World Cup Betting: 2022 WC Free Bets And Promo Codes

By Lawrence Hollyfield

World Cup 2022 Free bets are being released by New York sportsbooks as the Group Stage has begun (and the United States got started with a tie, while powerhouses Argentina and Germany lost). Here are the best new World Cup free bets and promos. Click the links to explore the offers.  

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World Cup 2022 Betting: World Cup Free Bets and Promo Codes

Below is our list of World Cup free bets from our trusted New York sportsbooks. Don’t forget to open multiple accounts to take advantage of the numerous markets available and get the best World Cup odds. 

Once you picked your World Cup sportsbooks, review the odds below for the different betting markets available and use the sign up bonuses to take advantage of the free bets or first bet insurance. As you can see, there are lots of great options – and soon New York World Cup free bets – to make 2022 World Cup betting a month of fun.

World Cup 2022 Betting Odds: Favorites To Win

The top 6 nations in the conversation this year have won the World Cup at least once. Here are the pre-tournament odds for the favorites, from PointsBet Sportsbook New York in the second column and WynnBET Sportsbook in the fourth. Germany has been given back control of its own destiny by the Costa Rica shocker over Japan. Morocco stunned Belgium. But the USA-Iran match Tuesday is the big fish on the menu.

🇧🇷 Brazil+300🇧🇷 Brazil+275
🇫🇷 France+650🇦🇷 Argentina+600
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England+700🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England+600
🇪🇸 Spain+750🇫🇷 France+750
🇦🇷 Argentina+800🇪🇸 Spain+850
🇳🇱  Netherlands+1200🇩🇪  Germany+1000
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Odds Last VerifiedNovember 23, 2022

The Mexico (+15000) sits middle of the pack and the United States (+25000) trailing and Canada (+35000) further back still. Saudi Arabia (from +100000 to +30000) took a huge leap forward. Costa Rica, Iran and Qatar all share longest odds at +100000. 

2022 World Cup Betting Markets

The 2022 World Cup opens play November 20. The first match will be played at 11 a.m. Eastern Time between the host nation, Qatar, and Ecuador. It is the only match to be played that day, but there are three matches the next day, including the United States' opener vs. Wales at 2 p.m.

This every-four-years soccer spectacular is a betting extravaganza – FIFA, the worldwide governing body of the sport, estimated that $155 billion was wagered legally in 2018, an average of $2.4 billion per match over 64 matches. Of course, the final was the king, with an estimated $8.2 billion bet on that match alone. With that much money at stake, all sportsbooks in the U.S. are already open taking wagers.

2022 World Cup Betting: Wagers You Can Make

There will be scores of betting options for the 2022 World Cup, from tournament winner to how far teams will advance, to top scorers, whether or not there will be a first-time winner, how the USA will do and more. Here is a look at some of the more likely wagers.

Reach Final, Reach Semifinal And Reach Quarterfinal

The lower the bar, the more likely teams are to reach them. Favorites are less than twice as likely to hit with each step down. Longshots are more than twice as likely to reach a lower level of success. There are no ties at this stage of the tournament – every game is a win-or-go-home contest.

These pre-tournament odds are from Caesars Sportsbook New York show the odds progressions.

🇧🇷 Brazil to win+310
To reach final+800
To reach semifinals+500
To reach quarterfinals+300
🇺🇸 USA to win+12500
To reach final+6600
To reach semifinals+1600
To reach quarterfinals+600
Odds Last VerifiedNovember 23, 2022

🥇 Grab Caesar’s NY World Cup Promo Of Up To $1,250

The World Cup, held only every four years, is unmatched globally as the largest event. So it would make sense to use the largest sports betting promotion out there. And that offer is Caesar’s New York Up To $1,250, plus 1,000 tier credits and 1,000 reward credits. That covers your first wager, making it a no-lose proposition. You’ll either get a win and the cash, or you’ll get bet credits so you can keep wagering. Caesars will cover that first wager up to $1,250, and you’ll also get credits in programs that will help you remain a happy Caesar’s customer. Picking a group winner is fun, but it’s also nice to grab a long-shot team that qualifies for the knockout stage. Costa Rica and Cameroon did it in 1990. Saudi Arabia in 1994. Senegal in 2002. And of course North Korea in 1966. So sign up with Caesar’s Sportsbook NY and pick your shocker team to qualify for the knockout stage.

