Online Betting UK

Welcome to OnlineBetting.org.uk, your premier guide to the world of betting and gambling on the internet. Whatever your sport or game we are here to offer expert advice on where to place your bets, with recommendations and guidance based on a combined experience of over 40 years.

On the site we provide up to date and detailed reviews of all major UK bookmakers, as well as a handful of carefully selected online-only sportsbooks and casinos - all of which are licensed and regulated right here in the UK. As well as individual reviews, we have also written a number of guides which recommend bookies based on sport, bet types or offers so that you can find the best betting sites for your needs. 

Whilst we prefer to give more detailed advice based on the features you're looking for or sport you want to bet on, we also understand that some people just want a list of betting sites to try out for themselves. For this reason we're kicking things off with a list of our favourite bookmakers.  For details of promotions for existing customers see our reviews or visit or betting offers page.

Best UK Online Betting Sites

The offers below are for new customers only, 18+, T&C's apply, please gamble responsibly.
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Excellent all-round bookmaker - National favourite with great regular offers
T&Cs Apply, 18+
18+. UK+IRE only. Min first bet £5 at odds 1/2 or more. Tote and Pool excluded. Must be placed within 14 days of account reg. £20 credited as 4 x £5 free bets. Not valid with Cash Out. Free bet valid for 4 days. Free bet stake not returned. T&Cs apply.
Massive bookie covering everything you are ever going to want to bet on
T&Cs Apply, 18+
18+ New UK+IRE customers. Paypal and certain deposit types and bet types excluded. Min £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 4 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply. T&Cs apply.
Exclusive welcome offer with more existing customer free bets than any other
T&Cs Apply, 18+
100% matched deposit bonus up to £100. £10 min deposit. The bonus will be applied once the full deposit amount has been wagered at least once with cumulative odds of 1/2 or greater. Wagering must be cleared within 60 days. This offer may not be combined with any other offer. Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. General deposit method & withdrawal restrictions apply.
Very modern betting site from an old hand bookie, great range, odds and features
T&Cs Apply, 18+
New William Hill online customers only. Min. unit stake of £10/€10 at odds of 1/2 or greater. Only the “win” part from EW bets will count. Free bet terms, payment method & country restrictions apply. Free bets credited as 3 x £10/€10. Free bet stakes are not returned as part of the settlement of successful free bets. All Free Bets must be wagered within 30 days.
Owner of the tote, excellent book, regular offers and a terrific welcome bonus.
T&Cs Apply, 18+
Available for UK (including Northern Ireland) new customers. Deposit (except eWallets) and stake £10+ at odds of evens + (single or cumulative) on your first bet. Get a £30 free bet within 48 hours of bet settlement. Free tokens are valid for 7 days from issue. Spins must be used on minimum 5 game rounds, restrictions apply, 30 spins maximum, expire after 7 days. Full T&Cs apply.
Outstanding retention, superb betting features & huge range of markets
T&Cs Apply, 18+
Open Account Offer. For new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Professional bookie, remarkable interface with an attractive introductory offer.
T&Cs Apply, 18+
Register and make your first deposit (card or PayPal) within one week. Wager the depsoit once at 2/5 (1.4) min odds to release a matched free bet up to £30. Token active for 7 days with cash winnings, stake not returned. Offer for UK and Ireland new customers, 18+, full terms apply.
The gentleman of bookmaking with an exceptional interface and features
T&Cs Apply, 18+
New Customers Only. Deposit via Credit/Debit card only and bet £5 @ odds 2.0+ within 7 days of registering; Cashed out bets excluded. Get 2x £10 free bets, valid for set types (1 @ odds 2.0+ or greater) & a £10 casino bonus, wagered 40x to withdraw; Bonuses expire in 7 days; Geographical restrictions apply. Click for T&C’s. 18+| begambleaware.org
One of Europe's biggest bookmakers, lots of features huge markets & live streaming
T&Cs Apply, 18+
New customers only. Minimum deposit £10. Free bets credited, regardless of first bet outcome (win/loss), once £20+ qualifying sportsbook bet has been placed. Free bet available for use on any market. Horse racing is excluded from offer. Cashed out bets will cancel the offer. First qualifying bet only. Free bet offer will expire after 30 days. £20 Casino bonus credited next working day from first deposit and has 35x wagering requirement. 18+. UKresidents only. T&Cs Apply. Begambleaware.org
Friendly, transparent, Player Points, weekly Free Bet Club + a nice bonus
Claim a £10 free bet by opting in on registration, depositing and betting £10 at 4/5+ odds within 14 days. £10 free bet within 24 hours. New UK customers can also get a 100% casino bonus equal to the first deposit amount up to £25 (£10 minimum, 35x wagering requirement). Also get 20 free spins for registering (30x rollover on winnings, max payout £100, use in 7 days). Full terms apply.

