Betting Guides

At OnlineBetting we provide more than just offers and reviews and we aim to give you as the punter a comprehensive resource for all your betting needs. In this section you will find all you need to know about betting. From what types of bets are available and what they mean to guides on common offers and event, it's all in here.

Best Betting Sites Guide

betting sites 2Our guide to the UK's best betting sites is designed to let you, the punter, find the online bookmaker(s) that fits best with you. We have dissected all the major features from the top bookies with a UK gambling commission licence. Read about the markets they cover and in what depth, what their top betting offers are, interfaces, mobile betting, live betting, streaming availability, payout limits, odds, history, customer service, payment methods and more. For whatever reason you like to bet make sure you bet with your perfect betting sites.

Sports Betting Guide

sports betting guideSee our sports betting index and find everything you need to know to bet on your favourite sports whether you are a seasoned professional or a complete amateur. We have guides on what bets are available by sport and how to place them. We show you where to find the best live betting and streaming, what top competitions and tournaments to look out for as well as the best bookmakers for betting by sport. Find out where sports originated in our sports history guides, where to get the best odds and payouts and other articles on types, terminology and more to help you get the most from your sports betting.

Payment Methods & Banking Guide

Payment homeThe beauty of online bookmaking is it has changed the way people fund their betting wallets, you can now use eWallets such as PayPal and Skrill as well as cash voucher systems such as PaySafeCard, and did you know you are still able to deposit and withdraw from betting sites using cash in store? In our banking articles you will find all the minimum and maximum deposit and withdrawal limits including information on fees and sign up bonus availability. Also find information on how to set up and use various payment methods.

Low Stakes and Low Deposit Betting Sites

low depositIn the old days when we all used to bet in bookmakers shops the idea of minimums didn't really apply, you could place a bet with a twenty pence piece or a twenty pound note and nobody cared.  Online betting accounts however need funding and this means minimums.  Most are set at £10 but this can be often higher, and what if you don't want to put £10 in, what are your options, see all of our lowest stake bookmakers.

High Stakes and High Pay Out Bookmakers

Cash imageThe choice of online bookmakers has never been bigger, there are hundreds to choose from and even though we only cover the most reputable bookies on here there are still over 15 of them. Smaller and newer betting sites can often have much lower pay out limits, especially for smaller sports, so if you like to bet big or on long odds it's worth finding an online bookmaker with high stake and payout limits.

How To Bet Guide: From Beginners to Professionals

how to bet guideIf you have never placed a bet in your life or you bet every week our guide will have something for you. Whether you want to find out the very basics of how to place a wager, want to try out some new types of bets or you are just making sure you are getting the most from your wagers then take a look at our in depth guide. By following a few simple steps you can not only expand your betting portfolio but get the best possible value at the same time in our how to bet guide.

Football Articles

football guidesFor such a simple and beautiful game there is a lot to be said quite literally about football. As the biggest spectator sport on the planet and representing around 70% of wagers in the UK there is a lot to understand when it comes to betting on football. In our football guides section we discuss everything from the history of football, the best bookies, guides on bet types such both teams to score, accumulators and more.

Horse Racing Articles

horse racingHorse Racing has a long history and as the original betting sport it has accumulated many rules and terms that can seem daunting to the uninitiated. Are you are puzzled as to what Rule 4 means, what happens in a dead heat or want to know the difference between grades and classes? Don't worry we have clear and easy to understand guides and articles to help you get the most value from your racing bets.

Bet Types

betting guide home imageDo you want to know what is a Lucky 15 or how to place an each-way bet? See our guide to Bet Types with real examples of how these bets work in practice and what your risks and rewards are when betting in different ways.

From single bets to spread bets you can pretty much do it online these days. Want to place a multiple bet, well there are more options than just your run of the mill accumulator. How about having a go at a forecast or a conditional bet? Ever wondered what a Union Jack bet is or a Roundabout.

Live Streaming Sites and How to Stream

live streamThere is no need to pop down the bookmakers shop anymore to watch a game or a horse race as many now provide live streaming services online. Collectively there are hundreds of thousands of live events broadcast each year. Some sites are certainly better than others for both coverage and the quality of the stream. In our live streaming guide find the best streaming sites, details on how to stream and what events you are likely to find. We also talk about integrated and non-integrated systems as well as streaming strategies and rules.

