So You Want to Bet Online?

Betting on sports makes any game worth watching which is why you need to know what to do and where to go for the best betting sites online. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

1. Don’t Listen to Friends

Misery loves company and friends don’t always give you the best advice nor do they necessarily know what to look for in terms of finding the best betting sites available.

We’ve all had that buddy who says, “Try this,” and then you take a taste of that strange looking item he has generously offered only to begin furiously searching for the nearest bucket in which to spit. You gag, he laughs and hilarity ensues.

Well, I am here to tell you there’s nothing funny about betting with sportsbooks or betting sites that you can’t trust. Do your homework, just like you would if you walked into a building supply store searching for chainsaws or lawnmowers. Sure, your buddy loves his chainsaw that he recommended but he’s only cutting two-by-fours while you want to cut sequoias! How’s his little buzzsaw going to work out now?

The bottom line is, his recommended sportsbook may not have been run through its paces. Perhaps he’s content with a betting site that looks it was designed when Nirvana was topping the charts. How is the customer service and how would he know if he never interacted with them? And most importantly, how quickly did he receive his funds when he cashed out his winnings? You don’t want to find out later on that your buddy Fred is a habitual loser and has never even tried to cash out. The more you know…

2. Do Your Research

There are plenty of resources online to check out the best and worst of any industry. Online sportsbooks are no different and the key is to listen to bettors who have been through the ringer. They will tell you there are good, bad and plenty in-between. But why would you buy a used Chevy when a brand new Mercedes can be had for the same price?

That’s right, there is no upcharge for signing up with a premier sportsbook versus using a mediocre betting site. Or even worse you could get seduced into sending your money to a sportsbook with a nefarious reputation that has no plans on sending you back your money when you win. There are sites out there dedicated to servicing sports bettors who share their opinions and tell you the good, the bad and the ugly. An industry watchdog such as not only has forums where bettors share their opinions on everything from that evening’s sporting events to odds on presidential races but also has assigned letter grades from A to F on hundreds of betting sites based on member polls, industry feedback and their experience mediating player disputes or problems.

3. The More the Merrier

Once you have zeroed in on the safest, most secure and trusted betting sites it is important to have options. When betting a game the lines can fluctuate from sportsbook to sportsbook. Why be limited to the lines from just one bookmaker? If you want to bet the Dallas Cowboys then isn’t it better to be able to compare the lines and make your wager with the sportsbook that is dealing them at the most favorable point spread?

In other words, spread your bankroll around. Don’t put all your money in just one sportsbook but allocate it amongst two, three or more to give you choices. There are several A-rated sportsbooks and you can feel comfortable with all those options. But it’s up to you to create those options and give yourself a bettor’s edge.