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.
Reputable Bookmakers: United States
These are the bookmakers that we feel are the best in the business at the current time.
Some bookmakers give you a refund as a free bet if one leg of an accumulator fails. These often include terms and conditions that apply so make sure that you check the fine print to know all about any limits on these.
For parlay bets (sometimes known outside of the US as accumulators or multi-bets), it’s often a handy option to use bookmakers who offer parlay insurance. This is where, after you place a parlay bet (e.g. 5 bets), you are offered slightly less potential returns (or sometimes a refund) but one of the legs in your parlay can fail. That’s any leg of your parlay, which is good because you never know which one it might be.
You can access all of these bookmakers from the links on this page including any current new customer offers.
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.
Definition & history of bookmakers (Wikipedia)
We have made efforts to show which bookmakers here are available in your territory. However, these are subject to change and often do. Also, please note that laws regarding betting and gaming vary throughout the world. It is your responsibility to ensure that you understand and fully comply with any laws and/or regulations applicable in your own country, state or region. All information correct and up-to-date at time of writing, but be sure to check the terms and conditions of each bookie offer yourself before proceeding.