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World Cup Prop Betting

As one of the world’s most popular sporting events, the World Cup is also a favorite among sports bettors around the world. In addition to standard bets on teams to win, sportsbooks offer a wide array of prop betting options on the World Cup that include futures, game props and individual props.

Future props give bettors the chance to bet on how much success a specific team will have. The most common future bet is simply on a team to win the World Cup. But there are many other options including odds on each team to win its group and odds on what point of the tournament a team will be eliminated. Known as the “Stage of Elimination” prop, bettors can wager on the exact round that a team will be knocked out of the World Cup.

Game props are bets on specific things that happen within a single game. For example, bettors can wager on which player will score the first goal or the last goal of the game, what the exact margin of victory will be, or which team will lead at the half and at the end of regulation. Bettors can browse prop bets for every individual game, with more and more being offered as the tournament gets closer to the final game.

Player props are bets on the performances of individual players. There are tournament-long player props such as who will finish the tournament as the top goal scorer to win the Golden Boot or who will win the Golden Ball as the tournament’s most valuable player. Then in individual games, bettors can wager on things like whether a player will score a goal or who will get the game’s first yellow card.

Other prop bets in the World Cup include entertainment props that offer odds on a wide range of events happening during the tournament. In 2014, a seemingly silly prop bet was offered at 175-to-1 that Uruguay’s Luis Suarez would bite someone in the 2014 World Cup. Sure enough, in Uruguay’s group stage match against Italy, Suarez bit Giorgio Chiellini. The shocking incident gave the bettors that took a shot on this prop a nice payout and served as a reminder that even the strangest prop bets should be considered.

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