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World Cup grows in popularity among bettors

The World Cup proved surprisingly popular in Las Vegas sports books four years ago, and the monthlong tournament, which gets underway Thursday in Brazil, is expected to generate even more interest this time around. I

Without Tiger, it’s wide-open U.S. Open

With the final round falling on Father’s Day, and especially because he has played second fiddle six times in the U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson will be the sentimental favorite of most fans and media this week.

Big Four only plausible trophy contenders

Let’s not kid ourselves here. It doesn’t take Paul the Octopus to know what will happen during the World Cup. Soccer fans across the country will jam into pubs with stereotypical British names such as The Pig and Whistle or Ye Olde King’s Head to watch matches. Social media timelines will explode with World Cup hashtags and outdated vuvuzela references. And the haters will say there’s not enough scoring.

R-J’S Hill, Schoen wager fantasy bankrolls on World Cup

Las Vegas Review-Journal sports writers Adam Hill and David Schoen have been given $5,000 fantasy bankrolls to bet during the World Cup on either sides, totals or props. Below are their bets for today, with an explanation of their picks:

World Cup 101

The 2014 World Cup opens Thursday with host Brazil playing Croatia in Sao Paulo.