Unusual betting patterns have caused an offshore betting firm to shut down betting on the current season of “The Amazing Race.”
“We saw a disproportionate amount of wagering coming in on them,” Sportsbook.com marketing director Alex Czajkowski told The Associated Press. “They were betting at the limits a first time customer can bet at.”
This is not unusual in reality television because of the time lag between the taping and airing of shows. Sportsbook.com has suspended betting on previous seasons of “Survivor” and “The Apprentice” for the same reason.
But unlike “Survivor” and “Apprentice,” which have live finales, “Amazing Race” is completely pre-taped.
(SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading now if you don’t want to know the possible ending.)
Sportsbook.com stopped accepting bets when “thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars” were bet on Uchenna and Joyce Agu, a married couple from Houston.
“We saw all this money going on Uchenna and Joyce and in a very short amount of time,” said Czajkowski. “Those are all signs something’s up.”
The Agus said they want to win the race’s $1 million prize for in-vitro fertilization. According to their bios on CBS’ official website, Uchenna is an energy broker who once worked for Enron while Joyce is a sales manager who once worked for WorldCom.
“All of it was coming out of Massachusetts and California, which is kind of strange because they’re big media centers and weirdly enough they’re not where Uchenna and Joyce come from,” said Czajkowski.
CBS did not offer much information on the subject.
“We don’t confirm nor deny any information and we allow the press to run inaccurate information about the results,” a CBS spokeswoman said.