FIFA World Cup betting set to grow

Grants Betting operations manager Vijen Kumar Sundar at his office in Suva. Picture: ROHIT DEO

INTEREST is growing among punters as the 2018 FIFA World Cup draws to an end this weekend.

With this year’s tournament filled with upsets, many have been disappointed and there have been a few who have made some extra dollars.

Grants Betting General Manager Operations, Vijen Kumar Sundar said they expected more fans to start betting as the tournament reached its semi-final stage.

“England is favourites and has the better odds against Croatia while France has the edge against Belgium. However, looking at the results so far, anything can happen.” said Sundar.

He adds that it’s not about betting huge amounts as a lot of people bet small amounts for entertainment.

“The matches get more interesting if you place a bet and watch it. We advise people to bet for fun as you can place $1 and $2 bets as well. There are different types of bet. You can bet for outright winner, there is accumulator, score predictors, half-time and full-time winners. So there’s a lot of options.” added Kumar.

Meanwhile, the odds for outright winner of the tournament, which is now closed were $6.50 for France, $12 for Belgium, $17 for England and $29 for Croatia.

France plays Belgium in the first semi-final at 6am on Wednesday while the second semi-final between England and Croatia takes place at the same time on Thursday.

The final will be played at 3am on Monday.