£50 million final set to £1 billion record World Cup gamble
Despite England's absence from the latter stages of the tournament British football fans are set to help swell the betting turnover on the World Cup towards a record £1 billion, while £50million is expected to be staked on Sunday's Final between Holland and hot favourites Spain.
'After England crashed out, patriotic football fans had to transfer their affections elsewhere - and they seem to have done so by placing bets on their adopted second favourite country. With England gone, they no longer had automatic loyalty to one country and therefore have used a bet to enhance their enjoyment of matches. And the enormous coverage given to Paul the Psychic Octopus has also kept the tournament in punters' sights, so we expect a record industry betting turnover for both the Final and the tournament with £50m and £1bn respectively staked' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.
SPAIN are 4/7 favourites with William Hill to be crowned as World Champions - thus justifying Paul the Psychic Octopus' predicition - with Holland the 6/4 outsiders.
**A William Hill Manchester betting shop client stands to collect £424,000 if David Villa, now 8/11 favourite to do so, ends up as tournament top scorer after placing a £30,000 double on Holland to win their Group at 4/7, with Villa at 8/1.
**A William Hill telephone betting client could collect £275,000 for a £50,000 bet on Spain to win the World Cup at 9/2.
**Another Hill's shop punter in Essex placed a £250 treble on Rafa Nadal and Serena Williams to win their respective Wimbledon singles tournaments, running on to Holland - and will collect £30,000 if the Dutch oblige.
**PUNTERS who have backed every Paul the Psychic Octopus tip so far are £84 better off by staking £10 to win on each one - and over £1000 if they reinvested winnings from each selection on to the next one!