Melbourne Police Make Gambling Arrest for “Court-Siding”

Let. First Serve.

this article appeared first at – http://www.10sballs.com/2014/01/16/melbourne-police-make-gambling-arrest/

“It’s certainly the first time it’s (legislation) been used in tennis in Victoria and I’m not aware of a (tennis) example anywhere in the world where courtsiding has been able to be dealt with in a criminal setting,” Deputy Commissioner Graham Ashton said.

Bob Larson

January 16, 2014 –  Not that long ago there was a bookmaker’s tent situated on the grounds of Melbourne Park and the on-line betting website Tab Sportsbet was one of the minor sponsors of the Australian Open.

tennisgamblerBut the hard line against gambling in tennis took more force as a British man accused of secretly transmitting scores from courtside in order to help gambling associates beat delays in TV coverage, appeared at Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Daniel Dobson was charged with ‘court-siding’ or illegally gambling from the bleacher seats, in what is believed to be the first prosecution of its…

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