Sports Betting Intelligence Unit (SBIU)
What is the SBIU and what does it do?
The Sports Betting Intelligence Unit (SBIU) collects information
and develops intelligence about potentially corrupt betting
activity involving sport.
The SBIU will focus upon collecting and analysing information
and intelligence relating to potentially criminal activity in
respect of sports betting, where that activity:
- relates to a sporting event in Great Britain
- involves parties based within Great Britain
- occurred with a Gambling Commission licensed operator.
The intelligence that the SBIU gathers will inform investigative
decision making on the prosecution or disruption of criminal
offences (eg cheating) by our enforcement team (or the Police)
or regulatory action under the Gambling Act 2005 (the
The SBIU will share wider learning and, where appropriate,
specific intelligence with other partners, both nationally and
internationally. Our intention is that the SBIU will help
bring together the intelligence efforts of partners and play its
part in protecting sport from corruption.
Sports Betting Intelligence Unit terms of reference - June
Who does it concern?
The integrity of betting is of concern to gambling operators,
betting parties, sports governing bodies and those involved in
What powers does the Gambling Commission
The Gambling Commission, and therefore the SBIU, is empowered to
undertake investigations and bring prosecutions regarding criminal
offences under the Act, in effect Section 42 (Cheating).
Betting integrity decision making framework - December 2010 sets out
the process, in the context of betting integrity, from when we
first receive a piece of information through to when a case is
We publish statistics concerning our betting integrity work
which can be found on the Annual Report page.
How can I report suspicious
Suspicious activity can be reported direct
to the SBIU at email@example.com
or on 0121 230 6666.
You can call our confidential intelligence line - 0121 230
Other ways to contact
Joint Assessment Unit
In 2012 the UK hosted one of the world’s biggest and most
prestigious sporting events: The Olympic Games. It was
recognised that corrupt sports betting was seen as potential threat
to the Games, attracting focus on both national and international
levels. To ensure the UK was prepared to manage these threats
the Gambling Commission, in conjunction with the International
Olympic Committee (IOC), LOCOG and the Metropolitan Police
established the Joint Assessment Unit (JAU). The aim of the Unit
was to manage information related to possible corrupt sports
betting activity to assess and coordinate information to determine
the most appropriate response.
This report outlines the experiences of the JAU along with a
series of lessons learned that could be incorporated into the
planning of future sporting events. The report has been approved by
the Secretary of the IOC Ethics Commission.
Joint Assessment Unit
(JAU) report - March 2013
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