Bookies accept Storm betting
At least two online bookmakers have resumed taking bets on the outcome on Melbourne Storm rugby leagues games, after four of the bookmakers refused to accept bets on last weekend’s Melbourne Storm game.
The National Rugby League announced on Thursday the team would earn no more competition points this year after it deliberately evaded its salary cap.
By Friday afternoon, Centrebet, Sportingbet, TAB Sportsbet NSW, and Betfair had all suspended betting on the results of Melbourne’s match last weekend against the Auckland Warriors.
But on Tuesday afternoon Betfair and Centrebet were taking bets on the results of the match next weekend between Melbourne and the North Queensland Cowboys.
Betfair spokesman Jake Norton said on Friday no more bets would be taken in the wooden spoon market, and no more bets would be taken for or against Melbourne in the premiership market.
Melbourne Storm are certain to take the wooden spoon as a result of the NRL’s penalty that forbids the team to win any points this season.
He said Betfair was speaking with its regulator, the Tasmanian Gaming Commission, about other issues and has not yet made a decision if it would take bets on other Melbourne Storm games for the rest of this year.
He said the NRL told Betfair it had no issue with bets being made on Melbourne games.