The World Cup is a huge event for gaming companies as well as sports fans - William Hill, the second-largest U.K. bookmaker, expects fans to wager at least £1 billion in total. More amusing, though, are some of the individual bets Hill has taken:
–Biggest World Cup Wager: A U.A.E. businessman has bet £50,000 at 6-1 that England will win the cup.
–Early Bath World Cup Wager: A customer from Bath, England, has bet £5,000 at 100-1 that the U.S. will win the tournament.
–Best Baby Bet: Stuart Harvey, a warehouse manager from Burgess Hill, England, has wagered £20 at 150-1 that his wife will give birth to their first child on July 9 and that England will win the cup the same day.
–My favorite: “Following a vivid dream a Mr Craig Chidgey from Kent has placed £40 at 66/1 that England will lead France 1-0 at some point during the World Cup (In the dream Rooney scores from just outside the box and the scoreboard flashes 1-0 England.) He stands to win £2,680.”
They’re also giving odds on David Beckham’s hairstyle for the first England match and that the entire team will have matching haircuts or the same hair color.