World Cup Betting 101

Bigger than the Olympics, it dwarfs March Madness and the Super Bowl combined. The World Cup of Soccer generates more bets than all of them combined.

 

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When your mother country makes the World Cup of Soccer, it changes everything for a solid month of your life every four years.

The national teams of 32 nations gather (this year in South Africa) to compete for the title of world champion. And as you can imagine, betting – fuelled by national pride – generates plenty of business for sportsbooks and plenty of wins for bettors.

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And as with the Super Bowl, where one event produces tons of wagers, World Cup odds range from game odds on each match to odds to win each group, to top scorer of the tournament.

You are probably familiar with soccer betting types, but for new bettors and for those unfamiliar with the wide array of betting options, some examples are listed below.

Group Stage Betting

The 32 teams are broken into eight groups of four. Each team plays the other teams in the group with the top two in each group advancing to the playoff round.

So in addition to odds to win each game, which can include margin of victory, over-under totals, exact score betting and more, you can bet which team will win each group. You can bet which team will fail to advance and which teams will fail to score in the group stage.

This ‘round-robin’ stage of World Cup action includes draws which makes the wagering even tougher. Instead of two outcomes, there are three and this is a great time to generate profits and pad your bankroll for the following rounds.

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Future Odds

Who will win World Cup 2010? You can bet it now, tomorrow and right up until the final few days, but betting on your favorite team early is a popular for m of World Cup betting that produces profits as well as bragging rights.

There is nothing sweeter than predicting in March that Portugal will win the World Cup in June! And the odds are usually terrific.

The usual suspects always top the leader board on these World Cup futures. Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Spain.

Match Betting

Every game will offer plenty of wagering interest. From odds to win the match (which includes 1X2 or three-way betting) in the opening round), to betting the total (number of goals to be scored) to double result (betting who will lead at halftime and who will win the game as a single wager).

In World Cup props, you will be able to wager on which team scores first, which player scores first, will there be a goal in the first 10 minutes, how many yellow cards will be issued, how many corner kicks will each team take.

It’s a fun array of wagering options that keeps the fun rolling for the full 90 minutes or longer.

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