Odds stacked in favour of RCB

Odds stacked in favour of RCB

Bookies have predicted Royal Challengers Bangalore’s victory in the IPL T20 title clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Bengaluru on Sunday. They hope to transact over Rs 160 crore across the country with Rs 100 crore on an RCB victory and Rs 60 crore for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s win.

The odds are fixed at 1:2 for the RCB and 1:4 for the SRH victory. This means, every rupee bet on RCB victory will reward Rs 2 while it will fetch Rs 4 for every rupee bet on SRH. A former railway police employee turned bookie told DH that bookies feel RCB’s odds may not change, but the SRH figure may still go up from 1:4 to 4:7. Besides this, every ball and every over is spot booked, he explained.He said, bookies would set conditions for those participating in the betting. This time, bookies have told their customers that RCB would bowl first irrespective of the toss. “SRH will deliver two no-balls giving free hits to RCB,’’ he says explaining their set of rules.   

“According to the bookies, Chris Gayle will hit maximum sixes, while SRH skipper David Warner will be the top-scorer in the final. Virat Kohli will get out for under 50 runs, while AB de Villiers will score, at least, a half century,” the bookie said.  “These are just a few things finalised by bookies,” he said explaining that betting will revolve around these conditions.

N G Kishore, a ‘reformed bookie,’ said the betting activities have moved from rooms in lodges to single bedroom houses in southern and western parts of the city due to frequent raids by the police. Those who lose money, tip off the police, leading to raids. Hence, bookies change their dens frequently, he added.

“The CCB sleuths have arrested 21 persons indulging in cricket betting, registered nine cases and seized Rs 15 lakh from the arrested, this year. The police have no information regarding the places where the betting takes place, but conduct raids based on alerts. The police will take stern action against those indulging in betting, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) KV Sharathchandra told Deccan Herald. The bookies use laptops equipped with two softwares BET FARE and CRIC BUZ that ensure quick calculations and mathematical analysis, Sharathchandra said.  

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