Myth # 3: “The Fix” and Expert Tips
The idea of “the fix” is a common feeling among amateur bettors to rationalize improbable sports outcomes. Occasionally, accusations of a fix even make it into reverence books and magazines. Although there certainly have been a few scandals over the past few years involving point shaving and corrupted referees, the fix has predominately been eliminated from major professional sports. Dirty money no longer influence like it once did in team sports.
Over the last 15 years, the salaries of professional athletes have skyrocketed. Crucial players, who would need to be bribed or corrupted to fix the final results of a game, make millions of dollars each season. Players stand to earn even more from promotions and advertisements, which would be lost if these professionals were ever caught manipulating with the honesty of a game. Moreover, it would cost a substantial amount of money to bribe and corrupt multiple superstar players. The volume being wagered would be so large that several sports-books would need to be used to cover dirty investments and the money won would not go undetected. In the end, the system is extremely unlikely to be present on such an extensive scale in modern sports. Furthermore, the multiple experts regularly generating earnings would not have the ability to do so if the games weren’t honest. In the long run, “the fix” is largely a thing of the past.
“Insider help and advice” is an additional common myth that scheming handicappers use to attract customers. The promise of insider information is more realistic than the idea of a fix but just as mythical. Many professional handicapping services profess to have secret information behind their success. If they win, the user feels privileged to become connected to insider information. When the service loses, the service claims their inside information changed at the last minute and they were not able to communicate the message in time. This is a road to hell.
There is absolutely no insider information that can be relied on reliably. Even if your brother is a professional basketball player, you are unlikely to get special information that will routinely affect the final result of a game. Insider info is little more than a scoundrel scam used by handicappers to attract new customers.
Actually all profitable sports bettors work hard at handicapping. We don’t simply roll out of bed and make bets. We don’t utilize “inside information” to evaluate games. The information utilized to sort out games is easily available to anyone who takes the time and effort to find it. To profit from handicapping, you should expect to make a similar effort and not expect “magic fixes”. Any services guaranteeing otherwise are dishonest.