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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Inventor of Lucky 15, 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.
Very modern betting site from an old hand bookie, great range, odds and features
New customers using Promo Code P30 only, min £10/€10 stake, min odds ½, free bets paid as £15/€15 (30 days expiry), free bet/payment method/player/country restrictions apply.
The gentleman of bookmaking with an exceptional interface and features
T&Cs Apply, 18+
New Customers only. Deposit and place a £5 qualifying bet at odds of 2.00 or greater within 7 days of opening a new account; excludes cashed out bets. Receive 2x £10 Sports/Virtual Sports Free Bets, valid on set events only at odds 2.00 or greater, expires in 7 days, plus a £10 Casino Bonus, expires in 7 days. Wager the Casino Bonus 35x to withdraw winnings. Payment Cards only. Geographical Restrictions and T&Cs Apply. Please Gamble Responsibly
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.
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.
Exclusive welcome offer with more existing customer free bets than any other
T&Cs Apply, 18+
New customers only. Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30F. A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market. Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5). Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days - Free bet stakes not included in returns. Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days. To withdraw bonus/related wins, wager bonus amount x40 within 14 days. Wagering req. vary by game. Withdrawal restrictions and Full T&C’s apply
One of Europe's biggest bookmakers, lots of features huge markets & live streaming
T&Cs Apply, 18+
New customers only. 18+, BeGambleAware.org. Min deposit £10. Money back as bonus. Wagering requirements: Sportsbook 3x at min. odds of 1.40 (2/5), Casino 25x. Only one bonus can be used at a time, Sportsbook bonus must be wagered before using the Casino, unless the bonus has been forfeited. Bonus will expire after 7 days of opt-in.
Have a laugh with Paddy, loads of regular promotions and a nice sign up offer
T&Cs Apply, 18+
New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. Paddy's Rewards Club: Get a £10 free bet when you place 5x bets of £10+. T&Cs apply
The world's biggest exchange now has a great fixed odds book
T&Cs Apply, 18+
New customers only, bet up to €/£20 on the Exchange and if your first bet loses, we’ll refund you €/£20 in Cash. Bet must be placed in first 7 days of account opening. T&Cs apply.
Massive Bookie From Poland
T&Cs Apply, 18+
New depositing players on STSbet.co.uk only. Promotion from 11/02/2020 until further notice. First deposit min £10. Qualifying bet: min. £10 accumulator bet with at least two selections with min odds of 1/2 (1.50) per selection. Bonus: 50% of the amount of the first bet. Max bonus £40. Min 6x wagering with bonus on min odds of 1/2 (1.50) before withdrawal. Deposit method restrictions. Bonus valid for 7 days. BeGambleAware.org.
Huge sportsbook, great for football betting with massive market range
T&Cs Apply, 18+
New Customers only; Min. deposit £15; Bonus amount 100% of deposit up to £50; Wager deposit and bonus 8x within 30 days; 4/5 Min. single odds or 2/5 min. acca selection odds; Max. stake contribution equal to the initial bonus; Certain bet types and payment methods excluded; See full terms; Terms apply; 18+

Welcome Offer of the Month

T&Cs Apply. New Customers Only (18+). BeGambleAware

MansionBet: Bet £10 Get £20 (4 x £5 Free Bets)

mansionbetMansionBet is the sports arm of the highly successful Mansion Casino, it operates using the leading award winning SB Tech sportsbook platform. SB Tech provide deep markets, including racing, one of the best in-play sections you will find and plenty of betting features from cash out to bet builders along with a load of features not available elsewhere, such as pulse bet.

The company is well backed and resourced and has been around since 2003 so they have a fair idea what customers want. They may be better known for casino but the sportsbook is brilliant on its own. They are particularly known for numerous high value existing customer offers.

For a long time the company have had a poor welcome offer but have recently upgraded to a much more enticing Bet £10 Get £20 sign up deal, details below.

New customers only. Min deposit £10 (UK debit cards only) Bet £10 at odds of evens (2.0) or greater. Multiple bets with cumulative odds of evens (2.0) count, each leg must have odds of 1/5 (1.2) to be eligible. Each way bets are eligible for this promotion. Upon qualifying bet settlement, 1 x £5.00 Free Bet will be credited to your account. Once the first £5.00 Free Bet has been used a further 3 x £5.00 Free Bets will be applied to your account. Free bet stake not returned after bet settlement. Valid for 7 days, each Free Bet must be used in its entirety.

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.

Premier League Trophy
Riccardo de Conciliis [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons
Resumes 17th June 2020

The Premier League is the worlds biggest sporting competition in terms of revenue, number of people watching, wages, attendance and pretty much any other stat you want to look at; including betting, accounting for over half of bets placed on football in the UK.

