The X Factor: Business awards betting suspended

Find out why Jonathan Kanter and The X Factor are back in the news. Two more bookies have suspended betting on Jonathan Kanter – also known as Dan. Betfred suspended bets on the X…

The X Factor: Business awards betting suspended

Find out why Jonathan Kanter and The X Factor are back in the news.

Two more bookies have suspended betting on Jonathan Kanter – also known as Dan.

Betfred suspended bets on the X Factor reject being crowned first ever winner of the Business Person of the Year Awards.

Ladbrokes said it did the same, although no final decision had been made on Sunday.

Also on Sunday, The Sun reported Kanter was hoping to fly private jets all over the country for an “ultimate birthday” break following his success in the ITV show.

But The Sun said: “He had said he would only book the flights if he would be the first person to win the business award.”

In a statement, Betfred said: “We have suspended betting on Jonathan Kanter to win business person of the year, pending an investigation.

“Further to this, we have stopped publishing the odds available for the rest of the competition.

“We take betting on gambling seriously and take these very seriously too. The responsible practice team will be investigating and taking further action where appropriate.”

Ladbrokes said it did not specify who it was offering odds to, but the website is reporting the $1.60/2.40 odds as Dan’s.

The Sun also says Kanter is on Twitter to promote his brand, which include the hashtag #wavy, and again asks if he has said he would book the private jets if he wins.

When asked about his links to bookmakers, the singer said he did not understand the focus on what he has done in the past.

“My family are betting! In fact my best mate is a cabbie now, which is really funny. It’s crazy!

“I try to keep away from sports betting. I don’t believe in that. It is not my thing.”

He said he only does sports in his free time.

“I haven’t been into the sports betting rumours, I don’t get involved in stuff like that.”

An X Factor spokesman said: “It is a family show. One in 100 people at any one time are in the workforce.

“Everyone is doing what they can to try and be a success at their age. It’s such a shame when people try to take advantage of it.”

-By Oli Evans, Press Association

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