Hello reader! Today we will talk about a very interesting and delicate topic - fixing matches. Are there agreements in sports, who is interested in them, how the sports community treats them. Is it realistic to find information about the Great Dane in the open (or closed) access on the Internet. What are the signals that indirectly indicate a negotiated match. It will be interesting, read to the end.
Are there match-fixing in sports?
The answer to this question is unequivocal - yes, there are. In the history of sports, there have been many proven cases of agreements, and at the highest level - the Olympics, the World Football Championships, the NBA. Regularly, new proven cases appear or participants in ancient events begin to talk about past exploits.
In general, match-fixing definitely exists. And, most likely, they will always exist, because they can be beneficial to each party involved in the process - both knowledgeable bettors, and bookmakers, and the athletes themselves who sell their matches.
Formally, everyone has a negative attitude towards the fix. Bookmakers remove the odds for such matches from the line, and prescribe in their rules the refunds on the rates on them. Athletes and team representatives swear in interviews that they never participate in such a thing. The sports federations are outraged, express concern, and are trying to figure it out. Players generally write off their losing bets on “fix and 322” on a regular basis. But this phenomenon is popular and ineradicable to this day.
Reasons for fixing matches
The main reason, of course, is money. You can earn colossal money on agreements, which is what many are doing. Players and entire syndicates bribe athletes and even big teams. The teams themselves are happy to sell points to those who need victory.
And the bookmakers themselves, knowing the outcome of the upcoming event, can earn guaranteed millions of dollars in just one match. You just need to buy an event and set a tasty coefficient in the “right” direction. This way they will receive bets from both the public and large value-bettors.
Besides, there are other, non-monetary reasons:
- If the result suits both teams, then, most likely, it will take place. This often happens in short-term football tournaments (Euro, World Cup), when the teams have nothing to share in the last round and a draw will lead both teams to the playoffs.
- Points exchange in the regular national championship. Why play fair, risking a draw (one point instead of three) when you can negotiate and exchange away wins? Moreover, you can earn extra money by placing bets on this outcome at a high odds.
- Exchange of assets for the defeat of an unmotivated team that does not need points at the moment. Assets can be both monetary and intangible - the transfer of the player needed by the opponent, the pick in the draft, the rights to an advertising contract, and so on.
- The team is “distributing” points this season in order to collect them for next year, when there will be a more favorable environment for the struggle for high places.
One of the most famous and scandalous agreements in history. Euro 2004, Sweden and Denmark draw 2: 2, leaving the Italians out of the playoffs. The goal needed to achieve the result was scored in the 89th minute after the “mistake” of the Danish goalkeeper.
Where are match-fixing most common?
In general, everywhere. All over the world, in all sports, at all levels of competition. Another thing is that the less status and major tournament, the easier it is to organize a contractual match there. The price of bribery is lower, the public response is less. In individual sports, it is generally elementary to do this, because you can negotiate with only one person.
Moreover, the athlete himself can easily earn in this way. Imagine a tennis player from the second hundred in the ranking comes to a small ITF tournament with the main prize of 10 thousand dollars. What is easier for him, to fight a few laps for the title or to bet against himself on the same top ten at odds of 6.00 or even 10+? And you can even not waste the match, but limit yourself to one set.
If we talk about the most popular sport, football, then the most corrupt countries are Russia (and all the CIS), Albania, Cyprus, Italy, Greece, Portugal , Sweden, Bulgaria. Match-fixing is widespread in disadvantaged regions of the world - Southeast Asia, South America, Africa, and so on - there this happens regularly even in the top divisions. In Europe, more emphasis is placed on the second and third leagues. As a rule, most of the team does not even know about the contractual nature of the match, they bribe the main characters - the coach, the goalkeeper, the goalscoring players.
Can you make money on match fixing?
Depends on what is meant. Of course, you can make money on match fixing if you organize them yourself. A lot of money is spinning there and it is quite easy to increase it. Another option is to have close connections in sports circles. If your best friend is a famous tennis player, head coach of an RPL club or a major official of a sports federation, and he regularly shares such insights with you, in theory you can use this.
If we talk about buying the results of fixing matches on the Internet, then the answer is unequivocal - no. An uninitiated person who has entered a request for “match fixing” on a social network may get the impression that all the sport has already been sold and bought - there are so many similar publics and channels.
This, of course, is not at all the case, just the overwhelming majority of such “informants” are banal fraudsters.
