You’ve decided to place your first-ever sports wager online, huh? Since you found this tutorial, we’ll presume this is your first gambling experience. We also understand if this is not your first bet but rather one that has been delayed for some time. Technological advancements tend to happen rapidly.
Here, we’ll show you how to wager on sports online from start to finish. When you’re done reading this, you’ll be fully prepared to place your first real money online bet at a reputable sportsbook.
Which sportsbook should you use? Do a cursory scan of all the available sites before falling headfirst into the first one you find. Very quickly, you’ll have a feel of which websites are the most intuitive to use. Websites that detail the specifics of each type of sports wager are invaluable resources for anyone just getting started in the betting world.
Never be too shy to seek advice from those who have more sports betting expertise than you. Some people may complain that signing up for a sportsbook or using a given method of withdrawal is too much trouble. Your success in sports betting will increase in proportion to the amount of preparation time you put in.
If you find a site you like, the next step is to sign up for an account and install their mobile app. If you’re a first-time gambler, I recommend practicing on a practice account until you find a betting strategy you like. The odds at most sportsbooks may be viewed without signing up for an account. After you’ve used the app to have a feel of how totals and money lines operate, and you’re ready to put real money on the line, you may enroll for an account.
Account creation procedures might vary from one website to the next. You’ll need to provide your full name, mailing address, cellular phone number, password, email address (which also serves as your login), date of birth, and gender at most online sportsbooks. Your profile is created when you input your data.
The following are some of the methods accepted by online sportsbooks for making deposits:
- Credit card
- Debit card
- Prepaid site card
- Online Bank Transfer
- ACH (eCheck)
- Wire Transfer
Your wins may take a few hours or a few days to appear in your bank account, even if you use a fast deposit option like credit or debit cards, ACH, and bank transfers. Play+ is a popular method of depositing and withdrawing funds from your sports betting account, and it is accepted at a wide variety of reputable betting sites. At teller machines all around the country, you can use your Discover(R) or Mastercard(R).
Many online sportsbooks reward new customers with “risk-free bets” or a bonus that matches a certain proportion of their first deposit. It’s in your best interest to make use of every bonus that comes up while you place sports bets. Get free cash and leverage when a sportsbook offers it.
One of the most common mistakes made by new sports bettors is failing to create and stick to a budget. Always remember the golden rule of gambling: never put up money that you can’t afford to lose.
To maximize your chances of winning, it is best to stake around the same amount on each bet. When gamblers see a “can’t miss” bet, they often place it. Therefore, they will most likely wager an abnormally large sum of money on such a line. If that wager loses, they’ll be in a sticky situation.
Once you’ve read between the lines and decided what interests you the most, you may make your wager. After selecting a line, you’ll be given the option to include it in a parlay, teaser, or straight bet. If this is going to be your sole wager, click “straight wager” and enter your stake. After entering your stake, you’ll see the potential return on your wager. If everything looks OK to you, click the “OK” or “confirm bet” button and let fate decide the rest. I wish you the best of luck.