FIFA World Cup 2018 Betting Guide

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The FIFA World Cup is just a few short weeks away and we couldn’t be more excited! Hosted this year in Russia, we are looking forward to bucket loads of nail-biting action, shock wins and losses, and all the sports betting action you can handle.

With 32 teams competing in the “greatest show on earth”, the FIFA World Cup 2018 betting action is guaranteed to be hot, hot, hot with plenty of online sportsbooks running thrilling promotions. Here are top tips to guarantee your FIFA World Cup betting success.

Tips for Successful World Cup Betting

There will be no shortage of World Cup betting action on all the top sportsbooks and if you haven’t already done so, be sure to create an account with one of the best in the business.

With an outrageous number of betting markets on offer, punters will be treated to outright odds, top goal scorer, number of corners or yellow cards in a match, and so much more.

The month-long tournament is also an excellent excuse for online sportsbooks to advertise their free bets and you should make sure to take advantage.

World Cup 2018 Group Stage Betting

The group stages are always an excellent opportunity for winning bets especially if you’re new to FIFA World Cup betting as every team in the World Cup 2018 group stages will play each other once.

The greatest group stage betting is often reserved for the “Group of Death” – the toughest group to beat – which this year seems to be Group D containing Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, and Nigeria.

However, Group of Death online betting doesn’t appear to be as clear-cut as in previous tournaments as each group has 2 strong teams in each.

Golden Boot Betting Tips

The Golden Boot is awarded to the top goal scorer at the FIFA World Cup and the best online sportsbooks will offer futures on this prediction.

As we edge closer to the final match on the 15th of July, the Golden Boot wagers will be coming in fast and furiously.

Golden Boot wagers are incredibly popular and you should expect to see the likes of Neymar, Messi, and Ronaldo amongst the favourites to win.

Key Match Betting Tips

As always, Brazil and Germany remain the favourites when considering key matches. Germany are considered the favourites at this time with their opening match against Mexico and are obviously expected to defend their title.

Brazil is second amongst the favourites and they will play their opening match again Switzerland – of course the odds of Switzerland winning this game are not looking good!

England and Belgium also present premium betting opportunities so be sure to go for the big-ticket items on their matches.

World Cup 2018 Futures Tips

We are hearing plenty of rumblings that Germany is expected to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but at the very least we can expect plenty of non-stop action as they fiercely defend their 2014 title.

With one of the strongest squads in the tournament, thanks largely in part to Muller and Ozil, Germany presents fantastic opportunities for futures betting, but they are expected to catch some flack against Brazil.

Some online sportsbooks are even tipping Brazil as the 2018 FIFA World Cup winners, but at this point only time will tell!

Betting on The Tour de France

This year the Tour de France will take place from 7 to 29 July.  This race is the most well known cycling event on the sporting calendar and creates great excitement as the time draws nearer. The Tour de France is also a great betting opportunity.  Betting on those who seem to have no chance of winning will yield greater payouts and the odds are always much higher.

The betting odds for the Tour de France are forecast by analysts, but problems arise when the bettors skew the odds by always placing bets on the favourites even though the stats may show differently.  For the smart bettor this is a great opportunity to take advantage of the odds in their favour.

Types of Bets

There is a selection of bets when betting on the Tour de France or any other cycling event.  The standard markets such as straight bets are as easy as playing online pokies, and bettors bet on who the overall winner will be or the winner of a particular stage.  Other betting markets such as prop bets include more obscure bets in some cases such as if a cyclist may fall during the race or even silly bets such as how many naked people will be seen on the TV.  There are also parlays, which are a combination of bets and these offer increased payouts if won.

Other betting options include the winner of the mountain classification, leader of the points sprint, the winning time gap, who the stage winners will be, which cyclists will complete the whole tour or which cyclists will wear the coveted yellow jersey.  These are just a few options.  There are many online sites offering many betting options.

Tips for Tour de France Betting

When betting on any sport it is important to have good money management and putting aside a certain amount of money for betting.  Placing bets that pay out double or more are good odds but bets that are even should be avoided even if they look promising, as they do not have value.

