The basics of online sport betting

When you are a beginner at any new subject or hobby, research is vital to ensure you make as few mistakes as possible. So follow our basic guidelines to make sure that when you start betting online you make a great start and as much profit as possible.

Finding a sports book

Some of the fun of betting is hitting casino and having an epic day out, which includes placing some bets. But if you happen to not live near a casino the best way to place a bet is online. To ensure you are using the best online sports book, do some research before hand – do not just throw your money at the first site you find.

Research what the sports book offers, what benefits there will be to you the player, what promotions they have. Always remember to check the terms and conditions of the site, and what and how bonuses are paid out. Make sure that betting sites that you choose are the best fit for you.

So once you have found the right sports book, sign yourself up and get ready to enjoy some betting action.

Small bets first

While you are still learning how to bet and what to bet on, limit your budget and work wisely with your available funds. Please keep in mind that you should never throw your money away recklessly, work smartly and make a profit. Also remember that losing your rent on outrageous and ill advised wagers is bad form, be wise and start small and grow from there.

And it is best advised to keep track of all your bets placed, winnings and losses if you want to ensure you are making a profit. If you are not making a profit on certain types of bets, keeping track will help you identify these bets and try a new strategy to ensure you do better.


Placing successful sports bets does not happen overnight, you need to form an ongoing strategy which will take time, effort and brainpower. It’s best to pick one sport or a niche to focus on, so you do not become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information now available in the modern online world.

Once you become specialised in that one area, you can make weighted decisions to ensure that you have a favourable outcome on your placed bets.

Some things to look out for as a new better, remember that past performance does not mean the same outcome in a future game.

Types of bets:

Over and under bet

Totals betting is placing a wager on whether the total number of points scored by the team playing will be under or over the posted betting total.

Moneyline bet

This is a simple bet on the outcome of a game, which of the two teams playing will win. This is a popular wagering method for Hockey and Baseball but some enjoy using it for Football and basketball too.

Point spread bet

This is the most popular betting style in practice today, especially on games in Football and Basketball.

This means a handicap is added to make the game outcome closer to a 50/50 split.