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How to Pick a Sportsbook

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Dec/23/2021

The sports betting industry continues to get bigger and bigger especially now that many U.S. states now allow some forms of sports gambling. There are numerous sportsbooks in the industry all competing for you and your money. 

Which one (or ones) do you pick? It can be a challenge to pick a sportsbook. There are a number of factors to consider before opening an account with one. Remember, many bettors will have accounts with multiple online sportsbooks. 

Factors to Consider When Picking a Sportsbook 

One of the first items to consider when picking a sportsbook is the betting menu. Does the book carry all of the sports and leagues you want to bet on? Are there multiple bet options - game props, specials, etc.?  

Bettors love choices and would like to be able to choose all of their bets at one sportsbook. If the book does have a large betting menu, it better have sharp lines and odds. Bettors want to get the best price possible on all of their bets. 

The user experience is also a big deal these days. With all of the technology out there, most sports bettors are using a smart device to place their bets. The experience better be seamless and easy on the user or they will choose a different sportsbook. 

Concerning Items to Understand 

Banking methods are also a concern. The more deposit and withdrawal methods a sportsbook has, the more bettors it can attract. Depositing and withdrawing money from an account should be easy. If it’s not, bettors will be off to a new sportsbook. 

Customer service is a big factor too. Many sportsbooks have 24/7 service where a bettor can reach out via email, text, online chat, or even by phone. Problems are resolved easily by customer service representatives that have years of experience in the sports betting world. America’s Bookie is known for their great customer service. They are an A+ rated sportsbook. 

Finally, promotions and bonuses are something to consider when choosing a sportsbook. Most sportsbooks have some kind of welcome bonus. These bonuses and other promotions can help you add to your bankroll.  

Offshore or USA Sportsbook? 

With over half of the states in the US now allowing some form of sports gambling, more US sportsbooks have entered the industry. The question then becomes one of which one should a bettor choose - an offshore or a US sportsbook? 

There are a number of strong US sportsbooks, but most cannot compete with the best of offshore sportsbooks. US bettors that live in a state where sports gambling is legal cannot use their US-based sportsbook when they cross into a state where sports betting is illegal. That doesn’t happen when using an offshore sportsbook. 

It is never illegal to place a bet with an offshore sportsbook when on US soil. Many offshore sportsbooks are among the best in the industry and can check off many of the boxes that we mentioned above. 

US sportsbooks are improving and many meet the criteria above, but if you desire the ability to place bets anywhere at any time you may prefer an offshore sportsbook. Don’t forget, it’s always possible to maintain multiple sportsbook accounts…as long as those sportsbooks meet your approval.

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