Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing efforts of the International Olympic Committee to minimize gambling on the games. Protecting the integrity of the games is key in a sports world that is under constant scrutiny for game fixing due to huge gambling markets. The first move of this games IOC was to ban athletes from gambling on the games. The IOC knew that their action would only do so much, especially considering how prevalent online gambling is in the host town of London. Now that both Olympic Games have come to a close, the final gambling numbers are in. An online source reports:
The final tallies are out and the big winners at this year’s London Olympics was not the athletes but rather the online bookmakers.
An estimated £80-100 Million is believed to have been wagered on the London Olympics, according to Sporting Index. Initial forecasts called for somewhere between £20-£40m. Ladbrokes forecasts the industry will have taken in almost £80m for the entire two week period, compared with £4m from the Beijing Games in 2008.
It was not immediately clear as to how the books performed in terms of wins/losses, however, football betting specifically resulted in big wins for the bookmakers, especially with Mexico’s shocking gold medal victory against heavily favored Brasil.
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