Cash Out and Partial Cash Out Guide

Cash imageMost online betting sites now provide Cash Out for major sports markets and some now provide partial cash out allowing you to cash in some of your wager leaving the rest to run. In our guide find the bookmakers with the best cash out features, find out how odds are generated, if the odds are fair, market availability, how to maximise profits and reduce losses and how to use cash out in conjunction with promotions.

Bet Editing Guide

edit bet thumbSome leading Online Bookmakers are now providing tools that allow you to edit bets both pre-event and live in play. In our bet editing guide you can read about betting sites that offer various bet editing features and how they work.  Live bet editing is basically a form of cash out but instead of taking the winnings you immediately place a second, edited, bet.  Used sensibly bet edit tools can not only be fun they can mitigate loses and boost winnings.

How To Request Your Own Bets

request a betYou have always had the option to contact a bookmaker and ask if they will give you a price for an event or outcome.  The problem is this could take days sometimes meaning you needed to pick your wagers well in advance.  Modern betting tools combined with mobile apps and social media platforms such as Twitter mean you can now request bets for virtually anything in an instant.  In our guide we discuss the value of these features, which are the best ones to use, and how to get the best out of them.

Biggest Bookies and the UK Gambling Industry

number crunchingThe UK has one of the biggest regulated gambling markets in the world and through a long history of Brits liking a bet it has created some of the worlds biggest multi-billion pound betting companies.  In our article we look at the UK's largest betting operators and how they became so big along with the UK gambling market as a whole.  From the distribution of gambling revenues online and offline to the evolution of betting in the UK we dissect the UK betting market.

Betting Glossary

GlossaryConfused what a Pony is or simply want to know where the name came from? What is a banker bet compared to a normal bet, how about a Patent or a Trixie, here we describe all those weird and wonderful terms you are likely to encounter in the world of online betting. We have created a comprehensive betting glossary for your reference.

History of Bookmaking & Gambling

bet slip 2It is likely that early humans were having a bet well before we even invented money.  Gambling for most of its history has however either been largely unregulated or generally illegal. In our guide to the history of bookmaking we track the evolution of betting in Britain through the ages including how law has changed and gambling habits have changed.  We also look at the very first bookmakers, betting sites and exchanges as well as the rise and fall of institutions such as the Tote and greyhound racing.  Finally we consider the furture of the gambling online.

Guide To Gambling Licences & law In The UK

licencingThe UK can now boast one of the best regulated yet most open and fair betting industries in the entire world. Every UK bookmaker and gambling operator must now possess a gambling licence issued by the gambling commission and this ensures customers can bet in a fair and honest way. Read out guide to find out about the current law, what the gambling commission is and what they do, what is required to get a gambling licence and a full list of OnlineBetting.org.uk bookmakers' licenses. Also read about the history of betting law and what to do if you have a complaint.

Betting & Gambling Tax in the UK

Gambling TaxRead our gambling and betting tax article to find out under what conditions you are require to pay tax when betting in the UK. We discuss both the old and current gambling tax law giving you information on the most up to date legislation.  We also tell you what to do if your a professional gambler and how to declare winnings.  Find out what happens if you spread bet and how this is taxed, get information on giving away your winnings, betting in another country, the history of betting tax and more.

Betting Systems Explained

betting systemsBetting systems have been around, well, as long as betting has been around. There are a lot of different systems from famous names such a Martingale, Labouchere, D'Alembert, right down to the dodgy system thought up by your mate down the pub. Whatever the system there is always a catch and rarely is there a way to ensure a win.  Even if there is the operators will catch you and stop you before long anyway. In our article we discuss all forms of sport betting and casino betting systems including how they work, if they work and where they originate. We tell you if the systems are legal, if you can be banned for using them and more.

Betting Odds Explained

betting oddsModern online betting is bow a global affair and this means you will now see odds and prices listed in several formats including traditional fractions more European decimals and even American moneyline formats. Some more continental bookies may only provide prices in decimal format and this is also common in exchange and index spread betting. There is really nothing to worry about. In our article you will explain betting odds including how to bet with different odds formats with conversion and comparison tables and real examples.

