If you are an Indian sports fan, then it is very likely that at the moment there is one big sporting event that is dominating your thoughts and that is the ICC Cricket World Cup tournament that is taking place across England and Wales at the present moment.
Virat Kohli and his team will be flying the Indian flag proudly in the event and, unsurprisingly, alongside the host nation England and Australia, India are among the hot favorites to win the event. Little wonder then that millions upon millions of Indians across the country will be tuning in to see how their team performs.
Of course, there will be plenty of those who want to have a little bet on the outcome and if you fancy a wager on how India will perform in their games, or indeed on the Indian team to win the tournament outright, then Cloudbet is the place to head, particularly if you fancy using bitcoin as your choice of currency.
India are currently 4.40 to win at Cloudbet with England the favorites at 2.70 and Australia the narrow second favorites at 4.35, although of course these odds are subject to change as the tournament progresses.
Before we learn a little more about India's chances in the tournament, the other thing to note is that Cloudbet are offering a fantastic promotional offer for the Cricket World Cup thanks to the site's 30BTC Airdrop ballot, which is giving away a number of bitcoin-based bets across six days of the tournament.
The promotion is the "Hit Us For Six" promotion and it works like this.
Cloudbet's Hit Us For Six promotion
The first thing you need to do when qualifying for this promotion is to sign up with Cloudbet. Sign up as quickly as possible to become eligible for entry into this promotional offer.
Cloudbet will randomly choose 500 new customers on each of six specially selected days of the Cricket World Cup and each of these customers will receive a great value 1mBTC bonus bet (0.001 BTC).
Once you have been confirmed as one of the lucky recipients of this bonus bet, you then need to head on over to the Cricket betting markets for the Cricket World Cup. The quickest way is to click on the link for the Cricket World Cup from the site's Sports betting home page.
On the promotion, the game your bet is eligible for will be shown and then you simply need to select which team that you want to back to win with your bet and ensure that the odds on your bet is greater than 1.80.
Once you have clicked on the bet you want to make, it will be added to your bet slip and you then need to bet all your Bitcoin Bonus balance (which should be 0.0010000) on your selection.
Your game will then be played, and the winner is decided. If you lose, then your promotion is over, however if you win, then you will then go on to the second game in the series and you will then be shown the second game in your six-game sequence. Bet your full bonus balance again on the outcome in the same way.
This process is repeated until a player manages to correctly select the winner of six games in a row. If they do that, then the balance of their bonus account at the end of their bets will be theirs to keep up to a maximum of 100mBTC.
Cloudbet will be running several different competitions for a total of 3,000 new customers over the duration of the tournament, so it really does pay to sign up now to give yourself a chance of enjoying this fabulous bonus and lots of other great bitcoin-friendly betting at the Cricket World Cup.
So what are the games that are going to be of most interest to Indian bettors? Let's take a look at the schedule for the Cricket World Cup and some potentially huge betting games for Indian cricket fans.
India's World Cup schedule
India are one of the later starters in the World Cup with their first game not played until the 5th June, against a South Africa side that is already up against it after losses in their first two games against England and then a surprising defeat to Bangladesh.
There then follows two big games against Anitpodean teams with Australia up first at The Oval before New Zealand are next up at Trent Bridge. The big grudge match against Pakistan will take place at Old Trafford before what should be a comfortable game back at the Rose Bowl against Afghanistan. India then move back to Manchester and Old Trafford to face the West Indies before a double-header of games in Birmingham against England and Bangladesh. The League Stage of the World Cup is then completed for India at Headingly against Sri Lanka.
If India are one of the teams that finish in the top four of the league stage then they will join the other top four teams in the semifinals, which take place on the 9th and 11th July. This is then followed by the final between the two winning semi-finalists, which takes place at Lords on 14th July.
The World Cup so far
There have been five games so far in the World Cup, with the England v Pakistan match set to take place today. England won the opener against South Africa comfortably, before the West Indies defeated Pakistan in equally comfortable fashion. New Zealand then defeated Sri Lanka before the Aussies, as expected, cruised to victory over Afghanistan.
The big shock however came on Sunday 2nd June when Bangladesh completed a 21-run victory over South Africa, who are the only team to have played twice in the tournament thus far, but who are yet to pick up a win in their opening two games.
Who will qualify from the League Stage?
It's hard to see past England, India and Australia making it through the league stage, but the battle for who joins them in the semifinals looks to be a close-run thing. I can't quite see Bangladesh keeping up their fine start while I think South Africa and Sri Lanka can improve. That said, I think it will be between New Zealand and the West Indies for that fourth position with perhaps the West Indies just shading it.
Whoever qualifies, it is sure to be an exciting tournament and there's so much to enjoy both as a viewer and a punter over the English summer.