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Sochi officials team up with Vegas to monitor Olympics betting patterns

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

When in trouble, look to Vegas.

The oddsmakers and overseers of all trends and data when it comes to sports are based in the American desert. If there's an irregularity in betting patterns or score outcomes, chances are the actuaries out in Las Vegas will be on it almost instantly. A report from the Associated Press states that Sochi Olympics officials have contacted gambling regulators in the state of Nevada in an effort to make sure all the competition is on the up-and-up.

"The Nevada Gaming Control Board announced Wednesday that it was partnering with the International Olympic Committee to help guard against match fixing and other kinds of manipulation," accordinng to the AP.

The Olympics have been vulnerable to plenty of controversial outcomes in the past, perhaps most notably with a French judge at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City or the 1988 controversial decision to not award Roy Jones, Jr. with the gold in his fight against Park Si-Hun. (Get a look at the decades worth of controversy here.)

Nevada gaming officials will be checking the betting patterns of all international sports books and illegal online activity as well. This is the first such partnership for the Olympics. Professional American sports leagues, like the NFL and Major League Baseball, have leaned on Vegas to stay ahead of possible controversy like this for years.

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