2010 World Cup Odds to win / Outright Winner
2010 World Cup betting odds can already be found on internet bookmaker sites. While the markets are narrow in terms of choice, you can still hedge your bets with all of the major online bookmakers, and in general the price on the teams will be a lot longer now than they will be when the qualifying stages are over. That is because there is still some uncertainty over which teams are definitely going to qualify, and because there is well over 300 days still to go, anything can happen in the world of football to chance the odds on a team.
While there will not be many varying prices available from one Bookmaker’s to the next, the world cup odds themselves may be presented in different ways. With online betting there are generally three different types of betting display, and the usage will vary depending on where you are in the world. One of the most common forms of betting, especially across Europe is the decimal system. The United Kingdom prefers to use fractional odds, and North America will more likely than not be using Moneyline odds. They basically all add up to the same thing, but in order to bet properly, you will need to know how to read the betting odds for the world cup laid out before you.
Decimal Betting Odds
When looking at decimal odds, the number you will be reading will be the amount which, in the event of you winning, will be paid out to you. If, for example, you are looking at the odds of England to win the World Cup on Bet365. There they are listed at 8/1 (fractional), with the decimal odds being equivalent to that of the fractional odds, plus one. So, in decimal terms, England are 9.00 to win the World Cup. The odds work out the same, for if you put one hundred British Pounds on at 8/1, you would win the £800, plus your £100 stake back. Why decimal odds are easier to read, is because all you have to do is multiply your stake by the number you see, and not have to worry about calculating fractional returns, especially when odds starts shortening to odd figures like 5/2, 6/5 for example. In this example a £100 multiplied by the odds of 9.00 gets you the £900 net return, exactly the same as the fractional odds of 8.1. Even odds will be expressed, therefore, as 2.00
Fractional Betting Odds
Much favoured in the world of horse racing in the UK, fractional odds will usually appear on British Bookmakers sites. If the chance of your team winning is less that 50/50, then it will be expressed in “against” fractional odds. For example, the USA are 80/1 against to win the 2010 World Cup at the moment. This means, that if by some miracle they did, and you had a £10 bet on it, you would stand to win your stake back, plus the amount of your stake multiplied by the odds against that event happening, which in this case would be 80. So £10 x 80 = £800, plus the initial £10 stake, so your return would be £810. In decimal odds, it would simply be stated at 81.00, which would give you the same return.
If your team has more than a 50/50 chance of winning, then they will be at “odds on” say for example at ½ on. What this means it that you would get your stake back, plus your stake multiplied by the odds of that event happening, which in this case would be one half (as the fraction will read as ½). So in return you would get your $10 stake plus half of that stake, which is £5, so your return would be $15 on a $10 stake. Odds of 1/5 on, would get you $10 stake return, plus 1/5th of that stake, which is £2, so your total return would be £12.
Things can get a little complicated looking when you start seeing fractions listed at 5/2 for example. Because these are fractions being worked with, then halves cannot by used, so odds of 5/2, would essentially equate to 2.5/1. If you are ever unsure of what return you will get from something like this, simply divide the first number by the second and then multiply by 100. That will give you the winning percentage return. For example 5 divided by 2 equals 2.5 x 100 = 250. A £10 stake multiplied by 250% equals £25, which is the same as the 2.5/1 odds expressed above.
If your team has a 50/50 chance of winning, then they will be listed at evens. Evens will be expressed as 1/1 in fractions or 2.00 in decimal odds. This simply means that you will win your stake back, doubled. So, on a £10 bet on evens, you will get the £10 stake, plus your stake multiplied by the odds, in this case it will be £10 x 1 which equals another £10. Your net return will be £20 for a £10 bet on evens. Again decimal odds express it more lucidly, as you just multiply the £10 stake by 2.00.
Moneyline Betting Odds
This is also known as American odds and vary again. In this case the odds are expressed in terms of how much you need to risk in order to win. For example, if Argentina are quoted at -150, then in order to win $100, you would need to bet that figure of $150, as stated by the -150. This is the equivalent of odds on betting. If Argentina triumphed, you would get your $100 winnings, plus the $150 stake back too. If the figure quoted is a positive number, for example +400, then the team would have odds equivalent to 4/1. For world cup odds of +400 against, then you have to risk $100 in order to win the $400.
Those are the most common forms of odds you will encounter when betting on the 2010 World Cup. Fortunately most online Bookmakers will have the option to change between decimal and fractional odds through a drop down menu somewhere. This will just give you the personal preference to view the markets in the form you are most used to seeing. Now is a good time to view the betting odds on the World Cup, and to select an outright winner.
Most bookies have Spain and Brazil at 5/1 (or 6.00 decimal), and Argentina hovering around just behind them at 6/1 (7.00 decimal). These of course, are early bird odds, but if you fancy a flutter now, then it is a good time to get some longer odds, for they will shorten by the time the World Cup starts. Look beyond the main three and you will find some really good outside chances. England, Germany, Italy, Holland and France should be able to get you world cup betting odds to win (outright winner) of anywhere between 8/1 and 14/1. For major nations going into a tournament, those are pretty good odds to snap up now.
It’s also very interesting to see how World Cup Outright odds change during the tournament, so here you can find the odds as they were before the first kick-off.
World Cup Betting Odds 2010 to win / outright winner
|World Cup Winner||Odds||Bookmaker|
|Ivory Coast||51.00||Paddy Power|
|Last update: 11 June 2010|