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Fox's 'Hell's Kitchen 3' winner spoiled via gambling website betting?


By Steve Rogers and Christopher Rocchio, 06/06/2007 

It appears that something might be leaking in Gordon Ramsay's kitchen. 

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(SPOILER ALERT: If you don't want to know the identity of the possible winner of Hell's Kitchen's third edition, please stop reading this article immediately!)

Bodog.com announced Tuesday that suspicious betting patterns on one of the 12 wannabe chefs and restaurateurs competing on the third season of Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen has forced it to stop taking bets on the third season of the Fox reality show.

According to the gambling website, it decided to close betting on Hell's Kitchen 3 after "heavy betting" on Rock Harper, a 30-year-old executive chef from Spotsylvania, VA, moved Bodog's odds on his victory from 7-to-1 when wagering on the show first opened down to 2-to-1 by the time of the show's Monday night premiere. 

"Upon further investigation of the suspicious betting patterns, Bodog.com's security department established a number of [betting account] links to employees of the television network responsible for Hell's Kitchen 3," Bodog spokesman Greg Godden told Reality TV World.  According to Godden, Bodog's investigation is still on-going and the security department is continuing to research further details.

Monday night's Hell's Kitchen 3 premiere concluded with Tiffany Nagel, a 27-year-old kitchen manager from Scottsdale, AZ, becoming the first contestant eliminated from the competition and Rock still a member of the show's all-male Blue team.

While this is the first time Hell's Kitchen has found itself involved in a potential betting spoiler, the same can't be said for Bodog. 

Four years ago, Bodog stopped taking bets on Survivor: The Amazon after it claimed to have discovered that several CBS employees had been using their inside knowledge of each Survivor edition's finalists to place bets on each season's ultimate winner. 

"[The CBS employees] had all wagered the maximum amount on the same two contestants for the past three Survivor contests and were right on the final two contestants every time, assuring themselves a profit," Bodog president Rob Gillespie explained at the time. (Unlike Hell's Kitchen and most other reality show, the announcement of each season's Survivor winner isn't pre-taped.  Instead, production ends with each season's jury casting votes for the finalists and the voting results kept secret until a live finale broadcast.)

At the time, Bodog announced that the employees had placed their latest set of bets on Jenna Morasca and Matthew von Ertfelda -- the two castaways who were later correctly revealed to be Survivor: The Amazon's winner and runner-up.

Last year, Bodog announced that it had uncovered suspicious betting patterns on one of CBS' Survivor: Panama's eight remaining contestants.  Betting on Survivor: Panama was closed after Bodog received a number of $100 maximum bet wagers -- all from the same New York State area -- on Danielle DiLorenzo, a Lynnfield, MA native who lived in Florida at the time.  DiLorenzo ended up finishing second and losing Survivor: Panama's Final Jury vote to Aras Baskauskas.

(Photo credit Fox)


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