BOOKMAKER William Hill enjoyed a World Cup boost with betting 80 per cent up on the last tournament in 2010 on a like-for-like basis.
Punters laid 20.2 million wagers worth £227 million on the football tournament.
Online betting on the World Cup tripled compared with the 2010 event, with 60 per cent of all wagers made via user's mobile devices.
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The most bet-on match was the final, with £10 million staked.
The event helped Hills lift revenues by seven per cent for the 26 weeks ended July 1.