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British punter won $1 million betting on World Cup

Jul 21, 2010
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Mike McNally, a 29-year-old business graduate and football fan from Bradford, England, turned a £10 bet into £650,000 ($1 million) betting on World Cup at a popular online sportsbook in the UK. McNally correctly predicted the results of an incredible 36 out of the 64 matches of the 2010 World Cup, beating hundreds of other football fans from around the world who also entered the contest.

The win wasn’t secured until the final match. McNally and another participant were tied 35-35 until the Holland and Spain match. McNally picked Spain to win, while his rival had put his money on Holland. McNally must have been on the edge of his seat during the entire match, only relaxing after Andres Iniesta’s extra time goal for Spain put him in the lead.

“I was speechless when I learned I’d won,” McNally revealed. “I just wish England could have performed as well as I did.”

Punters who missed wagering on this year’s World Cup may feel left out after learning about McNally’s success, thinking about all the 2010 World Cup bets they could have made. This big football tournament series won’t be back until 2014, but in the meantime, there are thousands of bets offered every day at sportsbooks across the internet. Just check out the latest online sports betting odds, then put your money down to win.

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The 2010 World Cup bets you could have made

Jul 14, 2010
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While the final result and the final match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup wasn’t highly unexpected, the relative lack of clear-cut favorite throughout the tournament made for some big payouts for punters who bet correctly.

To start the tournament, Spain was a favorite at every sportsbook: The only variable were the odds, which ran at 4/1, 9/2 or 5/1. That’s at least $500 on a $100 bet just for picking the no.1 ranked team in the world going into the tournament. Even with eight teams remaining, Spain was still getting 11/4 odds at PaddyPower – a potential $375 more on a $100 wager.

Ladbrokes Sportsbook had finalists Spain and Holland at 2/1 and 13/2 to make the final match when the World Cup began. A $50 bet on each there earned clever bettors a total of $525.

As for individual matches, the biggest money was predictably made betting against the powerhouses. Those foolhardy enough to have wagered on Switzerland to beat Spain in their first game got odds of 11/1 at Brobury Sports for a huge $1,200 on $100 invested. And despite the terrible morale on Team France going into their third game, a South Africa win was still getting 11/5 odds at PaddyPower, for another $320 on $100 when the host nation defeated the champions of 1998.

Probably the biggest loss in the tournament was suffered by a bookmaker. Paddy Power had installed a money-back special for the World Cup, in which certain wagers would be returned on a 0-0 draw. England-Algeria in group play ended at 0-0 with millions bet by British punters and a sizable fraction returned on what normally would have been profit for the bookmaker.

But on our wagers, we just turned $500 into $2,920. See? Betting on the World Cup is easy. Good luck in 2014!

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Looking back at 2010 World Cup outright winner odds

Jul 06, 2010
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One serious longshot and one dark horse remain among the 2010 World Cup final four, and if one of these two wins a few lucky punters will get some nice returns indeed. Even if the more highly regarded Holland or Spain hoists the Cup for the first time, though, the results will still be nice indeed for some.

Anyone with foresight enough to have bet on Germany at the start of the tournament is feeling pretty good right now. Now the hottest team left, BetUS was typical and offered a line of 14/1 on the Germans to win this thing – and eight goals in the past two games say they’ve got a shot. A $20 bet at BetUS Sportsbook in June could be worth a cool $280 on Monday.

Uruguay is the other surprise remaining in World Cup betting. Not only would a Uruguay victory in the championship represent the biggest upset ever, a mere $20 bet placed at Ladbrokes in early June will be worth a crazy $2,500.

As said before, either Holland or Spain will pay well in what was a fairly open tournament from the go with no true consensus favorite: Just last week, Netherlands was still getting 15/2 odds at BroburySports. Those doing their World Cup football betting at Bodog would have gotten 5/1 on Spain through most of the tournament.

Whoever wins the 2010 World Cup, two things are certain: This has been a great one, and some clever punters are going to be very happy with their sports betting expertise.

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Bet on Brazil to win over Portugal in World Cup Group G

Jun 24, 2010

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The battle for winning Group G in the World Cup will be an interesting clash between one of Europe’s and South America’s best teams.

Brazil is the favorite according to Paddy Power online sportsbook giving the odds at 6/5 and a draw at 2/1 – these lines place Brazil as the Group G winners.

Portugal can win the group by winning the game, however Portuguese star player Deco is still not in active mode and predicted to sit this one out on the bench.

Christiano Ronaldo, Luis Fabiano or Robinho, are the favorites to be the goalscorers of the match.

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Bet on USA to win and advance in World Cup

Jun 23, 2010

Team USA is only one win away from advancing to the round of 16 in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, facing Algeria

landon-donovanBoth Ladbrokes and Brobury Sports are giving the Americans’ good chances to win this one, the odds are +111 (11/10). All the eyes in this game will be on the USA team as they face off Algeria.

A low score is expected, with USA winning 1-0 getting the shortest odds in Ladbrokes Correct Score betting at 5/1. Want to bet on who will score the winning goal? Landon Donovan, Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey are getting 5/1 odds … will it be a header this time around?

