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Does It Matter Where You Bet?
You’re probably sitting there scrolling through what seems like an endless list of betting sites. But does it really matter which one you choose or are they all pretty much the same?
Odds & Margins
When looking at the fundamental elements of a betting site, the most important thing is the odds. If you choose a site with lower odds you’re going to win less money for the same bet, it’s as simple as that. It’s always worth shopping around for the best odds.
Aside from odds, another way in which the sites differ is in their offers and some sites are much more generous than others when it comes to promotions. This includes sign up offers when you first register as well as long term offers for existing customers.
Features & Markets
The third key difference is in the markets offered and the features that are available to you. This doesn’t matter so much if you just want to bet on who will win the local derby, but does if you want to place a lucky 63 on Women’s football from Scandinavia.
There are a few other elements to consider as well, but the three we’ve listed above are the main things that most punters will need to concern themselves with. But you may also want to look at:
- Limits – The vast majority of people won’t be affected by limits, but if you like to bet a little bigger then this suddenly becomes quite an important factor. There are two limits you should pay attention to, bet limits and payout limits. A bet limit is the maximum bet you can place on the market whereas a payout limit is the maximum you can receive if you win. And the two don’t necessarily align. Some sites, particularly with things like full cover bets where the payout is variable, will let you bet more than your limit will allow. So you may be able to place a £1,000 bet at 100/1 but if the maximum payout is £50,000 your winnings could get capped. In multi leg bets the lowest limit is the one that tends to kick in – so a five leg acca with four bets on the Premier League and one on an Iranian Under 23 match you’re going to have a much lower payout limit that if it were just the four Premier League matches.
- Usability – A fairly obvious, but often overlooked, factor to consider is how easy the site is to use. Is it fast and well laid out or are you constantly clicking to find the bet you want. It seems daft but on some sites it seems like they’re intentionally trying to make it difficult to find anything other than the most basic bet on the more popular markets. For this there is no hard and fast rule as it often comes down to personal preference and what it is you want to bet on.
- Payment Methods – All betting sites in the UK will allow payment by debit card. But if you’re not in the UK or you want to use a different method then the site you choose could make a big difference. Some accept methods such as PayPal or ApplePay but not all do. Don’t have a bank account? There are still ways you can bet, either through a shop or by using cash vouchers, but the sites that allow this are relatively small in number.
What Countries Does This Site Support?
Whilst our team are mainly based in the UK, we provide information for a variety of countries around the globe – often with the help of local experts who know the ins and outs of each specific market. We currently track online betting sites and offers for the following countries:
- United Kingdom