This week professional snooker player Stuart Bingham was suspended for six months after he was found to have bet on matches that he was involved in.
Bingham, the 10th ranked player in the world, was given a six month suspension by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association following an investigation. The inquiry was conducted by the UK Gambling Commission Sports Betting Intelligence Unit and concluded after Bingham admitted to the offense. He admitted to betting on matches he was involved in by using three different accounts, betting on high break scores.
The investigation found that Bingham's betting behavior was more rampant than he let on, as he was found to place bets on matches using his manager's name for a period between 2003 and 2015. He is thought to have wagered at least £35,000 on snooker, but the investigation noted that regulators were unable to determine his wins and losses during that period.
Speaking about the matter WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said, "It is very disappointing to see such a high profile player fall foul of the WPBSA betting rules. Stuart is a great competitor and I have no doubt he has always played to the best of his ability; this case shows that there are no exceptions to the rules."
"Players must understand that they cannot bet on snooker at all, even if they are not involved in a match or event. Any player found to breach the betting rules will face the most serious of consequences."
Bingham will pay a £20,000 and be suspended for six months, with half of the sentence suspended.