How to Choose a Trusted Online Sportsbook – How exciting it is to have so many sports betting options at our disposal, I know how overwhelming it can be to choose the right online sportsbook.
For those shopping (which you should all be if you’re serious about sports betting), it’s even more so when it comes to having to pick a few sports betting houses.
Even though we (mostly) go through wild days on the internet filled with shady gambling sites and outright scams, still, not all online sportsbooks are created equal. Due to antiquated laws in the United States, American sports 168bola bettors outside of Nevada are left with an unregulated online industry and have to send their money overseas. Today, I’m going to cover the main things to consider before choosing your next sports book.
And although the focus of this article is online sportsbooks for Americans, some of the principles outlined below can still apply if you have multiple physical locations and/or regulated online options at your disposal (luckily you!). If you fall into this category, I still recommend reading most of the articles if you are just starting out. With that said, let’s dive in!
Online security in general has become one of the biggest issues we face today, and is easily the most important thing to consider before opening an account. Fortunately, the realm of online sports betting has become a lot safer since it was a baby on the internet. While it is still an unregulated industry for us in the U.S., most offshore companies are aware of the fact that being an honest business is best for them. With our world becoming more digital by the day, it’s not that hard to tell if a sportsbook (or any business) is legit. A good place to start is Sportsbook Reviews. There, they assess online sportsbooks, track customer complaints, create blacklists, and attempt to resolve disputes. More on this site later.
Chance and Juice / Vig
Once you get rid of unsafe and dishonest sites, an important factor to consider is the odds provided by the sportsbook. You always want to bet the best odds available, and there are a few things to look for in this regard. First, know the sport you want to bet on regularly. For example, if you wanted to bet on baseball every day during the summer, the book would have to offer a “penny line” – meaning there was only a ten-cent difference on their money line.
Example: Favorite -150 / Underdog +140, or Favorite -135 / Underdog +125
I’m writing about how much dime matters here, but in short, having a good chance can determine whether you have a winning or losing baseball season. Likewise, if you follow European football, especially the smaller leagues, you will want to a) make sure they book the games you want to bet on and b) offer competitive odds. If their market for the Scottish Premier League is small, they may not stand odds of any value and will have high vig/commission on this bet.
Promotions & Signup Bonuses
Almost every online sportsbook has some kind of welcome bonus (along with a reload bonus if you deposit more into your account after your initial deposit). We’ve all seen that flashy ad with a “up to $1,000 welcome bonus” promotion. This obviously doesn’t have to be a major factor in your decision, but it can be a valuable bonus as sportsbooks compete for your business.
A good place to start is this page on Sportsbook Reviews. They list most major books with a current signup bonus along with the value they value the site. As with any other site that does this, it’s important to remember that these are affiliate links for the website (they get paid by the sportsbook when someone uses their link to register), so they only list books they’ve partnered with. However, Sportsbook Review as a whole is a trusted site and has accurate reviews for sportsbooks. The main issue I have with them is that they rate 5Dimes as an A+ sportsbook, which clearly doesn’t take into account the history of 5Dimes fraud charges on their customer cards I mentioned earlier. So, with these and other sites, read reviews with a grain of salt.…