If you’re a North American bookie, chances are you don’t see a lot of soccer action throughout the year. Although it is starting to pick up in the US and Canada, many sports betting agents aren’t that familiar with some of the differences in betting so today we’ll be giving bookie advice from World Cup betting.
Sure, it’s similar to American football, basketball, baseball, and even hockey, but there are some differences. Why let things get lost in translation? Learn the lingo and pass it on to keep your players betting on soccer long after this World Cup is over.
Both Teams to Score
This one is unique. I don’t think there’s any other sport that has you bet on the final score of a game. But as you probably know, it’s pretty rare to have more than 3 or 4 goals being scored in total in a match, so your odds aren’t as bad as you might think.
Most of these wagers are unique to soccer because of their low goal count. Here, you get to make two choices out of three. You’re betting on either team to win or tie. For example, if the USA has a game against Germany, you can place a bet for the USA to win or for them to end in a draw. The only way to lose the bet is if Germany wins.
Your other two options are:
- USA to win, or Germany to win
- Germany to win, or a draw
Draw No Bet
This simply means that you bet on one team to win or the other. If there is a tie, then your money is returned.
First and Last Goalscorer
Just as it sounds, you can place your bets on who will get the first goal of the game or who will get the last one. Your sportsbook should have odds on every player on each team.
Your player is betting on which team will win the game or if they think it will be a tie. You can bet on a tie before overtime during the World Cup knockout rounds. Games in those rounds cannot end in a tie because only one team will advance to the next round.
This is similar to the playoff MVP award in most sports. The golden boot is awarded to the player who scores the most goals in the tournament.
Your players can bet on which team they think will be winning at the halftime break and at the end of the game. It’s most impressive when a bettor can correctly pick a different team to be winning in each half.
I think this one is even trickier than the Halftime/Full-time wager. Because now you have three options at halftime. Will one of the two teams be ahead by then, or will it be a draw?
Props aren’t unique to soccer, but some of the bets can be. Check them out for yourself to see what you’ve got available in your sportsbook. As with other sports, props are unique to each game. You could have a prop on who you think will be the first player to receive a yellow card or how many goals a particular player will get.
Total Goals (Over/Under)
This is a standard betting option on most North American sports. The only real difference is that the numbers are generally smaller. You can see numbers like 2 ½, 1 ½, or even ¾. Because the numbers are so small, there are not as many options, and your players’ odds are a little better to win with this type of bet.
If your players are new to soccer or new to soccer betting, the World Cup is an excellent time for them to get in on the action and have some fun.
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