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Reality TV Bets and Cancelled Odds

Jan 25, 2008
The public has had a love affair going on with reality television since it was first created and broadcast internationally for our viewing pleasure. Personal bets abound over shows like Big Brother, Survivor and The Apprentice, but not a lot of professional bookmakers have decided to cash in on this slightly oddball style of gambling. Although you're a million times more likely to find any number of sports up for bets at the local bookmaker's than you are to find odds on reality TV show contestants, the fact is that people really enjoy watching, debating and betting on these shows. Reality TV is popular enough to have launched the careers of several contestants simply based on viewing figures; it follows logically that if there are bets to be had on these people, someone is cashing in on them.

People working within the reality TV industry insist that although it is the viewing audience who ultimately decides who wins and who gets voted off, it is the producers and editing teams who decides what impression the audience gets from each character. It makes sense if you consider the editing room, how much time passes during the span of shooting and how little footage we really see, relatively speaking. It is because of reasons like this that although many bookmakers, especially online, have incorporated reality TV bets into their repertoire, they have had to stop taking bets unexpectedly. As has always been the case with reality TV and the tabloids, someone always thinks they know who is going to win before the end of the show hits the airwaves.

Fixed races and sports games are not entirely gone from the world, and sometimes after a rash of unorthodox bets, bookmaker's can become suspicious that bettors know something they shouldn't. When this happens, as it very often does with reality TV bets, bookmakers are forced to stop taking any more bets on the contest, game or race and to try to find out what has caused the influx of decided bets on a contestant or team that doesn't warrant such attention. It is not very often the case that a concrete reason can be found; perhaps it is for this reason that so many bookmakers refuse to incorporate the controversial world of reality TV into their statistics.

Despite the challenges of reality TV betting for bookmakers, the fact is that some 10 million viewers often tune in to various reality TV programs, while a great deal less make it into the stadium for football games. Reality TV viewing statistics show now signs of falling; people always enjoy gambling when it's on the table. Mixing the two together is almost a natural process.
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Shaun Parker has been involved with betting for several years now. For more information visit Free Betting Online
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