Monday, June 18, 2018

Taking part in sports, writing about sports, watching sports… sports can be a part of your life in so many ways. Modern technology even brought it right into your desktop and mobile devices, which can be used for betting online on your favourite teams and players.

However, entering the world of online sports betting can be quite overwhelming and even dangerous unless you know how to do it right. There are lots of scam websites out there that refuse to pay out winnings or unsafe betting operators where users’ personal and financial details can be easily stolen.

Therefore, reading a comprehensive guide to online sports betting before actually joining a random betting site is the best chance of staying safe. Here are some tips to have in mind that will guarantee you have the best possible experience.

Choose Your Online Betting Operator Wisely
Obviously, safety is always top priority when you’re online and Sports betting is no different. Before joining a betting site and providing your details to them you should learn more about the operator. Try to find whether there have been lots of complaints against them or whether they have a solid reputation.

Another sign that a sports betting operator is trustworthy are its licenses and seals of approvals. For example, the UK Gambling Commission oversees the operations of betting sites that serve UK bettors. Getting their license is a long process that requires meeting high safety and fairness standards. Moreover, in case of disputes, the Commission guarantees that users’ concerns are heard, rather than simply ignored. Seals of approvals, on the other hand, come from independent auditors and reputable companies such as McAfee, eCOGRA and SSL to vouch for the safety and security of the website.

Use Resources Provided by the Betting Site
Most reliable betting sites have an extensive database of resource to help newbies get started. Don’t hesitate to use these in order to learn how to use the software, how to place bets, what are your betting options and so on. It’s always important to be as informed as possible in order to avoid making mistakes that could result in void bets or breaking rules.

Have a Betting Budget and Stick to It
One of the biggest mistakes rookie online bettors make is not having a betting budget. Sometimes betting online makes you forget that you are spending real money and result in huge losses. Therefore, smart bettors always have a budget that they can afford to lose and stick to it. When your weekly or monthly spending limit is reached, you must stop and wait better times.

Educate Yourself on Different Types of Bets
It’s always crucial to know the different types of bets you can place, what they mean and how much you can win with them. The most popular types of bets online are moneyline bets, point spread bets and totals – over/under bets. The first type is betting on which team will win, while totals means betting on the total number of points scored.

About the author: Jennifer Taglione is the owner of this fabulous website Stiletto Sports. Despite writing well over 500 posts, she still maintains that she is not a sports writer! She is however a huge fan of Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Sanchez, the Celtics, and totally kicks butt on March Madness brackets! Connect with her by following her on Twitter @StilettoSportsJ and subscribing to her weekly newsletter. For more info check out the About the Editor page!

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