cricket-betting

Cricket tippers and predictors making pots of money giving winning tips: Is this legal?

It is a known fact that people all over the world, invest millions in betting in various sports, but the most popular sport is cricket.

After the end of TNPL. KPL is around the corner and hundreds of bookies, predictors and tippers have started hunting for customers, trying to make a killing. Such betting rackets are not new and have existed since the sport became famous – thanks to satellite television.
In India, since the start of the IPL series, the sport has been plagued by reports of betting. It is a known fact that film stars, celebrities, sports persons, politicians and the rich and the poor alike are involved in such betting rackets.
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In the last few seasons of the IPL there were major controversies around betting and match-fixing rackets among teams and several players, celebrities, team owners and cricket officials were also indicted and some of them arrested. In spite of several new rules in place to prevent betting rackets and the involvement of players and team owners in the game, the bookies manage to find their way into the inner circle of players and reach out to them with huge incentives and rewards for throwing away a ball or a match.
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This year, social media, particularly Facebook has become a hotbed for betting activity. Thousands of bookies, predictors and tippers from all over the world have over taken Facebook with the intention of making an extra buck. These online betting rackets are active for any and every match played across the world and every predictor says he can predict the winning team of the IPL. CPL BIGBASH and other series  bookies are making money roping in even college students on Facebook.
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Some prominent names or ids on Facebook are Rohan Kapoor, Shilpa Motwani, Durban Dada, Jeet Saxena etc., and these names are trending big time on FB. Rohan Kapoor is the name we also heard in 2015 fixing in IPL, with bookies claiming that everything is saleable these days and for a price anyone can be bought.
Names like Vikram Singh, Rohan Kapoor, Shilpa Motwani, Hitesh Jaangiya of Facebook are the most sought out bookies or tippers in Cyberspace. Many women and girls are also involved in this racket. One name that is doing the rounds on Facebook is that of one Shilpa Motwani (Vandana Tiwari). It seems bookies are using models and actresses to seduce customers via Facebook.

Our team member had a word with some of the FB tippers

Rohankapoor: I AM IN THIS FIELD FROM THE LAST 8 YEARS AND I AM PREDICTING A TEAM LIKE OTHERS DO IN THE SHARE MARKET SO THIS IS NOT ILLEGAL, ITS JUST THAT MY SIX SENSE WORKS AND I HELP PEOPLE TO MAKE MONEY
SHILPA: WE ARE IN COUNTRY WHERE WE ARE FREE TO SPEAK ANYTHING WE LIKE SO I AM JUST SHARING MY THOUGHTS ON A FACEBOOK POST. PEOPLE LIKE THAT AND THEY FOLLOW ME BECAUSE MY SIXTH SENSE ALWAYS WORKS
VARUN: I AM JUST A PREDICTOR. I PREDICT AND MOST OF THE TIMES IT GOES IN MY WAY
We do not know who these people are – for they all claim to be genuine and claim that they are able to predict the winners of the IPL games.

Some of these names were also active last year during IPL 2016 and IPL 2017. What is very strange is that many of their predictions turn out to be true. So the question is – where do they get their information from and are they actually involved in the huge betting racket that involves the cricketers, cricket teams, underworld dons and politicians or it just a case of good luck.

For example during the last match of TNPL, Rohan Kapoor tipper had predicted the team Chepauk as the champions for 2017 even before the match started and which actually happened like Emraan Hashmi did in the movie Jannat.

We are at the end of the CPL  and where the final match is taking place very soon. Rohan Kapoor and Shilpa Motwani have already announced the winning team as a cup winner on social site.

The answers to these questions are elusive for now, but one thing is sure – some people are making a hell lot of money.

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