Gambling Guru Paul the Octopus Passes Away

Published November 4, 2010 by OCR Editor

Gambling Guru Paul the Octopus Passes Away

Paul found fame after correctly predicting results of World Cup matches.

Online betting enthusiasts have lost one of their greatest aides after Paul Octopus passed away of natural causes at his home in Germany last week, aged two-and-a-half years old.

Paul thrilled fans around the globe during the 2010 FIFA World Cup when he successfully predicted the result of all games involving the German national team and also correctly forecast Spain to win the final, at overall odds of one in 256.

He picked the winners by choosing from meals placed under the flags of the two competing countries in each game.

Paul's owners at the Oberhausen Sea Life Aquarium turned down repeated offers of purchase from zoos and restaurants around the world, and Spain's prime minister even famously vowed to protect him after the octopus received death threats from angry Germany fans following the team's loss in the cup semi-final, which he correctly predicted.

But ultimately his own body gave way, something that could prove to be a bad omen for England on the eve of the vote on who will win the rights to host the 2018 World Cup. Paul had predicted that England would win that vote against rivals Russia, Portugal and Spain, and Belgium and the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, Sea Life has also nominated Paul's successor, a French-born octopus who goes by the same name and will be presented to the public in the coming days.

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