Where to Bet on Sports

The success of a land-based business is usually the result of three factors: location, location and location.

In the online world, the three factors are credibility, credibility and credibility.

It’s easy in Las Vegas to determine the best and more credible sportsbooks. You simply visit them, check out their odds, walk around and get paid when you win.

Online sportsbooks operate in various jurisdictions around the world from the UK to Australia to Malta to Antigua. All have their good points, some have their bad points.

The focus here is on credible, long-standing companies who have demonstrated a long history of fair play, reliable payouts. If they happen to offer sweet bonuses, unique odds types and superior parlay or teaser odds, that’s even better.

Bovada – A new name, but one of the pioneering sportsbooks from the mid-1990s at its core and the cream of the crop in the estimation of many review sites. Coming out of the gate in 2011 with a huge bonus offer and maintaining it with 20% Free Bet offer up to $100, Bovada has become a must-have account for many sports fans. Terrific underdog odds, tremendous customer support and easy access to the poker room, blackjack tables and racebook all within a single online wallet system. Throw in the revolutionary poker room and you have a must-visit site at Bovada.

BetOnline.com – Back with a revenge in 2011 as a key player in the market, Betonline has generated plenty of positive industry buzz with aggressive bonuses and cool offers. Did your team get shutout in the NFL? You might qualify for a partial refund. Is your team trailing 35-0 at half and you'd like to ditch that wager at Betonline and get half your money back? How about ongoing bonuses and up to $900 for new players? Sportsboook monitoring sites agree it's well worth a look this season.

5Dimes – Quietly one of the best and most successful online sportsbooks, offering early lines, sharp lines and the widest variety of bets on sports like MMA. Why do people join 5Dimes? It’s not for the fancy website (which they don’t have). It’s because they have odds up sooner than just about every sportsbook and because they offer terrific 50% free play bonuses to new players. Those who bet teasers find the best teaser odds anywhere and they offer some of the best parlay odds as well. When a big UFC card is announced, 5Dimes.com will have the first odds, the best odds and the biggest variety of odds (many of which you won’t find anywhere else). Throw in some cool football contests and low-juice Fridays (where you pay less for the same wager) and you have plenty of reasons to check out 5Dimes.

TopBet - A rare successful new entry to the sports gaming space, TopBet arrived in 2011 packing a generous 50% signup bonuses and a ton of fun, unique bet types. Backed by an experienced management group that is well-known to Americas Line, TopBet.eu is a Curacao-regulated and Philippines-based sportsbook with decades of experience in the sports space.Their bonus structure (50% up to a maximum of $250) and new offers like Parlay Challenge are helping them climb the ladder to join the elite online shops. Check out TopBet for the latest lines and latest special offers.

Bodog – The pre-eminent online gaming brand has been operating since the mid 1990s. Characterized by superior customer service, bullshit-free marketing, easy-to-navigate sites and a commitment to fair bonuses, Bodog has become a must-have account for many sports fans. They have raised their bonus structure in recent months, but the main reason that many have a Bodog account is to take advantage of their terrific underdog odds. Because they are known as a recreational book, recreational players often bet heavily on the favorites. That means they balance action by offering better odds for underdog. So when most books are offering the underdog at +7, you’ll often find the same tam at +7.5 or +8 at Bodog. And we all know the value of an extra half point over the course of a season.