Choosing the right sportsbook is an essential part of enjoying sports wagering. There are now hundreds of offshore sportsbooks and Internet sportsbooks in operation around the globe. Although you should perform your own due diligence in finding a sportsbook that is both reputable customer service oriented, we have taken much of the leg work out by linking only to the best books in the industry. The sportsbook you choose should suit your needs. For example, if you are a small bettor you wouldn’t want to wager with a book that caters to big bettors. If you love to wager on hockey, you should not put your money with a book that does not regularly deal with hockey bets. Make no mistake; there are a few scam artists who operate online sportsbooks.
Points to follow when choosing a sportsbook:
- Are they reputable? This is MOST important. Do they pay regularly and in a timely fashion? Are they well funded and not over extending their cash reserves? There is no worse feeling than not getting paid after you have scored a big win.
- Where are they located? You want to be sure that the sports book is operating in a legal jurisdiction so you can have some recourse if things do go wrong. Look for books who are members of the Offshore Gaming Association (OSGA) or International Sportsbook Council (ISBC).
- Where do they get their lines? Don Best and Jim Feist are considered among the most reliable sources for lines. Be sure you shop around to see how each sportsbook’s lines compare.
- How do you rate their customer service? Do they treat clients with respect and resolve disputes in a consistent and fair manner? What do their clients stay on newsgroups?
- Do they offer incentives? Beware, if an offer is too good to be true, it probably is. However, even the most respected sportsbooks offer some incentives to encourage signups and retention. We have taken all five of these points into consideration and tested all of the Sports Books in our Best Bet Recommendations.