Ontario Bans UFC Betting Over Integrity Reasons

Ontario Bans UFC Betting Over Integrity Reasons

UFC betting has been banned in Ontario sportsbooks due to integrity concerns.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) on Thursday ordered registered entities to cease offering and accepting bets on the UFC “due to non-compliance with betting integrity requirements of ‘AGCO’.

The AGCO, which oversees Ontario’s regulated gaming industry, requires sport governing bodies to enforce codes of conduct that include insider betting bans and have sufficient integrity safeguards in place to mitigate the risk of match-fixing.

The AGCO said in a statement announcing the decision that “the UFC does not prohibit all insiders from betting on UFC events, which could include an athlete’s trainer, managers, managers, athletic trainers, medical professionals, or others with access to nonpublic information.” ESPN has contacted the UFC for comment.

The UFC announced on October 18 that fighters and their teams are prohibited from betting on UFC fights. In a memo, UFC chief commercial officer Hunter Campbell wrote that the edict was “in light of clear guidance we have received from regulators responsible for the regulated sports betting industry in the United States. “. He noted in the memo that in some states it is illegal for fighters and teams to bet on events they are affiliated with.

The AGCO said in the statement that recent incidents made public, including possible betting by UFC insiders and reported suspicious betting patterns on matches, led to the decision to ban operators from offering UFC betting.

“The standards exist to protect the betting public and to provide the necessary safeguards against odds manipulation, match-fixing and other integrity issues,” AGCO Registrar and CEO Tom Mungham said in the communicated. “This is not a decision we take lightly, knowing the popularity of UFC events in Ontario sportsbooks. However, the risks of insider betting on the event and the integrity of betting should be of great concern to all. work with gaming operators, OLG, iGaming Ontario and UFC to ensure betting on UFC events meets AGCO standards. »

A UFC fight between Darrick Minner and Shayilan Nuerdanbieke on Nov. 5 attracted suspicious betting patterns and was investigated by multiple agencies. Several sportsbooks have reported receiving unusual interest in betting on Neurdanbieke to win by knockout in the first round and for the fight to last less than 2.5 rounds. The odds of the fight have moved significantly in the hours leading up to the featherweight bout in Las Vegas, with Neurdanbieke going from a -220 favorite to a -420 favorite.

Just 30 seconds into the fight, Minner landed a left kick to Nuerdanbieke’s body and immediately winced and reached for his left leg. Nuerdanbieke closed in and Minner went for another left kick before Nuerdanbieke dropped Minner with a knee to the head and finished on the ground with elbows. The TKO stoppage came at 1:07 of the first round.

The Nevada State Athletic Association plans to take disciplinary action against Minner for “non-disclosure of his pre-fight medical form” at a Dec. 14 meeting, according to NSAC executive director Jeff Mullen.

Minner’s trainer for the Nuerdanbieke fight, James Krause, has also come under scrutiny from gaming regulators. On Nov. 19, New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement informed the state-licensed bookmaker that it was no longer authorized to offer bets on fights Krause was involved in, “including as a trainer. , trainer, promoter or fighter”.

“This applies to UFC matches and any other sporting event [Krause] may be involved in,” said the bulletin to New Jersey Sportsbook, which was obtained by ESPN.

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