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Betting Sites

Depending on where you live on the planet will determine the best betting sites for you. The reason is, some sites focus on popular European sports, while others focus on sports that are most popular in America, India, Australia, South America, or other parts of the world.

Related Pages (Coming soon)

  • UK Betting Sites
  • Australian Betting Sites
  • USA Betting Sites
  • Canadian Betting Sites

Instead of trying to cram all that information on one page, we’ve created in-depth pages (listed above) specific for different parts of the world, and we’ll use this one for talking about what every international punter should be looking for – betting options, vig (juice), live betting, bonuses, how to make deposits & withdrawals, security of funds, customer service, special promotions, and more.

Reputation & Security

I can’t stress this enough – it all starts with reputation. There are literally hundreds of online & mobile betting sites out there, but only a small percentage of them are worth betting at. This industry can largely be broken into two groups.

The first group are the large companies that have been around a long time, like Bet365, PaddyPower, and the Bodog company (Bodog888 and Bovada). These three betting sites, along with several others, account for a huge percentage of all the betting done online.

The second group of bookmakers are smaller operations, often privately owned. Within this group are few highly reputable books, and a whole lot of bad ones. The bad ones are often owned by scam artists, thugs, and criminals. No doubt, these are the books to stay away from. Let’s just make this real clear right off the bat – you won’t find any of these betting sites recommended on Mobile Sports Betting. If we won’t bet there ourselves, we won’t recommend them.

At the most reputable betting sites, deposits and withdrawals go through secure processors using the latest encryption technology – which are also audited by independent third party companies. This means we can make deposits & withdrawals from our computers and mobile devices without worrying about someone capturing our personal information. Every bookmaker knows that the easiest way to ruin their reputation overnight is to have a lapse in player security, so they put a lot of effort into making sure that never happens.

For those smaller, less reputable betting sites…do you really feel comfortable giving them your credit card information and telling them where you live? We sure don’t.

New Player, Reload & Mobile Bonuses

Most of the top betting sites offer new player, reload, and mobile bonuses, plus free bets and/or a variety of special promotions. Virtually every betting site has a section on their website titled ‘Promotions’, or they might be listed in a sidebar. Punters should check these areas often, because they constantly change throughout the year.

Active punters should look at bonuses as a way to add to their bankroll, but not all bonuses are created equal. Some look attractive on the surface, but have unreasonable clearing requirements, or offer a low percentage match.

For example, is it better to get a 50% bonus match up to $200, or 10% match up to $1000? That will depend on a few things, including how often you bet, your average wager amount, and the clearing requirements. Also, some sports or types of bets might not count towards clearing the bonus. All bonuses have some sort of clearing requirement, meaning you’ll earn it over time. Here’s some general information about each of these types of bonuses:

New Player Bonuses

New player bonuses are exactly as they sound – they’re for new players who are registering a new account. These bonuses are intended to attract new customers, and are usually the best bonuses a book will offer. In sports, most new player bonuses range from 10% – 50% match, but some will be as high as 100% or even 200% matches. But as the old adage goes, ‘if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is’. When a new player bonus looks unusually large, be sure to read the terms & conditions to review the clearing requirements.

How a bonus is cleared is different at every betting site. Some require players to bet £5 to earn £1 in bonus, and some might require £50 or £100 wagered per £1 in bonus. So, a book could offer a million-pound bonus, but if you can’t clear more than £200 of it before it expires, what good is the remaining £999,800?

Some betting sites require players to enter a ‘bonus code’ in order to get the bonus, but for the most part, that is a thing of the past. These days, anyone making their first deposit will automatically get the new player bonus, and no bonus code is required. On Mobile Sports Betting, if a bonus code is required, it will be shown on the respective review page.

Reload Bonuses

Reload bonuses (also called redeposit or re-up bonuses), are bonuses designed for existing customers. These bonuses are designed to keep new players happy, and to keep them coming back. Reload bonuses tend to be smaller than new player bonuses, but this isn’t always the case.

A lot of betting sites send their players emails with reload bonus offers. Reload bonuses sometimes require a bonus code, and sometimes they don’t. It depends on the bookmaker, if they utilize bonus codes or not. If they do, they’ll send you the latest code with each email they send you.

Most books will also provide reload bonus info on their website, typically in the promotions section.

Just like new player bonuses, reload bonuses always have some sort of clearing requirements that should be understood before making your deposit.

Mobile Bonuses

As active mobile punters ourselves (of course), one of our favourite bonuses to get are the mobile bonuses. When offered, these bonuses are offered on top of the new player bonuses. So, we can get both. When you first register a new betting account, you’ll automatically get the new player bonus. When you make your first bet, you can also get a mobile bonus if the betting site is offering one (fairly common these days).

