Suspicious sports betting alerts down 41% in Q2

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The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has revealed a 41% decrease in suspicious betting reports in 2Q21 when compared to both the same quarter in 2020 and the first quarter this year.

According to information published Wednesday, there were 38 cases of suspicious betting in Q2 compared with 64 in Q1 and 65 in 2Q20.

Of the 38 alerts, 18 were in Europe and five each in Asia and South America. Football betting sparked 16 alerts, table tennis nine, followed by tennis and eSports with six apiece.

The 38 cases in Q2 added to the 64 cases in Q1 brings the mid-year total to 102 alerts reported by the association, said Khalid Ali, CEO of IBIA.

Football has provided the highest number of alerts during that period with 28, followed by tennis (24) and eSports (23). These three sports comprise nearly 75% of all alerts reported in the first half of 2021.

IBIAs expanding membership means that, as set out in the recently published Optimum Betting Market report, it now represents US$137 billion in global regulated betting turnover per annum, making it the largest customer-based integrity platform in the world with nearly 50% of the commercial online market.

The IBIAs stats show that the six alerts on tennis were the sports lowest since IBIA began producing quarterly reports in 2015. However, the 16 alerts on football betting was 33% higher than in 1Q21.

The International Betting Integrity Association is the leading global voice on integrity for the licensed betting industry. It is run by operators and protects members from corruption via a monitoring and alert platform that detects and reports suspicious activity on its members betting markets.

The association has longstanding information sharing partnerships with leading sports and gambling regulators to utilise its data and prosecute corruption.