Nevada Gaming Control Board To Assist IOC At Sochi Winter Games
Illegal sports betting and match fixing are major headaches for sports bodies. With the Sochi Winter Games around the corner the International Olympic Committee is gearing up to ensure a fair games. As part of the measures that they have employed they have enlisted the help of the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
It was announced on Wednesday that the IOC and the Nevada Gaming Control Board will partner up in an effort to avoid any manipulation of event results or possible match fixing scenarios.
Sports betting is a multi-billion dollar market and officials have to invest all possible resources in order to monitor illegal betting patterns and offshore operators.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board are experienced in monitoring unusual betting patterns and already offer their expertise to the NFL and Major League Baseball. While U.S. casinos are forbidden to take wagers on the Olympics there are plenty of offshore operators who stand to earn a fortune on the Sochi games. Enforcement Chief Karl Bennison stated that Olympics officials request for assistance does not mean that they expect any illegal activity to occur but prefer to play it safe.