Do you love to place wagers online? Always looking for the top betting sites? Or maybe you’ve got experience of betting site offers that you want to share with other people? If so, we’re looking for you! Come vote on our Betastic’s bookmaker awards so your fellow players can benefit from your betting experience and your own knowledge of bookie’s sites. Each and every vote is cast from fellow players. There’s no third party or ‘industry expert’ giving their opinion. Instead we encourage all of our readers to give their own opinions to develop the online betting community now and into the future. Your advice will be helping other players find the top betting sites in UK and beyond. Theirs will help you out, too. You may even find a new bookie thanks to our voting system.
There are awards in six different categories; Best Bookmaker, Best No Deposit Bonus, Best Cash Out Betting Sites, Best Betting Apps, Best Betting Sites with Free Bets and Best Football Betting Sites. Cast your votes on as many of these awards as you like to make sure your opinion counts.
Our Best Bookmaker award is the pinnacle in the crown of Betastic’s collection. Each this award and not only are we saying you’re a great bookmaker, but a great allrounder too with no category falling behind the others. Good customer service and site security are key to the winner of the award. Betway came away the clear winner here, being quick to communicate with their players and working hard to keep information confidential. A great no deposit bonus, payment options and a wide choice of betting markets also showed that the 12-year veteran is a bookmaker that has gone to great lengths to gain and keep their customers through interactive site design and a wealth of betting choices. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Betway in this slot again this year.
Again, another award that goes to the great Betway. The bookmaker offered players something not often found online – a no deposit bonus which is free of complications and fuss. Instead, you signed up on the bookmaker’s website and used the betting sites free bets no deposit deals on any sports market you liked. Winnings were capped at a respectable £20,000 which is more than many bookmakers offer. This award is all about simplicity and catering for those players with small budgets. In this regard, it is clear that Betway were the runaway winner of the award. The site gave many top betting sites a run for their money with its worry-free bonus. This is the perfect way to attract new players, and we hope it will continue into the future.
The Best Cash Out Betting Site is an underrated award which we adore. Live betting has become a very important part of online betting, and so it’s essential that any bookmaker worth its salt learns how to deal effectively with bets in real-time. That means allowing players to cash out early if necessary. Last year’s winner of the Cash Out Betting Site Award was Mr Green, who have been in operation since 2007. The Swedish bookmaker and casino has gone from strength to strength since its inception and added live betting to its arsenal a few years back. On their website you’ll find that the bookmaker has even created a live betting guide to help you get to grips with in-play wagers. With such dedication to the live market, it’s no surprise that Mr Green scooped the crown from other top betting sites.
When it comes to top betting sites, few compare to William Hill. But as well as a site that’s easy to navigate and one of the largest range of betting markets in the industry, the bookmaker has also added another string to its bow – the mobile betting app. The first thing that strikes you about the app is its simple, sleek design that mimics the website. New customers can also use the William Hill welcome bonus of £30 just as you can the website. What our punters really loved, though, was #YourOdds, which allows you to message the bookmaker through the app to get specific odds on any combination of bets you can think of. It’s this level of interactivity with William Hill that gained them the top spot on our UK betting sites list above other established brands.
Coral are a well-established UK bookmaker which was first created in 1926. The well-loved bookmaker came out on top when compared to other top betting sites. UK players will be delighted with the fact that you don’t have to spend cash to get free bets. That means more money in your bank roll (or your pocket) to spend how you wish. Earning free bets with Coral is relatively simple. Most deals will appear on the Offers page and are usually simple to gain. Usually deals will require little or no deposit, and once the bonus is awarded is given as a free bet token to be used in its entirety on any sports wager you wish. We will expect the bookmaker to be amongst the other top betting sites this year when it comes to bonuses.
Last year 888Sport reigned supreme over a list of the best betting sites for football. So why did they get the award? The selection of football bets is far superior to their competitors. Ten of thousands of football markets are offered on 888Sport every day, some of which are also available on live bets. This means that you, the player, can experience a level of choice like no other. As well as obvious betting markets like the Premier League and the FA Cup, you’ll also find international tournaments like the World Cup, too. You’ll also find a wide choice of worldwide leagues available to choose from. Some of these are more popular leagues like La Liga. Others, much more obscure like the Estonian Meistriliiga. You’ll find something for everyone here.
