Date: 13th September 2000

U.K. Bookmaker Stops Taking Bets On Big Brother.

Meanwhile, one of Britain's licensed bookmakers said Tuesday that it has stopped taking bets on who will win Big Brother after receiving several four-figure bets that led it to believe someone had inside information about who the winner will be.

A spokesman for William Hill, International, which calls itself "The Most Respected Name in British Bookmaking," told the BBC Tuesday: "The punters (gamblers) were so keen to put on four-figure bets at any odds they could find that we suspect they may have access to early voting figures." A spokesman for Big Brother denied the claim, and Channel 4, which carries the show insisted that it is impossible to say who will win, noting that over 50 percent of the phone calls from viewers com in on the last day.

Source: Studio Briefing