The Top UK Betting Sites
In just the same way bookmakers became betting offices and then betting shops, online bookmakers have somehow been renamed online sportsbooks and then simply ‘betting sites’.
Freebets.co.uk cuts through the terminology and explains what a betting site is, recommends the top betting sites and explains how and why surfing online betting sites offers the best way to place bets on horse racing, football, tennis, golf and a host of other sports.
In the Top-10 Betting site rankings below, we take, among others, the following factors under consideration: the betting odds offered by the brand, the free bet or welcome offer, brand experience and credibility, the user experience and betting markets offered by the bookmaker.
Betting Sites UK
Make no mistake UK betting sites are the best in the world. They offer a massive amount of sports to bet on and bet types.
If you were an American horse racing punter you would probably know basic terms such as ‘win’, ‘place’, ‘show’ and the ‘daily double’ – you would only place these types of bets and any betting site which accepts customers from North America pretty much offers only these types of bets.
But the UK has had legalised betting away from the racecourse for decades and while ‘win’, ‘each-way’, ‘doubles’, ‘trebles’, ‘accumulators’ and ‘Yankees’ were the principle bet options back in the 1960’s, competition has seen countless initiatives giving us the ability to place bets on things like ‘winning distances’ and ‘not to win’.
UK betting sites also come with the best licensing, customer protection and ‘fair play’ policies. A UK Gambling Commission licence means the betting site you are using is regulated and trustworthy. Your money is protected and the ‘fair play’ business practice comes via organisations such as IBAS (Independent Betting Adjudication Service) who will adjudicate on any dispute you have. UK betting sites are duty bound to adhere to their judgments and decisions.
Best Betting Sites
Here at Freebets.co.uk we strive to bring you only the very best online betting sites. Integrity and trustworthiness tops our ‘must have’ list followed by stonking betting offers, free bets and a broad cross section of markets and bet options.
But choosing where to place your bets is always a matter of personal choice, to which end we can only review betting sites and make recommendations based on our own findings.
Some people will regularly bet at the same betting site purely because they have enjoyed better luck at it than others. Others, your author included, will congregate to sites which process withdrawals quickly. Ultimately there are many factors which determine which site people use to place their bets and a lot of them are based on subconscious decisions.
However, any professional gambler will tell you the best betting site is the one which offers the best price about your selection and that is the only factor they will take into account when placing an online bet.
And that leads us to one of the biggest advantages of betting online, the ability to shop around, finding the best possible price and/or concession – such as ‘money back if beaten in a photo-finish – all of which could make the difference between you being a long-term winner or loser.
Top Betting Sites
In terms of popularity and familiarity the top betting sites are undoubtedly those which have a historic high-street presence: Ladbrokes, Coral, William Hill, Betfred and, to a lesser extent Paddy Power.
Unquestionably these have put their years of business experience to good use, they have plenty of facts and figures at their disposal to ascertain what customers want.
But not all betting sites have a history of running good old-fashioned betting shops. In fact the biggest betting site in the world, bet365, do not operate a single betting shop.
Bet Victor only have a few shops and the excellent Boylesports only have betting shops in the Republic of Ireland. What bet365 do offer is the most comprehensive choice of betting markets and opportunities and that seems to have served them extremely well.
All of the above betting sites come under the remit of conventional bookmaker. In this modern era we also have betting exchanges such as Betfair, Betdaq, Matchbook and Smarkets and spread betting sites like Sporting Index and SpreadEx. All offer alternative but excellent ways to wager.
Online Betting Sites
Ultimately the definition of ‘best betting site’ will lay with you. We can advise you not to get too hung-up with the terms ‘app’ and ‘mobile’ as all major UK betting sites are now fully compatible with mobile devices meaning there is no difference between the bet options available to you on mobile or via a PC.
They are, of course, a commercial business trying to make money. But they are in a cut-throat competitive marketplace which means you, as a customer are offered some outstanding value and opportunities. In fact, you have far more betting options online than you would enjoy as an ‘in-shop’ punter. We promised at the start of this piece to explain what a betting site is: It is a self-service betting shop.
Bet options available to you as an online betting site user that would not be on offer ‘in shop’ include betting on ‘winning distances’ on all horse races. Paddy Power and Boylesports specialise in this but Bet Victor and Skybet have taken it a step further by offering you the ability to get a price boost if backing your fancy to win by a certain margin.
bet365 allow you to back selections ‘not to win’ or ‘not to place’, that’s something you cannot do ‘in shop’. But we are forgetting biggest difference of all between a conventional shop and online betting with the biggest sites: The ability to place bets ‘in play’ and ‘cash-out’ bets in play.