfair as the individuals involved had inside information. We have worked closely with all the bodies involved to ensure that those individuals do not profit from their activity and that appropriate action has been taken to prevent a recurrence of such activity in the future.”
This voiding of bets was the first action of its kind under the 2005 Gambling Act. No other major betting firms were said to be involved in the matter.