The WPBSA integrity unit is investigating suspicious betting patterns in a match at last week’s PTC in Gloucester.
The match concerned was Steve Davis’s 4-0 win over Thepchaiya Un Nooh. The suspicious patterns were recorded in Asia.
Un Nooh is a former world amateur champion from Thailand who returned to the main tour this season after receiving a nomination from the Thai association.
Davis is not under investigation although he may be asked for his comments about the match as part of the inquiry.
This all seems depressingly familiar. Sir Paul Condon, the former Met commissioner and latterly head of cricket’s anti-corruption unit, has said that betting scams represent a bigger risk to the integrity of sport than drugs.
In years gone by some of the ‘official’ investigations have been nothing of the sort: at one point a former WPBSA member was sent in to watch two apparently dodgy matches at once.
Internet betting has created a bewildering sea of markets and opportunities. At the same time it has created further temptation for players to cheat.
We await the result of this investigation but these are the sort of headlines snooker could do without.