Spain may have taken the title, but latest figures show there was another winner at this year's World Cup -- the gambling industry.
Betting volumes were up 30 percent, on the last World Cup in Germany. William Hill online sports betting, the world's biggest bookmaker, says total bets exceeded 1 billion pounds. Punters who played with their hearts instead of their heads, reaped betting agencies the most money. One gambler made the mistake of putting 500 thousand euros on Germany to beat Spain.
Internet gambling companies expect profits to increase 28 percent compared with the first quarter thanks mostly to the World Cup.