ECONOMY

World Cup bets with OPAP reach 250 mln euros

Two-year-old Paul, the so-called ‘octopus oracle,’ predicts Spain’s 2010 soccer World Cup final victory over the Netherlands by opening and choosing a mussel from a glass box decorated with the Spanish national flag instead of another carrying the Dutch flag at an aquarium in the German city of Oberhausen yesterday. The octopus has became a media star after correctly picking all six German World Cup results. Paul’s winning ways may provide some help for Greek punters who have bet 250 million euros on World Cup games with OPAP, a company official told Reuters. The figure is down from the 400 million euros Greeks placed with OPAP during the 2006 tournament.