The biggest of days for the very big global gambling industry: Goalless after ninety minutes, the game goes to extra time. Across the world, bookmakers re-evaluate their odds, offering bets on ยูฟ่าเบท who will take penalties and in what order, and whether they will score or miss.
The biggest of days for the very big global gambling industry
This is amongst the biggest of days for the very big global gambling industry. Sports betting, over 80 per cent of it on football, has a turnover of at least $500 billion a year, though given that almost half of this is in illegal Asian markets it is impossible to really know.
In what has become a quadrennial ritual accompanying the World Cup since 2006, Interpol have helped orchestrate multi-country, multi-target raids on the illegal betting ufabet industry during the tournament. Despite their claiming hundreds of arrests, and reporting the closure of many operations and the seizure of tens of millions of dollars, it is all a drop in the ocean.
The great churning sea of money created by the world’s insatiable desire to bet on football games rolls on, quietly diluting the streams of dirty money and narco-dollars that are laundered there.
Twenty-three minutes into extra time, André Schürrle takes the ball down the left wing and sends a looping pass into the area. Mario Götze, at high speed, cushions the ball on his chest and, as it drops towards the ground, volleys it into the net.
Somewhere in the Adidas supply chain they ponder how many additional Götze shirts they will now need to make, whether they have enough umlauts ยูฟ่าเบท in stock and, if not, how they can get more made at short notice. Götze’s run into the box, Schürrle’s sprint and assist, and the goal itself, are all being logged into a dozen digital databases.
Götze’s rating in Football Manager will surely soar, though his real form will sadly plunge. At EA Sports, and in a million bedrooms, they are checking whether FIFA 14’s controls are good enough to precisely mimic Götze’s touch with his chest, and the exquisite angle of his outstretched leg; for, as the game’s head of ufabet development said, ‘Until FIFA is indistinguishable from football in real life and plays exactly like football, we’ll always have more to do. And when that happens, will it then be the professionals aping the pro-gamers and their avatars?
Either way, the bookies will still be in business. Just as now, they will be counting their winnings whatever the outcome.