The majority of betting that takes place in the UK, both online and offline, revolves around sport. And whilst there are other things you can bet on – including politics, the weather and even reality TV (which we’ll admit, does make being forced to watch X Factor marginally more interesting) – the number and value of these bets is a mere drop in the ocean when compared to sport betting.
It also shouldn’t come as surprise to hear that the majority of bookies don’t give smaller sports the same attention and detail as the high turnover ‘big boys’ – so a bookmaker that excels at football betting may not have great coverage or odds for tennis. In fact, even the titans of the betting industry can have weak spots.
For this reason we’ve come up with individual guides to various sports, which you can find below. In each guide we’ve written reviews of the top UK bookmakers for that sports, as well as a quick ‘how to’ guide that covers the more common bets and rules that you’re likely to come across. We also provide lists of betting offers and promotions categorised by each sport so that you can squeeze out as much value from your bets as possible.
Bookmaker Reviews By Sport
More will be added very soon. If your sport of choice isn’t listed, please check back in the very near future as our skilled pundits are currently compiling detailed guides for tennis, cricket, darts, Formula 1, golf, rugby, snooker, boxing and American football.
How To Compare Bookmakers
When comparing bookmakers for a particular sport there are a number of things to consider. Whilst not all of these will be on the utmost importance to everybody (for example, if you only bet on Premier League football, you probably don’t care about the coverage of European leagues) they should provide a decent base to work from.
We’ve actually already done the leg work for you in our reviews (see above), but if you want to check how your current betting site matches up to our recommendations, take a look at the following factors:
- Markets – One of the most important things to look at is the range of markets that are available for the sport you’re interested in. Because if you can’t bet on the match, tournament or outcome that you want to, the site will be of little use to you. And don’t forget to check the in-play betting coverage during the match (if you’re into that kind of thing).
- Odds – You shouldn’t assume that if a site offers fantastic football odds that they will also be as competitive in other sports. If the traders aren’t confident in a sport, chances are they’re going to play it safe and work to a larger margin – meaning worse odds for you. So make sure to compare the odds for your favourite sport on the different sites you’re considering to make sure you’re getting the best deal you can.
- Features – Some bookies will go above and beyond to offer additional features for a sport such as stats comparison, live streaming and third party data integration. And even seemingly minor usability features such as quick slips and easy-bet coupons can make a difference.
- Offers – A good sign that a bookie pays a lot of attention to a sport is including it in their offers. For example, if you’re a tennis fan you may wish to find a site that offers free bets or money back specials on the big tournaments. With the smaller sports the promotions tend to only crop up around the bigger events, so do your comparing at the right time.
These are, of course, in addition to the regular things that you’d look for in a good betting site such as reputation, customer support, general usability and banking. If you’re looking for general recommendation of betting sites without any specific sports bias, head over to our top 10 list.