Looking for your first online bookmaker? Here is how to pick the right bookmaker and sports book of your liking with the best bonuses.
For the last two months or so (since this website was launched) we have been publishing real and honest sports betting reviews taking an in-depth look into the many bookmakers available online and their practices.
This work is begin done as to help sports betting enthusiasts and fans understand how to pick the right bookmaker and sportsbook for their needs and style of betting.
Today, we want to dive into that a little deeper and give you, in our own opinion, how to pick the right bookmaker so that you can move forward with your betting journey to have an enjoyable and hopefully profitable one.
How To Pick The Right Bookmaker
We admit; the sports betting industry can be shady sometimes. There has been many bookmakers and sportsbooks who had troubles with the law even.
Luckily, these types of organisation are quickly exposed from customer reviews and also; you can rest assured that the top “household name” ones such as Betfair, William Hill, LeoVegas and the many others we have reviewed so far are all safe and backed and regulated by international iGaming authorities.
So far, and at the time of writing this we have written and reviewed over 30 online bookmakers, all of them are safe and of a high reputation in the world of sports so whatever you pick from this list, you have our guarantee that your money is safe and you are dealing with a long standing, highly reputable online bookmaker.
Read Reviews Online
The internet is filled with reviews on everything, and it’s great that nowadays we can get all the information we need to have before we decide to deposit (and risk) our money with some foreign entity online.
Again; we have published many reviews and many collective reviews (like our post on the best European betting sites) that should give you all the information you need to pick the right bookmaker for your needs.
Minimum Deposits (Maybe?)
This is a maybe because we know that this may not affect anyone, but for beginners’ understanding, the minimum allowed deposit is of great value.
We know most of our readers are beginners in the world of sports betting (in case you are too, see our beginner's guide to sports betting here) so we try to include this piece of (critical) information in our reviews.
Minimum deposits also give you a brief insight into how reputable the betting company is.
If it has a high minimum deposit, then it may be catering more to the advanced punters and also if it's too low (or there is no minimum), then it’s a good sign that is for beginners who are just starting out.
Obviously, both sides of this spectrum will also function, work and offer different odds so finding your “betting persona” is best when picking the right bookmaker.
The Betting Markets Available
This is a given, and most of the online bookmakers we review all offer a huge range of sports betting markets.
All the major markets are covered by the major bookmakers, but if you want to bet on something that is not so popular (like Futsal or even political bets), then you have to find the bookie that offers those markets.
Again; you can have a quick browse through our reviews here, and you will get the available betting markets within the review.
This is a big one and one that we give a lot of value with how we do our sports betting reviews.
Customer service is big in this industry due to many technicalities that might come up while you are going through the paces of registering a new account, to deposit and withdrawing your wins and more.
A lot of the bookmaker offer Twitter customer support which we love and think it's an excellent way to get quick answers to your Qs.
One a related note, be sure to follow on Twitter.
You want your wins quickly right? Well, we do so when picking a sportsbook to bet with, this is something we pay a lot of attention to.
Withdrawal times vary for different platforms, but you can expect anything from 24 hours all the way up to 4 to 5 days in some cases,
This may not be a make or break kind of deal, but it’s good to know what to expect should you want to withdraw your funds from the bookmark to your bank account.
The quickest we have seen so far that pays out the fastest is Betfair and LeoVegas.
Ease Of Use
With so many betting options, betting strategies and sports markets available; online bookmakers can sometimes be quite complicated to use.
While all of them are easy enough for anybody to understand, some are simpler than others are. While that may be due to their lack of features n the sites (good or bad, idk), it’s good to be able to place your bets with ease and without too many ’steps” in the way.
A good easy to use, beginner friendly sportsbook is again; LeoVegas; it may not be the best overall bookmaker, but for withdrawal times and ease of use; this is the one for you.
Is A Mobile App Available?
Again; this is something that may not apply to everyone. Some prefer betting on the go with a mobile app; some prefer to place their bets sitting down looking at a desktop screen.
It’s 2017, so it’s surprising to know that not all of the online bookmakers have mobile apps.
Some have them, which you can see a full list of here, but there are ones who don't so if you want to be able to place your bets on the go, or live in-play while watching the event; then make sure to pick the right bookmaker that has a cool, functional and frequently updated app.
I hope these few words have given you the insight you're looking for how to pick the right bookmaker and sportsbook.
Again we advise you to do your due diligence and read as many reviews as possible before you're making your pick.
You can also see our bonuses page where you can find all the best bonuses offered by different bookmakers.
We decided to leave this point out from the main list as there are more important things than "getting the bonus"; that is your entry point, but you need to join the right bookmaker, not the ones that offer the biggest incentive to join..