Welcome Offer of the Month

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Ladbrokes: Bet £5 Get £20 (4 x £5 Free Bet Tokens)

ladbrokes b5g20The ultimate purpose of an introductory free bonus, apart from getting something for free, is to give you an opportunity to try out a betting site without risking too much of your own funds. Introductory offers like this one form Ladbrokes are truly outstanding value therefore. For just a £5 deposit and bet, at 1/2 (1.50) odds or higher, on any sports markets you like, you will get a no less than four £5 Sports Free Bets.

All you need to do is sign up entering the promotional code 20FREE, and place your bet within 14 days of opening the account. If placing an accumulator bet bear in mind each individual selection must have odds of 1/2+. The £20 in sports free bets will be awarded immediately on bet placement.  All four £5 tokens are valid for four days, have no min or max odds, free bet stake is not returned but all winnings are cash. This offer is not valid for Skrill, PayPal Paysafe or Neteller deposits.

You can use your free bets on pretty much any sports markets except for the Tote and the exchange. The bookmakers, Britain's oldest surviving, is a powerhouse of modern betting and with quite literally hundreds of thousands of markets available you should be able to find four wagers to place with your free tokens.  For more about the Ladbrokes site and features see our full review.

New Customer Enhanced Odds Offers & Free Bets

LBO sports iconIn addition to the standard welcome free bets and bonuses you can read about on this site, many betting sites also run enhanced odds and free bet event specific specials.

If you are planning on betting on a certain event, especially a high profile one (e.g Premier League, Cheltenham, Wimbledon, etc.), then you can sometimes find added value compared to the general welcome offer by taking a bespoke deal.

At OnlineBetting.org.uk we focus on the nuts and bolts of betting but we also have a sister offers site that carefully screens new and existing customer promotions for all sports and events worth knowing about. 

From the World Cup to the Ryder Cup, Champions League to Royal Ascot, if you are looking for something for a given sport or event then head over and take a look.  We also list a wider range of betting sites if you would prefer to see a longer list of UK licensed operators.

Latest Betting Offers
See our partner site, LatestBettingOffers.co.uk, for a comprehensive list of enhanced odds sign up offers, new customer specials as well as event and sport specific existing customer promotions. If there is a UK betting offer available it will be listed on our other site.
 

What's On & Upcoming Major Events

upcoming eventsBelow we list the major sporting events on now and upcoming to help you plan your betting. 

Many bookies often give boosted odds and high value retention offers surrounding these feature events that can boost winnings or reduce loses for diligent punters.

It is often worth waiting until closer to an event start time to utilise the best prices, insurance offers, free bets, money back and other promotions available.  You can visit our sister site, featured in the section above, LatestBettingOffers, for event specific odds and deals for both new and existing customers.

Golf The Open Championship, Player holding the Claret Jug
Golf Open Championship: Royal Portrush
Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st July

There are two things special about the 2019 Open Championship, or British Open as it is often called. The first is it is now the final of the four majors of the year; this was caused by the US PGA event moving to May to prevent conflict with the NFL season. This adds further prestige to the oldest major event, something that will not be missed by both bookies and punters.

The second noteworthy fact is the tournament will this year be played at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, only the second time in the history of the event it has not been held on the British mainland. The last time this happened was way back in 1950 when it was held at the same venue. The iconic course situated at the tip of County Antrim was opened in 1888 and is known for some of the most stunning views in the world, as well as some of the most changeable weather.

There are few dominant golfers this year you could bank on winning, but that can also be good as it makes the market more open with better odds for the leading pack. Whatever you bet on it is wise to wait until a few days before the start of the event to get the best prices and deals. With not much else going on in sport at this time of year the offers can be pretty tasty.

Watch: Sky Sports Golf

Tour De France
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Tour De France
6th - 28th July 2019

The annual multi-stage cycling race takes place over 21 days in July in France (mainly) and will cover a distance of 2150 miles (3460 kilometers). Twenty-two teams will ride over the twenty-one stages starting Brussels on the 6th and finishing in Paris at the Champs-Élysées on the 28th.

2019 will be the 106th edition of the race and will honour the 50th anniversary of Eddy Merckx first win, regarded widely as the most successful competitive rider in history with 5 Tour de France wins among 11 grand tour titles.

