Published On: Sun, Feb 11th, 2018

Things to Consider Before Choosing an Online Bookmaker

Things to Consider Before Choosing an Online Bookmaker

Wagering online can be one of the highlights of your day. You don’t have time to go to the races because you live too far away. Forget going to a brick and mortar bookmaker because your village simply doesn’t have one. Also, you want to place bets on sports or races in other countries and those are often at times a UK bookmaker would be closed for the day. That leaves online betting but if you’ve never placed a bet other than in person, how do you know which online bookmakers to choose?

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Do They Have What You Are Looking For?

Not all online bookmakers have the sport or race you want to make a wager on. You may be an avid football fan but the bookmaker you are currently looking at favours horse or greyhound racing. Perhaps you are from across the pond living in London for a time and are wanting to bet on American football. Not all bookmaking sites have a well-rounded assortment of games, sports and races to wager on. Does the bookmaker you are considering offer enough choices to keep you interested?

Do They Have a Mobile App?

There is no way you can ask your boss to let you step out for a moment to go to the local bookmaker around the corner to place your bet. You are also not allowed to use the computer at your desk for anything other than work-related activities. However, a good bookmaker will have a free downloadable app you can use to do everything from setting up an account to loading money to wagering on the horses to collecting your winnings. A reliable app is an absolute must! Don’t tell your wife you can’t go out to dinner tonight because the race is on! With an app you can bet from wherever you are and with whomever you happen to be with.

Customer Feedback and Speedy Payments

Some bookmakers offer better odds than others and some have bigger incentives for placing bets with them. It could be daily bonuses, introductory offers and any number of incentives designed to attract new bettors, but if they aren’t reliable or are notoriously slow payers, you will soon be disappointed. Check out what other bettors are saying about timely payments and the integrity of that bookmaker and you will be in a better position to gauge whether or not you want to use them.

Uptime – Downtime Ratio

While it isn’t necessarily the fault of the bookmaker, there is nothing more frustrating that trying to make an online wager and the site just happens to be down at that critical moment. Sometimes you watch the odds until moments before betting is closed and when you go to bet, the site goes down. No, it may not be the fault of the bookmaker but if it happens regularly, there is something wrong with the hosting company they use. This probably means they are using a cheap and unreliable hosting company and that is totally unacceptable when your money is at stake.

Transparency in Welcome Bonuses and Minimum Deposits

Whenever financial transactions are in question, and betting is a financial transaction after all because money changes hands, transparency is a critical issue. Are their bonuses and minimum deposits made perfectly clear? Do you really understand what they are saying or are the terms misleading? Sometimes it looks as though they will be matching your initial deposit with an equal amount but if you read the small print, you will see that there are minimum or maximum deposits they will match. Watch how things are worded and if there is anything that doesn’t ‘feel’ right, it probably isn’t.

Adding It up to a Winning Bookmaker

Unless you have been betting online for a period of time, you may not know what to look for when choosing an online bookmaker. However, with these few tips, you should be able to find a bookmaker that is transparent, reliable, and quick to pay while offering the sports you want to bet. One final bit of advice would be to trust your gut. If you don’t get a good sense about the site, stay away and move on. Any reputable bookmaker will have been in business a long time and will have a history of good-faith in the community. Keep that in mind and you’ll do well.

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