snookerguy wrote:Why are people seemingly so ok with people betting on themselves?
Imagine you're playing another journeyman pro in the Last 128 or something where there's long-odds on you cos the opponents on a rule, surely it's possible to bet on yourself with a substantial amount of money and split the profit with the losing player who knows he's got no realistic chance of making more than you can give him in the competition. It doesn't immediately look like match-fixing because "he bet on himself to win".
That's a very good point you make there.
Most 128 rounds for the top players are virtual walkovers, sometimes there's the odd surprise if it's Best of 7, but you rarely see them troubled.
I wouldn't even go as far as to say the top player would split the money with his opponent. He could win a significant amount of money if he bet high enough and win the match. Yes there shouldn't be grey areas like it has been suggested here, so even betting on yourself should be seen as illegal as it is at the moment, and this case just proves it.