Players are already prohibited from betting on their own matches under the code of conduct of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association but so-called “insurance bets” on the highest break are permitted.
It means that if a player is on course for a cash prize for the highest break of a tournament, he is allowed to take out insurance by betting on his break being beaten.
But Barry Hearn, the WPBSA chairman, confirmed on Monday that even this form of betting would soon be outlawed and that players would be notified by letter that all snooker gambling was now off limits.
“The situation is currently being reviewed in terms of high-break betting,” said Hearn. “We need to make it crystal clear to players that they shouldn’t be betting on snooker in any matches in any way, and that includes the insurance betting on high breaks.”
The clampdown will bring snooker into line with the recommendations made earlier this year by the Sports Betting Integrity Panel, which was set up by sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe.
It recommended that sports should introduce rules to ensure that a participant does not “place or attempt to place a bet on a match, race or other event or competition in which he or his club participates”.
The move by the WPBSA is an attempt to rebuild the sport’s tarnished image after the accusations of match-fixing against Higgins, who was filmed allegedly accepting a bribe to throw frames.
Higgins, who is suspended from the sport pending disciplinary proceedings, insists he is “100 per cent innocent” and has promised to defend himself vigorously.
The world No 1 now faces fresh allegations that he also attempted to bet against himself during his 2009 World Championship final against Shaun Murphy, which he went on to win 18-9.
The WPBSA has confirmed that it is investigating the new accusations, which were made by a Ladbrokes call centre worker who refused to accept the bet. The bookmakers have promised to help the inquiry.
A WPBSA spokesman confirmed that all players would have been in no doubt that betting on their own matches was against the rules.
“They would all have been notified by letter,” the spokesman said.
bold set by me.
I think the first sentence put some discussions on here and other forums to bed. If Higgins tried to bet on his own match, whatever his aledged motives he was in breach of the rules and he knew it.
Now the rules will be even stricter.
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