At Brobury Sports, bet on the World Cup and receive a 50% signup bonus on all deposits of at least $100 for up to $500. Or get $25 in free bets from Ladbrokes by making just $5 in World Cup bets – with either deal, you can’t go wrong with these quality sportsbooks.

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How Do You Say “World Cup” in Your Language? Here are 32 Examples

May 31, 2010
2010_FIFA_World_CupAfrikaans: Wêreldbeker
Arabic: كأس العالم
Bulgarian: Световно първенство
Catalan: Copa del Món
Chinese: 世界杯
Czech: Světový pohár
Danish: Verdensmesterskab
Dutch: Wereldkampioenschap voetbal
Finnish: Maailmancup
Flemish: Weireldkampioenschap sjotten
French: Coupe du Monde
German: Weltmeisterschaft
Greek: Παγκόσμιο Κύπελλο
Hebrew: גביע העולם
Hindi: विश्व कप
Hungarian: Világ Kupa
Icelandic: Heimsmeistarakeppnin
Indonesian: Piala Dunia
Italian: Coppa del Mondo Il Mondiale
Japanese: W杯
Korean: 세계 축구
Lithuanian: Pasaulio čempionatas
Macedonian: Светско првенство
Malay: Piala Dunia
Maltese: Tazza tad-Dinja
Persian: جام جهانی
Portuguese: Copa do Mundo
Romanian: Cupa Mondială
Russian: Кубок мира
Serbian: Светско првенство
Slovakian: Svetový pohár
Slovenian: Svetovni pokal
Spanish: Copa do Mundo La Copa Mundial
Swedish: Världscupen
Thai: ฟุตบอลโลก
Turkish: Dünya Kupası
Ukrainian: Кубок світу
Vietnamese: Cúp bóng đá thế giới

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10 facts about the FIFA World Cup you probably didn’t know

May 27, 2010

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1. Brazil has appeared in more World Cups (18), won the more matches (64), and won more Cups (5) than any other country.

2. Since the first World Cup in 1930, a total of 31,051,828 fans have attended the Finals.

3. July 31 was declared a national holiday in Uruguay after they won the inaugural World Cup in 1930.

4. Shirt swapping was officially prohibited in 1986 because FIFA did not want players to bare their chests on the soccer field.

5. Europe and South America are the only contents to produce World Cup winners.

6. The youngest World Cup player was 17 year old Norman Whiteside (Ireland) and the oldest was 42 year old Roger Milla (Cameroon).

7. Mexico has lost the most matches in World Cups Finals history (22).

8. During WWII, to prevent the Nazis from stealing the Jules Rimet Trophy, Dr. Ottorino Barassi, an Italian sports official, smuggled the trophy from the bank in Rome and hid it under his bed.

9. The winners of the 2010 World Cup will receive $30,000,000 prize money

10. The official 2010 World Cup Mascot is a green and gold leopard man named Zakumi.

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All You Need to Know about the FIFA World Cup tournament

Apr 06, 2010
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The World Cup is one of the fiercest, most competitive, and passionately awaited competitions in the world of sports. This is partially due to the fact that, like the Olympic Games, the World Cup is only held once every four years.

The first World Cup was held in 1930 in Uruguay. Since then it has run every four years excluding the years 1942 and 1946 during which war was raging in Europe and FIFA’s operation had ceased. Qualifications for the World Cup are held during the three years between the competitions to determine who will be playing at the main event.

The qualifications for the 2010 World Cup involved 204 out of the 208 FIFA national teams. This being the case, it matched the 2008 Summer Olympics as the sports event with the most competing nations.

There are always a total of 32 teams that participate in the last leg of this amazing tournament. In preparation for the 2010 World Cup, 204 qualifiers were held. The reigning champions are Italy, but this is always a difficult title to defend. In the history of the World Cup, the most successful team is Brazil. Brazil has been deemed the champion team a total of 5 times but they only won 2 times in a row on 1 occasion (They won the title in both 1958 and 1962).

The 2010 World Cup will be held in sunny South Africa. This will be the 19th World Cup and is scheduled to be held from June 11th until July 11th. This will be the first occasion in which the competition has been held in an African nation. The draw for the finals will be held on December 4th in Cape Town.

As the FIFA World Cup is one of the most anticipated sports events of recent times, it is heavily televised. Over the month long event in 2006, a jaw-dropping 3,353,655 tickets were sold and an average of 52,401 viewers attended each match. A total of 69,000 fans watching the final in Berlin’s Olympiastadion. Aside from the almost 70 viewers at the stadium 715.1 million viewers watched the finale from home.

A lot of revenue revolves around this event, not just in the host nation but all over the world. Many people not only enjoy watching the sport, but participate in sportsbetting in online gambling sites, and make a lot of money based on game results. Gambling does not pertain only to the final event. Many people bet on all the matches and qualifiers leading up to the World Cup on gambling sites.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup will be hosted in South Africa with thousands and possibly millions of fans both watching and betting on the finals results.

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