Placing Your 1st Bet

Once you have opened your account and registered a credit card you are free to place your first bet. The majority of sportsbooks will require you to make a deposit in order to claim a free bet offer, so the size of your initial deposit is crucial in determining the size of your free bet.

If a sportsbook is offering a £25 free bet, you will need to deposit at least £25 before placing your first bet. Some sportsbooks allow users to make several deposits to earn their free bets, which makes it advisable for you to read the fine-print before making your deposit.

Once you have made your first deposit you can place a bet. Most sportsbooks feature the most important sports events on their landing page, with links to a variety of sporting codes on a left-hand menu bar. Simply click on the sport or event that interests you.

Now that you have selected a sports event to bet on, you can choose which betting markets you would like place your money in. Depending on the event and sport there can be up to 20 different markets available at any given time, and you’ll need to pick the market that allows you to best apply your sports knowledge.

Make Your Selection

Once you have a list of markets and odds open in front of you, all you need to do is click on the odds that you’d like to invest in. This will open a betting window, and you can enter the amount you’d like to bet.

Many betting windows display the projected payout as soon as you place your bet. If you are satisfied with the odds, your selection and the projected payout, click on the confirmation button to place your bet. Many betting windows will also give you the opportunity to bet each way – ignore this option until you have read our guide to each way betting.

Once a bet has been placed it cannot be annulled and the stake refunded, so take time to make careful selections and ensure that you are betting the intended amount. Betting selections can be reviewed in the accounts section of your chosen sportsbook, and some sportsbooks also offer live betting slips that automatically trace your most recent betting activity.

Earning a Payout

Successful bets are paid out at the odds offered when the bet was placed. Payouts are not always immediate, and, depending on the sports event and the volume of betting, it can take several hours to register in your account. If you made use of a betting special, these payouts may take even longer to show on your account. Be patient during this time as it rarely takes more than 24 hours from the completion of the sport event for payouts to show in a user’s account.

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