Guide to Best Online Bookies

Review & compare the top bookmakers

Discover the top online bookies and their free bets. The best bonus offers are listed to the right. Just click on a link to go straight to that bookmaker's website. But if you want to read an in-depth review of each sports betting firm and compare their merits, then use the menu on the left.

These are all perfect bookmakers for you to place your bets with. Every firm listed on this website also provides much more than just sports betting. Every one offers poker and casino as well.

We only review the premier operators. These are the best of the bunch. We can recommend them to you safe in the knowledge that all of the recommended betting sites here offer a trustworthy and exemplary service.

You may look at the list and say, hey, there are some notable names missing from your top sports betting firms. True, in fact there is one huge high street name missing from our list, and that is deliberate. We have only listed the very best. Some online bookmakers are not up to scratch and that is why they are not on this site.

We have written in-depth reviews of each of the online bookies. We realise that when it comes to deciding which bookmaker to join you will not simply be guided by sign-up incentives, much though they are appreciated. We have already done the hard work for you by narrowing the list down to around a dozen, all of them excellent.

How to claim bookies bonuses & free bets

We will start off with the best news: you can receive a bonus just for registering. They are rare, but they are there.

They are called no deposit bonuses and are given just for registering. As the name suggests, you don't even have to part with any money. As a result they are small but they are the truest form of free bet. It's a real giveaway. Just click the link in this paragraph to see a list of them.

As for the other bigger bonuses, depending on the online bookmaker, you need to either:

1) Deposit funds into your bookies' account.
2) Place a bet.

The sign-up offers are triggered by either one or both of those two events. You will discover from our review of each bookmaker that they tend to match the first deposit you make or they give the same amount to you that you place as a first bet.

The funds they give you are in the form of a complimentary bet, not cash you can immediately withdraw, so you need to use it to wager. However if that bonus bet wins then you can withdraw the cash returns back to your credit or debit card or bank account.

Some bookies give you a succession of free bets the more you wager. Normally something like your fifth bet will trigger the second bonus bet. This is obviously done to reward clients who keep betting regularly with the bookie.

We believe it is pointless chasing these bonus offers. Treat them as a nice extra, a little cherry on the cake, rather than the sole reason to join a particular online bookie.

Your main aim should be to join a site that offers excellent customer service, a wide range of sports betting markets and a world class online casino and poker room. These are the real aspects that count, far more than any sign-up offer with its terms and conditions. On that score we have good news because whichever bookie you join from this website, it will not leave you frustrated and looking to swap to another bookmaker. These really are the cream of the crop.

Methods of deposit and withdrawal

Some punters who are new to online betting have concerns about how to deposit and withdraw with online bookmakers. The security is second-to-none and much safer than paying in a restaurant or the like. Even each firm's staff do not see your card details, which are encrypted.

If your card is signed up to 3D Secure, the online version of chip and pin security, then that is an added security and reassurance. Don't worry if you are not enrolled with that, or you don't know what that is, as your credit or debit card will automatically bypass that check if you are not yet part of that scheme.

It is very quick and easy to deposit funds from any manner of means such as credit or debit card, paypal, neteller, moneybookers, ukash, western union or bank transfer.

More importantly these recommended operators will return your funds by the same method, or by BACS bank transfer if your prefer, in a jiffy. They don't hang about when you request a withdrawal from your betting account. These huge, largely publically-listed bookmakers' firms appreciate that getting funds returned hassle-free is absolutely top of any client's priorities. This is more important to a player than claiming any of the free bets the firm may offer.

We can assure you that you will have no financial disagreements with any of the online operators we recommend. If you do then contact us, but we won't be hearing from you!

All bookies listed on this website are located and licensed in the United Kingdom or White List approved jurisdictions. No USA customers.