Special Report: World Cup Summary at bet365Published July 28, 2014 by Amir G
The popular sportsbook revelas the most popular offers and bets during the World Cup and just how much cash punters got back in cash.
The Brazil World Cup ended two weeks ago, but the aftershock is still clearly felt. Millions watched the tournament which is described as one of the best World Cups to take place so far. The general consensus is that the best team, Germany, won.
The World Cup was also a great time for sports betting, and especially online sports betting. Leading online sportsbook bet365 has provided players with great promotions during the World Cup, and Online Casino Reports sums up the results of their World Cup stats, such as the most popular betting markets, how many cash punters won and where they were betting from.
Golden Boot for Bore Draw Bonuses
bet365's Bore Draw Money Back was one of the most popular offers among punters during the World Cup. The premise was simple: if a match ended a goalless draw, punters at bet365 Sports were refunded for applying bets. These bets included Scorecast, Half-Time/Full-Time and Correct Score bets, all which were refunded to punters if they placed them.
bet365 Sports reports that during the World Cup, punters were refunded an astounding sum of over £16min bore draw bonuses! Odds are if you took part in this money back bonus, you received a portion of your money back. Aside from the whopping sum, this goes to show the popularity of pre-match bets which are not so far, it seems, from the love punters have for in-play betting.
£1.3m in Penalty Payback Refunds
Another popular betting market for the Brazil World Cup at bet365 was penalty paybacks. Spectators of the World Cup's knockout stages understood just how vital this was to punters and how it came to fruition: in the frame of the Penalty Payback offer, punters were refunded on outright bets in case the team they bet on was eliminated by penalties. According to bet365, a staggering £1.3m was refunded in Penalty Payback bets during the World Cup.
Another popular bet365 Sports offering was Each-Way First Goalscorers, which let punters place bets on each-way players which they thought were going to score the match's first goal with all bets settled at 1/3 odds. A safe and fun bet, the sheer number of goals scored during the tournament made many punters happy.
Big in Europe
The World Cup took place in Brazil, but bet365 was big in Europe. According to the spotsbook's statistics, the biggest numbers of punters came from the following countries: UK, Germany, Spain, Norway, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Portugal, Sweden and Denmark.
While it's still a long way off, bet365 is already preparing for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and there are already available odds: Germany is 9/2 favorites to successfully defend their title.
2014/5 Football Season Coming Up
The top performances of players in Brazil will certainly influence the upcoming football season of 2014/5 which is going to be extra-exciting with World Cup stars like James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos in Real Madrid and the Netherlands excellent manager Louis van Gaal taking the helm at Manchester United. bet365 Sports will cover Europe's top leagues with all of its popular offers and betting markets as they kick-off next month so there's a lot to look forward to.