How Do Bookmakers Set Odds and Make Money

setting oddsBookmakers do not gamble when it comes to setting prices. Odds are set based on probabilities, in response to betting patterns and to balance the book. By understanding how bookmakers set odds you can spot the best value prices to add maximum value to your wagers. In this article we discuss aslo disucss how to calculate odds, how bookies balance books to ensure they always make money and how to spot high and low margin bets.

Beat The odds & Make Your Own Luck

beat the oddsThere is no guaranteed way to win when gambling but there are ways to ensure that when you do win you get the best possible value from your wager. Odds are set by traders and in general they undersell the likelihood of an outcome, hence how the bookie makes a profit. Traders are however human after all and although rare they do make mistakes and omissions. In this guide we discuss ways to spot overpriced odds lines on a regular basis as well as other strategies to beat the odds.

Guide To Responsible Gambling

Responsible GamblingGambling is fun but can also be addictive. In the UK we have some of the most stringent gambling regulation in the world and bookmakers are required by law to promote responsible gambling. Read about all of the tools and features available to help you gamble in a safe and controlled way, from self-exclusion to deposit limits. Find out what advice services are available and where to find them. Betting is fun keep it that way.

Betting Sites Refuse To Pay, Limits & User Bans

voidIt is not common but it does happen.  Players and punters can fall foul of betting rules or terms and conditions for a multitude of reasons, which could result in you losing winnings and on occasion even your stake.  Most sites will ban you or limit you if you are caught abusing offers or betting systematically to ensure you win, but what if you've lost out and you think it genuinely wasn't your fault or you didn't have the right info?  Read our guide on why betting companies refuse to pay out.

Making a Complaint Against a Bookmaker

Bookie ComplaintsWe are all human and occasionally both we and bookmakers make mistakes. If you feel you feel a gambling operator has made a mistake or that you have made a mistake due to poorly defined terms and conditions then there are procedures in place to resolve these. Licensed bookies are required to take customer complaints seriously with internal procedures and if this fails there are independent services such as IBAS, the ASA and the Gambling Commission that may be able to help. Read our guide on how to make a complaint to a UK bookmaker.

Betting Site ID and Verification

Terms and conditionsWhy do you have to provide identification to an online betting site? Well it comes down to the terms of their gambling licence, licenced bookmakers in the UK are required by law to check that you are over the legal gambling age and that you currently reside in the country. This is designed primarily to protect minors and vulnerable groups while also preventing fraud in the industry.  This helps make the UK one of the safest places to bet in the world. Many betting sites perform ID and verification checks without you even knowing if you register your bank details with them when you join. Read our guide to find out more.

How To Bet Online When Abroad

abroad 2Rules determining whether a UK licenced bookie will let you bet when you are in another country vary depending on licensing, regulation, legality and ultimately whether the bookie chooses to operate in that region.  In this article you can find the best UK betting sites for coverage abroad, details of licencing and other rules that apply, tax laws, using VPN's and an FAQ to betting when abroad.

Related Contingencies

rule 4What are related contingencies and how should you go about betting on related events?  It is often difficult to understand what bets are related and what bets are not, this affects the type of bets your can place and the odds you are given.  For example, you cannot bet on a goalscorer and correct score in the same game as a double bet as these are related, instead you must use a special bet type called the scorecast, see more related contingencies.

The Decline of Greyhound Racing in the UK

Greyhound Racing Guide 2Once the inner city pursuit of the working classless in the aftermath of world war two Greyhound racing was attended by nearly 35 million people. So what happened to this great spectacle?  Licensing of off track gambling coupled with the slow death of inner cities and the rise of other sports and TV coverage have all contributed to the demise of dog racing. Read about the demise of greyhound racing.

Amateur & Non-Professional Sports Betting

mult sportsIt is easy to bet on a top Premier League game, every bookie will give you odds, but what about the amateur sports events such as the Olympics or non-professional leagues in football? It is a falsehood that you cannot bet on amateur and semi-professional events, the key is finding a bookmaker that provides markets.  Read our article on how to bet on amateur sports to find out how to place these bets along with the major things to look out for.  We also discuss why bookies are weary of these bet types due to the potential for corruption.