Let's face it the league is elitist and based on money, and for a long time this caused stagnation with three teams domination the first 20 years; Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal. lately however the league has gained a new competitive streak, most notably with Leicester winning in 2015 and then two new dominant forces arising in Liverpool and Man City, who look set to continue their battle in 2019-20, in the way United and Arsenal did 15 years ago - that is except the level is now much higher, as seen with Liverpool coming second last year with an astonishing 97 points.

In the UK 70% of bets are placed on football and nearly three quarters of those wagers go on the Premier League, making this one event responsible for around half of all bets placed. Considering this if you bet on the PL you would be insane not to search around for the best offers and odds from our leading bookies. Read our detailed guide for more.

Watch: Sky Sports, BT Sport & Amazon

Last 16 - Friday 7th August 2020

The revised Champions League will now be played in August in a straight single-legged knockout competition held in Lisbon, Portugal. The quarter-finals will be played between the 12th and 15th and semi-finals on the 18th & 19th. Ties will be held between Benfica's stadium (Estadio da Luz) and Sporting Lisbon's ground (Estadio Jose Alvalade). The final is due to be held on Saturday 23rd August at the Estadio da Luz.

Before the straight knockout there is the matter of four last 16 ties to sort out. It is yet to be announced whether these will be played at the home stadiums or whether they will be moved to neutral venues. All ties are due to be held on Friday 7th August.

Given we've never had a situation like this before it is very hard to predict how teams will fare in the latter stages of this years competition. There are a number of added factors ranging from a long period of inactivity to heightened injuries that could all come into play. Teams also have to play behind closed doors in neutral venues and the weather in Portugal in August will likely be hot.

How teams react to these challenges will vary and this could make some shock results more likely than in the past. The bookies also can't rely on historical data and form like they usually would to price markets, which means if you are savvy you could find a lot of value for some markets.

FA Cup Semi Finals
18th - 19th July 2020

The 2019-20 FA Cup could be one of the best in years, yes there is an expectation that Manchester City will simply walk it, but then they said that in 2012 when Wigan produced the biggest shock of the last 30 years. This is the 138th edition of the worlds oldest and best domestic cup competition and see 736 teams compete in over 700 games to find a winner.

Despite the magic and all the giant killings it remains true that the FA Cup has been won by only two teams other than Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea since 1992. That doesn't stop fans believing however and an upset is due again soon surely?

Man City have their eyes on other prizes this year there is no doubt, but then they have one of the deepest squads to cope with it and are aiming to win as much as they can. On the flip side the other top clubs will be taking the tournament more seriously this year as they cannot win the Premier League, other clubs will also be courting the Europa League spot available to the winners along with the trophy.

The semi-finals get underway on the weekend of the 18th July, following rescheduling, all games will be played behind closed doors.

Watch: BBC and BT Sport

Newmarket Racevourse on a July summer evening
christopher_brown from Mildenhall, England [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
July Festival: Newmarket
9th, 10th & 11th July 2020

When we think about elite summer flat racing it is easy to jump straight from Royal Ascot in late June to Goodwood in late July. Sandwiched in the middle, however, is the July Festival, held at the the home of the racing and the Jockey Club; Newmarket.

This three day event from Thursday to Saturday sees 21 races, a third of which are group races. The feature group one races are the Falmouth Stakes on the Friday and the Darley July Cup Stakes on the Saturday. Alongside these are a further 14 handicap and conditions races between 5 furlongs and 1 mile 6 furlongs, that will give plenty of spectacle to racegoers and viewers alike.

With not much other than a bit of tennis going on in early July this meeting is very much loved by the betting companies, and is often used to try to attract summer racing punters - and that means good prices and decent offers are available.

Watch: ITV

Michael Van Gerwen at Darts Premier League Match
Steve Welsh/PDC
Darts World Matchplay
18-26th July 2020, Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Generally seen as the biggest PDC darts event after the World Championship, the Matchplay tournament features 32 players (16 seeded and 16 from the ProTour Order of Merit) playing in a straight knock-out legs format over five rounds. The first round is best of 19 legs, second best of 21, quarter-finals best of 31, semi-finals best of 33 and the final best of 35 legs.

Despite the tournament first starting in 1994 there have only been 9 different winners, this is largely due to the fact Phill Taylor won the event 16 times between 1995 and 2017. Rob Cross is the current champion winning in 2019 in an event Michael van Gerwen has struggled in, by his own standards, with only two wins (2015 & 2016) from three final appearances. He was knocked out in the second round last year. This may partly be due to the fact half of players are made up from the Pro Tour, meaning top players like van Gerwen have less experience against them.

Being a leading televised PDC event the total prize pool is a very decent £700,000 with £150,000 to the winner.

Watch: Sky Sports

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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.