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Online sports betting is available for gamblers from almost every country in the world. In addition to placing a bet on the outcome of a sporting event, gamblers can now also place bets on other events such as financials, politics and even on television shows such as the X-Factor and Big Brother. For each event, you will be able bet on numerous different markets. For example, if you are betting on a football match, not only can you bet on the correct result (normally win lose or draw/1, 2 or X), but other markets now include for example: minute of first goal, first/last goalscorer, minute of first throw-in, half time/full time score, under/over 2.5 goals, hat-tricks, plus numerous other markets.
Whichever sport you decide to place a wager on, remember to check out the different markets that are actually available for that event. These can usually be found by clicking on a dropdown box. Sports betting is now available 24/7 and you can basically place a wager on almost every major sport from around the world. Even if you are in London and you wake up in the middle of the night, you can place a wager on something that is happening elsewhere in the world, such as the NBA in the US or the Australian football league for example. Since sportsbetting sites started introducing live in-play betting, it has meant that there is almost always a live event to place a wager on.
The lowest stake is generally $/€/£0.50 but each site varies on how much you can spend on one bet, so always check their policies prior to signing up. When you do place a bet, you will be able to display the odds either in fractions/decimals or American. For example, the odds could like something like this: 3.00 (decimals), +200 (American) or 2/1 (fractional). You should really set this filter to whichever you prefer the most but the great thing about most of today's sports betting sites is that as soon as you enter how much you would like to spend on one market, a 'potential' profit will automatically appear so you can see how much you are likely to win from that bet, before you actually confirm the bet.
Once you have placed a bet, you will receive a confirmation, so if you haven't received this notification, the bet probably didn't go through. You can also check your account history or betting history at any point and see what bets you have open and what bets have been settled (won or lost). The majority of today's leading online sports betting sites (also known as online bookmakers) are either licensed in Alderney, the UK, Gibraltar, Malta or the Isle of Man, and you should only ever sign up to an online bookmaker that is fully licensed.
Also make sure that not only is your preferred language supported, but you should also check that your preferred currency and banking methods are accepted. You can only place a real cash wager at any of today's reputable online bookmakers after you have actually signed up. This online application process is generally a fairly quick process, you just need to enter your correct personal details.
You can place a bet at an online sportsbook from almost any computer today, so whether you have a PC, Mac, Laptop or even a state of the art mobile device, you should be able to find a healthy amount of online sportsbooks to choose from, all with competitive odds/prices. Each online bookmaker today will reward you with some kind of cash bonus just for signing up with them. This initial betting bonus is generally called a sign up bonus or a welcome bonus and the operators of these gambling portals usually call this bonus cash a Free Bet.
In addition to being able to place a sports bet, many of today's online sportsbooks also have mini side games, which are basically small casino games that you can play instantly without having to install any software onto your computer, such as mini roulette, mini keno, mini blackjack and perhaps one or two mini classic slots. Once you have placed a bet on any event, you may need to wait for that event to finish before you receive your winnings, but with certain markets you will be paid within in seconds of winning.
Sports Betting Resources:
› Wikipedia Sports Betting Page - A page featured on the famous Wikipedia encyclopedia that's all about sports betting.
› Sports Gambling DMOZ Category - DMOZ is a directory where the listings are manually approved by human editors.
› Yahoo Directory Sports Betting Listing - A listing of sites approved by Yahoo and listed in their directory.