Survivor Panama wagering stopped because of “suspicious betting patterns”

The winner of Survivor Panama may have been revealed by suspicious betting that forced one site to stop taking wagers on the show.

Reality TV World reports that “Bodog.com announced Tuesday that suspicious betting patterns on one of the show’s eight remaining contestants has forced it to halt wagering.” After a spoiler warning, the story goes on to identify that contestant, but I stopped reading, because I don’t want another show ruined by greedy bastards.

While no one knows for sure who won until the votes are read live at the finale, the jury may have had an easy decision, or talked among themselves about who they were going to vote for, thus making the winner apparent. A few years ago, Bodog.com previously stopped betting during Survivor Amazon, when CBS employees bet on Matt and Jenna, the two finalists.

‘Survivor: Panama — Exile Island’ winner leaked via online betting? [Reality TV World]

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