by Jordan Adams - 06/02/2006
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Germany kicks off the 2006 FIFA World Cup in less than a week. If you have been scrambling to find a sportsbook that offers something new with this event, then Pinnacle might be your selection. This book has the props you have already seen, such as picking the World Cup winner, individual group winners and top goal scorer. However, Pinnacle also offers two rare options that are not accessible from some of the other major sportsbooks.
Bettors are not just offered the moneylines for individual matches, but also are given the choice to play the spread for a given match-up. For instance, the opening round match-up is set as the following: Germany (-1 1/2) vs. Costa Rica. Lines similar to this are open to all the group-play matches, ranging from +/- ½ goal to +/-1 1/2 goals.
Having the option to play the spread in these World Cup matches removes the chance for it to end in a draw and thus a loss on the wager. One of the positives of this option is that it allows the bettor to have an outcome that is either win or lose. Those soccer fans that know the sport and feel they have the ability to predict winners consistently will not have to worry about a draw playing out and being chalked up as a loss. On the other hand, the moneyline route is the conventional choice and more of a pure way of betting on this sport, especially at the highest level. In a way these spreads, like those for the major sports in our country, serve as another way to Americanize soccer. While the moneyline brings more of a risk associated with draws, the event is make-or-break at any point and should be treated with that win-or-lose mentality. Regardless, it is a new outlook for bettors to consider when placing wagers on this event.
The new prop available to bettors with Pinnacle Sportsbook is the group exacta forecasts. With this option, bettors are given the choice to place wagers on the combination of winner and runner-up for each group. In order for this style of wager to be considered a win, both teams must finish in that exact order when group play has finished. For example, in Group C bettors can select any of the four teams to finish in any arrangement they see fit. If they want to bet the chalk, taking Argentina as winners and the Netherlands as runners-up would be the smallest payout listed at +227. If they wanted to throw a wrench into the mix and hope a favorite bowed out early, taking a selection of the Netherlands to win Group C and the Ivory Coast as runners-up would offer a much more favorable payout at +1201.
As you could imagine the possibilities are endless, depending upon one's point of view and beliefs about the outcome of the tournament. The great thing about this prop is its totally customizable for the individual. This prop, along with spreads for exclusive matches will give Pinnacle's bettors a wide range from which to choose from for the entire month of this world tournament.