The Canadian province of Ontario has banned all betting on UFC fights and issued an announcement on Thursday directing gaming operators in the region to stop accepting UFC bets.
The move is the latest impact of a well-publicized shift in betting behavior in the hours leading up to the Nov. 5 Darrick Minner-Shayilan Nuerdanbieke match. That, in turn, put Minner’s trainer, James Krause, in trouble as his boxer fell and injured his leg early in the bout.
Betting before the game, Nurdanbek was already the favorite, but in the hours leading up to the match, the odds became more apparent, with heavy betting on Nurdanbek winning in the first round. Minner’s trainer, James Krause, was a well-known poker enthusiast who hosted a poker Discord and a Youtube channel, both of which were recently deleted.
exist Wednesday’s announcementAlcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) states that, “Contrary to the registrar’s standard, UFC All insiders are not prohibited from betting UFC Incident, which may include the athlete’s coach, manager, handler, athletic trainer, medical professional, or other person who has access to non-public information. “
“In recent weeks, AGCO Be informed of publicly disclosed alleged events, including possible betting UFC Insiders, and reports of suspicious betting patterns in other jurisdictions. “
While UFC fighters were previously allowed to bet on fights other than their own, or on themselves to win, in October, the promotion announced that UFC athletes, their teammates and other close friends would no longer be allowed to do so.According to the policy shift of UFC President Dana White UFC 280 Post Fight Press Conferencebecause “gambling is opening up in every state, and the people who regulate it don’t think it’s a good idea for fighters to bet on themselves. And I agree.”
AGCO did not clarify whether they were aware of the new policy, or found it lacking. A phone number listed as a media point of contact will direct callers to an email address. The group did not respond to Cageside Press’ request for comment by deadline.
The UFC, along with their gaming integrity partner Don Best Sports, has been investigating Minner’s fight. US Integrity has also been looking at the odds change, with Minner going from +170 to +330 in the hours leading up to the game.
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement previously announced that all bets related to James Krause’s fight, including as a “coach, trainer, promoter or fighter,” are prohibited.
Meanwhile, in Ontario, the AGCO told the province’s gaming operators that “once necessary remedial action has been taken, they may UFC Betting or betting products meet the Registrar’s criteria. “
One of the regulator’s requirements is that there be “adequate integrity safeguards in place to reduce the risk of match-fixing, match-fixing and other illegal activities that could affect the outcome of betting on an event.”