February 19, 2015

Revealed: the ghost game bet on around the world ... that never actually took place.:
All this would have been reflected in the odds offered before and during the game by bookmakers such as bet365 and SBOBET, odds that should have been increasingly in Shakhter’s favour.
Except most people backing them were doomed to lose from the outset, because FC Slutsk 2 Shakhter Soligorsk 1 was always going to be the final score of a match Inside Sport can reveal never took place.

posted by grum@work to soccer at 11:27 AM - 4 comments

How much of a degenerate gambler do you have to be to bet on a friendly match between Belarussian squads?

posted by grum@work at 11:32 AM on February 19

How much of a degenerate gambler do you have to be to bet on a friendly match between Belarussian squads?

Probably someone right up there with the guy who bets on the NASCAR Truck Series. Or Div-III women's basketball.

posted by Bonkers at 11:36 AM on February 19

At Boston Celtics home games there is usually a halftime game between 2 youth teams. Believe it or not during one of these the 2 guys sitting next to us had a not unsubstantial bet on it. Some will bet on anything.

posted by Howard_T at 11:22 PM on February 19

My grandfather went to yeshiva in Slutzk. No, he was not a midfielder.

posted by hexagram at 05:17 PM on February 25

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