Sportalists Says Rugby League Referees Make Betting on NRL More Risky than Playing Russian Roulette

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The growth of gambling in Australia attracts biggest players from around the world.

Sports tradering experts, Sportalists, have said that the numerous appalling decisions made by Rugby League referees throughout the 2012 season has made betting on the NRL more dangerous than playing Russian Roulette.

Sportalists Communication Director Malcolm Winston said that unless there is a major overhaul of refereeing in Australia, Sportalists would not be trading on NRL matches in the 2013 season.

“The referees have far too great an impact on the result of games when they make dubious decisions,” Mr Winston said.

“Unlike AFL or soccer, a bad decision by a rugby league referee can turn momentum on its head and adversely affect the outcome of the game,” he said. “It is more dangerous than playing Russian roulette.”

“We would anticipate investing between $20 - $30 million a year on rugby league matches in Australia,” Mr Winston said. “We will direct these investments to better adjudicated sports unless we can be assured that the players will determine the outcome of a game and not the referees.”

"We look for areas where there is higher reward and less risk, and at the moment Rugby League does not offer the astute investor good value," he said.

The Sportalists Club is a private sports trading group made up of mathematical geniuses who have beaten the odds at the world's racetracks and sporting events, and have reportedly never had a losing year.

The news that UK gambling giant William Hill, which makes most of its money in Britain, is expanding into Australia has prompted Sportalists to follow and seek an Australian partner.

William Hill, Britain’s largest bookmaker has set its sights on acquiring Sportingbet, due to the phenomenal growth in gambling in the Australian market.

The online gambling company said earlier this week that a 350-million-pound ($564.8 million) takeover approach at 52.5 pence per share from William Hill and smaller online betting firm GVC, undervalued the business.

Sportingbet said Australia now accounted for approaching 70 percent of group revenues and almost all of the company’s profits.

Sums wagered on Australian sports betting rose 82 percent to 1.493 billion pounds, while annual savings after the acquisition increased to 15 million pounds from an original estimate of 5.2 million pounds.

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