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Book makers loose £100,000 on Paul Weller Brit Win

20/2/2009
Bookmakers have lost £100,000 after Paul Weller won the Brit award for British Male Solo Artist in a suspected sting.

According to The Sun newspaper, a team of gamblers placed bets that Weller would win the Brit in a series of betting shops. After he beat Ian Brown, The Streets, Will Young and James Morrison to the gong the bookmakers were forced to pay out £100,000 in winnings.

Convinced that the gamblers had prior knowledge about who would win, some bookmakers have even decided not to take bets on the awards next year, suspicious that the same could happen again.

William Hill report that seven men went to their shops in Guildford, Surrey, and placed bets of £20 and £25 that he’d win. They then slashed the odds from 5/1 to 1/5 before stopping to take any more bets. In total they lost £20,000, the rest of the industry losing £80,000.

A William Hill spokesman told The Sun: "It was our music department's worst night for years. It's highly unlikely we'll be betting on the Brits again as there is no doubt the results are circulating up to a week before."

Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and Tote also stopped taking bets on Weller.

However, an official from the Brits insisted that, “Every precaution is taken to keep results under lock and key.”

Kayley Almond
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