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Choosing the right bookmakers is as important as choosing the right bets. Things were simple 10-15 years ago when the number of competitors on the market was much smaller and local restrictions / regulations were still to happen. Now there are numerous factors to take into account:
Where are you from? Most of the countries have set firm laws on online gambling and bookies usually follow them - either shutting down for certain territories or going for a local license. We recommend using only operators that are legal in your country of residence. If you have a shortened choice options still exist but you need to search a bit longer or use the services of betting brokers.
Are you betting for fun with small stakes or going with large amounts? The common type of bookies are aiming at "recreational" players either not accepting high stakes by default or limiting winners at some point. Just few welcome highrollers but they are not available for all countries so brokers may be the only way for you to bet big.
What sports and markets do you prefer? Pro-friendly bookies allow serious stakes on the major markets in some sports while much more events, betting options, specials etc. can be found in bookmakers targeting at the wide betting public.
What payment options are most convenient for you? Nearly all bookies accept credit / debit cards, Skrill, Neteller, paysafecard, bank transfers. However just few allow other popular methods as crypto and Paypal (depending on the country) for example.
Looking for sign up bonuses and free bets
? It is a good start, most bookies offer various promos to get new customers on their hook however be sure always to read carefully the terms and conditions, if the offer is available for your country, what are the rollover requirements etc.
Few basic tips:
Avoid depositing big amounts in bookies that have just appeared on the market and stick to sites that are popular and functioning since at least some years;
Choose bookmakers providing real-time support via chat and / or phone. Email contacts may be insufficient to get your problem solved (fast);
Look for the opinion and experience of other players who have tried the bookie in question;
Take your time to explore the bookie site even in its boring parts - the terms and conditions, the rules of sports you are interested in (especially tennis), if there are any fees on deposits / withdrawals, rollover requirements before requesting an withdrawal etc.