As the World Cup semi-final clash between India and New Zealand is about to start, the betting bazaars in Delhi and nearby areas went rolling on the floor as the police estimates that bids in illegal satta (betting) market could have crossed the mark of Rs 150-crore mark.
Punters, mostly from the trading class, and bookies linked to underworld syndicates are known to have wider network in Delhi’s adjoining towns of Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida and Gurugram.
Ahead of this, the Delhi Police have put their electronic surveillance in top gear. “We are taking all measures to monitor the satta operators in the wake of the crucial India-New Zealand semi-final match on Tuesday,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Madhur Verma told IANS, who aslo said that they are keeping a tab on five star hotels and guest houses, particularly in Karol Bagh and Old Delhi area that are hired by big-time punters.
“These operators have strong networks, which are often difficult to crack, but we are on the job.” he said. “On previous occasions, the police arrested top bookies from north Delhi, who had a sophisticated internet software of betting linked with mobile phones.”
According to the Police sources, odds were placed on New Zealand as in Tuesday’s tie India seem the favourites. The bids are not only placed on who wins, but also over-to-over and ball-to-ball.
The betting starts at the toss and individual bids are placed on who will take maximum wickets or who will hit the most sixes.
“Bids are placed by punters on that team which will win the toss. Besides, after winning the toss, bids are also placed on the decision of the captain, whether he would decide to bat or field. This time the base betting rate on Team India is Rs 4.35 and Rs 49 on New Zealand,” said a punter from West Delhi.
In the capital’s satta market, the punters — in Khari Baoli, Karol Bagh, Old Delhi and South Delhi’s guest houses and big hotels are siding with Team India
“ Over 60 per cent bidders are in favour of India’s victory which means thumbs-up for skipper Virat Kohli and his team. In this World Cup, most college-going youth, businessmen, hoteliers, cricket lovers, traders, corporate women and hawala operators are betting with us,” a punter said.
People have placed bets on the margin of victory in terms of runs and wickets, like an interesting bet is on who will take more than three wickets from both sides — whether it would be spinners or pace bowlers. Also, will it be India’s Jaspirt Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal or New Zealand’s Trent Boult or Lockie Ferguson?
Also, the base betting rate of Indian players, for example, in the case of Bumrah, it is Rs 20, while for Boult, it is Rs 7, said a source.
Other bets is that for half a century and century for those star batsmen who usually score big — like that Indian skipper Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill.