Kenzie remains red hot favourite to win the Celebrity Big Brother final tonight, although one leading bookmaker refused to offer odds because it claimed “sensitive information” was being leaked to punters.
William Hill closed its book on the Channel 4 contest after suspicions had been aroused by betting for the last two evictions, where punters were still trying to place large sums despite odds as short as 1/14.
But the “final nail in the coffin” came on Friday evening when four or five unknown punters called asking about placing bets on a shock double eviction - shortly before model Caprice and actor Jeremy Edwards got the boot.
“There has never been a surprise double eviction before and this is highly unlikely to have been an inspired guess,” Hills spokesman Rupert Adams said.
A spokeswoman for the Channel 4 show dismissed claims of a leak however, saying such sensitive information was kept strictly confidential and was only known to a few senior production executives.
Mr Adams said he believed someone had seen figures showing how the public were voting for a winner and was using them to predict which celebrity would be out next.
“We think somebody somewhere has got them and has been trying very hard to take us to the cleaners,” Mr Adams said.
“All our odds compilers say it defies all of the basic patterns they expect to see.”
However, Ladbrokes later said its book for the final remained open, with rapper Kenzie the hot favourite at 2/9.
Happy Mondays dancer Bez is priced at 3/1 and Sylvester Stallone’s ex-wife Brigitte Nielsen is at 14/1.
“We felt no need whatsoever to close the book,” spokesman Warren Lush said.
“We’ve seen absolutely no suspicious betting patterns.
“People do vote on very short odds because they think it’s like buying money.
“You do have to risk quite a lot of money for a very small gain but if they think there’s no chance of an upset they will still do it.”
A Big Brother spokeswoman said: “Only a handful of senior production executives are privy to any sensitive information regarding eviction voting and there are strict procedures in place to keep this information strictly confidential.
“We do not feel the need to investigate this further as we are satisfied that these measures are effective.”