Legal World Cup Betting
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is right around the corner, with host nation Russia gearing up for the month-long tournament that kicks off on June 14 and runs through July 15. Of the 32 teams playing for the ultimate soccer title, 12 of them didn’t even make the tournament four years ago in Brazil, and two teams – Iceland and Panama – will be making their first-ever appearances.
Naturally, there’s a lot of excitement coming from all corners of the world in anticipation of this spectacle, and that translates into a whole lot of legal World Cup betting. In fact, taken as a whole, the World Cup tournament is the single most bet-on sporting event on Earth, eclipsing even the Super Bowl in its handle totals over its month of action.
For the most part, Europeans have no problem with legal World Cup betting, as most nations allow sports betting in general. In the UK, for example, you can’t walk two blocks without bumping into an automated wagering kiosk, where legal betting on the World Cup is openly advertised and encouraged. In the US, however, that’s not quite the case – Americans can only wager on sports in Nevada, whose casinos have a national monopoly on on-site World Cup betting. Of course, thanks to Internet-based offshore sportsbooks, US residents can enjoy legal World Cup betting from the comfort of their own homes and convenience of their cell phones.
For the most part, if you’re familiar with betting on the major US sports, you won’t have any trouble adapting to the types of World Cup wagers available at legal online sportsbooks. There’s really only one key difference to consider, and that is that soccer matches can – and frequently do – end in ties. (In the World Cup, only the first 64 group-round matches can end in draws, while the knockout round of 16 teams includes overtime periods and shootouts to prevent any tied results.)
Because matches can end in ties, the most common soccer bet accounts for this, and it is called the full time result, which has lines for both wins and draws. This means that you can bet on either team to win or for the game to end in a tie. Otherwise, the moneylines work exactly the same way as for other sports.
Other World Cup wager types include totals (a.k.a. over/unders), the double chance (pick two of three possible outcomes), the draw no bet (draws result in wager refunds), and the handicap/Asian handicap (a.k.a. the point spread bet). More advanced bet types include correct score wagering, where World Cup bettors have to correctly guess the exact final score, and prop betting, where gamblers can put action on anything from halftime scores, individual scorers, and dozens of other options.
Right now at Bovada, you can get current World Cup betting odds for every group-play matchup, and you can also wager on World Cup futures for group winners and the championship itself.
- Group A – Uruguay +105, Russia +120, Egypt +650, Saudi Arabia +2500
- Group B – Spain -190, Portugal +180, Morocco +1600, Iran +2200
- Group C – France -335, Denmark +450, Peru +800, Australia +1800
- Group D – Argentina -180, Croatia +210, Nigeria +1000, Iceland +1200
- Group E – Brazil -425, Switzerland +600, Serbia +850, Costa Rica +1800
- Group F – Germany -325, Mexico +550, Sweden +650, South Korea +1600
- Group G – Belgium -120, England +120, Panama +1200, Tunisia +2500
- Group H – Colombia +130, Poland +170, Senegal +450, Japan +700
- Outright Winner (Champion) – Germany +450, Brazil +500, France +550, Spain +700, Argentina +800
While there are literally hundreds of Internet betting sites available to US residents, most of them are untrustworthy (and some are outright scams). If you’re going to put money on the biggest sports spectacle ever, you need to make sure you only use the top available services with track records for fair lines and prompt payouts. To that end, the best online sportsbooks for legal World Cup betting are Bovada, BetOnline, SportsBetting, 5Dimes, BetDSI, and BookMaker.
Bovada is arguably the most popular single sports betting service in America, and they’ve famously never missed a single World Cup payout. Legal World Cup betting at Bovada is a first-class experience, and their mobile website – and live, in-game betting options – mean that you can wager on the tournament no matter where you are. New members who sign up now for World Cup betting are eligible for Bovada’s $250 Sports Welcome Bonus, and joining is always free. (Note: Bovada currently does not accept customers from DE, MD, NV, NJ, or NY.)
BetOnline is one of the top US sportsbooks, with millions of customers from all 50 states. Legal World Cup betting at BetOnline features the site’s easy-to-use web interface filled to the brim always-competitive odds, as well as access to the most deposit and withdrawal options of any Internet betting shop, bar none. New members who sign up today can take advantage of BetOnline’s 50% Welcome Bonus worth up to $2500 towards your World Cup wagers.
While most legal online sportsbooks offer multiple ways to fund your accounts, the best World Cup betting deposit methods are those that transfer quickly so you can bet it while the betting’s good. As such, most bettors use credit or debit charges to fill their digital wallets. These methods are nearly instantaneous but unfortunately carry comparatively small limits on how much you can deposit at one time.
High rollers will likely need to use different deposit methods, like bank wires, personal checks, or money orders, even though these avenues can take up to two weeks to clear. A third option is to use a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, which transfers in just a few minutes and typically carries a fairly high limit along with minimal service fees.
Once you’ve won big with your expertly-placed wagers, you’ll probably want to know how to withdraw your World Cup betting payouts at legal sports betting sites. Fortunately, it’s as easy as contacting your sportsbook’s cashier service and putting in your request. After they confirm your identity, you’ll be able to choose from courier checks, bank wire transfers, or money orders. Each has withdrawal minimum and maximum limits, and each will take between one and two weeks to show up in your personal account. The fastest payout method available to World Cup bettors is to use cryptocurrency, and all major sportsbooks utilize Bitcoin for this purpose. (Note: BetOnline and SportsBetting also accept Ethereum and Litecoin.)