Win Group, Qualify From Group Play

Odds here factor in more strongly which teams have been placed in which groups. Group E, recognized the “Group Of Death” this year, features Spain and Germany along with Japan and Costa Rica. The top two teams in each of the eight groups advance to the knockout round, so having two past champions in the same foursome seemed to make it very unlikely that Japan and Costa Rica would move on – but that is why the games are played and where nation’s dreams live. Then Japan knocked off Germany in their opener. 

Here are all competing nations in their chances of winning the group and qualifying for the knockout stages, with odds from Caesars Sportsbook.

Group A
NetherlandsWin -225Qualify -4000
SenegalWin +450Qualify +163
EcuadorWin +550Qualify -225
QatarWin +1400Qualify +2000
Group B
EnglandWin -500Qualify -1200
United StatesWin +550Qualify -120
WalesWin +700Qualify +120
IranWin +8000Qualify +400
Group C
Argentina (Lionel Messi, above)Win +130Qualify -200
MexicoWin +300Qualify -105
Saudi ArabiaWin +350Qualify +110
PolandWin +375Qualify +125
Group D
FranceWin -600Qualify -2500
DenmarkWin +400Qualify -300
TunisiaWin +2000Qualify +250
AustraliaWin +7500Qualify +700


Group E
SpainWin -300Qualify -2000
JapanWin +375Qualify -275
GermanyWin +650Qualify +170
Costa RicaWin +15000Qualify +1600
Group F
BelgiumWin -167Qualify -800
CroatiaWin +240Qualify -222
MoroccoWin +800Qualify +225
CanadaWin +1400Qualify +310
Group G
Brazil (Neymar, above)Win -275Qualify -1200
SwitzerlandWin +550Qualify +100
SerbiaWin +600Qualify +100
CameroonWin +1600Qualify +400
Group H
PortugalWin -143Qualify -600
UruguayWin +180Qualify -250
South KoreaWin +1100Qualify +240
GhanaWin +1400Qualify +280

Odds will fluctuate as the tournament draws closer. Significant injuries in practice and changes to projected starting lineups are the leading source of major shifts.

Golden Boot Winner

The top goal scorer is recognized with the Golden Boot, a prestigious award for the player who delivered huge on the largest stage. Here are the players most favored to win the Golden Boot, with odds from WynnBET Sportsbook.

Kylian Mbappé, France, +450Vinicius Jr., Brazil, +1200
Olivier Giroud Mbappé, France, +700Bukayo Saka, England, +2000
Lionel Messi, Argentina, +900Gabriel Jesus, Brazil, +2000
Harry Kane, England, +1200Memphis Depay, Netherlands, +2000
Neymar, Brazil, +1200Alvaro Morata, Spain, +2500

Team success is important – the longer the team is alive, the more matches to put the ball in the net. Scheme is important as well, as some sides play a more defensive style and others have a well-rounded attack that produces goals from multiple players. 

The U.S. players with the best odds to win the Golden Boot are Christian Pulisic (+12500) and Giovanni Reyna (+17500). Mexico is led by Raúl Jiménez (+12500) and Hirving Lozano (+17500).

Individual Games

This is a soccer and betting festival that mimics the opening rounds of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, but with a different format (group stage and knockout stage). There are multiple matches every day for the first 16 days, and because the event is being held in Qatar – seven hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Time – there are lots of daytime opportunities to watch and wager. There are even four matches on Thanksgiving Day. The event being in Qatar also accounts for the November-December timeframe, which is reasonably cooler than summer there.