Before the Tour de France starts bettors will be prudent to follow the cyclists.  Because the Tour de France starts in July the cyclists will be planning and training for six months already.  What most bettors do not consider is that not all of the cyclists are riding to win and this tour is a team effort and cyclists often strategize together to allow their best cyclist to win.  Their aim is to clear a path for their best cyclist by blocking rivals and opening the way.

If a cyclist takes part in the Giro de Italia it probably means that they are probably not the main rider of the team.  The Giro de Italia is a strenuous race and takes place only 30 days before the Tour de France.  If any cyclists take part in both tours betting on them to win the Tour de France is probably not a good betting option.

Beginner cyclists do not usually win, but may win stages now and again.  The favourites will usually take it slow at the start of the race and others will take the lead.  About half way through the race the favourite will take the lead and at this point bettors should be able to get some idea of how the tour will pan out.

With so many betting options the Tour is a great way to enjoy a popular sporting event and to make some extra money.

The Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 Overview

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The Olympic Games is one of the oldest sporting events in the world, having first started during the times of the Ancient Greeks. The Greeks believed that physical fitness and training was one way to become closer to the gods, and so their best athletes spent years training hard to eventually try and have a chance at victory at the Games.

It’s an event that has persisted to this day, and the next summer Olympics are going to be taking place in Tokyo, Japan. The year of the event is 2020, meaning that there are just two years left before they begin, which will be from July to August in that year.

Japan is one of the world’s most advanced cities, and the people that live there have long been known as productive, hard-working, and they strive to keep their cities both in one with the surrounding nature while also packed to the brim with all the latest from the technological world.

The Olympics draw in crowds from across the world, and it’s one of the most-watched sporting events. Not only does it attract various sporting enthusiasts, but it also has a strong betting scene, similar to FIFA World Cup Betting. For those that are interested in the 2020 games, this is all you need to know.

The Upcoming Games – Some Interesting Facts

This isn’t the first Olympic Games that Japan has hosted. It has, in fact, been home to the Games three times in the last few decades, but only once did they Games take place at the capital of Tokyo, in 1964.

While Tokyo was originally meant to hold the 1940 Games, due to the conflicts that arose during the period of World War 2, the Games were instead moved to Helsinki.

Coming as a surprise to some, North Korea will be taking part in the Games in 2020. They are sending 22 athletes in total, including a women’s hockey team made up of 12 players. Although some fear there might be some tensions between the North and South Koreans, others feel that it might be the perfect way for the two countries to find some common ground.

There will be 339 gold medals in total. Of the people attending the events, there will be over 11000 athletes, all of which hail from 206 different countries. At the moment, Russia is not permitted to enter the games due to its IOC suspension.

One of the new sports to enter the Games officially will be skateboarding. Famous athletes like Shaun White are expected to take part in the Summer Olympics, especially after winning three gold medals during his endeavours in the Winter Olympics.

In a bid to be more environmentally friendly, the Japanese government has asked its citizens to turn in their old, unused mobile phones. The government’s plans to recycle and reuse the old phones, taking their bronze, silver, and gold in order to make the medals, as opposed to having to mine the precious metals as has been previously done.

The 2020 Olympic Games look to be a resounding success, and should provide Tokyo with boosted tourist opportunities.

How to Spot a Scam Sports Betting Site

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While the online sports betting industry has completely revolutionised the world of sports betting by offering a wide range of options for sites to choose from, it has not come without it’s downfalls.

Unfortunately many new punters turn to online sportsbooks owing to the ease of use and access, but many fall victim to scam sportsbooks who prey on the uninitiated. Here’s how to spot a dodgy sports betting site and avoid them at all costs.

They Will Look (Almost) Professional

The majority of scam sportsbooks know that they have to exude a professional image in order to be successful, but many of them are lazy in their attempts to do so.

Remember it doesn’t take longer than a few days to slap together a professional-looking website, but many of these scam sites will just copy and paste their website information from a legitimate website.

Look out for mistakes – they’ve likely forgotten to remove every mention of the original site from which the information was stolen from!

Too Good to Be True Bonus Offers

It’s important to remember that legitimate online sportsbooks will never offer something for nothing as they are not desperate for customers like scam sites are. Any online sportsbook offering an outrageous no deposit bonus to new sign-ups should be immediate cause for concern.

