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Spot-fixing refers to illegal activity in a sport where a specific
part of a game is fixed. Examples include something as minor as
timing a no ball or wide delivery in cricket or timing the first
throw-in or corner in association football. Spot-fixing attempts to
illegally defraud bookmakers by a player agreeing to perform to
order by pre-arrangement. As such spot-fixing differs from match
fixing, where a whole match is fixed, or point shaving, a specific
type of match fixing in which corrupt players (or officials)
attempt to limit the margin of victory of the favoured team.
Spot-fixing is more difficult to detect than match fixing or point
shaving. Spot-fixing is most associated with the betting markets of
the Indian subcontinent where bets can be placed on individual
deliveries in a cricket match. The advent of Twenty20 cricket is
said to have made spot-fixing more difficult to detect as has the
growth of Internet gambling and spread betting.
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