Opening A Betting Account

How To Open A Betting Account in 5 Simple Steps
So you fancy a punt on the horse racing or the football, but you’re a novice, you have never placed a bet before. With this simple guide you will be placing a bet with one of the leading bookmakers in no time at all. It’s a pretty simple process.

To place a bet, you need to open an account with a bookmaker. In can be beneficial to open more then one account. Generally 2 or 3 accounts would be a good idea, that way you can have your pick of the best odds, the best offers and a bigger range of markets.

Opening an account is generally a quick and simple process. You do need to be over the age of 18. All the bookies listed on this site require you to reside within the Uk. Please be aware that some people find sports betting addictive. You you are worried that you might have an issue or develop an issue it’s best not to complete the steps listed below.

Step 1: Select A Safe Online Betting Site or App
The first thing to do is to pick at least one trusted bookmaker. We have a list of reputable bookmakers that you can take a look at. Don’t just sign up with the first bookmaker that you come across as not all sites can be trusted. It’s a sad fact, but it’s true – less so now that the gambling commission have put strict rules in place.

When you open a new account you will be delighted to find that most bookmakers offer new registrations a free bet, bet credit or a sign up bonus. If you open an account with multiple bookmakers you will be able to claim more free bets. Bookmakers also have a selection of offers for their existing customers allowing everyone to get a free bet from time to time.

Step 2: Go to the Bookmaker’s Site
Once you have chosen a bookmaker or two, you can set about opening your first betting account. Use the link in out list of trusted bookmakers and you will be directed to their site. At the top of the bookmakers page you will see a ‘join now’, ‘bet now’ or a Open an Account’ button. Click on the button and you will be taken to the registration page where you can complete your details.

If you can’t choose a bookmaker from the list a great one to start with would be 888sport, who have an app for android and iOS users as well as a great site for desktop and other mobile users.

Step 3: Complete the Registration Form
The registration form takes a few minutes to complete. You will need to enter details such as your full name, date of birth and address. Entering your bank details is also required if you want to place a real money bet using funds from a bank account. There are also other ways of crediting your new account with funds.

Typically you need to supply the following:

  • your name, e-mail address and physical address
  • your date of birth, to verify that you’re 18 or older
  • your country of residence
  • the currency you use
  • a username and password

Some bookmakers will ask you to add security questions and answers, or a security code. This will be use to verify your account.

A check box will be present, so that you can accept the sign up offer if you want to claim it. Another box will be present for you to check or unchecked to say if you would like to receive promotional offers or not. It’s always worth receiving these as you might miss out on an awesome offer if you turn them down.

The bookmaker has Terms and conditions in place so that you and the bookmaker know what to expect. It is important to read and understand these, especially the ones about the sign up offer if you are claiming it.

When you have completed the form, click the button that reads ‘Join Now’ or ‘Register Now’ to submit it.

Step 4: Deposit funds
Unless you manage to find a bookmaker with a no deposit bonus offer you will need to deposit some funds into your new account in order to place a bet. You will have been given the option to specify the payment method you would like to use. Payment methds include credit ad debit cards and online money booking accounts such as Paypal, Skrill or NETELLER. When and if your bet wins your winnings will be credited to the card or account you deposit with. If you are accepting the bookmakers sign up offer you need to make sure that you deposit and bet with the correct amount required to qualify for the offer.

Place A Bet
Next comes the exciting bit, go and place a bet. You might be interested to read our guide to placing a bet