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Betting Opens as Countries Bid for the Big Ones

10 June 2003

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua – (Press Release) -- Only one bet is certain: an African country will be hosting soccer's ultimate showcase -- the World Cup -- in 2010.

Last year, FIFA confirmed that from now on the World Cup would rotate between the continents.

Six African countries have entered bids to host the 2010 World Cup. They are: Libya, Nigeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, and -- the favorites -- South Africa. At 1/10, South Africa is the clear favorite to host the 2010 tournament after narrowly missing out to Germany in 2006.

Football-mad Morocco (5/2) is next in line ahead of Tunisia (8/1) and Egypt (15/1). Substitute countries are Nigeria (50/1) and Libya (100/1), according to online sports book Intertops.com.

At the other end of the thermal spectrum is an ice-cold three-way duel to host the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Here the competition is much tighter with Salzburg (evens) just edging out Vancouver (5/4). The long shot is the Korean bid from Pyeongchang County (3/1).

"A lot of things could happen in the next few months to dramatically change these odds," said Intertops.com Chief Bet Manager Michael Maerz.

"Here at Intertops.com, we can't really imagine Colonel Mu'ammar Gaddafi presiding over the opening ceremony at the 2010 World Cup, which is why Libya is definitely the long shot," he said.

"Intertops.com originated from Austria, which is probably why we have slightly favored Salzburg over Vancouver to host the 2010 Winter Olympics. Korea hosted the recent World Cup, which may also bias the Olympic committee.

"At Intertops.com we like to offer as wide a range of betting options as possible. It's not only the sport -- but sometimes where the sport is going to occur that creates the most interesting bets," he added.

Intertops.com is the Internet's first and largest sports betting site that also offers a full range of online casino games and more than 200 betting options daily.

Incorporated and fully licensed in St. John's, Intertops.com uses state- of-the-art software solutions and works with world leaders in electronic commerce in order to provide traditional betting and gaming elements in a secure online environment.

With the Web's lowest deposit and minimum bet requirements, Intertops.com makes the online betting experience fun and exciting for novice players and serious bettors alike.

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