Betting Sites - The Complete Guide To Betting Online

At we're experts at betting online and we're here to share that knowledge with you - so if you're looking for recommendations of the best betting sites or trying to hunt down some free bets, then you've come to the right place.

Before we delve into the more detailed information we wanted to quickly introduce our current top overall sports betting sites, which provide an excellent starting point for any budding pundit:

Best Betting Sites For October 2017

BetVictor - £40 Bonus

Bet £10 Get £40

Bet £10 for £40 free - given as £30 sports and £10 casino. Plus officially the best overall odds for football.

Coral - £20 Bonus

Bet £5, Get £20

Your first real money bet of just £5 will earn you a £20 free bet. Coral also run plenty of money back offers and specials.

ComeOn! - £10 Bonus

£10 Free Bet

Get a £10 free bet when you sign up and bet £10. Plus earn loyalty points and swap them for bonuses.

Ladbrokes - £20 Bonus

Bet £5 Get £20

Free bets worth £20 when you sign up and bet £5 (use code B5G20), plus regular price boosts and PayPal quick reg.

888sport - £40 Bonus

Bet £10 Get £30 + £10

In free bets, plus an extra £10 casino bonus. So bet £10 for a total of £40 in bonuses. Min odds are 1/2.

Betfred - £60 Bonus

Bet £10, Get £60

Bet £10 for £60 in bonuses. Plus novel markets and promotions you won't find anywhere else.

10Bet - £200 Bonus

£200 Deposit Bonus

Claim a large £200 deposit bonus plus regular reload bonuses. 10Bet also have a huge live betting section.

Winner - £200 Bonus

£200 Deposit Bonus

Your first deposit matched pound for pound up to £200. Plus free bets every month and loyalty points.

Betway - £50 Bonus

£30 Free Bet

Straight forward £30 free bet. Plus weekly £10 free bets & earn loyalty points through Betway Plus.

Titan Bet - £50 Bonus

100% up to £50

Deposit £10 to £50 for a 100% deposit match (min odds 1/2). Titan Bet are also very good for in play betting.

Betfair - £100 Bonus

£100 in Free Bets

Claim up to £100 in free bets. Given as five x £20 free bets, released one per 5 x £10 qualifying bet.

You might notice that the bonuses listed above are all given in British Pounds (GBP). The reason for this is pretty simple - we're Brits ourselves and so tend to naturally be biased towards the UK (we also run a seperate dedicated UK betting website which maintains a regularly updated list of the best UK bookmakers that may be of interest if you're from Blighty).

Most of the betting sites we list on this site will, however, also accept customers from other, non-UK countries and many of them offer bonuses in other currencies - such as Euros or US Dollars. Having said this, the one country that has very limited options is the USA, where red tape and general bureaucracy often get in the way of betting online. At time of writing none of the betting sites we list currently accept customers from the USA but we'll try and find some suitable options for our American friends soon.

We'll also shortly be creating a series of guides to the best online betting websites based on your country and/or preferred currency, as well as the different payment methods that are available to you. So watch this space for more details.

In the mean time we have produced a number guides on various sports - including how to bet on the sport, any specific rules you need to be aware of when betting, and some basic strategy advice to help you pick some winners. You'll find links to these articles in the menu on the right hand side of the page.

Sports Betting Guides

Responsible Gambling

when the fun stops, stop

Before we proceed any further we wanted to bring up the subject of responsible betting. It's important when participating in any kind of gambling activity to make sure you're in control at all times - for the majority betting is a fun and entertaining pastime that adds an extra bit of excitement to a sporting event, but for some it can become a destructive habit.

As a general rule of thumb we recommend that you should only bet what you can afford to lose and never chase your losses. And if betting is making you unhappy, depressed or stressed then simply don't do it - it's supposed to be enjoyable so if you're not enjoying it, don't do it. In the words of the betting industry - 'When the fun stops, stop'.

If you do feel like you need some help or advice about a potential gambling problem that you or somebody you know may have, then there are a number of fantastic impartial organisations you can turn to for assistance- including Gamble Aware and Gamblers Anonymous.

Betting Online Versus At A Local Bookmaker

Comparison of Coral Online Website & Betting Shop

In case you haven't quick picked up the hint yet, we're pretty big fans of betting online rather than doing it in person in a betting shop - assuming your country allows such activities, of course. There are many reasons for this, ranging from the sheer conveniene of doing it on your own time and wherever you like through to the value you get online.

