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12 June 2006

LONDON, England – (PRESS RELEASE) -- For the next month the world's sporting attention will be focused on Germany as the 2006 World Cup plays itself out and customers for leading online sports book operator have already gotten in on the action.

The tournament kicks off in earnest on Friday as Costa Rica takes on host country and 2002 World Cup second-place finisher Germany in the opening match. The Ticos are the heavy underdog but many online bettors have taken a chance on them being the latest string of countries to upset host nations or defending champions in the group stage of the World Cup.

Another team getting a lot of attention during the ramp up to the World Cup is the American squad, which looks to repeat its deep run to the quarterfinals that it made in 2002, before having its run end to none other than Germany. Defending champion Brazil is the favorite, according to odds makers, while Italy (despite the country being in the middle of a massive match-fixing scandal), England, Argentina, and France are among others favored to win the title.

Long considered the leading online source for exotic and proposition wagering options, has once again set the standard for World Cup betting. In addition to offering lines for all World Cup matches, an extensive list of exotic wagering is available for the event. Customers can not only pick who they think will win the outright title, they can put money on what country will win each group, win the quarterfinals, and even the exact finishing order of each group. Future bets include who will be the leading goal scorer, best goalkeeper, and who will be booked the most, among others.

The World Cup has seen a steady rise in interest from the American sporting public over the last 12 years, dating back to when America hosted the event in 1994, and director of marketing Will Griffiths said the increased betting action on his site is a direct result of that increased interest in the event.

"Every four years the World Cup keeps getting bigger and bigger in one form or another," he said. "This is no longer considered a secondary event to the American sports fan and the amount of betting action we are seeing on it before a single game has even been played is proof of that. The matches should be exciting and customers will have plenty to choose from at to get their World Cup fix."

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