Unusual Betting on UNLV Football Game Sparks Scrutiny

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Reports have emerged of suspicious betting activities related to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) football game against New Mexico last month. The UNLV Rebels were initially favored by 9 points in the betting markets, but this quickly grew to 16½ points. The Rebels ultimately won with a commanding 56-14 score on November 4.

US Integrity’s Role in Monitoring

US Integrity, a Henderson-based independent sports wagering monitor, alerted various sportsbooks about these unusual betting patterns.

Jay Kornegay, Vice President of the Westgate SuperBook, said that his sportsbook received the alert. Caesars Sportsbook also acknowledged being notified. Kornegay pointed out that while they didn’t notice anything suspicious at their sportsbook, the lack of new accounts focusing on the UNLV game would have raised suspicions.

US Integrity, which oversees betting activities for clients across 36 states, is currently investigating the matter. Matthew Holt, the co-founder and CEO of US Integrity, has refused to comment while the investigation is taking place.

Huge Bet Placed at the Bellagio

One bet that particularly stood out was a $200,000 wager on the Rebels placed at the BetMGM sportsbook in the Bellagio with a spread of -13. Scott Shelton, manager at The Mirage sportsbook, said that it was the largest bet on a UNLV game he had seen.

Despite these unusual betting patterns, UNLV football officials maintain that the university was not involved. Rebels coach Barry Odom said that nothing out of the ordinary was noticed during the game.

Eddie Nunez, New Mexico’s athletic director, acknowledged being informed about the suspicious betting a week after the game by US Integrity. He said that the team’s coaches are unaware of any wrongdoing, attributing their heavy defeat to poor performance rather than external influences.

As the investigation continues, sportsbooks are analyzing the abnormal betting line movements and significant wagers to determine if they stemmed from knowledgeable betting strategies or potentially unlawful actions.