Paid $189 to 'just press buttons'
For one Singaporean, his first courtsiding assignment began when he answered an online advertisement in Toronto, Canada, in 2007 to "get paid to watch soccer".
The man, who wanted to be known only as Mr Mohamed, was then a university student in Canada.
He spoke to a company representative on the telephone, then they met just before the job. There, Mr Mohamed was handed a device.
The "job" was Toronto Lynx vs Rochester Rhinos, who were playing in the Canadian Soccer League.
Mr Mohamed told The New Paper in an e-mail reply: "Two minutes before kick-off, I had to call this phone number he gave me. It's basically like calling an answering machine on the other side. I had to leave the call going."
During the match, if Toronto had ball possession, Mr Mohamed had to press the green button on the device. If Rochestor was in possession of the ball, he pressed red.
Added Mr Mohamed: "If goal or penalty, I had to press two buttons - black then white. The device had 10 to 12 buttons."
He also had to indicate minutes played, free kicks, penalties, and red cards. He was paid US$150 ($189) for that game.
Mr Mohamed claimed he had "control" of how the odds would be offered online.
"I remember thinking, if I had a friend who could bet on the website, I could wait for a goal, not press the device until 1-2 minutes later, get my friend to bet on the team that scored, and jackpot," said Mr Mohamed.
"That's the loophole that could be exploited. Problem was, I didn't know what website the guy who hired me worked for."
- Ali Kasim