dude, i put £200 on argentina to win in 98. I think the odds then were 7/1 (8.00), but argentina were much less wiser and mature than they are today. It was a silly bet.
This year, if you ask anyone in this forum, they'll say Argentina are going to win the world cup. However, very few will put money where their mouth is, perhaps because they're morally against gambling, but more likely because they know that Argentina can self destruct in seconds (Ortega vs Van de Saar).
I'd also suggest hedge betting. Any team that can be beat Argentina must surely go on to win the world cup. For instance, Argentina will probably play France or Brazil in the semis, so a small bet on either of these teams couldnt hurt. Also, if Argentina are going to make it all the way to the final, then their strikers will probably be golden boot contenders. Batigol came joint 2nd top goal scorer for 98 and Argentina got to QFs, so they dont even have to go all the way for a team member to win the golden boot. Basically, dont put all your eggs in one basket .
The most I ever made from a bet was by staking $200, off that bet I won $3860 as I parlayed 8 different matches. All eight picks had required a positive outcome for me to win. Thankfully, everthing I predicted turned out as I anticipated. I also made a few other similar bets were I where I also won. Having said that I've also lost money...but it all goes with the territory. I've made more then I've lost...
I made about 760 pounds back in 94 when I was studying over in England. Just a variety of bets on scores and who would get yellow carded. It was simply too enticing... lad's at every neighborhood. Just around Cambridge there were 2 within walking distance.
Anyway, I found that I can bet in Las Vegas over the phone.