You should also be incredibly suspicious if there are no wagering requirements attached to the bonuses “gifted” by the online sportsbook – this is absolutely unheard of in the legitimate sports betting industry.

Pushy Marketing Campaigns

Dodgy online sportsbooks will operate much like legitimate sportsbooks and will have marketing departments and customer service representatives just as legitimate sportsbooks and casinos offering real online pokies do.

However, you will find that their marketing campaigns will offer you the moon and the stars for doing almost nothing and their marketing assistants will often cold call you repeatedly to attempt to get you to create an account by offering the too good to be true sign up bonuses which we mentioned previously.

Mysterious Void Bets

Scam online sportsbooks will gladly accept your deposits, give you a handsome match bonus, and approve your bet without question. However, if your bet is successful, you excitedly check your balance to see what you’ve received only to see that your bet was mysteriously voided.

Upon enquiring as to why your bet was voided, the customer service representatives will give you a whole host of illegitimate reasons as to why your bet was not valid in the first place. Owing to the fact that many of these scam sportsbooks operate without a license and are completely unregulated, you will have no recourse but to accept this result.

Unlicensed and Unregulated

Legitimate online sportsbooks make a big deal of their licensing and regulation as to assure their customers of their legal status as a legitimate website – but scam sportsbooks will often do the same thing. However, upon closer inspection it will become obvious that their license is anything but legitimate as they are not able to prove their legal status.

Legitimate online sportsbooks will have all their licensing and regulation certificates readily available to all customers, but scam sportsbooks will not be able to provide this information – this is a major red flag. Before creating an account and providing any personal information, be sure to check the legitimacy of all licensing and regulation certificates.

4 Fitness Trends Making Waves in 2018

4 Fitness Trends Making Waves in 2018

2018 is flying by, but it is definitely not too late to get fit and try out some of the hot fitness trends making waves this year. From DIY fitness to HIIT, this year is seeing more and more people getting fit in new ways.

Here are our top four fitness trends in 2018:

4. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

HIIT has already become a favourite amongst gym fans in the past few years, but 2018 is showing that there is no stopping this intense exercise regime.

The general rule of High Intensity Interval Training is exercise rounds of 30 minutes or less, going from to walking to high energy exercise and more. While this quick high energy form of exercise is great for blasting fat, a downside is the higher possibility of injury.

But if you join an excellent gym, with great instructors injuries will be avoided and fat will be gone!

3. Smart Training

Smart trackers may seem old news already, but the love for tracking our own fitness progress is not dying this year! With the many affordable smart tracking options now available, many more people will take up this trend this year, making fitness tracking entirely mainstream.

The trend for smart tracking fitness in 2018 is also moving on from smart watches to numerous other smart devices. Brands are investing big in tech this year, to stay ahead and get those loyal clients.

Everything is smart these days, from fitness to finding the best horse racing tips NZ has to offer, think smarter and use those online options!

2. Online Coaching

2018 is a busy year, and you are a busy person and getting to the gym is sometimes a little bit to hard to accomplish. Exercise apps are making a huge impact and many people pick this route instead of hitting the gym. But if you would like a personal trainer (it makes a huge difference to fitness) the big trend for 2018 is joining a gym class via video.

The aim video gym class is to skype your gym class, and get the personal trainer and gym class feel. This means you do not even have to leave your own home – you can shower at home and not get naked in front of strangers.

The great benefits of this are being able to exercise with attention from a trainer but avoiding some of the common excuses used for skipping gym (traffic is bad, classes don’t fir in your schedule, people are there etc)

These video gym classes not only are great because you are in your own home, you can have an instructor in your local gym or an instructor half way across the globe.

1. DIY Fitness

Okay, so people have been exercises for centuries by themselves without the use of a gym, but with the knowledge we have gained about health and fitness in the last century DIY fitness can actually make a great impact on your health.

Whether you download an app that offers you training options, or you have a trainer supply you a workout schedule, exercises on your own is growing trend in 2018.

Some of the most popular DIY exercise searches are things like 7 minute workouts, these quick exercises will not get you a six pack but they can get you healthy.

