I’m a pretty obsessive deep net explorer. When bored I just start Tor and keep bouncing around lots of links. The sites in the deep net are pretty slow and inconsistent. So surfing consists of a lot of refreshing and re-refreshing. But, let me tell you, it is always worth it.
I spent a few months trawling forums and chasing leads looking for fixed matches, emailing addresses with domain names like safe-mail.net, sigaint.org, and mail2tor.com. Most didn’t respond. Some did, but would only talk if I paid them in bitcoin upfront.
My persistence finally paid off when I met Muhammad. His response to my initial email was wordless but contained a .onion URL. The kind of website you can only access with the anonymous Tor browser—and an ID number. Clicking the URL connected me to Appaloosa Chat and the ID number connected me to Muhammad.
It is a well known fact that fixed matches exist. The fixers are spoken of in whispers by frightened players and sports officials. An English coach who works in Asian leagues once narrated how his players were approached by the gambling match-fixers, “There is no nice chat, no long-term relationship stuff. They just ring up the players and says, ‘You do it or else.’ They will phone the players and say, ‘We want this game to be 2-0 spread. You win. Or you lose.’ If the player refuses, they say ‘We know where your sister goes to school’ or ‘where your granny shops.’”
Like Capone’s Chicago the money in this market is so large that it corrupts almost every institution it touches. So I often wondered if this services were so reliable, shouldn’t the sellers be filthy rich by now? Why would they have to resell the tips to make a few bitcoins? One of the answers I got was that money rules this world, and in our minds the more the better. Precautions are necessary but the risk is not so high compared to the profit.
Okay, I’d heard enough, I was convinced, It was time to make money. To test Muhammad, I demanded a demonstration. I wanted proof that indeed, he had access to fixed matches. I made it clear that there was no way I was paying bitcoins upfront without some proof that he is legitimate.
After a few days, Muhammad sent me a message with details of a fixed match. He gave me one free tip of above 5+ odds, and the tip won. I was still not sure about him, because if I have the privilege to bet on fixed matches, I will never sell to anyone.
I asked for more tips and he declined. It was time to put up or shut up, so I paid him the coins for 5 good tips. He sent them and they looked realistic to me. I placed the bets but only one hit. I not only lost money paying the “fixer”. I also lost money on the bets.
It is true that matches are fixed everyday, but the real fixers don’t need to sell their tips on the deep web. They make their money by simply betting on the fixed matches. My guess is that 99.9% of the websites selling these fixed matches are scams.