The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) has issued its report for the first quarter of 2021, naming Europe as the continent with the most suspicious betting warnings.
During the first quarter of 2021, 323 alerts were recorded, with Europe being the only continent to reach triple digits, with 160 suspicious betting activity warnings.
10 international warnings
Asia came in second with 66 warnings, followed by South America with 58, while North America, Africa, and Oceania each had 14, eight, and seven warnings. A total of ten warnings were labelled as ‘international.’
Football had the most suspicious wagers, accounting for 94 of the 160 European alarms, while basketball had 30. Suspicious betting activity was also seen in ice hockey, esports, tennis, volleyball, and handball.
In comparison, esports saw widespread illegal betting in Asia, with 24 alerts issued – the same number of warnings issued by football across the continent – and basketball reporting the second highest levels of violence with 17.
The figures vary significantly from those found in the International Betting Integrity Association’s (IBIA) 2020 survey, owing to the importance of tennis in the latter’s results.
Tennis accounted for 98 of the 270 cases recorded by the IBIA – a 48 percent improvement over the previous year’s figure – with 39 treated by the International Tennis Integrity Association (ITIA).
Football led the way with 196 warnings sent to GLMS participants in Q1 2021, followed by basketball 56, esports 40, and ice hockey 15, while volleyball and handball each received just one.
Jennifer Welshons, Senior Vice President of Marketing of GLMS member organisation Scientific Games said: “As sports events globally are starting up again, as seen with March Madness in the U.S., we believe our lottery sports customers are going to have a great 2021.
“We are already experiencing record weeks in Delaware in the U.S. and in Turkey, and we are thrilled to support this with one of the most advanced sports betting platforms in the industry.
“We believe that modernisation is the clear path to protecting lottery funding for the vital programs and good causes they support.”
Furthermore, 188 of the 323 warnings were listed as ‘green alerts,’ referring to team-related news, incorrect starting prices, member details, and circumstances in which a single individual or company operated a sports club and its sponsor, according to the organisation.
Unprecedented odds shifts, tournament structure, and rumours of match fixing from news outlets, betting sites, and social media prompted another 67 yellow alerts.
Finally, 13 of the 323 alerts were red alerts, which included notifications based on rumours of match fixing from a specific source, as well as unexplained odds changes, betfair number, and tournament structure.
Edward Peace, Managing Director of Sporting Solutions added: “The past year has presented exceptional challenges which have had a profound impact across the industry.
“Our response has been guided by a commitment to do the right thing for our people and partners, reflecting a set of company values that long pre-dates the COVID-19 pandemic.“
“We worked hard on event and competition integrity, both internally and with external providers, to ensure new content that filled the COVID-19 void was is in line with our high standards.”