Think bigger than 7 minutes and incorporate other health trends like Smart Training and you can make a huge impact on your health all by yourself.

The Beginners Guide to Football Betting Terms

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So you want to place a bet on a Football match – but where to start? A player’s first attempt at placing bets can seem a bit overwhelming or just plain confusing. What is an arbitage bet, why is a match now offboard and why is the probability of winning so low but the so odds high?

With all the terms and slang and information out there, placing a successful bet might seem improbable or just too risky. But if you do some basic research (and read this article) you can very quickly get started placing your bets.

So here is a quick explanation of what odds are and how they apply to a bet, and we explain some of the terms used when betting on Football.

May the Odds ever be in your Favour:

The Probability of winning a bet is entirely different from the Odds of winning a bet, but these two are often confused for each other. While the Odds and Probability are similar sounding, their actual application on a bet is very different.

Probability is a number between 0 and 1, with 0 meaning 0% chance an event will occur, and 1 meaning 100% chance the event will occur.

Odds show the ratio of probability of an event happening or not.

This is easily shown using a dice, as the known probability of rolling a six is 16.66%. The odds of you rolling a six, are one in six (six numbers on a dice) and the odds are then calculated as 5/1.

Football betting terms:

Accumulator bet – To win an accumulator, you need a series of individual bets and match results to happen in order to make a profit. These individual bets create the whole accumulator – and if one is lost – all is lost.

Arbitage bet –This bet is simply not putting all your eggs in one basket, so you spread your money across different bookmakers. So you are betting on both opponents playing, at different bookmakers to ensure you get some profit out of the match.

Banker Bet – This bet is usually placed on the known and obvious favourite to win a match which means money in the bank – but not that much.

Fixed Odds bet – The odds for this match have already been placed, so if you win, the profit you make can be guaranteed – your returns will not change.

Inplay Bet – this is simply placing bets while a match is currently in progress

Off board – Bookmakers will take games off the board (no further bets will be placed) if they suspect match fixing

Single bet – This is placing one simple bet on the outcome of a match to make a profit

Spread bets – This bet lets you spread the scoring range that your team wins by, so you can bet that Liverpool will beat Arsenal by less than 2 goals. So if Liverpool beats Arsenal 2-, you have won the bet.

So if you use our quick guide on Football betting, you will quickly be able to start out placing your first bets. But if the odds are still a mystery and the terms are too much, there are loads of betting apps that make placing you’re lucky bet easy and simple.

The Ultimate Guide to Horse Racing Bets

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Depending on your chosen online sportsbook, there are most likely multitudes of different horse racing betting options to choose from – all of which can be rather overwhelming to the novice punter.

You are going to come across terms such as quinella, quaddie, and parlays, but fret not – our ultimate guide to horse racing bets will have you well-prepared for getting started!

Single Race Bets

Win: pick the runner you think will come in 1st place.

Place: pick a runner and if they finish in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place, your bet will be successful.

Each Way: a combination of the Win and Place bets – if your selection comes in 1st place, you will get paid out for both the Win and Place wagers, but if your selection comes in 2nd or 3rd, you will be paid out for the Place wager only.

Quinella: correctly select 2 runners to come in 1st and 2nd place in any order.

Exacta: correctly select 2 runners to come in 1st and 2nd place in exact order.

Duet: correctly select 2 of the 3 runners to come in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, in any order.

Trifecta: correctly select the runners that will come in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in exact order.

First 4: correctly the select the 4 runners that will come in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place in exact order.

Multi Race Bets

Daily Double: correctly select the 2 winners of 2 specified races at the same meeting.

Running Double: correctly select the winners of 2 consecutive races at the same meeting.

Quaddie: correctly select 4 winners from 4 specified races. It’s particularly popular with Aussie sports betting and requires you to make at least one selection in all 4 races.

Big 6: correct select 6 winners from 6 specified races and you will need to make at least one selection in all 6 races.

Parlay Formula: a bet in which you parlay your winnings from one race into one or more races. To parlay means to create a single bet that ties together 2 or more individual bets and is dependent on all the bets winning together. You can combine a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 bets in a Parlay Formula.

