All Bets Are Off On ‘Survivor’

One person was said by BoDog to work in a “production role” for CBS.

“We’re pretty sure this is the case,” Bradley said. The biggest payoff, $8,000, came on a $1,000 bet placed on the fifth “Survivor” at 8-to-1 odds.

Betting on events other than sports or racing is banned in Las Vegas sportsbooks, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Gaming Control Board said Thursday. All Rights Reserved. Asked if BoDog might consider legal action, he replied: “It’s not something we’d want to pursue, as a matter of precedent.”

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An online sportsbook said it has dropped betting on CBS’ “Survivor” after allegedly finding that network employees were wagering – and winning – on the hit reality show.

The Costa Rica-based BoDog.com found at least two CBS employees betting on the show’s outcome, said BoDog spokesman Lance Bradley. Bradley said that bets taken from those alleged to be with CBS skewed the odds significantly on “Survivor” contestants.

Odds will be offered on the seventh “Survivor” but all bettors will be carefully monitored, BoDog President Rob Gillespie said in a statement.

“Only ‘The X-Files’ has more conspiracy theories than ‘Survivor,'” CBS spokesman Chris Ender said. The players in question opened accounts with BoDog before “Survivor: Marquesas,” the fourth show, and bet only on the show and no other events.

For the current “Survivor,” the bets in question affected the odds for contestants Jenna Morasca of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Matthew Von Ertfelda of Washington, D.C.

By Lynn Elber. Callers to the Bodog.com offices were told that wagers were no longer being accepted on “Survivor.”

They wagered correctly on who would be the final two contestants in both the fourth and fifth editions of “Survivor,” Bradley said. The suspicion is they had insider knowledge, he said.

At least two players have been identified as CBS employees and other names may be connected to the network or may be aliases, Bradley said. The winner is unknown until he or she is chosen in a vote by other contestants during a live broadcast.

He wasn’t aware of any other possible legal sanctions.

BoDog requires that bettors must not have knowledge of an event’s outcome. Most offshore sportsbooks accept such alternative bets, said BoDog’s Bradley.

The players’ current bets on “Survivor: Amazon” have been canceled and their money refunded, Bradley said.

The show narrows the field to two finalists in filmed competitions. He declined further comment on the allegations, or on any action CBS might take.

“Throughout the history of ‘Survivor,’ many have believed they knew the outcome of the show,” Ender said. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed

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Britain hits offshore gambling industry with 300 million pounds | Reuters

This attracts a variable tax rate of between 15 percent and 50 percent, a Treasury spokeswoman told Reuters.

William Hill, which has the largest share of the UK’s remote-gambling market, has previously suggested that it could challenge the changes on the grounds that they breach European Union competition law.

The tax will be levied on companies’ gross profit – total bets placed minus prizes paid out – in the 2 billion pound remote-gambling market from December 2014.

Traditional land-based betting will be unaffected, the government said.

“These reforms will ensure that remote-gambling operators who have UK customers make a fair contribution to the public finances.”

Shares in Ladbrokes, Bwin.party, William Hill and Betfair did not move significantly on the news.. The focus for us now is on trying to get the actual rate of the tax reduced,” Clive Hawkswood, chief executive of the Remote Gambling Association said.

Under rules published on Friday, Britain will tax gambling according to where customers are based rather than where the online operator is registered, meaning that offshore operators pay the same 15 percent tax rate as domestic remote-betting companies.

LONDON Online betting companies based in offshore havens to sidestep Britain’s gambling taxes will be hit with a new levy that could cost the industry 300 million pounds ($467 million).

(Reporting By Christine Murray and William James; Editing by David Goodman)

The government, which said it will confirm the 15 percent rate in its Budget statement next March, estimates that the new rules will bring in 300 million pounds a year in additional tax revenue.

Taxes on online casino gaming operations based in the British territory are levied at 1 percent on gross profit, with fixed-odds betting taxed at 1 percent of turnover. Both are capped at 425,000 pounds.

Land-based betting is also mostly taxed at a rate of 15 percent, except for land-based gaming, which takes in the likes of gaming machines and bricks-and-mortar casinos. “It is unacceptable that gambling companies can avoid UK taxes by moving offshore, and the government is taking decisive action to ensure this can no longer happen,” Economic Secretary to the Treasury Sajid Javid said.

Plans to bring offshore gaming companies under the British tax system were outlined in the government’s 2012 Budget, but the industry had been waiting for the detail – most crucially the rate at which they will be taxed.

The shift will affect some of the industry’s largest players. Ladbrokes, Bwin.party, William Hill and Betfair all have online operations based in Gibraltar, which offers a benign tax regime for gambling companies.

“We knew it was coming ..