Great British Bake Off: Betting suspended amid fears winner's name leaked

Published Thursday, Aug 6 2015, 19:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Betting on The Great British Bake Off has been suspended amid fears the winner's name has been leaked.

The new series of Bake Off kicked off on Tuesday evening (5 August), but one bookmakers stopped taking bets, as customers were said to be placing the highest bet possible, which raised suspicion among staff.

Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood
The Great British Bake Off 2015

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Ladbrokes reported a flurry of bets for the contestant whose odds started at 12/1 and were reduced to 6/1, 3/1 and then evens. The flurry was noted in branches around Ipswich.

A spokesperson for Ladbrokes told ITV: "When you see a run of bets like this for one contestant at the expense of everyone else that can be a sign to suspend betting for a bit to assess the situation, and that's exactly what we did."

In last night's show, Stuart Henshall became the first of the 12 to be eliminated. His final showstopper challenge to make Black Forest Gateau failed to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.

The return of GBBO attracted 9.3 million viewers - two million up on last year's opening episode.

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