There are several advantages to placing bets online. Firstly, it's far more convenient to go online, register and then log in with a bookmaker, rather than traipse down to the high street every time you want to place a bet.
You will also find that the majority of online bookies will offer a free bet when you open an account with them.
There is also the amount of choice that you get online. We recommend that it's always useful to have several bookmaker accounts so that you can get the best odds possible, while firms differ in terms of what markets they offer. At a betting shop, you might be able to bet on markets such as 1X2, Correct Score, First Goalscorer and Scorecast, although online you will find more Player Specials, along with cashback promotions on the big games.
More and more online betting customers are also betting in play with their bookmaker of choice, meaning that they are striking bets while the action unfolds. It's a very exciting and popular way to enjoy a match and wait to see what's happening during a game before placing your bet.
Finally, many bookmakers also offer live streaming of horse racing, soccer and tennis matches, so that you can watch the action on your PC or laptop and place a bet at the same time. We're sure you'll agree that there are lots of advantages!
The first thing that you will have to do is register your details. As you might expect, most bookmakers have a 'Join Now' or 'Open Account' linked displayed prominently when you first visit their site. You are usually required to enter information such as name, address, date-of-birth and some security information so that the customer service can correctly identify you when contact them.
You will then have to deposit funds into your account in order to place a bet. There are lots of different payment methods that you can use to fund your betting account, although the most popular method is using a debit card of some description. However, credit cards are also accepted by the majority of bookmakers, as well as Neteller, PayPal and Western Union.
Once you have funded your account, you are now ready to place a bet! Most betting websites have the same process whereby you select a team or horse that you think is going to win that particular event and it gets added to an online betting slip. You can then add further selections to the slip (if you were placing a multiple) or alternatively proceed to place your bet.
There is often the option to 'check bet' so that you can make sure you have the right selection and stake size. Once you are happy that it all looks correct, you click on 'Place Bet' and you can sit back and see if you will be collecting a profit!
Any self-respecting bookmaker will have security measures in place to ensure that it's completely safe to submit your personal details and make bank transactions with them. For example, William Hill uses Thawte SSL web server certificates to offer secure communications by encrypting all data to and from the site.
SSL is used to protect the sensitive information that is sent and received including personal information and credit/debit card details. Secure pages can be verified by the presence of the padlock symbol that is displayed in your browser.
The same applies when it comes to withdrawing funds from your betting account, although some bookmakers may ask for extra information from you to ensure that no fraudulent activity takes place. For example, you may be asked to submit a copy of your passport or a utility bill.
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