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World Cup bitcoin betting options fall into three broad group, each of which contain a huge array of options.
Outright & Group Markets
The most basic World Cup market is the main outright winner market. Who will win the World Cup? We have odds for all 32 teams. As defending World Champions Germany are favourites (at the time of writing) to win the 2018 World Cup, with Brazil, looking to erase the painful memories of the 7-1 semi-final defeat on home soil four years ago, pushing the Germans to hold that position as favourites to lift the trophy July 15th.
Portugal showed at Euro 2016 that shocks are possible, lifting the trophy despite being one of the unfancied teams, so make sure to consider every team on their merits. Hosts can normally expect to receive a huge boost from home field advantage, with Russia available at 40.0. Those 32 teams are divided into eight groups of four using a seeding system which reflects their success in qualification and a FIFA Ranking system for each region. Each team plays each other once in the group stage - so three games - with the top two teams guaranteed to progress to the knockout phase. (Refer to this wikipedia article to understand what happens when teams are tied on points in the Group Phase).
The Group Stage presents a wide and varied number of World Cup bitcoin betting opportunities, from who will win the group, to whether a team will qualify, win all its games or the number of goals scored. Follow this link to see all the World Cup bitcoin betting options available at Cloudbet.
Match Odds & Specials
Once the World Cup kicks off on June 11th the focus moves from pre-tournament focus, and Outright markets, to the game-by-game action. We of course have match-winner odds for every game with odds which mean you'll win more than at any other bitcoin sportsbook.
Beyond the match-winner, you can bet on the total goals and a game handicap as standard along with dizzying number of different game options. You can bet on who'll score first, the number of goals, cards and corners and a whole load beside.
The opportunity doesn't stop when the whistle blows at kick-off, in fact for many bettors this is when the real action begins because Cloudbet offer the widest range of in-play World Cup bitcoin betting markets. Once games have begun, just navigate to our Live odds area and wait for the right moment to place your bet.
If you want learn more about all the teams and group dynamics you can jump to our World Cup previews which cover every one of the eight groups, the outright and golden market - which player will score the most goals at the tournament.
Impact of VAR and set-pieces
This World Cup marks the debut of the Video Assistant Referee. This system looks for game-changing incidents the on-field referee may have missed: penalty calls, goals, red cards and mistaken identity. The referee can ask for assistance at any time or he may receive notification during play. It's still early to tell the full scale of the VAR impact on World Cup games but by halfway through the group stages, 53% of goals were from set pieces. Which implies that more are being conceded and that defending them is more difficult. As the tournament continues we will have a clearer idea of whether VAR was successful or not. But it's certainly provided an interesting angle to matches.