The 2014 FIFA World Cup finals are a day away and online sportsbooks have a full serving of betting propositions available for your consumption. Sportsbook Review has categorised these World Cup Prop Bets as well as World Cup Betting Futures for your shopping convenience. This article touches on the value-packed World Cup markets as well as sportsbook bonuses available to sweeten the pot.
World Cup outright winner market
Last Monday SBR reported on World Cup odds swings & changes. At the time of that report, Germany was an average market price of 5.28 to 1 at the best online sportsbooks, meaning that a $528 wager paid $100 in profit. Since that publication the odds on Germany have shifted to an average market price of 5.62 to 1. The biggest individual movement came at 5Dimes Sportsbook where the price on Germany skyrocketed from +550 to +635. Comparing the highest and lowest payoff on a bet of the Germans, 5Dimes offers $135 more per $100 risked than the online sportsbook with the lowest payoff for a German victory in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The odds on Spain repeating as World Cup victors were an average 6.31 to 1 per last week's SBR report. This number has shifted up marginally as Spain is now on offer at 6.38 to 1. A $100 investment on the Spaniards repeating as champions of the FIFA World Cup pays on average $638. However if we again survey the highest and lowest payoffs from using the SBR World Cup Betting Futures directory, we can see that SportsInteraction has the highest individual return at just under 7 to 1. A bet on Spain at SIA pays $691 per $100 risked, while the same wager at British bookmaker WilliamHill pays $91 less at $600 per $100 risked.
Online sportsbooks are giving USA virtually no shot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals. The Americans are trading at an average market price of 207 to 1. To drive the payoff of this lotto ticket up higher, placing the bet at 5Dimes Sportsbook pays 310 to 1, so a $100 wager returns a crazy $31,000 in profit. While daydreaming of ways to boost your bankroll are understandable, a bet on USA to win outright amounts to fools gold, as the red, white, and blue have barely any hope of making it out of the group stage alive.
World Cup 2014 Bonuses
Choosing a World Cup sportsbook on bonuses alone can be a tricky experiment, so that's where the expertise of the analysts at Sportsbook Review.com comes in. Having a look through the sportsbooks featured in both the World Cup Prop Betting Directory and Futures odds page, we see that we must categorise the perks offered by each bookmaker and weigh them against one another.
For example, 5Dimes Sportsbook offers multiple account modes upon account creation. 5Dimes will let you choose between reduced juice (essentially a bonus behind every bet), a freeplay rewards bonus program, a cashback on losses rewards plan, as well as a higher payoff on parlays coupled with some reduced lines. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself how many wagers you intend to place per year. If the amount is considerable, it is much more advisable to opt for the reduced juice offering and forgo an upfront bonus of up to 100% as that is a short-term benefit which will evaporate in the near future.
However, let's assume you already have a 5Dimes account or you already have the reduced juice covered, say via an account with Pinnacle Sports who limit their services to certain parts of North America... what would you do then? At this point, you may wish to consider which online sportsbook is offering the best bang for your buck bonus wise. Bovada offers a 50% welcome bonus up to $250 in the form of a free bet, with a very low 3X play-through requirement. While Bovada may not have quite the in-play betting selection of a Bet365 or WilliamHill, they may be the right choice per your individual region; keeping in mind that their selection is presently limited to Outright Winner of World Cup 2014.
Whatever your choice may be, give yourself the best chance at profiting by wagering the 2014 FIFA World Cup and bookmark the World Cup Betting Prop Odds Directory.