Choosing a betting site for you can be difficult, with every bookie being different and having its own unique odds, offers, bonuses and more. We’ll guide you through what to look out for when deciding which site to choose.
When picking between the different betting sites, it’s important to see which sites offer which markets. Not all markets are the same on each site, so if you’re tempted by a certain betting market or on a specific tournament, look around the different sites to see what markets are available with the different bookies. For example, some bookmakers may not offer odds on darts at all, whilst some may just not offer odds on a specific bet that could tempt you.
It’s also important to look at the odds of the different markets on the various betting sites, seeing which bookies offer competitive odds, giving you the best price for your bets. The superior betting sites are the ones that have the best odds as well as the best offers. Each bookmaker can vary on different markets, with some having the same price as others whilst some may be completely different – despite it being the same fixture. Look out for Price Boosts, Power Prices and other enhanced prices from sites, these may give you better odds than other sites and win you more for your money.
When deciding which betting site to choose for your darts bets, a welcome bonus is a tempting factor that could sway you in a certain site’s direction. The welcome bonus is a tempting offer from bookmakers to entice you to bet with them. A current welcome bonus by Ladbrokes is the bet £5 to get £20 in free bets offer. All you have to do is sign up, deposit and bet £5 and you’ll earn £20 in free bets after the bet has settled. The free bets cannot be withdrawn from your account but do allow you to use the free bet credits to place more bets for free. There are many different welcome offers from betting sites that you can take advantage of. Some bookies offer free bets, whilst others offer bonuses such as money back if your first bet loses.
Offering bettors a 100% matched first deposit is also a common welcome offer used by betting sites that you can get. 888Sport are one of many sites that are offering this welcome bonus, meaning the money you put on your first deposit, will be matched in free bets by the site after your first bet is settled. For example, if you signed up as a new customer and deposited £20, you would receive £20 in free bets when the bet has been settled. A similar offer is also currently available to redeem for new Bet365 customers, offering new customers up to £100 in bet credits on their first deposit.
Claiming welcome offers is a simple process, but it is one that needs to be incredibly precise to claim the offer itself and to hit each minimum requirement asked for. For example, most bookmakers require a minimum stake on a bet in order to start claiming the welcome bonus. For example, Paddy Power offer a bet £10 get £40 in free bets, and to do this, the customer must bet £10 to receive the £40, and at the same time, the odds must be at a minimum of 1/2, meaning anything higher, such as a 1/3, will not count and the welcome offer will stop. So, be sure to read every little detail for welcome offers, as each one is different.
Another useful feature that some betting sites offer is the impressive range of live streaming. Live streaming allows you sit back, relax and watch the action unfold on your device. Not all betting sites offer this feature though, so you may want to look around before deciding which site to use. Bet365 are renowned for being the leading betting site when it comes to live streaming, boasting a range of different events available for live streaming, including darts. All you have to do is look for the little play button next to your desired fixture to see if it is being streamed live. Most PDC tournaments are available on Bet365 to watch live but have a look at different games to see which sites offer live streaming for each game. You may also need to have some funds in your account to be able to access live streaming, such as on Bet365, but that can be easily resolved with a small £5 deposit. The live streaming allows you to watch the action unfold as it happens in a small window, whilst still being able access all the different in-play markets. You can also tilt your mobile device to access the live stream in full screen.
With more and more betting sites allowing bettors to bet via mobile apps and sites instead of having to travel to a physical shop, the mobile experience is important when it comes to choosing the bookies that are right for you. The opportunity for customers to use both online through a sports betting site, and through mobile experience on their tablet or phone, is provided by most bookmakers these days, meaning it’s never been easier to sit back and place your bets from the comfort of your own home in a matter of minutes with a just a tap. All you need to do is head to the Google Play store or the App Store and type in the bookmaker you are using and download the app. Some bookmakers like SBK offer solely mobile experiences and you cannot use a sports betting site service - it is only through the app. However, all of the major bookmakers out there tend to offer both excellent website services and mobile friendly services with an app or through their betting website on your mobile. There will be no restrictions and you will still be able to see all the latest offers, promotions and markets on the mobile, as you would on a laptop or computer. The mobile interface provides bettors with easy to navigate menus, with some bookies even adding some impressive features such as visual in-play graphics as well as stats and figures. The mobile and desktop services have made it quicker and easier for you to look through all the markets on offer before placing a bet at the tap of finger.
Acca insurance is a handy little feature from some bookmakers, that allows you to get your money back when losing a bet. After placing an accumulator of multiple match singles bets, acca insurance makes it so that if one leg of your acca loses, you get your money back (usually as a free bet). For example if you had an accumulator with Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, James Wade, Steve Brown and Fallon Sherrock all to win yet Steve Brown lost, your acca insurance would pay out and give you your losing stake back. The acca insurance differentiates between betting sites, such as Paddy Power who offer money back as a free bet if just one leg of you 4+ acca lets you down. Some bookmakers only allow acca insurance on football accumulators whilst others allow you to mix sports accumulators and have legs from different sporting events on an accumulator. Therefore, it’s worth seeing which sort of acca insurance your preferred betting site offers – or if they offer acca insurance at all. For example, Bet365 do not offer an acca insurance feature as such, but do offer an accumulator bonus feature that gives a bonus percentage when placing an acca.
Another neat feature that will help you out is the cashout feature. Cashout allows you to cash in and settle a bet before the event is over and take a percentage of the overall returns as the bet is ongoing. For example, if you had a single bet on Michael van Gerwen as the outright World Darts Championships winner, your bet could be looking more and more likely to happen if he progresses to the quarterfinals, then the semi-finals. This could see your cash out value exceed your stake and show a tidy profit –up to your original bet winnings. If you were to cash out, you would receive the cash out winnings and settle your bet. This could backfire, however, if van Gerwen did go on to win the tournament, likewise if you choose to not cash-out and he got knocked out of the competition. The cash out feature is available on most betting apps, such as Bet365, Skybet, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, Coral, William Hill and more.