Brit Awards betting suspended after Arctic Monkeys gamble

The bookmaker made the Indie rockers the red-hot favourites at 1-7 to win both gongs, before closing the betting.

Veteran artist David Bowie had also attracted huge support to win Best Male, and was backed into 1-4 from 8-11 to claim the prize, ahead of John Newman at 4-1 and Jake Bugg at 10-1.

Other acts backed to win their categories included Ellie Goulding, who was 1-8 to win Best British Female, and Bastille, who were 8-13 to win the breakthrough award.

“We’ve been forced to pull the plug on the Brit Awards betting following a significant gamble on all the favourites. The rush of bets on Artic Monkeys, David Bowie and Ellie Goulding suggests that somebody knows more than we do,” said Coral’s Nicola McGeady.

(Brit Awards betting before suspension)

** British Male Solo Artist

1-4 David Bowie, 4-1 John Newman, 10-1 Jake Bugg, 12-1 Tom Odell, 33-1-1 J. Blake

** British Female Solo Artist

1-8 Ellie Goulding, 5-1 Laura Mvula, 14-1 Laura Marling, 20-1 Jesse J, 33-1 Birdy

** British Group

1-7 Arctic Monkeys, 11-2 One Direction, 16-1 Bastille, 18-1 Rudimental, 22-1 Disclosure

** British Breakthrough Act

8-13 Bastille, 10-3 Disclosure, 7-1 Laura Mvula, 8-1 London Grammer , 9-1 Tom Odell

** British Album

1-7 Arctic Monkeys, 8-1 Bastille, 14-1 David Bowie, 14-1 Disclosure, 14-1 Rudimental

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