so you've got your best sports betting system tested and tweaked, your
bankroll in hand and you're ready to take on the sports betting
world! Only problem is you
don't live in Las Vegas and you'd
rather not use a bookie. You want to do this thing on the up
and up, so where do you go? You've heard about these "online
sportsbooks" but you're not really sure what the deal is.
Well, this article is going to help you choose an online sportsbook
that's right for you and help avoid some of the pitfalls along the way.
The good news is you have a choice. In fact, you have an
overwhelming choice as there are hundreds maybe thousands of online
sportsbooks to choose from, some good, some bad.
First and foremost you want to find one that is financially
stable. What good is it if you win and the book can't pay you
or is slow in doing so? You'll want to find one that has a
good reputation in this regard. Google "sports betting
forums" and sign up with a few. Then post a question and get
some feedback. Grizzled veterans of the sports betting world
will be glad to help.
Second, how easy is it to make deposits? Bettors in the US
typically have more difficulty than most so make sure to inquire about
how the process actually works. Don't be afraid to ask
pointed questions. Some sportsbooks will simply take a credit
card, while others prefer a debit card. For the most part,
you'll want to deal with one that spells all of this out on their
website. After all, they want your business and the good ones
are going to make it as easy and painless as possible to accept your
Next, make sure the sportsbook you're interested in offers lines on the
sport(s) you want to bet on. Again, have a long hard look at
their site first to get an idea on what's available. Also
make sure to check betting limits. If you're a $1,000 per
game NCAA basketball guy, some sportsbooks will limit your play to $500
a game. On the flip side, make sure your typical sized wager
meets their minimum.
Finally, what kind of perks are being offered? Not only on
initial sign up, but after you've been with them for a while as
well. Most all sportsbooks will offer some kind of sign up
bonus like 10% to 20% cash bonus, some even more. If they
don't, go elsewhere. There are just too many to choose
from. But make sure to read the fine print and know exactly
what the offer consists of as many times the deposit can't be on a
credit card. Also check to see if there are referral bonuses
or a loyalty type program.
At first, choosing an online sportsbook may seem like a daunting task.
But just like any other good or service you may buy, shop
around. Take the time to investigate and ask questions of
friends or family members that bet on sports. Join sports
betting forums and post questions there. Carefully go through
the sportsbook's website using the tips above. Most of all,
don't be in a hurry but do have fun!