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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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.
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 - Deposit method and withdrawal restrictions apply & Full T&C’s 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.
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.
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 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 Free Sports 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. Credit/Debit card deposits only. Geographical Restrictions and T&Cs Apply. Please Gamble Responsibly
Great British Sports Bookie, Top for Football Especially
T&Cs Apply, 18+
Available for new customers who register after 29/1/2020. Your first bet must be a create your bet . The maximum refund is £20. Casino is excluded. No deposit code required. Minimum odds of 2.0. Minimum number of selections – 4. Full terms apply.
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
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.
Huge sportsbook, great for football betting with massive market range
T&Cs Apply, 18+
New Customers only; Min. deposit £15 (no Skrill/Neteller); Bonus amount is 100% of deposit up to £50; Offer can be claimed once per household; Wager the qualifying deposit and bonus amount 8x within 30 days to convert bonus winnings into real money; Wagers must be on min. odds of 4/5 on singles or acca bets with min. odds of 2/5 per selection to qualify; Max. stake contribution to wagering requirement is the value of your bonus; Certain bet types are excluded; See full terms; Terms apply; 18+

Welcome Offer of the Month

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Sport Nation: £20 Risk Free Bet

sport nation 20 risk freeThe 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 Sport Nation are truly outstanding value therefore. This deal is risk free, meaning you get cash back on your first 'create your bet' up to £20 if it loses. This has no wagering requirement attached to it.

All you need to do is sign up, no code required, deposit and place a 'create your bet' with odds over evens (2.0) or more and a minimum 4 selections (e.g. Liverpool to win, over 2.5 goals, over 6 corners, Salah to score). If this bet then goes on to lose you will get your stake back up to £20 in cash, you need to accept the cash back pop up to receive your cash. Only create your bet bets are eligible for refund and it must be your first ever bet. No min odds. Token expires in 7 days from deposit.

You can either withdraw the cash or use it to place any bets, as you would with any other real money betting. Sport Nation are a powerhouse of modern betting and with quite literally hundreds of thousands of markets available, they are particularly well know as being a high limits no messing operator that don't limit players, a book for a proper punter. They also have the best loyalty points program around, which you can real more about in the Sport Nation 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.

cheltenham festival
10th to 13th March 2020

There was a nervousness surrounding the Cheltenham Festival last year when UK racing was suspended in February due to an equine flu outbreak. Luckily all was well and the biggest week of jump racing in the UK racing calendar went ahead as planned, breaking yet more records along the way.

The four day event will be the biggest, richest, most bet on and and most watched festival ever and as always if you are going to have a bet you would be insane not to at least consider one of the outstanding promotions or concessions that are available.

This is the one event of the year that can be relied on for attracting the most crazy deals from UK bookies and is one of the best times of the year to bet for added value. Read our guide page for more.

Watch: ITV

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Rugby Union Six Nations Championship
1st February to 14th March 2020

Following the World Cup in Japan last Autumn the 6 Nations represents one of the first chances to gauge which of the top European nations have stayed on top form and will be pushing for the big title.

Ireland were favourites last year but a strong start from both England and Wales blew many expectations away. Wales of course went on to win the Grand Slam in style leaving a sore taste in mouths of the English and the Irish. Is revenge on the cards or can the Welsh do it again?

The Six Nations is a great event for finding try scorer money back offers, extra winnings, early payouts and insurance deals.

Watch: BBC and ITV

Premier League Trophy
Riccardo de Conciliis [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons
Until 19th May 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

Michael Van Gerwen at Darts Premier League Match
Steve Welsh/PDC
Premier League Darts
Thursday Nights - 6th February to 21st May 2020

From February to May every Thursday evening sees the world's best PDC players compete in the Unibet Premier League. There are two initial phases that result in a play-off night held at the end of May to see who is crowned the winner. Michael Van Gerwen has won the previous four titles in a row.

The event was only conceived in 2005 and yet has already become one of the most high profile events on the darts calendar, second only perhaps to the World Championship.

Being held on a Thursday, a quieter day for football, and on Sky, means this is a very big event for live betting for both punters and bookies. You can find some excellent linked free bets and price boosts, especially from the event sponsor Unibet.

Watch: Sky Sports

EFL Cup
EFL Cup Final: Aston Villa v Man City
16:30 Sunday 1st March 2020

The 2020 EFL Cup final gets underway as the competition reaches its business end and both teams start to play seriously for the silverware that could come. There final is a mismatch in terms of league position, with Manchester City strong favourites to beat newly promoted Aston Villa. Then again this is a cup final and anything can happen, this will be in City's mind too having been beaten in one of the biggest FA Cup shocks when Wigan overcame them in the 2012 final. Villa are by no means novices either, having won 5 league cups to date, the last in 1996.

Man City reached the final by beating Preston, Southampton, Oxford and then Manchester United in the two-legged semi-final. Villa made it thanks to wins against Brighton, Wolves, Liverpool (kids) and Leicester.

With Liverpool so dominant in the league the EFL Cup has added importance for Man City this year as it might be the only silverware they get their hands on, it would also be their third league cup in a row, a feat that only Liverpool have managed previously. The cup will also be a welcome distraction from the relegation fight for Villa who could also earn a Europa League place if they win it.

Watch: Sky Sports

FA Cup Fifth Round
2nd-5th March 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 will 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?

Liverpool and Man City will have their eyes on other prizes this year there is no doubt, but then they both 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 6 clubs will be taking the tournament more seriously this year as they unlikely to win the league or Champions League, other clubs will also be courting the Europa League spot available to the winners along with the trophy.

The fifth round gets underway mid-week from 2nd-5th March. With 8 matches available it is one of the best footy events for an acca.

Watch: BBC and BT Sport

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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.