More Betting Options and Terms

Boxed Bet: a boxed bet is available on Quinella, Exacta, Trifecta, and First 4 bets and means to cover all possible combinations for the finishing order and can result in a big win.

Standout: a standout is available on Quinella, Exacta, Trifecta, and First 4 bets and refers to the single runner you’ve selected to come in 1st place and any other runners selected can fill the other places in any order.

Multi-Bet: a multi-bet is available on Quinella, Exacta, Duet, Doubles, Trifecta, First 4, and Quaddie bets and refers to when more than one runner is selected in each leg of the bet.

Roving Banker: a roving banker is available on Exacta, Duet, Trifecta, and First 4 bets and refers to a selection termed the ‘roving banker’ which must finish in a place with the other selections filling the remaining places in any order.

Flexi Betting: flexi betting is available on Quinella, Exacta, Doubles, Trifecta, First 4, Quaddie, and Big 6 bets and allows you to define the total amount you would like to spend on the bet, including as many selections as possible at an outlay which suits your budget.

Tips on Choosing a Top Online Sportsbook

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The online sports betting industry is a highly competitive market and, depending on where you reside, there may be hundreds – if not thousands – of online sportsbooks to choose from.

As such, it’s incredibly important that you recognise the signs of both reputable and untrustworthy online sportsbooks.

Here are the most important factors to consider before clicking ‘sign up’.

Consider Your Chosen Betting Markets

If you’re hoping to place wagers on popular sports such as cricket, rugby, tennis, and football, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a large selection of online sportsbooks to choose from, but what if you’re looking for more obscure betting opportunities such as a wide range of novelty markets (politics, entertainment, etc.) or lesser-known sports?

As such, it’s imperative that you peruse the range of betting markets available to choose from before deciding on a particular sportsbook.

Device Availability

While online betting has definitely changed the face of the industry, what about being able to place sports bets from anywhere, at any time, without access to your PC or laptop?

Look out for online sportsbooks which offer mobile betting and are compatible with a wide range of devices – iOS and Android – so you never miss out on great betting opportunities.

Read Online Sportsbook Reviews

Owing to the incredible popularity of online sports betting, there is a wealth of information available for sports bettors, including reviews of a multitude of online sportsbooks – both good and bad!

Be sure to read reviews from a few different sources to ensure a well-round picture of the betting sites in Australia you’re considering and if you’re having trouble finding a review on a particular site, it should probably be avoided.

Check the Minimum Deposit Required

While most online sportsbooks will offer a handsome welcome bonus, it’s not the only thing worth considering, as the minimum deposit required to create an account should also a major deciding factor.

While most online sportsbooks will allow you to make deposits as little as $10 / $20, some online sportsbooks require a minimum deposit of as much as $100.

Customer Service Excellence

If you can’t even get hold of the online sportsbook customer service representative when you have an everyday question, how are you going to get hold of them when something goes wrong and you really need their assistance?

Once you’ve created your account, before depositing any funds, get in touch with customer service – preferably through 24/7 online chat – and ask a few everyday questions about deposits and withdrawals. This will give you a better of understanding of how professional the company is and how much value they place in their customers.

Range of Banking Options

The best online sportsbooks will have a wide range of options for deposits and withdrawals available to choose from, not just the standard credit card options.

Banking should be secured by 128-bit or higher SSL encryption technology and you should be able to choose from e-wallets, prepaid cards, and direct bank transfers.

Withdrawing Your Winnings

There is no point in making a well-informed, successful sports wager if you aren’t able to withdraw your winnings once all is said and done.

Make sure that there are withdrawal options that suit your needs and make sure to read reviews which detail how willing the sportsbook is to part with your winnings.

3 Famous Sports Betting Winners

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Sports betting has seen a massive rise in popularity over the last few decades, and one of the reasons for this is the growth and expansion of the internet. When once sports betting was delegated to a dark alley, and handled by a sketchy bookie, it is now an easy and legal endeavour that can be done through a plethora of legitimate bookmakers from around the world.

Much like casino games, and any online casino no deposit wager, sports betting holds the potential to make anyone rich. All it takes is the right bet, a little bit of luck, and you could walk away with enough to never work again.

