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The World Cup – Wagering on the Draw


The single largest sporting event in the world kicks off on Friday. Countries stop wars for it. Churches, Synagogues, temples and mosques devote entire services to it in many countries. Shops close. Countries come to complete standstills. It’s the World Cup, a competition we see just once every 4 years. An event that is so sacred in most countries, players and families alike devote their entire lives to playing in it or seeing a loved one get the chance. “I have waited my whole life for this month” German Forward Michael Ballack said after training Wednesday. “People devote their entire lives for just one chance to play in such an amazing event.”

The fanfare and celebrations continue throughout the month long tournament with the first match set to kick off June 9th at 12:00 EST in Germany, the host nation, culminating with the final match July 9th in Munich at 3:00EST. With all the anticipation from fans that goes along with this huge event, it’s the sportsbooks that are hungriest of all.

Betting on Soccer has become a huge industry in Europe the past 10 years with the introduction of the online offshore sportsbook. Handles from European bettors for this month can exceed what an entire season of NFL brings in for most European based books.

With that being said, bettors can flourish in this tournament. There is money to be made in this sport, but as is the case with all lined events, knowledge of the sport is key. Knowledge of HOW the World Cup tournament is to be played; rules, schedules and point systems make all the difference here.

The World Cup is divided into eight 4 team groups with a round robin system being used to determine the first round standings. A team receives 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss. The top two clubs in each group advance to the second round of 16 where from there on out it is single elimination. Each group consists of a #1 seed, just like the 4 regions in the NCAA Basketball tournament. The only difference is the NCAA tourney has 4 regions; the World Cup has the aforementioned 8. This year the top 8 seeds in the Cup are Brazil, Italy, Argentina, Germany, England, Portugal, Spain and France.

The difference with soccer betting as compared to any other sport is the draw factor. Unlike all other lined sports, you can actually wager on a draw (tie) being the outcome of the contest. Most books will only allow money line wagers, but some select few books will allow goal line (like the puck line in hockey or run line in baseball) as methods of wagering as well.

So how do we know when a draw is the bet of choice? As we stated before, the goal for each club is to finish in the top 2 of your group. Therefore many clubs will be satisfied with a tie as it gains them a much needed 1 point. Let’s give some examples

The English are certainly the favorites of their group (Group B) with the second spot nearly lock for Sweden. With both clubs playing each other in the third and final match of group play with probably nothing at stake, a draw in this ballgame is awfully likely. With a spot assured in the second round, coaches of both squads will not risk injury to a key player or giving away team strategy in a meaningless game. At the same time, countries do not want to lose a ballgame strictly because of psyche. Therefore a tie is the best solution for both clubs.

Another example of when a draw may be the correct wager is with evenly matched groups aside from the #1 seed. Take group F with Brazil, Japan, Australia and Croatia. Brazil is clearly head and shoulders above everyone else. After that, Australia Japan and Croatia are awfully even. Australia and Japan meet in their first match of the group. A loss here for either team would mean devastation as both still have yet to play the world power in brazil, an almost certain defeat. Therefore a tie here does both clubs justice leaving the door open for a win vs. Croatia to put them through. Of course this is assuming Brazil beats everyone else.

The key thing to remember here is that the countries in this tournament know their limits; they know who they can and cannot compete with. Most countries main goal is to make it to the second round where group play stops and single elimination play begins. This is when anything can happen. Therefore when wagering on this wonderful event, knowing the groups the countries are in, their record up to the day of the match and their future matches still in store can make all the difference in winning or losing on the World’s most beautiful game.


Source by Bob Aggarwal

Categories: Sports Betting


Get Adequate Information About Rugby World Cup 2011


Throughout the world, the rugby world cup is ranked as the 3rd largest event. It is due to this fact that it is known to attract a large following and the 2011 rugby world cup is not any different. It is expected to attract more than sixty thousand international visitors and it will be covered by more than two thousand international media houses. For this reason, it is also expected to attract a large TV audience amounting to more than 4 billion people. The world cup is expected to deliver over $ 267 million to the region through direct economical benefits. There are a couple of highlights that make the event more appealing to fans and they include the following.

• Betting

It is due to all these facts it is important to know more about the game and what it has to offer. As people talk endlessly about the game, you should find a way of capitalizing on it in order to make money. There are several online sites designed to make this possible and this is through the following betting. Thanks to such sites, you can place your bet for the 2011 game and enjoy some cash benefits. There are several online sites that give fans the opportunity to bet on their favorite teams. While this is the case, it is advisable to find a reputable site before doing this. In this regard, you should also be on the lookout for free bets.

• Fixtures

The fixtures are comprised of 6 crazy weeks which begin on 9th September 2011 and they end on 23rd October 2011. In order to understand the fixtures it is advisable to find a website that offers the same. This especially comes in handy for people interested in betting. They will receive a clear outline of the games as they are expected to be played as well as the different pools participating in the game. The best thing about getting fixtures ahead of the game is the fact that it keeps sports lovers well informed about what they should expect before the curtain closes down. Additionally, it also offers reliable information about the playoffs and the teams expected to participate in the same.

• Important Facts

The following are some of the 2011 rugby world cup facts that you have to keep in mind in order to enjoy the season.

• For starters, New Zealand got the hosting rights on 17th November 2011.

• At least 20 countries are going to participate in the tournament by playing forty eight games.

• The organization responsibilities are going to be shared by the international Rugby Board, local authorities, major sporting stadiums and the rugby New Zealand among others

As a fan, if you want to get more about rugby world cup, use some of the reputable resources found online. By becoming an informed fan, it becomes increasingly easy to make wise decisions whether placing you want to place your bet or simply ensuring you don’t miss any of the games.


Source by Ali Raza

Categories: Sports Betting