So lets give you a quick run down of the top reasons to bet online:

1. The Odds - First and foremost, you'll generally get better odds online compared to a brick and mortar bookie. Part of the reason for this is that the local bookmaker has additional costs - such as the rent on the shop and staffing costs - but there's also less competition. The bookie knows that if you're at his shop you're unlikely to leave and walk 10 minutes down the road to a competitor if you don't like his odds, wheras online you can quickly jump from site to site to find the best deal. Sometimes you'll find better odds in a shop, particularly when a line is moving quickly and they're slow to act, but on the whole we've found better prices online.

2. Convenience - By definition, placing a bet in person requires you to physically be there. This means leaving the comfort of your sofa or whatever bar you may be in and trundling off down the road. And if you win, you'll have to go back to collect your winnings. In contrast, thanks to smartphones and tablets bets can be placed online from virtually anywhere - and yes, that includes the little boys room if you're so inclined.

3. Betting Offers - Part and parcel of their being more competition online is that the betting sites will fall over themselves to get your custom. And this isn't limited to beating each others odds - most sportsbooks also will offer you a welcome bonus when signing up which ranges from £10 all the way up to a massive £200, given in free bets in your account. Some of the bigger sites also run frequent (almost daily) promotions such as money back specials, enhanced odds and bonuses. And whilst some of the high street bookies do offer some of these promotions in store, in order to claim you'll need to go back to the bookies with your slip, which also requires you to realise you've triggered an offer - meaning you could miss out if you forget or weren't aware.

4. Live Betting - Most online bookmakers, or at least the decent ones, offer a wide array of in-play betting options on a variety of sports. So if you prefer the fast paced nature of betting on a match that's happening right now, or simply want to hedge a losing bet, you will have a lot more opportunity to do it online.

5. Streaming - If you mainly head to the bookies so you can watch the 2:15 from Newmarket on their TV, you may want to lake a look into live streaming. Many betting sites offer streams of all UK and Irish horse and greyhound races, as well as racing from around the world. Plus, some even offer it on other sports such as tennis, cricket, basketball and international football.

In fact, the main advantage that the high street betting shops had over the online betting sites was the ability to immediately get your hands on your winnings in cash. However even this is a non-issue these days as many of the big UK names such as Coral, Ladbrokes and Betfred allow you to bet online but then collect your winnings from any of their shops. 

Latest Betting Articles & Tips

We produce a wide range of articles on a variety of topics here at You can browse our full archive of tips here or check out the very latest articles to come off the press below.

Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United Betting Tips & Preview – Wednesday 25th October 2017

London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United square off at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday in the standout tie of the EFL Cup Round of 16. Whether they meet in a League Cup, FA Cup or Premier League fixture, it’s rarely a dull affair when Spurs and the Hammers share the field.

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Swansea City v Manchester United Betting Tips & Preview – Tuesday 24th October 2017

Paul Clement’s Swansea City welcome Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United to the Liberty Stadium this Tuesday evening for an intriguing-looking EFL Cup fixture. The League Cup holders head to South Wales as the strong favourites to make it through to the last eight, but could Swansea pull a surprise against a changed United line-up?

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Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Ascot) Betting Tips & Preview – Saturday 21st October 2017

Champions Day at Ascot does a good job of providing something for everyone, from the sprinters to the stayers. Here the milers get their turn in what looks another cracking contest on a day jam packed with them. With top talents from England, Ireland and France set to line up, who will come out on top?

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Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (Ascot) Betting Tips & Preview – Saturday 21st October 2017

2017 has certainly been a good year for the fillies, with the likes of Winter, Australian star Winx and the devastating Enable regularly grabbing the headlines. Ascot quite rightly doesn’t leave out the fillies and mares as they get their own championship race in this 1m4f contest. We won’t be seeing any of the aforementioned trio go to post, but this nevertheless looks an intriguing renewal.

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Marseille v Paris Saint-Germain Betting Tips & Preview – Sunday 22nd October 2017

Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to add another three points to their sizable Ligue 1 tally when they travel to the Stade Velodrome to play Marseille this Sunday. Unai Emery’s side sit pretty at the top of the table having picked up an impressive 25 points from a possible 27. PSG have already opened up a six-point gap over their domestic rivals.

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Disclaimer: Please note that the legality of betting online varies between countries and it is your responsibility to verify that your actions are legal in the country you reside. All offers subject to terms and conditions. Please gamble responsibly - if you feel you may have a problem and need advice please visit Gamble Aware (UK) or Gamblers Anonymous.