How to choose your online sportsbook

Online betting is one of the most popular ways to (try to) make money online – it is a whole industry, and there are hundreds of operations to choose from. Choosing the right one for you might prove hard, as the offers are various, and – as in any online industry – some of them are fraudulent.

When choosing a place to bet online it’s important to find out as much as you can about the operator before deciding if it’s worthy of handling your bets – basically your money. There are two ways to do so: one of them is to find a credible website with online sports betting reviews, where user accounts – and occasional complaints – are shown without any restriction. The other one implies some more digging – find a good source of industry news and the website of the company operating the sportsbook.

When it comes to bigger operators, this task isn’t hard at all: the link to the company’s ‘corporate’ website usually appears somewhere on the site, usually at the bottom. Here cs:go team betting sites you can find review information about csgo teams and so on. If the company has closed the last quarter or the last year on profit, chances are it won’t make the next million bucks by refusing to pay out your winnings…

Another way of finding out information about your future virtual bookmaker is by simply asking questions. If you know someone betting on sports online you can simply ask which bookie would be the right one for your budget – most bettors have a blacklist with all sites and operators you should avoid. If not, you can always find a forum/discussion group / q&a website (such as Yahoo Answers) where you can post a question, but these are usually filled with spammers and trolls, so you have to carefully filter all information received by these channels.

If you complete these steps, you should be down to a list of a few candidates by now. It’s time to move on to such details as betting options, deposit and withdrawal options, and bonuses.

Most serious sportsbooks operate online payments by third parties – independent online transactions operators – or their own financial department. Either way, you should check if your preferred payment method is available. If it happens not to be (rather unlikely, but it happens), you can choose an e-wallet service to send and receive money.

Betting options can easily be checked by simply visiting the online sportsbook website. The odds and options applicable to a certain game or game category (college football or basketball, for instance) are usually available without having to log on – you simply can’t place bets without authenticating or making a deposit. This way you can check if your line is available for betting on before having to commit.

Last, but not least, let’s see about bonuses. Most online gambling and sports betting operations offer their new players an attractive welcome package, usually consisting of deposit bonuses, access to exclusive competitions and more. Choose the right one for you, but don’t forget to read the Terms and Conditions section carefully – most bonuses come with betting requirements that have to be fulfilled before being eligible for any bonus payouts. I personally find the ‘risk-free bet’ type bonuses the most attractive – you deposit a certain amount, and if your first bet loses, the bookie will return a certain percentage (sometimes even 100%) of your losing bet to your account.

Choose your online sportsbook wisely and carefully, so you won’t have any unpleasant surprises later on. And, of course, good luck!