UFC Gambling BANNED by Ontario Gaming Commission

Concerns over bets placed by company insiders prompted the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to halt all wagers on UFC fights.

By Timothy James | December 2, 2022

It’s the James Krause effect. Casinos and online gambling platforms operating in Ontario, Canada have been put on notice - betting on UFC fights is now a no-go.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) released a statement earlier today that all wagers on UFC fights were to be halted due to concerns over “betting integrity requirements.”

This is in the aftermath of former UFC fighter and current Glory MMA head coach James Krause being investigated by the Nevada Athletic Commission for potential betting fraud. Krause’s fighter Darrick Minner lost his UFC Vegas 64 bout due to an injury in the first round - hours after a suspicious flood of wagers were placed on his opponent, Shayilan Neurdanbieke.

The ACGO wasn’t the first commission to take action - the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement also banned bets on fights involving Krause, who was recently barred from being in the corner of his fighter Miles Johns at UFC Vegas 65.

In the statement, the ACGO stated that “the UFC does not prohibit all insiders from betting on UFC events, which could include an athlete’s coaches, managers, handlers, athletic trainers, medical professionals, or other persons with access to non-public information.”

Although Krause was not explicitly named, the ACGO made it abundantly clear why they were taking the action, stating they had “learned of publicized alleged incidents, including possible betting by UFC insiders, as well as reports of suspicious betting patterns in other jurisdictions.”

It’s unclear whether further action will be taken by other gaming commissions. The Nevada Athletic Commission expects to reach a conclusion about their investigation on December 14th during their agenda meeting.

Whether you’re a gambling person or not - it’s a safe bet that James Krause is in hot water.

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