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Gambling Commission keyed in to IOC for suspicious betting at Winter Olympics

06 February 2014

Licensed betting operators are being reminded to report any suspicious betting patterns on events at next month’s Winter Olympics to the Sports Betting Intelligence Unit (SBIU).

The reminder comes after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed its new monitoring tool will be operating during the winter games in Sochi that begin today. The Integrity Betting, Intelligence System (IBIS) is a secure online portal designed to share alerts and information on suspicious betting patterns and to distribute intelligence and research to International Federations and other bodies like the Gambling Commission.

The SBIU has permanent access to the IBIS portal and will be using the system to share and receive any betting integrity related alerts that may arise during the games. The Commission worked very closely with the IOC ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games in establishing, for the first time, a monitoring unit for suspicious betting at an Olympic event and is supporting the IOC’s work in Sochi.

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