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Opening a Betting Account

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Opening an online betting account is simple to do and can save you time from placing a bet at a high street bookmaker. There are numerous online bookmakers that you can open an account with and we have compiled a list in our Online bookmakers section. To make it easier we have highlighted the two most popular betting sites below.

 

 

How to open an online betting account

 

 

Easy to follow steps:

  1. Pick the online bookmaker you would like to open an account with and click to visit the site.
  2. Once on the bookmaker site you will need to click on the “join now” button or “open account”.
  3. You will need to register with the bookmaker and fill out your details. Make sure you enter your personal details correctly.
  4. Once registered you able to set your responsible gambling limits, this is very important.
  5. Before you can deposit or place a bet you will need to verify your identidy.
  6. Make a deposit and place a bet, if you have decided to make use of the bonus, please ensure you fully read and understabd the terms and conditions.
  7. Looking at the bookmakers promotions page is a good way to spot ways of boosting your betting balance.
  8. Set up your preferences, highlighted below.

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How to set up a betting account

Once you have signed up to a bookmaker you will need to set up your betting account.

How you set up your betting account will vary on how you like your odds displayed, ie fractional/decimal or American.

 

You can also pick your favourite betting markets with your favourite sports. This will make it easier and quicker to place a bet.

 

Whilst setting up your bettign account you will need to set up your payment method which will also be the method you can withdraw money.

 

Setting up your marketing preferences is important as you may want to receive emails with the latest offers from the bookie.

 

Can I open online accounts at other bookmakers

You are permitted to open accounts at other bookmakers, however you can only have one account at each site. Don't feel tempted to sign up for the bonus twice as your account may get suspended.

 

Is it easy to open a betting account?

 

Opening a betting account is extremely simple to do and can be done in less than 5 minutes. You will need to verify your account so make sure you have your id documents handy.

 

Do I need a seperate account for mobile betting?

 

You do not need to have a seperate betting account for placing a bet on the mobile website or the app.

What payment methods do bookmakers accept?

Each bookmaker will have their own accepted payment methods and you will be able to see the list on the individual bookmaker site.

The mainstream options like Visa, Electron, Maestro and Mastercard Debit Cards will be accepted at almost all bookmakers. These deposit methods can be instant.

If you do not want to show your card to the bookie, you can opt to use apple pay or an E-wallet.

Bankwire and cheque are also still accepted, however these options are not instant and can take anytime from 2 days up to 10 days.

Is there a minimum deposit amount?

Most online bookmakers will have a minimum depsoit amount, this is most likely due to processing fees. Please check each individual site you sign up to confirm.

Most online bookmakers will have a minimum depsoit amount, this is most likely due to processing fees. Please check each individual site you sign up to confirm.

Are online bookmakers safe to bet with?

All the bookmakers we highlight on this website are licensed in the UK. In order to have the level of protection that the gambling commission ensures you need to only use UK licensed bookies.

Bookmakers are not banks and you should not keep your money in there for a prolonged period, dormant accounts may incur a inactive fee, which will be highlighted in their terms and conditions.

Sticking to the highstreet names is a good idea and avoiding off shore operators.

What does a bookmaker need to tell you when you sign up?

The Gambling Commission have highlighted here that when opening a new account, the bookie must provide the following information:

The licensed status of the company
Your account
Account fees
How your money is protected
Free offers and bonuses
Terms and conditions.

Reading and understanding this information can help you make an informed decision whether you want to open an account there.

What is the best betting account?

With all the factors taking into consieration, from our personal opinion, we believe the best betting account to have is a bet365 betting account. They simply have the best customer service, the best odds and all the markets that you would want to bet on.

The promotions they offer are generous and the live streaming options are immense.

Once you sign up for an online account you are well within your rights to use another bookmaker, there is no need for loyalty.

How do I open a bet365 account?

To open a bet365 account you will need to follow this link (#ad)  here, you do not need a bonus code as they only offer one sign up bonus for new customers.

How do I open a Betfred account?

To open a Betfred account you will need to follow this link (#ad)  here, again you do not need a bonus code as the link takes you to their bonus page.

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