The fact is, however, that winning a bet of any substantial amount is difficult and rare, and of the millions of punters around the world that take out bets every year, only a handful every win, and even among them, its usually an unsubstantial amount.

This isn’t always the case, and over the years, there have been bettors that have won incredible amounts of money. These are not professional sports bettors, but instead every day men and women that just happened to make the right bet at the right time, making them not only rich, but legendary among sports betting circles.

3. Richard Hopkins

This English man won a staggering 165000 Pounds one day after betting that famous F1 driver Lewis Hamilton would win both the Formula 1 Grand Prix as well as a World Championship.

It was a bold wager, but what truly made it remarkable was that he made the bet when Hamilton was only 13 years old, long before he had even begun to establish himself as a professional driver.

Hopkins had noticed Hamilton’s talent when he would race go-karts with his son, and took out a total bet of 350 Pounds against odds of 1500, which turned out in his favour years later.

2. Nick Newlife

Roger Federer won Wimbledon in 2003, and a man by the name of Nick Newlife wasn’t happy that he hadn’t take out a bet on Federer at the time. To make up for this, Newlife decided to instead take out a 1520 Pound bet that Federer would win six more titles by the time 2019 came around, with odds of 66 to one.

It was a smart move, and Newlife’s bet ended up winning over 100000 Pounds, which was donated to Oxfam shortly after Newlife passed away some years later.

1. Mick Gibbs

In every day life, Gibbs was a professional roofer, meaning that he would construct and repair roofs around his hometown of Staffordshire. He was good at this job, but many didn’t realise that his skill with a roof was shared for a skill with sports betting.

Gibbs was particularly lucky when it came to accumulator bets, in which he won his first accumulator in 1999 of 157000 Pounds after a small 2.50 Pound bet.

His biggest win would come later in 2001, after Gibbs made a 30 pence bet on 15 football games, with odds of 1666666 to one. He would come out the other side of this bet half a million Pounds wealthier.

Maintaining A Sports Betting Budget

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Keeping Track of Your Betting Money

We’ve all been there at some point: we accidentally put too much money down on our favourite team that we were absolutely sure were going to win; but they didn’t, and now we have to try and make do without that money.

It’s a situation that sports punters find themselves in far too often, and it can sometimes become a serious problem. Betting can be endless amounts of fun, but if left unchecked, it can quickly begin to eat into our monthly salaries.

The very best way to stave off losing money that we need is by creating a betting budget. Budgets are by no means a new concept, and should be used in just about every aspect of life. They make even more sense when it comes to betting, and not always for the sake of staving off taking out a bet that we really want.

Whether it’s betting on the latest horse race or even a little online blackjack Canada, these tips can help you enjoy the thrill of betting without breaking the bank.

Start With An E-Wallet

E-wallets are a punter’s best friend, and should be the first step a beginner should take when wanting to save money. E-wallets are virtual, online bank accounts that not only save our money, but allow us to deposit and withdraw money from sites all over the internet.

Their practical uses are almost endless, and thanks to how they interact with various sites, such as bookmakers, we can start to immediately save money.

When using a credit or debit card to make bets online, there will often be a hefty fee attached which can quickly ruin the experience for you. Many e-wallets completely negate these fees, meaning you can deposit and withdraw for free, or often at a hugely reduced price. Keep in mind that this is site-specific, and you’ll need to check with your bookie’s policies beforehand.

Use Time Wisely

This may seem obvious, but one of the biggest mistakes that punters make is not managing their time in a more efficient way. It’s easy to log into a bookie and begin betting on the first tennis or rugby game you come across, but this can only end badly.

Setting certain weekly or monthly allowances means that you will be able to make the bets you want, but in a more structured way, and if you run out money from that allowance, then you will need to wait until the next week.

It can be frustrating, but it forces you to instead learn which bets are better value and when to use your money and when not to.

Find The Right Bookie

This is extremely important, and can make or break your punting activities. Bookmakers online come in all shapes and sizes, and while there are plenty of legitimate ones out there, there are just as many looking to take you for a ride.

Read through reviews, check policies, make sure there is solid customer support, and always check that the bookie you want to bet through is doing everything legally and above the board.