Essential Guide to World Cup Betting

by GemBet
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The World Cup is by far one of the most popular betting events on the calendar. After waiting four years for it to arrive, it can pay out tremendously with the correct predictions.

If you’re one of the millions of sports bettors wagering on World Cup events, check out the following guide for some essential insights.


What Kind of Bets Can You Place on the World Cup?

One of the crucial details about the World Cup markets is that there are many options to choose from, more so than most other events.

Here’s a quick rundown:



Outright bets, also known as “futures,” cover the entirety of the tournament. You bet on the team you think will win the trophy or the player who will score the most goals.

These bets are available for all major tournaments, but their effectiveness shines at the World Cup. After all, bettors don’t want to wait ten months for an English Premier League bet to settle, but they don’t mind waiting a few weeks for the World Cup to end.

These bets can be placed at any point during the tournament. In addition to “win” bets on specific outcomes, there are also “each-way” bets, which pay out if the team wins or finishes as the runner-up.



Accumulators or multiple bets let you stack many matches together. For instance, you can bet on all first rounds, choosing basic bets from each match.

Also known as a parlay, an accumulator bet increases the odds and potential payout without increasing the wager. It may look something like this:

  • The Netherlands to Beat Senegal
  • Over 2.5 Goals Between USA and Wales
  • Over 2.5 Goals Between England and Iran
  • Denmark to Beat Tunisia

For a straight-up accumulator to be successful, all of these choices must be correct.


Moneyline/Win Bets

A moneyline wager is a straight bet on the winner of a game. It can be made on any match in the World Cup and is available as a pre-match bet and an in-play wager.


Handicap/Spread Bets

Handicap or spread bets add and subtract goals to create a theoretical handicap. For instance, you might see a bet for +1.5 or -1.5:

  • +1.5 – The team starts 1.5 goals up, so the bet wins if they win, draw, or lose by 1. 
  • -1.5 – The team starts 1.5 goals down, so they must win by 2 or more.


Player Special Bets

Who will be the top goalscorer (Golden Boot), who will win the Player of the Tournament, and who will be the best goalkeeper (Golden Glove)? These are just some of the bets available before a World Cup. 


Team Special Bets

Will England make it to the semi-final? Will the USA get knocked out during the group stage? Will your chosen team score more or less than 6 goals? Team special bets, like player special bets, create a unique series of outcomes and task you with choosing “Yes” or “No” answers.


Tournament Special Bets

Tournament special bets can vary greatly and include all kinds of weird and wonderful options. For instance, you can bet on which continent the winning team will come from and whether or not there will be a first-time winner.

You can also bet on the total number of corners, goals, red cards, and yellow cards, as well as how many penalties will be taken and scored.

One of the bets you’ll often see during this tournament is a combination of “World Cup Winner” and “Top Goalscorer,” such as “England and Harry Kane.” Both of these things need to happen for the bet to be successful.


What are the Most Popular World Cup Bets?

Bettors tend to be more interested in making outright bets on the World Cup. As you would expect, they usually lean toward their home teams for these bets (English bettors bet on England; French bettors choose France), but only just. 

One of the great things about World Cup betting is that it draws action from soccer fans worldwide. Everyone wants a piece of the action, and each bettor has a unique approach to World Cup predictions.


How to Place Bets on the World Cup

The first step to placing a bet on the World Cup is to find the right sportsbook. Fortunately, we have that step covered, as GemBet is home to the best World Cup betting markets and promotions.

Next, look through the markets, find your preferred selections, and add them to your bet slip.

You can place bets prematch or while the game is live for both individual and outright markets. The World Cup is a big tournament, so there is a lot of action to cover. We recommend checking the markets before and during the tournament.

Once your bets have been placed, it’s time to sit back, watch, and see what happens!



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