Betting and sports go hand in hand, with billions wagered on football matches, horse races, golf tournaments and other events every year. And it’s not just sports either, you can bet on politics, the weather, who will win or get kicked off a reality TV show and even what colour hat the Queen with wear to Ascot. You can even bet on when the world will end, if you can believe that.
To get involved, all you need is a betting site, some money and an idea of who to bet on. So, who should you bet with? There’s plenty of different bookmakers out there who’ll gladly accept your money, but there’s often a big difference in odds, offers and service between betting websites. Below you’ll find a list of the best betting sites as chosen by our team of reviewers.
Note: In this section we’re specifically talking about sports betting. If you’re looking for other types of betting site, such as casino games, see the relevant sections of the site: Casino, Bingo, Poker.
Best Betting Sites For May, 2020
All of the betting sites listed above are licensed in the UK by the UK Gambling Commission. Don’t worry if you’re not from the UK, most also accept players from throughout Europe as well as the rest of the world. Having said this, some countries have restrictions on where you can bet – we’ll be writing country-specific guides very soon.
Sports Betting Guides
For those of you who have a favourite sport to bet on, or are looking for more specialised betting information, then our sports betting guides may be of interest. Each article provides a detailed guide to betting on that sport, covering rules, strategy, markets and, of course, a run down of the best bookies.
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Online betting can be a bit confusing at first – should you bet with the person with the best odds, or the best offers. And are all betting sites trustworthy?
On this site we’ve written a guide that should cover pretty much everything you need to know. From how to bet on various sports through to the best places to do it, and even how to get the most value out of your bets.
What Makes A Good Betting Site?
There’s a big difference between a good betting website and a bad one. And it’s not just because one’s slow to load. A site with poor odds will quite literally cost you money as your winnings will be less than they could have been.
Likewise, a site which pays lower than standard places on an each way bet can make a potentially winning bet lose. All because it was placed with the wrong website.
And then there’s limits. Payout limits are an often overlooked factor when evaluating a betting site, but choosing the wrong site can be very costly. Whilst betting limits are defined by the amount you can bet and clearly stated when placing your bet, payout limits can be easily exceeded, especially when placing an accumulator.
Unlike betting limits, if you place a bet which will exceed a payout limit you often don’t get any warning. A slightly cheeky move perhaps, but one that’s more likely to do with how the system handles bets rather than having an ulterior motive.
Payout limits are calculated based on a series of factors including the sport, league, specific event and bet type. With accumulators the lowest payout limit usually stands – so an acca involving 5 Premier League matches may have a maximum payout of £2m, but throw one lower league match in and it suddenly drops to £50k.
We’re not saying this to scare you, just to highlight the fact that two betting sites that look very similar on the outside can be very very different when it comes down to it.