Top 5 Bookmakers For Beginners
By Michael Flynn, Feb 16 2013 03:08AM
I often get asked which bookmaker is the best and for what reason. Now this might seem like a simple enough question, however this answer can vary for numerous reasons. Each and every bookmaker will have their good and bad points, you need to find the balance which suits you.
For the purpose of this article I will give my opinion on the Top 5 bookmakers for beginners, feel free to add comments below if you agree or disagree. I use the bookmakers below and will give the reasons why.
As a beginner you will most likely be looking for the following factors:
( Not in order of importance)
A well known brand.
Of course well known brands are not always the best, however I prefer to have my money in an outfit that has been around a while and I can trust.
An easy to use interface.
There is nothing worse than logging onto a bookies website and not being able to place a bet due to the interface being slow, unresponsive or difficult to navigate. Make sure you try out the site before you make a hefty deposit and also check out the mobile version if you are going to place a bet on the move ( mobile betting guide).
Cover the sports which you would like to bet on.
This might sound daft, but not all bookmakers will cover all sports. Some are UK facing, some will cater to the European market. If you want to bet on American Football, make sure that the bookie covers American Football!
Generous initial bonus.
It is always nice to have a free bet and the bigger the freebie the better, right? Well, not always as you have to be careful of the terms and conditions of the freebie. Not much point having a huge bonus which you can't withdraw. Make sure to check the terms involved in the free bet.
I look heavily into ongoing promotions and how generous they are. These ongoing promotions can really boost your betting balance. I often add the latest promotions on my betting blog, good idea to subscribe to the rss feed.
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I tend not to use live streaming as I bet mainly on sports that are on TV, however if you don't have SKY or the sport is not on TV, Live Streaming is a real positive.
You need to use a bookie that provides competitive odds, over the course of a season you could be hundreds if not thousands better off using better odds. The bookies below all offer good odds.
Quick cash out wallet system.
Receiving my winnings in a quick and timely fashion is one of my top priorities, bookmakers are not banks and I do not like them earning interest off me.
Responsive customer service.
If I have a problem I want it sorted in a professional way. May not be right all the time, but a quick response is much appreciated.
These are all great points and perhaps some are more important than others, I would not touch a bookie with a poor reputation on paying out. You definitely do not want to be waiting for your winnings! I also mainly look out for ongoing promotions, these offers are essential to boosting my winnings and are key to staying in profit.
The top 5 bookmakers in my opinion are listed below:
My first choice would be bet365, simply put they are the best around. bet365 is a bookie that I use on a regular basis, I have had some great bonuses added to my account and will continue to use them. They have highly competitive odds on horse racing as well as football ( the two main sports I bet on!).
The initial sign up bonus is for ***currently being changed****, I don't know of many other sign up bonuses that generous. When I first opened an account at bet365 I did not use the sign up bonus, can't quite remember why not, however two years after I asked customer services if I could have an adhoc bonus because of this. They were very polite and gave me a £50 account credit, that customer service made me a lifetime customer!
Ongoing promotions are top notch, every now and again they will have a money back special for the big footy games. The horse racing 4/1 offer is second to none, they give you a free bet if your horse wins. This can be very lucrative, however if you are deemed to be abusing the offer they will limit your account.
Please, if you only open one betting account, make it bet365. Click here to visit bet365 and experience them for yourself.
Can limit accounts if abusing their bonuses. Does happen, just need to not only bet on the 4/1 offer.
Coral are an extremely well known brand and have been around since 1926, they have numerous shops where you can place bets if you can't reach a computer or have a rubbish smartphone.
Coral offer a great £20 sign up bonus for new customers and weekly money back specials for existing customers. I like using Coral and always keep an eye out for their special offers, most of which I post on the special offers blog.
I have found that the customer service for Coral is second to none, and in this day and age is a quality I admire.
Limited markets, ok if your markets are covered.
Betfred is a bookmaker that I use on a regular basis, mainly for horse racing. They offer some prices on UK horse racing and look to be improving on that with the recent accusition of the Tote.
They have a generous £30 sign up bonus and have great ongoing promotions for existing customers. The most famous recent promotions are the double delight and hatrick heaven. With the double delight and Hatrick Heaven you can really bump up your winnings, although you can get better odds elsewhere for those bets.
Can get better odds elsewhere - although they do have competitive odds for horse racing.
Top advice there, would defo second bet365 as the best bookie. The others are good but don't come close. Also I had my account at Betfred closed for just betting on their special offers, becareful not to abuse offers! Stevie
I have only just got into betting online, for many years I walked into a deeply depressing bookies on a deserted high street. It does make it a lot easier and who can complain with a free bet. Never even heard of BetVictor until I came to this site, cheers.
do you have to take the £200 bonus for bet365 or can you get say £100 bonus? thanks in advance.
You do not have to take the full £200 bonus, if you deposit £100 you will get a £100 bonus.
Top stuff! Cheers Michael.
For Cheltenham, Coral are offering a better £60 bonus offer, go to the free bets page for the link.
Thanks for the in-depth guides on this site, really does help out.
I love the paddy power money back specials!
I like how this sounds but would like to really learn . I don't even know what know what a point spread means .