Different ways of World Cup Betting
June 28, 2018 10:47 AM
by David Cash
The FIFA 2018 Russia World Cup is in full swing now as the 3rd round of the group stage draws to a close, determining all 16 national teams that will go through to the elimination rounds of the tournament.
While the group stages have been filled with huge surprises and underdog victories throughout, netting some lucky punters and true believers some big payoffs, they have mostly been a nightmare for those relying on favorites to come through.
In fact, while the tournament has been fantastic for viewers thanks to its fast paced action, beautiful football and unpredictability, it has not been a great tournament for those filling in office pools or trying to predict all the results in the tournament- with every single player being out of the £100million prize predicting challenge within days of the start of the cup.
However, the World Cup still has plenty to offer for bettors of all sorts, particularly as the excitement levels ramp up higher and higher as the competition boils to a finish. With that in mind we thought we’d take a look at some of the different ways in which gamblers can get in on football’s biggest party, adding a little extra stake to the world’s biggest sporting event.
While the World Cup is traditionally more of an event for sports bettors, that doesn’t mean that casino players cannot get in on the action as well. In order to include casino bettors into the World Cup experience, online casinos like SpelLandet Casino have added World Cup themed slot games to their offerings, like the highly popular Football Champions Cup.
In this game, players get to choose their favorite World Cup national team, as they spin the reels filled with football themed items in search for some winning combinations. Football Champions Cup also includes plenty of Wild action and even a special Penalty Shootout feature where you can beat the goalkeeper to earn some nice cash prizes.
If you are one of those sports bettors that feel that playing Football Champions Cup cannot compare to the feeling of having money tied to the games themselves, the moment you hit one of the game’s jackpots paying over 100 times your bet, you might completely change your mind.
In the last few years, fantasy football has risen to become one of the most popular games in the world. Whether it is being played for fun against your friends or competitively against thousands of other players for money or real-world prizes, bettors and football fans alike have embraced this hugely entertaining form of gaming.
If you are one of the few that have yet to play fantasy football, the objective of the game is to build a squad using real life World Cup players, in which you will receive points for your player’s real life performance in the World Cup games. To do this, you will be given a budget which you will then use to purchase your starting team and a few subs (in case one of the starters does not play in real life). The decisions on how to spend your budget, what formation to play and which players to start will put you in the shoes of a football manager, and you will be competing against other managers for the spoils, whether just for fun or for real world prizes.
Fantasy football can be played for free in the official Fifa site, where players can create their own leagues to compete with friends for bragging rights, or they can aim to top the best fantasy managers in the world and collect prizes such as cars, TVs, games and signed World Cup memorabilia.
Meanwhile, for those that prefer to put some money at stake, there are plenty of sites that offer competitive fantasy football. In matchups for money, you are paired up against other players for either full slates of matches or single games. You will both compete using the exact same resources, and whoever puts the together the team that scores the most points will win the matchup and the prize money you had both set up.
With thousands of websites dedicated to helping you build your team by providing plenty of tips and stats for each match day, fantasy football betting has become a huge pastime for football gamblers, offering them a completely different betting experience.
Perhaps the most exciting of all football betting options, live World Cup betting allows you to place bets instantly on hundreds of different betting options at any moment during the game. While placing bets on futures – who will lift the cup or who will be the top scorer – or pregame bets have always been hugely popular options, the truth is few things can compare with the excitement of betting on the World Cup live.
Live betting allows you to watch and analyze a game is it develops, giving you the chance to spot trends in the game or find value in different wagering options according to the run of the game. There are few feelings better than spotting an edge while watching the game, placing a bet on it, and then having it come through a few minutes later, validating your analysis of the game. Live betting usually also allows you to cash in your wagers for a partial amount when you are ahead, allowing you to pull most of your winnings out if you feel like the tide might turn on your wager.
Regardless of which type of betting you choose to indulge in during the World Cup, remember that betting should only be done as a form of entertainment. Make sure not to bet more than you can afford to lose and you are sure to have yourself a hugely exciting World Cup experience.
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