How to Place a Bet Online
Placing a bet online is simple once you know how, but it can be extremely daunting to those who don’t know how.
If you’re new to online betting, you may be looking for tips on which sportsbook to use, which bet to place and how to place that bet once you’ve decided.
Well, you’ve come to the right place because here are our top tips for how to place a football bet online.
If the term “sportsbook” already makes you feel uneasy, perhaps you should check out our beginners guide.
Finding the Best Online Bookmaker
There are so many sportsbooks, or online bookmakers, that it can be nigh on impossible to know which one is best. Each one will have its own new customer offers, win bonuses, free bets and other special deals to entice new customers and retain the ones they already have. We normally recommend Bet365 for the majority of our users, but it pays to shop around. We’ve been hearing really good things about 10Bet.
The first thing to remember is that you can always sign up to more than one. Therefore, the choice needn’t be as difficult as you first thought.
However, if you only want to sign up to one online bookmaker, you need to shop around to find which one best suits your requirements.
Does it offer in-play betting? can you cash-out? does it have accumulator protection if one team lets you down?
Decide which type of bet(s) you will be placing the most and choose an online bookmaker with who you can receive the best bonuses. If you plan to bet in-play, it’s pointless joining a bookmaker who doesn’t offer that facility.
Depositing and Withdrawing Money
Some online bookmakers will offer a no deposit bonus to new customers, which allows you to get a feel for the site before deciding to gamble with actual money.
However, if you win, you will need to meet certain conditions before they will pay you out. Therefore, you will need to deposit real money into your account as soon as possible.
To do this, we recommend setting yourself a budget and not exceeding it. Most online bookmakers will help you with this by allowing you to set daily deposit limits. Take advantage of this facility to prevent you spending more money than you can afford.
We advise to only bet from one account or credit card, which must be registered and verified with your chosen sportsbook. The card details are also used to verify your age, ensuring that you or they do not break the law by allowing you to gamble.
Withdrawing money, if you are lucky enough to get a winner or you change your mind, is simple. You go to the “my account” section of your chosen site and simply request a withdrawal. Select the amount you would like to withdraw, in to which account you want the money to go (if you register more than one), and then hit request. Usually, depending on which bank you are with, this takes between 2-5 working days before the money shows up in your account.
Some online bookmakers, such as Bet365, allow withdrawals into a registered Paypal, Neteller, or Skrill account. This makes the process of receiving your money quicker and can show up in your account any time between 1-24 hours after the request.
Placing Your Bets
The biggest reason to join an online bookmaker is to place a bet, with football bets being the topic of conversation in this article. Remember, before placing a bet, you should follow our guidelines on studying recent form and statistics, check our free tips and for more in depth analysis and exclusive tips consider becoming a member.
Your chosen online bookmaker will have a dedicated football section, with menu items leading you to various coupons and special offers they are promoting.
Following the menu items will help you find the match(es) you would like to bet on, all with several different betting options. It’s self-explanatory but every site will have a help section if you get stuck.
One tip we have is to always look out for symbols indicating the bet will be available to cash out or for which matches in-play betting is allowed.
Keep an Eye on the Scores
Once you’ve placed your bet, you will want to stay logged on to the site to check the progress of the bet.
Some sportsbooks will have live streaming of certain matches, which is allowed for customers who have met the minimum bet required to take advantage of this facility. If you don’t meet the required minimum, or the game isn’t being streamed, almost every site will have a page dedicated to each live match.
Here, it will have the current score and other statistics as well as a graphic showing the action as it happens. In this section, you will also see the odds changing for in-play options and be able to place in-play bets if desired.
Have Fun and Be Responsible
All betting is supposed to be fun, so enjoy it. Stay responsible, do not let emotions get in the way, and only ever gamble with money you can afford to lose.
If it stops being fun, stop doing it before a problem arises.
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