Pam Beggs

Pam Beggs

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    Range of events for on-course betting approved

    10/07/1992 12:00 AM
     
     
    Sports fans will be able to bet on a range of State, national and international sporting events with on-course bookmakers in the next few weeks.
     
    Racing and Gaming Minister Pam Beggs has approved a range of events and the parent racing organisations are due to meet next week to endorse permits for bookmakers.
     
    Mrs Beggs emphasised punters would have to be on course to place a bet and normal betting rules such as issuing punters with betting tickets would apply.
     
    The list of events had been approved following amendments to betting legislation, representations from the Western Australian Bookmakers' Association and on the advice of the Betting Control Board.
     
    Mrs Beggs said the list was not hard and fast and additional sporting events could be included later.
     
    She said bet types varied from sport to sport but the overall aim had been to ensure they were in line with the wishes of punters.
     
    For example, on WA Football League and Australian Football League matches, punters can back a team to win a certain game, a team to finish in the top five, a team to play in the grand final, a team to win the grand final, the winner of the Sandover or Brownlow Medals or on the player to score the most goals in the qualifying rounds.
     
    Punters also can bet on a nominated competitor or team to win the final of an event at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games and at world or national swimming or athletic championships.
     
    One day cricket matches between national, State or English county teams have been included along with tests and the Sheffield Shield.
     
    National Basketball League matches, the NSW Rugby League competition, State of Origin Rugby League and international Rugby League and Rugby Union matches also are listed.
     
    Soccer supporters will have a range of matches on which they can bet including English and European competitions as well as the Australian, United Kingdom and Italian leagues.
     
    Punters can bet on match outcomes including results as a result of extra time, replays and penalty shoot-outs.
     
    Tennis events include the Grand Slam quartet of the Australian, French and United States opens and Wimbledon, the Davis Cup, ITP German Compaq and the Hopman Cup which is played in Perth.
     
    Yachting is covered with the Sydney-to-Hobart with bets on line honours and the winner of the race on handicap, and the America's Cup round including the challenger lead-up races.
     
    Major golfing tourneys listed include the Australian and American Masters, Open and PGA championships, British Open and any Australian State Open.
     
    The books will be able to field on world formula one motor racing, the Australian touring car motor racing championship, and the world and Australian 500cc motorcycle racing championships.
     
    World title boxing matches will be covered with three bet types including a bout to be won by a boxer in a nominated round.
     
    Mrs Beggs said the move to introduce bets on other sports with bookmakers presented the three racing codes with a new avenue to bolster on-course attendances.
     
    "It also will help arrest the trend for Western Australian punters to bet on other sports with books in Darwin and Melbourne so that the racing clubs here can earn extra income," she said.