Our Betastic’s Bookmaker Awards follow on from a very successful year of voting last year where we crowned five different bookmakers over six awards. Betway were the clear winner last year scooping not only the Best Bookmaker, but also the Best No Deposit Bonus, too. Other winners included Mr Green, industry stalwart William Hill, Coral, and the ever popular 888Sport. Will these bookmakers take the silverware again this year, or will they be relegated to the bottom of their respective table? There’s only one way to find out. Place your votes carefully and keep an eye on each of those categories. The toplist can change from day to day as more votes are placed by our readers. Don’t worry if you do change your mind after casting your vote, though. You’re free to change your team of choice from now until the awards are handed out. Without further ado, let’s find out a little more about those bookmakers that sat high as the top sport betting sites.
Voting in our Betastic awards is a great way of sharing your opinions on the top betting sites available to UK players. Bookmakers will be able to gain real, constructive feedback on how players view their websites, which in turn could be used to improve their websites. You’ll also be able to help out all of your fellow players by letting them know which bookmakers are great and which should be avoided like the plague.
If you’re looking for a little inspiration on who to choose, how about reading our bookmaker or bonus reviews which will give you a detailed breakdown of a selected bookmaker’s services. Once you’ve decided on who to vote for, place your vote using the simple web form. Don’t worry if you change your mind. You can amend your vote to another bookie in the nominated list.
Every reader will have their own suggestions on what makes a world class bookmaker. None of these are right or wrong, it’s all down to your own personal preference. Perhaps you prefer a small selection of sports to a larger site. Maybe bonuses are key in your betting game, so favour sites with plenty of those deals? To help you cast your vote more easily we’ve come up with a few pointers on what we consider when deciding whether a bookmaker is good or just average.
The list is not exhaustive, but if you’re stuck, feel free to use them to help you decide who to vote for in our annual awards. Remember there are six categories; Best Bookmaker, Best No Deposit Bonus, Best Cash Out Betting Sites, Best Betting Apps, Best Betting Sites with Free Bets and Best Football Betting Sites. Feel free to vote for as many categories as you like.
The best bookmakers in our opinion have great welcome bonuses that offer players a taste of what it’s like to place bets on the bookie’s site. The bonus doesn’t have to be large, some of the better ones aren’t, but we do prefer one with very few restrictions attached to it.
Wagering requirements that are low can be found easily, with some bookmakers omitting all wagering attached to a sports deal. Some bonuses also restrict the betting markets or bet types you can place, so beware that when voting. Those with the best welcome bonuses offer the best flexibility without compromising on site interaction.
The more betting markets the better as far as we’re concerned. Some players prefer the less-is-more approach, but we love being spoiled for choice when it comes to sports. We’d expect to see a healthy mix of common and less-commonly seen sporting events such as football, golf, cricket and horse racing alongside Gaelic football, esports and karate, for example. We find that on average, most bookmakers have around 30 different sports to choose from, although some bookmakers offer many more.
Ever heard of the adage “The customer is king?” Well, when it comes to sports betting, that has never been more true. Customer service is something that many businesses pride themselves on, but with online gambling it becomes less of a customary measure and more of a website essential. Some bookmakers require customer service contact to register a promotional bonus, for example. Most, if not all bookmakers will also request personal ID if you win a large sum of cash. Again, this is interaction with customer service at its core. If you can’t get hold of one of the team members either via phone, email, live chat or social media then you have a problem. Good customer support should be the backbone of any bookie. If it’s not, then customer beware.
Tying on from the customer service topic is site security. When a player signs up with a bookmakers’ site they do so understanding that there is a certain level of risk. When they give their personal information to register on the site and add their payment details, these should be treated with care. You’ll find many bookmakers use SSL encryption which encrypts personal information making it harder to expose. Personal information may also be stored off site to prevent data breaches. A good bookmaker will mention the methods they use to keep your personal information safe. Be sure to check before signing up.
Most bookmakers will allow you to make deposits and withdrawals using credit and debit card, but it’s those that allow other payment methods for added flexibility that really draw our attention. More and more bookmakers are now using Neteller, Skrill and Paypal to make deposits and withdrawals, although often these cannot be used when bookmaker bonuses are involved. Others are more daring still, allowing direct bank transfers, money deposits from high street bookmakers and even the anonymous currency exchange of Bitcoin for payment from some of the best football betting sites. Generally, the more payment methods the better in our book. Although extra caution should be used with ewallets and Bitcoin due to their off-site transactions.
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