The match-fixing problem is omnipresent in big sports as well as smaller ones. And it is hard to avoid. As the betting companies get smarter, so do the match-fixers.
But there are some measures one can take against the fixing of matches. Chris Rasmussen is coordinator at World Lottery Association, and in charge of monitoring unusual betting patterns in small sports as well as large ones.
According to him, the Danish Lottery Association of which he is a part, take certain measures to avoid match-fixing, especially in the sports where the players aren’t given a salary.
“There is a limit on how much money you can bet on certain sports. In Denmark, for instance, you can bet on floorball, which is an amateur sport. But you can only bet something like 500 kroner (67 euro, red.),” says Chris Rasmussen.
Why are small sports easy to matchfix?
It is always easier to convince people to cheat if they have everything to win and nothing to lose. In the case of non-professional sports, what the match-fixers have to offer is often a lot of money for the players.
At the same time, the players don’t face losing their livelihood if the fixing is discovered.
This combined makes it necessary for the Danish Lottery Association to put a limit on single bets placed. This makes the cost/benefit ratio for the matchfixers lean towards matchfixing not being worth the effort.
Match-fixing is rarely discovered
But at the same time, only a few of the match-fixing cases are ever discovered.
“My estimate is that we only discover 15-20 percent of the cases,” says Chris Rasmussen.