Match-fixing: A Rising Problem for New Reasons

Match-fixing is a problem with sports all over the world, but it is something no gambler wants to ever experience. Your wager can be done with many factors in mind. Some people spend hours determining what they believe the odds should be and then bet according. Other will bet on a hunch or use other means to arrive at their choice. Regardless of how a gambler decides on the winning team, it is always assumed that there is no match-fixing.

Match Fixing
Match-fixing exists in most countries
Wherever people gamble on sports there is going to be match-fixing. It should be quickly pointed out that match-fixing, when it is discovered, is usually found in sports where the players are not paid a lot of money.

This can be seen with Australian Rules football where match-fixing has been a problem in the past. Another, but a less common issue has been match-fixing by players because of a gambling problem. This usually relates to debts generated from gambling

A new and disturbing trend in match-fixing
Studies have been done that is revealing a trend in larger numbers of match-fixing with no traditional motive. Players are making good salaries and have no gambling problem but are attempting to change the outcome of a game just to win a wager. The Gambling Commission in the United Kingdom estimates that less than one percent of citizens in the U.K. have gambling problems, but they further claim that gambling issues are more prevalent among athletes.

It may be genetic
John Coates, a researcher in Great Britain, has found a link between the risk-taking personalities of successful athletes with high levels of testosterone. By their very nature they are prone to take a high risk such as match-fixing. Other research has shown that athletes have high rates of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This condition is strongly associated with impulsive gamblers.

How will this affect the future of sports gambling?
With more money being wagered on sports matches than ever before, the number of fixed matches will likely rise. Organized crime is always looking for athletes that are willing to influence the outcome of a game for money, and this part of match-fixing will not change. However the growth of sports betting seems to be what is driving the supply side of the equation.

Recently a syndicate was discovered in Singapore leading to the arrest of 14 people. They are alleged to have fixed over 380 football matches in Europe. This type of activity combined with a possible genetic pre-disposition to gambling among athletes and today’s match-fixing may become a much bigger problem in the future than it has ever been in the past.

Casino UK Launches Free Roulette Guide for Online Gamers

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Named after a French word for “little wheel,” Roulette is one of the most popular casino games. Players place their bets on numbers and colors, and the winning number or color depends on the spin of a ball and a wheel.

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American or European Roulette?

Roulette is a casino game played with a large wheel and a small ball. Participants place bets on a table adjoined to the wheel. Once all bets are set, the croupier spins the wheel and drops the ball in. A roulette wheel has numbered pockets. When the wheel comes to a stop, the croupier uses the index of the pocket where the ball rests to determine which wagers won and which lost.


European Roulette

The European roulette wheel has 37 pockets numbered zero to 36. Other than zero, half the numbers are even, half are odd and half the numbers are red, half are black. The zero is a color other than red and black and is traditionally green. The odds on a European wheel are 37 to one, but a wager placed on a single number only pays out 36 to one, which means that there’s a 2.7-percent house edge.

French vs. European Roulette

French and European roulette use the same wheel; the difference lies in the rule set. Roulette was invented in Italy but acquired widespread popularity through France. The French added the La Partage rule: When the ball lands on zero, half of all even-money bets is returned to the bettors. Throughout Europe, the En Prison rule became more common. En Prison is similar to La Partage except that the croupier spins again to determine the outcome.

American Roulette

The American wheel has 38 pockets. The additional pocket is a double-zero. The additional zero increases the house edge to 5.26 percent, which is significant. The double-zero format was common throughout Europe in the 1700s and later as well, but it became forever linked to America due to its prevalence in Las Vegas at a time when casinos were beginning to flourish throughout the world.

American vs. European Roulette

Since European roulette has a 2.7-percent house edge and American roulette has a 5.26-percent advantage, there is no real comparison. All other factors being equal, the European wheel is always a better option for players because the odds are more in their favor.

When American Roulette Makes Sense

The factors aren’t always equal, however. In an actual casino, roulette using an American wheel may be the only option. Online, since there’d be no reason to play with an American wheel, casinos will often incentivize the game. An incentive, such as bonus money or cash back can have a significant effect on the overall value for that individual player.