Team Sky, who have won six tours in seven years, will this time be known as Team Ineos, following Sky's decision to end their sponsorship. The team was bought by Britain's richest man, Jim Ratcliffe, who will be looking to win the tour at the first attempt. The team have retained the two favourite pre-event riders, however, Chris Froome, who won the tour three times between 2015 and 2017 is out following a bad crash in June, leaving Geraint Thomas, last years winner, as the main prospect.

Watch: ITV

Goodwood Festival
Janine Forbes / Goodwood Horseracing Course., via Wikimedia Commons
Glorious Goodwood Festival
30th July - 3rd August

The Goodwood Festival dates all the way back to 1802, and the Goodwood Cup back to 1812; it is as much a part of classic British summer time as the Henley Regatta, Wimbledon or Royal Ascot. With no less than 35 races over four days, 13 of which are group races (3 group 1), along with two classic heritage-handicaps, this is one of the biggest racing meetings on the flat racing calendar.

The three group 1 races of the week dominate the card for the first three days: the two mile Goodwood Cup Stakes on day 1, the one mile Sussex Stakes on day 2 and the one mile two furlong Nassau Stakes on day 3. On day 4 you can see two big races, the one mile Golden Mile heritage-handicap and the group 2 sprint over 5 furlongs, the King George Stakes. The final day features the Stewards Cup, a 6 furlong heritage-handicap loved by the fans.

It is not all about the racing with Goodwood however, it is called Glorious because of the typically grand weather it receives set among the Sussex South Downs. Anyone wishing to experience the best of British summer could do far worse than visit the picturesque course.

Watch: ITV

The Ashes - England v Australia
1st August to 16th September 2019 - England

The Ashes will take place in England this year, the 71st incarnation of the biggest international series in the test game. The opening match will see England take on Australia at Edgbaston (Birmingham) from 1-5 August, followed by Lord's (London) 14-18 August, Headingley (Leeds) 22-26 August, Old Trafford (Manchester) 4-8 September and finally The Oval (London) 12-16 September.

The five-day test game often gets knocked for not being exiting any more in comparison to 50 over ODI's and twenty-20 cricket, however I'm not sure many Australian's or English would agree with you, as all would take an Ashes series win above any other accolade in the game.

Controversy has dominated in recent years with Ben Stokes missing the last series due to police investigation for assault, and on the Aussie side the likes of Smith and Warner are fresh from the ball tampering scandal from last year. This will only add to the exciting and tense atmosphere around the contest, that should further heighten expectation. Rarely before have England and Australia been top sides at the same time and so close in ability - this series promises to be the best since 2005.

Watch: Sky Sports Cricket

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About Our Online Betting Guide

online betting 2At OnlineBetting.org.uk we provide impartial betting advice whether you are a complete novice or you have been doing this for years. All guides and reviews are written by Matt (that’s me) and our in house team, or by carefully selected and vetted expert writers. We update our offers daily and we revise our reviews and guides regularly.

A little introduction to me, Matt. I have been betting for many years in all formats, I love all sports and games and as we all know there is no better way to get into an event than by having a cheeky flutter. Everything written on this site comes from first-hand experience and has been fully tried and tested by either myself or our team or our expert writers. I aim to guide you through all things betting from old school bookmaker’s shops to modern bookies that solely offer online betting tools. We assess the pros and cons of online vs betting shops, conventional desktop sites, mobile betting, payment options, offers/promotions, live betting and betting with streaming and more.

I am a diehard Liverpool FC fan and I truly love my football but I also like watching and going to, Horse racing, Dog racing, Cricket, Tennis, Darts, F1, Rugby, Golf, Snooker, Boxing and even the odd NFL game. If you watch a sport or game in my opinion it is worth placing a bet on it but given the wide range of choice and offers available in the world of online betting it is often hard to know who to bet with. In my own experiences I have made some mistakes but I have found a lot of gems that can make betting on events a lot more fun, and profitable.

Maybe you want to find the best bookmaker for betting on football for example, or you might want to know how to bet with cash online, who offers Cash Out, live streaming, who has the best mobile app or who provides the best live betting – whatever your query or question we have complied a comprehensive resource to online betting to help answer it.

Here we list good, established, UK licensed (by the Gambling Commission), reliable betting sites for punters and by having a good relationship with these companies in many cases we are able to offer you exclusive and one-off deals you cannot find direct with the bookmaker.  If you like what we do come back and visit us often and see what's new, share the love too and tell your friends about us.