Online Betting on the World Cup Surpasses Expectations

Published Monday, July 12, 2010 -

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is over and the wagers are being settled all over the world. In Australia alone Tabcorp Holdings Ltd. says $123 million was wagered on the World Cup with TAB Sportsbet. Craig Nugent, TAB Sportsbet Managing Director, said, "Australian punters have a love affair with the Soccer World Cup and the world's biggest sporting tournament has once again eclipsed TAB Sportsbet records,"
There have been winners and losers of course with one individual betting  $550,000 placed at $1.52 for Spain or a draw in the semi final against Germany. The successful wager took away $836,000, including the $550,000 stake. It was estimated that at least 25 percent of Australians used the internet to place their bets.
One British gambler, suffered a setback after Germany beat England but went on to back Germany. Placing a world record £417,000 wager with William Hill's telephone betting service on Germany to beat Spain in the semi final. He could have walked off with a  £800,000 payout if the Germans had taken the match.
Uruguay striker Diego Forlan was awarded the Golden Ball as the World Cup's best player by journalists accredited to cover the tournament. His odds were placed at 34.0. German forward Thomas Mueller won the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer with five goals and also won the Best Young Player award. The odds were extremely short on the twenty year old Mueller who has shown true talent for Germany, scoring four times from just four shots. Stats aside he has been the star in Germany's team of young players. In four years time look out for this ace. Spain's captain Iker Casillas won the Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper.
Another Englishman had the World Cup betting urge. Richard Enticott, has bet £100 at 10,000/1 odds that his child, due during the World Cup, would grow up to score a goal for England during the 2030 World Cup. That's a real along shot to watch out for.




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