Online Sports Betting
Online Sports Betting is a very popular activity on the internet. There are many top gambling house cashing in on the interest it had. Not only on sports lovers but also betters and gamblers. These big betting houses work hand-in-hand with the top sports bodies and associations to sponsor big game events in return for advertisements.
The excitement of Sports Betting:
Betting on Sporting events, whether football, horses, baseball, cricket etc. is the past-time of many people. Anyone who loves sports and follow sporting events will in some form or another have had experience in betting.
Whether it is a bet among friends for a glass of beer or putting money on their favorite players with bookmakers, betting activity greatly increase the excitement of the game. In today’s world of internet, there are many online betting sites/ bookkeepers that take and pay bets. It is very easy to bet without even leaving the comforts of home. All one has to do is go to their websites and make online bets. Nowadays online sports betting sites also configure their websites to be accessible with mobile phones and tablets.
Most of these sites cover all of the current sporting events. Online betting is not even restricted to sporting events only. One can also bet on political outcomes, financials i.e. stock market trends, or as weird as whether it will rain on a given day!
The popularity of betting does not stop at sports lovers. Because of the payouts that one can get from betting events, many professional and semi-professional betters and gamblers play sports betting games. Online Betting is a multi-billion pound industry. Sports betting companies get most of their business from game events and professional leagues, local and international. Which is why most of the big gaming events today are sponsored by the betting industry. These companies financially support the sporting organizations and teams in return for advertising space. Many of the billboard ads on stadium and pitches and team jerseys. For example, in big football games like premiere league, champions league etc. advertisement hoardings and player jerseys will mostly carry the logo of top online betting sites likes bWin, William Hill, Unibet etc.
Sports Betting Games:
Most online betting sites take bets on nearly every type of sporting games taking place all year round. Football or Soccer games are the most popular avenues for betting in Europe region, including UK. Main events among them would be English Premier league in UK, Champions League in the whole of Europe, Spanish League, Italian League, etc. In the American continent, Baseball, Basketball, Ice Hockey and the like are very popular. In Asia and Australasia, cricket and horse racing events are popular games. Apart from these games, Grand Slam and satellite tennis tournaments, Word cup and continental cups in cricket, hockey, football, and other games, periodical national and international events like the Olympics, Cup of Nations etc also adds to the grand list of main sports betting events. One would be surprise by the varieties of games you could bet on especially with the big online bookmakers. Most of the sporting games you can think of are served by these gambling websites.
There are several types of bets you can place. The simplest is called Single Bet. This is a bet on one selection at one event. Accumulators are very popular. In this type of bet, you place a bet on more than one selection at one or more event. You win if all the selections you make wins. The greater the number of selections, the bigger the wins. But the odds of winnings are also greater. Some of the most common types of bets are given below:
Single, Each-Way, Accumulators – Doubles/ Trebles/ Four-folds etc, Trixie, Patent, Yankee, Lucky 15, Canadian, Heinz, Lucky 63, Super Heinz, Goliath, Straight Forecast, Reversed Forecast, Combination Forecast, Straight Tricasts, Combination Tricasts.
Online Betting Sites:
There are many websites where you can make online bets. The very big and well-known online sites include Ladbrokes, Coral, 888 Sports, William Hill, Netbet, Bet-at-Home.com etc. The top betting sites have international members. Some of the betting sites are more focused on certain regions or country. Example. Centrebet is popular in Australasia Region. Bodog is popular in the american continent. Ladbrokes, William Hill, Netbet, bet-at-home, Betsson’s etc. are popular in europe. Some of the sites are also geared towards some specific type of betting for eg. Bluesquare is popular in horse racing. Most of the top online betting sites, though, serve most of the games and events.
Some sports like football also has a number of exciting choice of variations to bet on. Just one game can have multitude of betting markets. You can bet on the simple win, lose or draw. Or bet on the number of goals scored, if there will be a yellow or red card in the game, a player to score first or last, and many other options.
Best Betting Sites:
On the question of which one of these sites are the best, an honest answer would be that it will depend on the players. As said above, some of the sites are more popular for betters of certain types of games, which seems to indicate that they are better in that area. Some of the online bookmakers have more players from specific countries which imply that they are more convenient for players from that region. The very big names in online betting have a big number of active players, that may also indicate the quality of their services.
A good thing to note when choosing where to make online bets is that every bookmaker has their own list of criteria of allowed players. Most common is the minimum age limit of 18 or 21. Then the list of countries from whom players are restricted for membership defers from site to site. You can see this lists from the review of online sites we cover. Otherwise you will find this detail in the ‘Terms and Conditions’ pages on their websites.
Another important factor is payment methods accepted by the internet betting sites. Credit and Debit cards are most common. Some Other popular payments are Neteller, Moneybookers (Skrill), WebMoney, cheque, bank transfers etc. which depends on the sites. Paypal is also accepted by a few of the sites, though the list of countries that are allowed to use this payment processor is very limited. A very convenient and new method of paying by mobile phone billing is also on the rise.
Sports Betting Bonuses or free bets
Some of the online bookmakers offer bonuses/free bets in the form of betting account credits. These offers are usually for new players at the time of their registration of their new accounts. If you are a first timer, it might be worth your while to look for those sites with betting bonus offers. They can be used to familiarize and try out the websites. If you are really lucky, you might even profit from these free bets alone. Remember though that these also called “free bets” have conditions attached to them before you can cash out the winnings. These usually comes in the form of betting requirements. Eg. a betting requirement of 5x. This means that you would have to stake at least five times the bonus amount before you are allowed to withdraw any winnings from the bonus.
Premature cash-out of bets
Many of the sports betting sites now offer premature cashout feature. To explain, suppose you make a double bet on two football matches. The first match is won. Before the start of the 2nd match, you have doubts about the bet. In that case, you can prematurely cash out your bet before the start of the 2nd match. You will get a given amount of profit although it won’t be as big as if you win both bets. However, depending on the betting site, not all bets have premature cash-out feature.
Restricted Countries for sports betting
Residents of some individual countries may be restricted from opening an account or placing bets in Sports Betting sites. The list of restricted countries differ greatly in respect of different betting sites. You can find these list from our review of the sports betting sites.