Prior to the beginning of the month, we had a packed sporting agenda for the rest of the year. Huge events such as the Tokyo Olympics, Euro 2020 and the possibility of Liverpool winning the Premier League for the first time in 30 years were all on the horizon.

Now the world of sports has come to a halt. So while our excitement may have ebbed temporarily, at least it gives you plenty of time to find the perfect betting site for when everything gets back to normal.

Betting should be for fun. Earning a living from it is nearly impossible but there are a lot of betting choices online, so it’s easy to get overwhelmed. With so many similar bookmakers offering bonuses and promises of the best odds, how do you even begin to choose which is right for you?

To save yourself the frustration, here are 8 tips that’ll help you find the perfect betting site online.

Find a Site That Meets Your Betting Needs

This might seem like an obvious tip, but not all online bookmakers have the same coverage of sports. Some focus on horseracing or football but if you want to bet on a less common sport then you may have to do some research.

Find a website that offers bets on the sports you currently enjoy. However, you should also think about the sports and games you might want to bet on in the future. There are a number of websites that offer almost every sport, but each will have at least some left out.

Also, consider online bookmakers that offer additional gaming options. You may fancy trying your hand at online slots or bingo. The better those sections are, the more fun you’ll have. So think about whether you’ll be interested in something like that as well.

Make Sure The Odds Are Favorable For Your Sport

When you have narrowed your selection of bookmakers, your next step should be to do some odds comparisons for the sports you have in mind. Depending on the sport and how well it is covered with your chosen online bookmaker, the odds can vary a lot.

Some websites will have better odds for what you want to bet on, while others will not. You do not have to be signed up to a bookmaker to check the odds on offer. Check across a number of games and teams to find the ones more favorable to you. Even small differences in the odds can result in much bigger returns should you win your bet.

Does The Bookmaker Offer Good Promotions?

Almost every bookmaker in the land will have a welcome offer. This is generally fixed and has its own terms and conditions. Matched deposits, free bets, and even free slot spins are the most common offers.

However, some bookmakers offer continuous promotions to reward the loyalty of their customers. So always check the ‘promotions’ page to see what’s on offer. The more promo’s on the go, the greater the indicator that this is a customer-focused, engaged bookmaker.

Do A Quality Check

Always, always, always check that the online bookmaker you choose is reputable and trustworthy. Ensure that it is covered by the UK Gambling Commission and is signed up to Gamstop. Dodgy bookmakers will just cause you endless problems. Forget the empty promises of huge free bets and bonuses and choose a safe and secure, well-known bookmaker.

An easy way to check the legitimacy of a bookmaker is to scroll to the bottom of their homepage. If it doesn’t have the Gambling Commission logo on the bottom, steer clear.

Does The Site Work Well On Your Mobile Phone

Any quality betting site will have a mobile platform to make the betting easier for punters on the move.

You might not feel the need for it now, but you’ll definitely appreciate a good mobile site when you’re just too much in a hurry to turn on your computer.

Is The Website User-Friendly?

If you haven’t been betting online, it’s important to know that not all websites are created equally. Some are downright frustrating to navigate around. Others are easy peasy with everything clearly laid out. The website you choose should be clear and concise with everything you need available on the homepage.

Check the navigation bars across the top and down the left-hand side of the screen. Do they contain what you are looking for? Can you easily spot the sport you want to bet on? If it’s hard work to find the odds, move on to an easier website.

Does The Bookmaker Offer Live Betting

Most punters till like to place a bet ahead of a game or a race. For many though, the option of an in-play market is a must. In-play gives you the option of making a bet while a game or a race is already on.

Maybe you’re watching football and you think that one team is playing much better than the other. In-play betting allows you to place a bet on that team. Just note that the odds change very quickly and are often a lot less than before the game kicks off. If you know your team is playing well, so does the bookmaker and the odds reflect this.

How Technical Is The Bookmaker?

Always make sure that your bookmaker offers 24/7 customer support. Should you need it, it’s very important that there is somebody available to help you with any issues that you may have.

Ensure that the payment and withdrawal methods you want to use are accepted on the website. As of 2020, bookmakers are no longer allowed to accept credit cards as a method of payment. If a bookmaker accepts them, discount them completely as they are clearly breaking the law. You also need to double-check the limitations, charges, and restrictions in regards to payments, withdrawals, and your country.