How to Choose The Right Online Sportsbook
How To Decide Which Sportsbook Is Right For You
July 26, 2014
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So, you don’t live in Las Vegas but want to be able to wager on games and make some money watching sports. Unless you have a reliable local bookie doing the work, you’re going to need to find an online sportsbook. Finding the right sportsbook is no easy task due to there being countless different options and some being more reliable than others. In some cases, there also isn’t a right or wrong answer as some just cater to your needs more than others.
Overall, here are some of the things you should be looking for when deciding which online sportsbook fits you the best:
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Trustworthy - (The site should have a good grade and solid reports from sportsbookreview.com.) You want to avoid websites that have a failing grade or many bad reports from previous users. A low grade is bad news and likely means the site doesn’t pay out, lowers your limits when you win or simply cuts you off completely for some bogus reason. Having a sportsbook you can trust with your hard earned money should be your No. 1 priority when looking for a place to wager.
Easy Deposit/East Withdrawal – Pretty self-explanatory. You want a book that has a lot of different options to deposit money and a lot of ways to get your money back. From credit cards, bank wires, mailed check, Western Union, etc. the book you pick should fit your needs when it comes to the most important thing: the money. Make sure to also check how long the withdrawal process takes, as mailed checks could take up to two weeks or so depending on where you live.
Odds – Even if you’re a beginner to the sports betting world, you should know that all books have different odds for their games. If every odd for a match was the same, there wouldn’t be a need for so many books. You want to find a book that has the best available odds to help maximize your profit in the long run. Reduced baseball lines could make you a ton of money in the marathon of the season, while the guy betting standard crappy lines is getting ripped off and it’s limiting his profits. This is why it’s best to have multiple books to expand your options, but you’ll get to that point once you feel comfortable and discover your main book first.
Bets offered – Do you like prop bets? Futures? Lines on things other than sports such as entertainment and politics? There are so many different things you can wager on and many different ways to do it. Finding the book that fits your needs is important. Some books limit the amount of teams you can include in a parlay, while some limit the amount of points you can buy in a teaser bet. Some books also don’t have a great live wagering feature, which can be a major turn off considering that’s a way you can make a killing. Checking the software of a book and seeing what they have to offer from a wagering standpoint is a must before depositing.
Bonuses – It’s always good to check out the bonuses offered upon deposit, as there’s a good chance for you to make some free money. A lot of books tend to offer 25% free money on your first deposit, which gives you some nice wiggle room to make a pretty penny on the house. Sometimes it can be up to 50% if there’s a special going on. However, you have to be careful with these type of things because there’s a thing called a rollover, which is the amount of times you have to bet your money before you’re able to withdrawal. The good books don’t have a crazy rollover number, but other books tend to force you to bet eight or nine times, which basically says they don’t want you to win and are stacking the odds against you to the point you lose all your money. Bonuses can be a gift and a curse, be careful.
Customer service – The last thing we’re looking at is the customer service of the book. Do the people speak clear English? Are they friendly, and do they answer your questions correctly? Is there a 24/7 call center and an option to communicate with them online? These people have your money, so it’d be nice to know that you can get ahold of them whenever needed and have them answer any questions you may have. I haven’t had any scary stories (knock on wood) but I’d like to know that I can get any issues resolved with the pickup of the phone. Make sure you can get in contact with whatever book you may choose.