USA Schedule
Nov. 21, noonUSA 1, Wales 1. Tie (+200)
Nov. 25, noonEngland (-175) vs. USA (+450); Tie (+310)
Nov. 29, noonIran (+350) vs. USA (-120); Tie (+250)

Game odds for USA and Christian Pulisic (above) from BetMGM Sportsbook subject to change. Last updated November 10, 2022.

The United States has qualified for Group Stage four times (1930, 1994, 2002, 2010 and 2014) and has one knockout round victory, 2-0 vs. Mexico in 2002. Its all-time World Cup record is 8-19-6.

Full Schedule 

Sunday, November 20
Ecuador 2, Qatar 0

Monday, November 21
England 6, Iran 2 | Netherlands 2, Senegal 0 | USA 1, Wales 1

Tuesday, November 22
Saudi Arabia 2, Argentina 1 | Denmark 0, Tunisia 0 | Mexico 0, Poland 0 | France 4, Australia 1

Wednesday, November 23
Morocco 0, Croatia 0 | Japan 2, Germany 1 | Spain 7, Costa Rica 0 | Belgium 1, Canada 0

Thursday, November 24
Switzerland 1, Cameroon 0 | Uruguay 0, South Korea 0 | Portugal 3, Ghana 2 | Brazil 2, Serbia 0

Friday, November 25
Iran 2, Wales 0 | Senegal 3, Qatar 1 | Netherlands 1, Ecuador 1 | England 0, USA 0

Saturday, November 26
Australia 1, Tunisia 0 | Poland 2, Saudi Arabia 0 | France 2, Denmark 1 | Argentina 2, Mexico 0

Sunday, November 27
Costa Rica 1, Japan 0 | Morocco 2, Belgium 0 | Croatia 4, Canada 1 | Spain 1, Germany 1 

Monday, November 28
Cameroon 3, Serbia 3 | Ghana 3, South Korea 2 | Brazil-Switzerland, 9 a.m. | Portugal-Uruguay, noon

Tuesday, November 29
Netherlands-Qatar, 11 a.m. | Ecuador-Senegal, 11 a.m. | Iran-USA, 2 p.m. | Wales-England, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, November 30
Australia-Denmark, 11 a.m. | Tunisia-France, 11 a.m. | Poland-Argentina, 2 p.m. | Saudi Arabia-Mexico, 2 p.m.

Thursday, December 1
Croatia-Belgium, 11 a.m. | Canada-Morocco, 11 a.m. | Japan-Spain, 2 p.m. | Costa Rica-Germany, 2 p.m.

Friday, December 2
Ghana-Uruguay, 11 a.m. | South Korea-Portugal, 11 a.m. | Serbia-Switzerland, 2 p.m. | Cameroon-Brazil, 2 p.m.

Saturday, December 3 (Round Of 16)
Match 49 – Group A winner-Group B runner-up, 11 a.m. | Match 50 – Group C winner-Group D runner-up, 2 p.m.

Sunday, December 4
Match 51 – Group B winner-Group A runner-up, 2 p.m. | Match 52 – Group D winner-Group C runner-up, 11 a.m.

Monday, December 5
Match 53 – Group E winner-Group F runner-up, 11 a.m. | Match 54 – Group G winner-Group H runner-up, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, December 6
Match 55 – Group F winner-Group E runner-up, 11 a.m. | Match 56 – Group H winner-Group G runner-up, 2 p.m.

Friday, December 9 (Quarterfinals)
Match 57 – Match 49 winner-Match 50 winner, 2 p.m. | Match 58 – Match 53 winner-Match 54 winner, 11 a.m.

Saturday, December 10
Match 59 – Match 51 winner-Match 52 winner, 2 p.m. | Match 60 – Match 55 winner-Match 56 winner, 11 a.m.

Tuesday, December 13 (Semifinals)
Match 61 – Match 57 winner-Match 58 winner, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, December 14
Match 62 – Match 59 winner-Match 60 winner, 2 p.m.

