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Bookies taking bets on octopus' final prediction

1:33PM Thursday July 08, 2010

An agency is taking bets on whether Paul the Octopus will correctly pick the winner of of the FIFA World Cup final - if, in fact, he does make a pick.

European based is offering odds of even money that Paul will tip the winner.

But so far, the "oracle octopus" has only picked winners for games that Germany is playing in and it is unknown if he will pick a winner for Monday morning's Spain v Netherlands final.

William Hill's spokesman Tony Kenny said: "Punters are keen to back Paul's tips and we're giving them a chance to bet that he'll pick the winner before he even makes his selection."

Paul the Octopus has become an internet phenomenon for his uncanny ability to pick winners. He has accurately picked the winner of every game Germany has played in the FIFA World Cup.

Paul makes his choice by picking between two containers of food, each bearing the flag of the two teams playing.

It is also unknown if Paul will bet on the third place play-off between Germany and Uruguay.