The WPBSA is to investigate a story in the Daily Star on Sunday which alleges an associate of Jimmy White made money betting on him to lose matches.
John Callaghan, who regularly travels the circuit with White, is reported by the newspaper to have made more than £5,000 betting against him.
However, the Star also makes clear he also bet on White to lose matches he went on to win and do not make any allegations against the former UK and Masters champion.
It appears Callaghan is a regular gambler, betting on many players, including White. The Star reports he lost as many bets as he won.
But the WPBSA said: “The WPBSA takes very seriously any allegations of betting irregularities in relation to snooker.
“Where any such information is received we will carefully examine the circumstance and liaise with the betting industry and Gambling Commission to decide whether an investigation is merited.”
There has been a culture of betting in snooker ever since there’s been snooker. It has not been uncommon for friends and managers to bet on or against their players, usually in all innocence.
But clearly those within the snooker world have to be very careful to avoid the impression of collusion or corruption.
Betting on your own player, particularly to lose, is therefore not a good idea.