April 06, 2011

Gambling on Wrestling

Deadspin had a surprising piece yesterday about how yes, there are some online gambling sites that allow you to gamble on pro wrestling. How is that possible? All this work is done to make sure the real games aren't fixed by gamblers, and now a sport that really is fixed can be bet on?

What's to stop Vince McMahon from having one of his underlings bet millions of dollars on the outcome of the Wrestlemania main event, which Vince decides himself.

Posted by Stephen Silver at April 6, 2011 03:18 PM

You can bet on a lot of TV things, I think - I may not be remembering correctly, but I seem to recall there being a Vegas line on Who Shot Mr. Burns? As for Vince betting, suspiciously large bets (or many bets coming in at once, all on the same side) set off bells with bookmakers, and can result in a game being pulled from the board. (There was a tennis scandal about this a couple years back.)

And personally, I would have bet on Cena in the WM main event, so I would have lost that one. As long as they weren't dumb enough to have a line on the Undertaker match, I suspect there was money to be made.

Posted by: Gib at April 7, 2011 09:52 AM
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