Is it actually possible to beat the bookie?
Yes, you can beat the bookie, but it is difficult. In a one off event, anyone can win and anyone can lose, including the bookies. If you want to be the winner on a more consistent basis, you need to have a clear strategy and system as well as some important characteristics. See here for more advice on beating the bookie.
What are the best betting sites?
It depends what you are looking for. Bet Champion has reviewed what we consider to be the best betting sites here as well as providing some useful links and resources below.
Where should novices find out about online betting?
Try our online betting guide and some of the excellent links below. Bet Champion strongly advises that before you invest any money in a strategy or system, test it for a while with paper bets or at least don’t bet very much on it initially.
What are the most successful football betting systems?
There are many different betting and trading strategies available. Follow a teams form, look a their statistics and position in the league and consider relevant injuries. Laying the Draw or laying a short priced team to win are good systems which can be utilised too, as long as you are disciplined and ready to trade out promptly.
Is risk free betting really possible?
No. It is not possible to completely eliminate the risk element from betting, but by following our guide to risk free betting (also called sports arbitrage) you will find out how to reduce the risk very significantly and once you have placed your bets, you will be guaranteed a profit. The most important thing is to act quickly and make sure that all of your bets are placed before the odds disappear.
Useful resources for online gambling and trading.
Bookies and Exchanges
There are lots of different bookmakers available and a Google search will help you find their websites.
Paddy Power – A very popular and easy to use website with excellent odds on a regular basis
Betfair – the biggest and the best of all of the exchanges. Regularly offers the best odds available
Ladbrokes – one of the most recognisable names in gambling. They have good odds and an easy to use website
Stan James – simple, straightforward and clean looking website
Pinnacle Sports – one of the lesser-known bookies, at least as far as the mainstream punters are concerned, but they regularly offer excellent odds
William Hill – they have embraced online betting and have a very full website and an easy to use iPhone app too
Bet Victor – they have rebranded after being known as Victor Chandler for many years. The odds offered are consistently good and the website is simple to operate
Coral – another one of the high street mainstays who have flourished online
BetDaq – a rival to Betfair in the betting exchange scene, they are smaller but have a loyal following and provide good laying odds to help with traders who cannot get the odds they need on Betfair
Finding the Best Odds
If you are looking for the best odds so that you can ensure that your bets are the best value possible, we recommend the following sites
Oddschecker – our first port of call when looking for the best odds online. They are up to date, simple to use and have a huge number of markets where they compare the odds offered by all of the leading online bookmakers.
Oddsportal – similar to Oddschecker, with a large number of markets and bookies to compare
Betfinder – not quite as comprehensive as the first 2 comparison sites, but still helpful because it provides useful commentary and insight into the forthcoming fixtures which helps a punter decide on their bets
Valuechecker – brilliant for finding excellent value bets in markets that you may not have thought about searching in
Once you have located a bet, it is helpful to work out what your likely return will be or what stake you should place to get the best value return.
Oddschecker – this is the best betting calculator around. It is simple and straightforward to use for calculating your bets and trades. There is a hedging calculator and a ditching calculator as well as an accumulator calculator.
Ace Odds – a small, but simple to use calculator with 30 different bets that can be worked out
Betcalc – excellent calculator for various markets, most often used for working out how much to stake on a back / lay trade to ensure that you green up for a comparable figure
We love the articles, posts, comments and advice on these blogs
OLBG – the online sports betting community blog is a fantastic resource with loads of information about betting in different sports, strategies and tactics and a lively forum on all sorts of betting topics. There is also a really good facility, which allows you to paper trade by recording all of your tips. The tipster who does the best each month wins a cash prize?
Betting Preview – some helpful articles about a variety of different sports and events
The Bookies Offers – regular posts with tips and articles about forthcoming events, including football, tennis and baseball
Betshoot – another blog with some really helpful advice and tips on football matches and other sports
Betting Expert – one of our favourite sites for brilliant articles, comments and tips on lots of different betting strategies. They have a blog, a betting academy and loads of statistics for gamblers to take on board
Mr Fixits Tips – an excellent tipsters service with regular and up to date comment on all the main matches
Statarea – Not so much a blog as an amazing resource for results and statistics being used to predict the likely results in forthcoming games
Win Draw Win – another statistics based site which used previous form and a variety of other factors to predict the outcome of games and help locate the best value bets
Bet Majestic – an excellent site with lots of advice about betting systems for various sports, including football, tennis and horse betting
Kick Off – statistics all over the place and an excellent strike rate for getting predictions right
We have provided advice and information for anyone worried about gambling problems on our dedicated page, including a list of useful websites.
Get in touch
If you have any thoughts on the sites listed above or think that we should add some new ones, we would love to hear from you, so please do get in touch or complete a comment below.