An online sportsbook said it has dropped betting on CBS’ “Survivor” after allegedly finding network employees were wagering on the hit reality show — and winning.
Costa Rica-based BoDog.com found at least two CBS employees betting on the show’s outcome, said BoDog’s Lance Bradley. Suspicion is they had insider knowledge, he said.
The players in question opened accounts with BoDog before “Survivor: Marquesas,” the fourth show, and bet only on the show and no other events. They wagered correctly on who would be the final two contestants in both the fourth and fifth editions of “Survivor,” Bradley said. The biggest payoff, $8,000, came on a $1,000 bet placed on the fifth “Survivor” at 8-to-1 odds.
At least two players have been identified as CBS employees and other names may be connected to the network or may be aliases, Bradley said. One person was said by BoDog to work in a “production role” for CBS.
The players’ current bets on “Survivor: Amazon” have been canceled and their money refunded.
“Only ‘The X-Files’ has more conspiracy theories than ‘Survivor,’ ” CBS spokesman Chris Ender said. He declined comment on the allegations or any action CBS may take.
For the current “Survivor,” the bets in question affected the odds for contestants Jenna Morasca and Matthew Von Ertfelda.
Odds will be offered on the seventh “Survivor,” but all bettors will be carefully monitored, BoDog president Rob Gillespie said in a statement.
Callers to the Bodog.com offices were told wagers were no longer being accepted on “Survivor,” although the Web site Thursday displayed a wager on whether the winner would be male or female.