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By Viktor Kayed, Insider Sport — The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has forwarded a total of 50 suspicious betting cases towards relevant authorities just in the third quarter of 2023 alone. 

All incidents span across eight sports from a total of 21 countries in five continents. Other data shows that the 50 incidents in Q3 2023 were a decrease of 41% in comparison to the 85 alerts for the same period in 2022 – with tennis and soccer generating the most number of suspicious bets. 

Khalid AliIBIA CEO, said: “The quarter saw a continued reduction in alerts with a more than 30% decrease in the first three quarters relative to 2022, with tennis a major contributory factor. 

“During the quarter, IBIA and the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) co-hosted a best practice integrity seminar in New York with many of the premier sports and betting operators in the US. 

“That cross-sector cooperative approach underlines the strength of our relationship with tennis, as acknowledged by the ITIA, and our shared commitment to working in partnership to combat corruption in that sport.”

Furthermore, three of the 50 reported events related to women-only competitions, three from mixed gender ones, one from greyhound racing, and a total of 43 from men-only events. 

Additional figures provided by gambling market intelligence company H2 Gambling Capital show that the US onshore licensed market will reach $11.7bn in gross by the end of 2023, which will then climb to $18.9bn by 2026.

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