Mumbai: The recent crackdown on the spot-fixing racket has caused losses worth Rs. 5,000 crore to bookies in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai, sources have revealed. Punters, who had earlier placed bets on matches, have now turned the tables on the bookies, refusing to pay them their dues, based on the logic that the matches were fixed.
In fact, sources have revealed that a Bollywood actor's mother lost Rs. 7 crore after placing bets on the IPL matches, and still owes the whopping sum to bookies. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a prominent Mumbai-based bookie, who receives bets in Mumbai and Delhi, claimed that the betting ring in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane is populated by as many as 200 women.
Bookies, forced underground since the spot-fixing scam broke, have been making calls to these betters who lost money on bets placed for IPL matches, in hope of exacting their ill-gotten gains from the clients. The task however is turning out to be harder than they had anticipated. Their clients have now gone on the offensive. Refusing to pay for their losses, these betters claim that the bookies cheated them by taking bets from them and then fixing the matches to rob them of profits. A source revealed that four days ago, a bookie approached one such better at her residence in Bhandup.