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When looking at different betting sites there are several factors that you must consider before you begin. If you are new to the game then the first thing you should do is to look for the best offers. Starting offers are what betting sites define themselves by, and there are plenty to sift through before you get to the most attractive. Of course, terms and conditions apply to all promotions, bonuses and offers and all participants must be 18+ years of age.
Many betting websites will offer deposit bonuses (a bonus received when you put money into your account) as a part of their starting offer. Depending on the site, a bonus may display in a percentage format. For example a ‘100% first deposit bonus up to £100’ means that the betting site will match the amount that you deposit in your account up to £100 pound.
Different bookmaker sites have different deposit bonus offers, so make a list before choosing your site and figure out which one works best for you. To redeem a deposit bonus, you may be required to input a promotional code before, during or after signing up for a betting site. Each site’s terms and conditions should be able to provide you with clear, tailored information about the bonus that you are signing up for.
Once you’ve done this, it is perhaps a good idea to compare prices. Look at their prices for different races, for football matches and for whatever other sport you may be interested in betting on. Which betting companies offer better prices? Which offer money back specials or free bets? Which is the most generous in offering refunds for void bets? This is a good way of gauging which betting sites offer the most value. Most are very similar, so try to delve deep to find out which are best. There are various odds comparison websites around the net to help you get started.
One of the most important factors, especially when it comes to horse racing sites (though often equally important in other sports), is the quality of the tipping. These days, most top betting sites have tipping services, largely provided by quality publications like the Racing Post, but there are still some who lag behind. The main thing to consider when looking at betting sites’ tipping services is the quality of contributor.
Do some research into individual tipsters on each site’s service and ask yourself the following questions - do they write for other leading betting sites or publications? Do they have a large social media following? Have they made accurate predictions in the past? Where do they get their sources from? Are there statistics to back up their tips? Among those that offer good tipping are Paddy Power, Ladbrokes and Betfair.
Another variant that you should watch out for is the amount of different wagers a betting site offer. For example, Betfair does not provide a great variety of bets in certain markets because it is an exchange, whereas, with Totesport, you can bet using almost any method – be it lucky 16, super Heinz, Goliath or just the standard accumulator.
Not all betting sites offer markets on every type of sport but some bookmakers will compensate for this by deploying additional ‘special’ markets for popular sports. You can find extra markets by browsing through each individual sport section or betting event on the bookmaker’s site.
Another important part of a bookmaker’s website is the way it presents its in-play betting service. Often punters look to place bets on events that have already started, seeing as it can be favourable for the backer to make a bet when an event is underway. In-play options on top betting sites will normally offer odds that are significantly shorter or longer, depending on how a race or match is unfolding.
Wagering on mobile is becoming an increasingly popular option for punters as it works in tandem with in-play options. The biggest betting sites tend to offer an app which mirrors the desktop version of their service. Check out whether the bookmaker you’re thinking of joining has a mobile app by searching for their name on Google Play or the App Store before signing up. Most betting sites will also include a direct link to their mobile app page.
Take into account any extra options available on the internet betting sites you are considering. Many of them will have an online casino offering alongside their sportsbook. The top betting sites may also offer online poker, lotteries and other alternatives to keep you happy when you aren’t wagering on sports.
Finally, take into account the aesthetic feel of the sports betting sites you are considering. If you’re going to spend a lot of time on it, it is vital that you enjoy the layout. Although you may think this is a very small part of what to look for in a gambling website, presentation is a huge factor – one that is never ignored by any of the major bookmakers. Some betting sites will allow users to switch between different colour schemes and designs, depending on their preference, so keep an eye out for this when researching.
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