With bookmakers seeming to be everywhere online and in the media, you have a lot of choice in deciding which bookies to use for your adventures in online betting. In response to many user requests, we maintain a list here of bookmakers that in our experience are good to use and have lived up to their promises.
There are several bookmakers who are now well-established online and operate in some cases all around the globe. All bookies need to obtain the appropriate government licences in each territory or jurisdiction in order to operate in them. This is why sometimes you will see a message that they don’t accept customers from your country.
We have found that it’s beneficial to maintain accounts with several bookies so that you can take advantage of not only the initial new customer offers (e.g. free bets) but also new features ongoing special offers that you can use after you become a customer. Naturally, you’ll need to meet the requirement of being minimum legal gambling age (i.e. be 18+ years old) in your jurisdiction in order to become a customer of one of these bookmakers.
One of the enticements that bookmakers often use is the new customer offer. These often come in the form of free bets and/or other forms of welcome bonuses. They also come with specific terms and conditions which you’ll want to check, as they can often sound better than they are in reality. Our advice is not to get too overwhelmed at what such offers can promise – many punters don’t even use the new customer offers. However, if it’s a sweetener that you are interested in, you will normally find plenty of these available.
These are the bookmakers that we feel are the best in the business at the current time.
For accumulators, it’s often a handy option to use bookmakers who offer acca insurance. This is where, after you place an accumulator bet (e.g. 5 bets), you are offered slightly less potential returns (or sometimes a refund) but one of the acca legs can fail. That’s any leg of your accumulator, which is good because you never know which one it might be.
Betfair has one of the best accumulator insurance schemes and they call this “Acca Edge”. It’s available on trebles and above (Many other bookmakers only offer accumulator insurance on 5-Fold accumulators and above). They offer Acca Edge when you build your accumulator and you are offered the choice to apply it or not. If you do take it, your potential winnings are lowered slightly BUT one leg (any leg) of the accumulator is allowed to fail and your stake is refunded in cash.
Some bookmakers do it differently and give you a refund as a free bet if one leg of an accumulator fails. These often include terms and conditions so make sure that you know all about any limits on these.
William Hill has accumulator insurance available on a minimum of 5 selections and there is a maximum refund level.
You can access all of these bookmakers from this page as well as the BookieBoost mobile app including all of their new customer offers. Download the mobile app for ease of access and keeping all of your bookies in the one place. On the app, you can also make your bookmaker/s a favourite, which keeps it at the top of the favourites list.
If there has become a fairly standard feature amongst bookmakers, it has to be Cash Out. This is basically where you are offered to take less winnings of a bet before the finish of an event (or in accumulators, events). This can be particularly useful if you are really not confident that a team will be able to hold on to a lead in the dying minutes of a match! But the bookmakers aren’t silly, so Cash Out is not always available – and sometimes it can become unavailable at the most frustrating times.
If your chosen bookie does happen to offer cash out, it therefore pays you to be watching your desktop or mobile screen when your matches are being played out.
Best UK & Irish mobile bookies (Betting App Store)
Definition & history of bookmakers (Wikipedia)