Today was the first time i have genuinely seen what i would call a fix. Lots of people talk about them happening, but today was a watershed day for me. The two players in question were Petar Jelenic ranked 590 in the world and Ilija Bozoljac ranked around 150, it was a first round match in Zagreb. The lower ranked player pulled a hamstring and couldnt continue. He called the trainer who came out twice. He lost his serve and was not even running for the ball, he was in pain. The odds went crazy as everybody backed his opponent. At 5-2 down he walked to the umpires chair to retire. The odds hit 1.01,and between 1.01 and 1.10 about £200k was traded.
He has a conversation with the umpire but doesnt quit. When he continues he suddenly starts running around like a new born lamb. With the other guy serving the odds are 1.20,im thinking the odds are high for somebody serving for the set against someone who is looking to quit. Amazingly the guy breaks back , holds his own serve and then breaks again to win the match. The other guy helps him by chucking in a few double faults , the last being at match point. He comes off the court looking like the cat that got the cream alright! I imagine the two of them will have a nice carve up with the profits. I won £4 on this game, but i do feel for the people that got stuffed and i will be a lot more weary of first round games in low ranking tournaments. Will anything be done about it....
We also had Mr D Istomin retire in the second set this afternoon so Betfair paid out, and guess what? He is now on court a few hours later playing in the doubles tournament.....
The £157 i won on tennis was it for me today. All the horse bets lost. Equine two bets lost £ 112.
PP another two losers costing me £126. Bet Cat one bet lost £40, and yet again my own bets were poor losing £90. Out of the three i picked Mister Stickler came second when looking like it would get home.
I have just updated with the football bet which was from Pyschic Soccer.
So a day to file in the bin and a loss of £189.