Friday, August 3, 2007

Was The Davydenko Match Fixed? You Bet Your Ass It Was.

This is the Russian mob's "horse's head in the bed" move. I'm not sure it's as effective.

When Nikolay Davydenko pulled up lame in the third set of his match against some no name scrub in the much anticipated Poland Open yesterday, not much was made of it. That was until the betting site Betfair refused to pay the winning bets on Davydenko's opponent, Martin Vassallo, the world No 87. Why you ask? Well probably because this happened:
Betfair said it received about $7 million in bets on the match — 10 times the usual amount — and most of the money was on Arguello to win, even after Davydenko won the first set 6-2.
Now I don't want to go around calling the gentleman in whatever organized crime element that was responsible for intimdating Davydenko into throwing the match a bunch of idiots, I do like my kneecaps, but did you really think that betting on the world number 4's opponent at a tune of 10 times the normal amount bet on the match as a whole wouldn't raise an eyebrw or two? How greedy can you be? Had the bets been twice as high as the normal amount it would have led to an investigation. You bet 10 times the average? Good lord. You didn't just steal from the cookie jar, you took the jar, the fucking flower, chocolate chips and the oven. I only hope that these people are outed and giving their day in court. They are sullying the good name of less-greedy organized crime units across the world.

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