As winter draws to a close, spring is in the air and a new football season is on the way. As we get ready for an exciting year of matches, including the much-awaited Euros, let’s take a look at the best tips and tricks for betting on football this year.
Check Out Reviews
Before you can place any bets, you’ll need to choose a reliable betting site. With so many options out there, this might seem simple, but don’t get tripped up. There are plenty of scams out there, which you don’t want to fall foul of. Take a look at some trusted reviews to find out which sites other bettors like best. Sites like this offer useful advice, such as how to recognize phony sites and which bookies are offering the best deals. Once you know what’s what, you can confidently try the top football bookmakers.
Speaking of deals, this is our second tip. To make your bets stretch further, most online bookies offer new customers generous welcome bonuses. Free bets, deposit bonuses, and free matched bets are all on offer from sites that want your business. There are some great offers out there so shop around for the best ones. Just make sure, before signing up, that the betting site you are on is licensed to use in your country. It’s also wise to check the terms and conditions, as some offers aren’t always what they’re hyped up to be.
Choose Your Bets
The key to success with sports betting doesn’t always involve betting on your favorite teams. You’ll often find that some of the best bets aren’t on the biggest matches and aren’t on teams that you support. Keep your finger on the pulse by reading sports news regularly and look at different leagues for inspiration. Premier League matches are always a great option, as are Championship games. The most hotly awaited matches this year are the Euros. The main tournament will start on June 12th and draw to a close on July 12th. For the first time ever, the Euros are being hosted across 12 European cities.
If you’re going to be spending your hard-earned cash online, you need to be able to trust the site you’re on. If the site’s URL has a padlock symbol or ‘https’ before it, then it has a secure SSL encryption. Avoid sites that don’t show either of these symbols. All betting sites must also be licensed by the appropriate gambling regulator. In the UK the regulator is the Gambling Commission. At the bottom of the site’s page a regulator’s logo should be present, to show that the site is licensed. If the site is not clearly licensed, it could well be a scam.
How to Pay
There are plenty of payment methods available, although you should always check first that your chosen betting site will accept the one you plan on using. Debit cards are a good option, as they are secure and easy to use. The Gambling Commission has just announced a ban on gambling with credit cards, so those are no longer an option. The ban will come into force this April.
E-wallets are a popular option, as they are fast and convenient for online payments. PayPal and Paysafecard are some of the most popular options, but there are plenty of alternatives out there. Many bettors like using E-wallets, because it is a handy way to keep betting funds separate from other funds. As some banks take a dim view on gambling, this can be a good idea if you’re looking to get a mortgage or loan.
Know Your Limits
There has been plenty of media coverage recently about gambling issues in football. While this doesn’t affect everybody it is important to remember to gamble safely. There is plenty of help out there for anyone who might think they have a problem. Sites like GamCare offer information, confidential support, and advice. The UKGC has also recently made it mandatory for all operators to offer GamStop. This is self-exclusion scheme that allows bettors to place limits on their own gambling activity. The bottom line is to bet safely and have fun!