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Sports Betting Options

Sports Betting

So you're looking for a way to place a sports bet and want to know what options are available to you. Well there are basically three main options open to you when sports betting.

You could either walk down to your local high street betting shop and place your sports bet there, go online and select from some of the best bookmakers in the World and place your bet online or you could use the oldest method of all, telephone betting.

All three sports betting options are discussed in further detail below.

Sports Betting on the High Street

Placing a bet at betting shops across the UK has never been easier. Depending on the online bookmaker you chose to visit, the betting slip will either be in the form of a two-part slip that produces a carbon receipt or a single slip that is passed through a machine.

Once inside one of the many betting shops found on local UK high streets, you'll find different kinds of betting slips for many specific kinds of bet. All you need to find is a blank betting slip which are by far and away the most common thing in high street betting shops.

They will always be located in most of the dispensers around the shop, on the counters and on any tables in the betting shop. Once you've located a plain slip there are only two items of information that you need to write on the slip, that's the name of the team/horse your betting on and how much money we want to bet.

There are thousands of different bets available to you with football bets usually the most popular. You could always write on the odds although this is all automated when you get to the till so to get the latest betting odds it's probably best to leave it off.

Sports Betting Online

If like most punters you've decided to sports bet online a good thing to do first would be to compare online bookmakers. This will help you select the right online bookmaker for your particular betting needs and to see if you like their signup offers for new members.

It's then just a case of visiting the bookmakers website, and finding the 'Open Account' link displayed on their home page. As soon as filled out the simple step-by-step-process to register a new account with some personal details you're ready to place your first bet.

Simply find the sports betting market that you want to bet on, make your selection then select 'Add To Betting Slip'. This usually then allows you to enter the amount your willing to stake on the outcome and your bet's processed virtually instantly!

Sports Betting by Telephone

Nearly all British Bookmakers give their customers the option of betting by telephone these days. Placing a sports bet over the phone is just as easy it is when you actually physically enter bookmakers betting shops yourself - that is provided you have a credit/debit card.

If you do, which most people do these then it's just a case of letting the telephone operator know what kind of sports bet you'd like to make and how much your willing to stake.

The operator will usually tell you the odds for that specific bet before they take any credit card details and process your bet. If you win, most telephone bookmakers automatically pay winnings directly back onto the card that you used to bet with - how easy is that!