Friday, June 09, 2006 Expects Record World Cup Betting as U.S. Soccer Team Aims for History has introduced its list of wagers, including the online gamblíng world's largest selection of proposition bets, for the 2006 FIFA World Cup of Soccer, set to begin Friday in Germany. With millions of Americans expected to join the rest of the world in following this popular sporting event, the online gaming giant has loaded up on wagers for Team USA.

"With the immense publicity that surrounds the U.S. players as they attempt to make an impact on soccer's biggest stage, we anticipate betting action for this year's World Cup will set a record," says Calvin Ayre, Founder and CEO of "With our large slate of innovative proposition wagers, is once again adding that extra bit of entertainment that sports fans crave. The result is an enhanced wagering experience that makes a cool event like the World Cup even more thrilling."

Four years ago, the United States - long considered the sleeping giant of the global soccer scene - awoke. In Japan/South Korea, Bruce Arena's charges knocked off group favorites Portugal and Mexico before dropping a 1-0 decision to tournament runner-up Germany in the quarterfinals. The Americans, it seemed, had finally arrived.

This year, the U.S. will attempt to do it again, despite being placed in what many are calling the "Group of Death" - also known as Group E - with European powers Italy and the Czech Republic. The top two teams in each of the eight groups move on to the round of 16. Will the U.S. advance to the second round? bookmakers have listed the U.S. at 4/1 odds to wín Group E and 5/2 to advance to the round of 16. The Americans are at 40/1 to wín the tournament and bring home the nation's first World Cup title.

The World Cup kicks off with host Germany facing tiny Group A rival Costa Rica. bookmakers have Germany sitting as heavy favorites at -440. On Saturday, the Group B round robin begins with Paraguay taking on England, which has David Beckham at the helm. England is at -180.

Looking to wager on which team is going to walk away as world champion? bookmakers have Brazil as an 11/5 favorite to wín the World Cup while Germany is the second choice at 7/1. Who will walk away as the top scorer for the tournament? bookmakers list Ronaldinho Gaucho (Brazil) as the 7/1 favorite, followed by teammate Ronaldo Nazario at 9/1.