Yes if i was a player who was realistic to know their level in the game and realistic earnings, then id contemplate occasional match fixing (say every 2nd tournament to not arouse suspicion)
Id never risk large sums on a correct score, for starters just imagine you never won the frame or 2 you had to, to make the correct score loss come in. If you had big money on an opponent to win say, 5-2 then the pressure to win 2 frames would be huge.
Id always bet on the match outcome instead, theres only 2 outcomes so any big bet will never stand out too much.
For example, take a medium scale tournament - If your top 32 ranked and you draw a lower ranked player who you should beat, then say he was 3/1 to win the match, then the options are you play fair, win your match but already know youve got Ronnie in Round 1 so will get beat, so the win will only guarantee you an additional 2k approx by reaching that stage, so why not lose on purpose with say 5k on the opponent, so thats a 20k return.
You can see why its so appealing.
Would you as a struggling Snooker Player Fix a match ?
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