A number of similar publics give bets on their signals, for example:
- When a disproportionate amount of money is loaded on an unpopular match on betting exchanges and bookmakers;
- When the coefficient flies too far for no apparent reason;
- When both teams are satisfied with a certain outcome of the match;
- When a very tasty odds for some outcome hangs in the line, and does not move from a powerful load to it.
Sometimes such resources manage to make predictions very well, but there is no question of the 100th passability of such bets (which could be assumed with such positioning). The rest (of which 90% +) simply deceive the gullible public using fairly simple methods, which we will consider below.
How scammers sell match-fixing
There are a lot of methods of deception, moreover, new ones are constantly being developed. We do not intend to tell you about all the tricks, but after reading this material, you will definitely not fall for the most commonplace and simple divorce.
So, the main ways of divorce:
- Drawing statistics. The easiest way available to any student (who often are such informants). On a personal template site (VK public, telegram channel), beautiful statistics of “visits” for fixed matches are drawn. It is not difficult to fake a screen of a bet with a huge payout now, with a little more effort, you can make a video. Added to this is the appropriate entourage - photographs with bundles of banknotes, with other people's cars, yachts and swimming pools. Plus, fake reviews. A contextual advertising campaign is turned on, and the first gullible birds hit the net.
- Magic archive. “Informant” sends allegedly the result of the match in an archived form, and promises to send the password after the passage. But the archive was created in a special program that allows you to change the result of the content depending on the entered password. Thus, scammers can easily send out even accurate scores of matches. It has a magical effect on people who are poorly familiar with the world of computer technology.
- Guess. The outcomes of matches (1-X-2 or W1-W2) can be easily guessed. If you create, for example, a hundred telegram channels, spin them up a bit and give results at random, then, according to the theory of probability, 2-3-4-5 results in a row will inevitably appear on a pair of channels. With these fired channels, you can “work” further, with the rest you can just score. Even if there is a mistake somewhere, it will be easy to explain it by “force majeure”, “ridiculous accident” or by the fact that “the match is oversold”.
- Guess plus. A slightly modified version of the previous circuit. Here scammers do not try to guess the result, but simply send different outcomes to two or more groups of “clients”. For some, it inevitably hits, for a certain percentage, according to the same probability theory, two, three, four, five in a row fly in. After such a series, even the most ardent skeptics may become thoughtful.
- Black list. A resource is being created that “calculates and exposes” fraudsters on the Internet. The office, indeed, is engaged in this good deed, and is gaining a loyal audience. But then he begins to advertise a "real informant" who has everything in truth. Needless to say, this “miracle insider” paid them for advertising or even himself from their team?
These are, in principle, simple divorce schemes, but there are enough people willing, otherwise the scammers would not have been doing this. These schemes work especially well on young, fragile minds, and on people of age who cannot keep up with the rapidly changing world. If you want to get divorced for such a scheme, develop critical thinking. And the “informant” is immediately in an emergency.
How to avoid cheating on match fixing
First of all, just grasp it - you will not find any information about such a match in the public domain. Not for 100 rubles, not for 100,000 rubles. Events like these bring in millions of dollars for their organizers and are often created with the risk of criminal prosecution.
And with the same risk that bookmakers will remove the match from the line and block bets on it. In the best case, with a refund, and maybe with confiscation. Therefore, no one will share such information with a wide (and even narrow, unfamiliar) circle of people. Moreover, for 500 rubles.
If you are offered a trial miracle forecast for after-payment, then don't get fooled either. Most likely, the scammers here operate according to the "guess plus" scheme and send out mass mailings of different results. In this situation, they risk nothing at all, and you will risk your own bet. Which can only pass by accident. If this is an accurate score, then the chances are scanty.
Let's summarize all of the above. Of course, match-fixing does exist. They are found in all countries, in all sports and even at the highest level, like the European Football Championships. This is a very lucrative exercise that has the potential to be beneficial to all parties involved in the process. They can be organized by bookmakers, big players, and athletes themselves, and sports in general are an excellent environment for various agreements.
But on the Internet you will not find reliable information about such events. Neither publicly available nor closed. Not for 300 rubles, not for 300 thousand. This segment is full of scammers, and the price for a “forecast” here depends only on their arrogance. If you really want to make money on agreements, organize them yourself. Or develop a network of informants of people directly related to sports.