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Here are the top online bookmakers as rated by us right now:
Best Betting Sites & Deals: 2016
About This List
The list of betting websites above is updated on a monthly basis to reflect the bookies who offer the most value to anyone opening a new account. For info on longer term value check the ‘Sports A-Z’ drop-down in the top nav bar.
Top Betting Apps
All of the bookmakers in our list of best betting sites above offer free apps to their customers and like all things some are better than others.
We’re really proud of the bookmaker app reviews we’ve done, they’re some of the most detailed you’ll find anywhere online. Check out our top 3 rated options below:
Note: if you want to see how these compare to all the betting apps we’ve reviewed and rated then head over to our dedicated section on app reviews. There you can find out exactly what criteria we used to judge each bookmaker on and how they scored in every different category.
A lot of our visitors want to use a specific deposit method for online betting and we’re well aware that not every online bookie accepts every payment type. In fact some of the more obscure payment types are only accepted in one or two different places.
For a more comprehensive look at what funding options are available to you when you sign up at any online betting site please check out our deposit options section. We’ve covered a total of 10 different options so one of them should suit your needs.
What’s the best option to use? In our opinion it’s any of the ewallet service providers because they are the safest. Read more and why here: Safest Overall Bookmaker Deposit Methods
Joining A New Bookmaker: FAQ’s
Q. What different types of offers are available?
A. There are three main types of betting bonuses available for punters when they join a new site; bookmakers offering punters a free bet (to a stated value, or to a percentage of the customers first bet amount). Bet £25 and get a £25 free bet with Betvictor or bet £10 and get a £30 free bet with Paddy Power as good examples.
Bookies may also offer customers enhanced odds on their first bet with the site, which in turn offers them a greater return than usual on their bet. 888Sport for example, offer new customers treble the stated odds on their first bet. Meaning if you placed your first bet on a qualifying market at 10/1, 888Sport would pay out that bet at 30/1.
The other popular form of offer is the deposit match offer. This is when a bookie offers you a percentage of your deposit in bonus bets, which you can then realise by betting through your initial deposit money to activate the bonus. Bet365 have one such offer available at present with a 100% deposit match bonus of up to £200 available.
Q. What is the best type of sign up bonus to get?
A. In truth, all the sign up bonuses are generally a good deal for the punter, but which is the right one for you depends very much on how much you tend to wager, how frequently you bet and how much you have to deposit/place as your first bet.
If you only have a small amount to deposit or wager as a first bet, then an offer such as Paddy Power’s bet £10 get £30 free, or William Hill’s bet £10 get £20 free are likely to be a better value option for you.
If you feel you have a great chance of winning on your first bet, then the treble odds offer with 888Sport may well be worth looking at.
Alternatively, if you have more money to wager then a deposit bonus such as that on offer with Bet365 sport, would tend to offer better long term value. It’s the logical option if you plan on sticking around with the same company for a while.
Q. What is the minimum I have to deposit?
A. The minimum amount of money you have to deposit with a bookmaker in order to realise an offer depends upon the offer. If you trigger a deposit bonus for example, then the minimum deposit usually starts at £10 (at Bet365 it’s £10 for the bonus).
If you have a different offer, such as a free bet offer, then this bonus is calculated from your first bet stake, not your deposit so all you need to do here is deposit enough into your account to cover the first bet.
99% of free bets have a minimum £5 condition in place but Betvictor actually have no minimum so theoretically you could sign up and bet 50p to release a 50p free bet if you wanted. You’ll find the vast majority are £5.
Q. Are there any scam bookmakers out there?
A. We’re pleased to say that the days of people operating bookmaking scams online are now almost a thing of the past. The industry is fiercely regulated and provided that you stay betting with anyone recommended on our site you won’t get scammed.
However, if you start looking into the darker recesses of the Internet, or find an offer from a bookmaker that you have never heard of that sounds too good to be true, then alarm bells should start ringing. Opportunists may try to scam you, but the chances of them succeeding are practically non-existent if you stick to betting with reputable bookmakers you find online and who are regulated within the industry.
That doesn’t mean some betting sites won’t close your account if you win too much, they will, but they’ll always pay you your winnings before doing so.
About Our Recommendations
The recommendations you find for various different betting sites on our homepage and throughout the rest of the site are all the personal opinion of site editor and ex professional online gambler David L (about page).
They are always based on the maximum possible value for the punter be it in the form of long term promotions or opening bonus offers. We will never list a bookmaker because they’ve paid us to do so (don’t contact us asking, the answer is NO) and where possible we’ll always list more than one option so you can compare what’s on offer across a range of sites.
If You Disagree?
If you have a problem with any of recommendations on our website or don’t agree with our ratings then we encourage you to get in touch and tell us about it.
Whenever we recommend a bookmaker as one of the best sites we are using a combination of our own personal experiences, what offers/promotions are available and our impression of the odds available. Sometimes what we thing is going to be different from what you think and if you want to make a point or just ask a question about anything then use the email address on the about page to get in contact.
Bettingwebsites.org is also home to the Betcast podcast. The aim of the show is to help teach punters to bet profitably and over the coming weeks I’ll be welcoming a whole host of guest on with me to try and fulfill that aim.
The show length varies from week to week but I try to keep things under 30 minutes as much as possible.
There are already plenty of episodes live and well worth listening to with my personal favourite so far being How To Make Money On Betfair. During this show I’m joined by a sports trader who I know first hand is making a killing on Betfair and we discuss how he’s doing and how listeners can replicate his success. The systems and strategies we tell you how to access are golden and NOT to be missed.
Check out the sidebar on the right for the latest episodes or hit the ‘Podcast’ link in the top menu bar.