Often these website owners know nothing about betting, do not hold accounts with the sportsbooks they are advertising and have not researched the companies they are involved with.
<< Back to “Recreation And Sports” Index
You are keeping your money in an account online.
It is not that easy finding a reputable sportsbook – partly because the web is populated by website owners who will sing the praises of a sportsbook or casino simply because they earn revenue from signing up customers via an affiliate program. Options should be available that are ‘free’ or where the sportsbook absorbs the charges. King
If you have already have an account with a sportsbook watch out for lapses in customer service and slowness of payment – these can be signs that the company could be in trouble.
The UK has a number of established books including William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral, and Victor Chandler. Therefore you should think of the sportsbook you are considering as a bank – a place that you intend to keep funds long term.
So you have decided to start betting online – or maybe you just want to find a new trustworthy sportsbook – what do you need to look out for?
Well I am in a position to speak from some experience – I did at one time hold accounts with about sixty bookmakers in Europe, UK, Australia and offshore – the latter catering mainly to the US market. Sometimes this means added solidity.
What are the deposit and withdrawal options and the associated charges.
Find out if the sportsbook is part of a larger group of companies. I also like SportingBet (www.SBSportsbook.com) who take US customers and cater for global sports.
Read press articles as opposed to reviews – reviews are usually written by the sportsbook’s marketing team.
Test run the software by joining and playing for free – most sportsbooks offer this facility.
Find out if your funds are insured or separated in ESCROW accounts so that if the sportsbook company goes under – your funds are still safe.
Find out if the sportsbook is independently audited.
How long has the operation been online – three to four years is usually a good marker as a minimum.
Test out the customer services to see if they meet your standards or the standards they promise you.
If you know about betting already, then check some of their odds and lines – are they in keeping with what you would expect? Some less scrupulous sportsbooks offer very attractive prices to lure unsuspecting bettors. The offshore books with whom I work are top grade but it is in the offshore environment that problems occasionally occur. These vary quite a bit from book to book. It is, therefore, critical that those US customers put in the research before signing up.
So what do you look for:
“How to Choose the Right Sportsbook!”
by: Daniel B. But ask yourself ; “how easy is it to get access to my money and how much does it cost?”
Not all the above are critical – but help towards finding a secure book. I have had at least three online sportsbooks go broke on me – luckily my losses were kept to a few thousand dollars – that may sound a lot but it could have been a lot worse.
This article was posted on October 22, 2004
I would say that US bettors are at most risk since they are generally forced to bet at offshore sportsbooks due to legality issues.
Latest posts by Peggy J. Espinoza (see all)
- Is Bingo Gambling Or Just A Game? Is It Wrong? - March 23, 2017
- Research and Markets: Research Report – Global Online Gambling & Betting Market 2014 - February 25, 2017
- Betting Tips | Betting Odds, Football Tips from Betfair - February 14, 2017