So you want to place a bet on a sports event but don’t have a betting account? Well this guide will talk you through the process of becoming a member with an online bookie. Don’t be intimidated, it is a very simple process and joining the likes of Ladbrokes, Betfair, etc should take you no longer than five minutes – even if you are as IT illiterate as I am!
Find the bookies website. There are two ways you can go about accessing a bookies website. Firstly you could simply type the name of the company into Google and this will bring its website up in the search results. The best way though is to click through a promotional link on another website. By clicking on a promotional banner, or text link, in most cases you are probably going to be awarded a free bet that you otherwise might miss out on.
While in other sports I find that betting parlays is not generally a strategy I like to use, I find it does very well in MMA betting. Using parlays, you can either bet on heavy favorites without losing too much money or bet on underdogs and win a huge amount. Winning an all underdog parlay is not easy, but the reward is definitely significant.
You can spend as little or as much as you want at these sites but obviously if you are spending big money and you think you are going to make big money back, you want to make sure the site is legit! Another way besides looking for reviews and researching about the website online is to also make sure they are correctly accredited by sources such as SafeBet, and the Interactive Gaming Council. You also should make sure that the customer support is available when you need them, and that the payouts are certified by an independent auditing firm.
There are a few things to do before placing a bet online. The first is to ask friends where they place their bets. This will save time and could be fun placing bets on the same sites as friends. Always read the rules of the site before betting. This is a good indicator. If they do not care how old a person should be on the site, then it is probably not legitimate. If the site does not post a minimum bid requirement, then it is probably not legitimate. Most south african betting sites pay with paypal or some other kind of money transfer service. Do not place a bet if information about where to pick up winnings is not included on the site. Do trust those that say they will send a check.
They don’t have a working 800 line. Even if you see an 800 line on the site always make sure it’s working and that you can actually get a hold of a person and not just a recording.
For example, if Chelsea play Portsmouth, you normally will see Chelsea win the match at a fixed odds of 1.15 – 1.20, it is relatively unattractive. However on the Asian Handicap, Chelsea might be priced up with a -2.0 goal, the odds are adjusted to around 1.90 and Portsmouth with a +2.0 goal, priced at 2.00. This will definitely increase the excitement of the game.
Check The Odds – Online NFL betting has made this very simple. Most betting sites display their odds on the homepage so it is very easy to compare. Usually the NFL odds are nearly the same on all sites; however, a difference of a point or two can spell a win or a loss.