Mobile bonuses are usually smaller than new player and reload bonuses, but they often have the easiest clearing requirements. So, while the bonus may only be £25, it might be an easy £25 to get.

Free Bets

Free bets are another way that sports betting sites attract new customers, or encourage existing players to use bet from their mobile device. Free bets for new players tend to be in the range of £10 – £50, and free mobile bets tend to be in the £10 to £25 range.

Like mobile bonuses, free mobile bets are usually given on top of the new player bonus, so we can get both of them. The way they usually work is like this; if the free mobile bet amount is £25, deposit £25 or more to your account. Then, your first mobile bet of up to £25 will be refunded if you lose the bet.

To get a free mobile bet, register your new account and make your first deposit. Then, login to your betting account from your mobile device and place your first mobile bet (equal value to the free bet amount). For example, if the free mobile bet is £20, make a £20 bet. As said above, if you lose the wager, the £20 will be returned to your account.

Special Promotions

Every betting site is different, but most offer some variety of special promotions throughout the year. These change as different sports come and go, and also during playoff seasons. Some special promotions might be a free tournament with real money cash prizes, free bets for specific sports or matches, or a variety of challenges where players compete against each other.

For example, soon before Premier League football season begins, many betting sites will start to promote seasonal challenges & promos. Then, when IPL season, or Formula 1, or some other sport begins, some other new promos can be found.

Punters should check the promotions section of the betting site to view the latest promos. Some offer a lot of value that we shouldn’t be giving away.

Making Deposits & Withdrawals

Of course every betting site has their own variety of deposit & withdrawal options, but the most popular options are available everywhere. For example, Visa credit (and debit) cards are accepted at every betting site we’re aware of. Mastercard is also offered at most books. Nearly every (except USA friendly) sites accept Neteller and Skrill (formerly Moneybookers) e-wallets, along with a number of others.

Other popular deposit options include Click2Pay, ClickandBuy, cheque, bank transfer, wire transfer, POLi, Maestro, and more.

Most deposit options have minimum deposit amounts in the £10 – £25 range, but some are higher. Visa deposits usually have a minimum of £10, but again, it depends on the site you’re playing at.

For those who place a large volume of wagers at a variety of bookmakers, should have a Neteller or Skrill account. These deposit/withdrawal options make it simple (and fast) to move money from one bookie to another, and to & from your bank account. Once your Neteller or Skrill accounts are open, life is a little bit easier.

Sports Betting Markets

Once again, every book has a slightly different focus. Some betting sites focus mainly on popular European sports, while others target different markets. Some sites are all about horse racing, while another might focus their attention on football.

In general terms, common sense takes over. The biggest international sports get most of the attention, and less popular sports get less. However, punters should also consider where a book is licensed through, as this often tells us what markets they’re more interested in. It’s important not only for having access to the best odds & widest variety of coupons, but also as a hint to who has the best promotions for the sports you’re most interested in. For example, if you’re playing at a site that puts most of their attention into horse & greyhound racing, this site is likely to have good promotions for those sports. Another site that offers tons of football betting will likely have the best promotions for Premier League, World Cup, and so forth.

At well-rounded betting sites like Bet365.com, punters can find all major football (soccer) leagues and tournaments, cricket, rugby, American football, basketball, WTA & ATP tennis, golf (PGA, EPGA, LPGA), Formula 1, UFC, boxing, baseball, horse racing, greyhound racing, and ice hockey.

Other sports you’ll find at most (but not all) betting sites include cycling, volleyball, darts, Aussie rules football, NRL, AFL, futsal, Moto GP (motorbikes), NASCAR, Indy Racing, snooker, and more. Many sites also offer political, celebrity, and Olympic betting.

Customer Service: Phone, Live Chat, Email Support

Of course every betting site offers some form of customer support, but some are better than others. Some important factors might include the types of support offered, like phone, email, and live chat. Also, are customer support reps available 24/7, or just during the busy hours? If you’re having a problem placing a bet on tennis on the other side of the planet, this could be a problem.

All of the biggest betting sites offer 24/7 support. However, can you talk to a person via live chat or phone? Do they only offer email support? If so, how long does it take to respond to the typical off-hour email? Some bookies respond within minutes, others might respond within hours or even days. It’s important to know these things ahead of time.

Also, how well trained are the customer support reps? Some sites do a great job training their staff, and others don’t. For more information on our recommended betting sites, check out our reviews.