Saturday, December 17 (Third-Place Game)
Match 63 – Match 61 loser-Match 62 loser, 11 a.m.

Sunday, December 18 (World Cup Final)
Match 64 – Match 61 winner-Match 62 winner,  11 a.m.


New York Sportsbooks Expect to Be Busy During 2022 World Cup 

The Empire State has quickly become the national leader in sports betting handle, less than a year after launching online wagering within its boundaries.

In total, New York sportsbooks have raked in more than $11 billion in handle since January, the most in the country during that span.

As we approach the opening kickoff of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, wanted to project how the state of New York would do, wager-wise, during the event.

Based off data collected by the American Gaming Association, we have a ballpark projection for how much will be wagered on the matches in Doha ($1.8 billion) nationally and can use the year-to-date sports betting handle total ($63.735 billion) to come up with a projection.

Because New York sports betting has between 18% and 19% of the national betting total each month, the estimate for legal World Cup betting in the state is from $230 million to $245 million.

AGA: Americans To Wager $1.8B on World Cup 

The aforementioned AGA World Cup survey found American bettors will wager $1.8 billion on the event, which bodes well for the New York market in the month ahead.

The AGA survey found most Americans who bet on the World Cup will do so online, largely through New York’s existing sportsbook applications.

The AGA’s survey found that 72% of bettors will place their wagers through legal sportsbooks or a bookie, with the rest coming through pools and other communal forms of betting.

When you include the additional 28% of potential revenue, you can pin New York’s World Cup wagering potential anywhere from $320 to $340 million, which would be the top market in the country.

The AGA’s survey found 9.8 million, or 48% of the 20.5 million adults who plan to wager on the 2022 World Cup, plan to do so on their phones or computers. Those folks can take advantage of New York sports betting offers at


World Cup History

There have been 21 World Cups and eight nations have won it all – Brazil (5 times), Italy (4), Germany (4), Uruguay (2), Argentina (2), France (2), England (1) and Spain (1). 

All World Cup Winners

1930  🇺🇾  Uruguay1966  🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿  England1994  🇧🇷  Brazil
1934  🇮🇹  Italy1970  🇧🇷  Brazil1998  🇫🇷  France
1938  🇮🇹  Italy1974  🇩🇪  West Germany2002  🇧🇷  Brazil
1950  🇺🇾  Uruguay1978  🇦🇷  Argentina2006  🇮🇹  Italy
1954  🇩🇪  West Germany1982  🇮🇹  Italy2010  🇪🇸  Spain
1958  🇧🇷  Brazil1986  🇦🇷  Argentina2014  🇩🇪  Germany
1962  🇧🇷  Brazil1990  🇩🇪  West Germany2018  🇫🇷  France

Among previous champions, only Italy, ranked No. 6 in the world, did not qualify for this World Cup.

Most Goals Scored In A Single World Cup

🥇  Just Fontaine, France (1958), 13 
⭐  Sandor Kocsis, Hungary (1954), 11 
⭐  Gerd Muller West Germany (1970), 10
⭐  Ferreira Eusebio, Portugal (1966), 9
⭐  Guillermo Stabile, Argentina (1930), 8
⭐  Leonidas da Silva, Brazil (1938), 8
⭐  Ronaldo, Brazil (2002), 8

The past 5 Golden Boot winners are England’s Harry Kane (2018, 7 goals), Colombia’s James Rodríguez (2014, 6), Germany’s Thomas Müller (2010, 5), Germany’s Miroslav Klose (2006, 5) and Croatia’s Davor Suker (2002, 6). None of those players were on teams that won that year’s World Cup.

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Lawrence Hollyfield is an editor and fact-checker. He is dedicated to accuracy, with three decades in print and digital publishing, nearly all of it in sports. Lawrence has been published as a writer, editor, researcher, statistician and analyst. He is determined to bring fresh, relevant content to bettors in New York.

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