Are you new to sports betting? If so, do you understand the basics of choosing a sportsbook that suits your requirements? 

By way of answering the question of whether you understand the basics of placing successful wagers, let’s consider the following discussion.

The world we live in: A snapshot

We are living in interesting times. Most of the world’s governments have instituted a form of lockdown where its citizens and residents are required to shelter-in-place or simply just stay at home. The responsible party for the global turmoil is a novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. Current statistics show that circa 724 000 people across the globe have been infected, and about 34 000 people have died. Countries like Italy and Spain have been the hardest hit while the USA has the greatest number of active cases.

A caveat to these statistics is that they are changing rapidly. Therefore, the figures quoted are nothing more than a snapshot of a point in time. 

The basics of choosing a sportsbook

A consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic is that the world’s businesses, communications, and hobbies have all moved online. Thus, part of understanding the basics of sports betting is to get to grips with the sportsbook’s online interface. 


There are many online sportsbooks open for business. Thus, if you have not already signed up with a sportsbook, it is vital to consider the usability and user-friendliness of the website. 

Consequently, the question that must be asked and answered is, how do you choose a sportsbook that matches your requirements? 

The answer to this question is as follows: 

Online sports betting review sites like have in-depth reviews of a wide selection of sportsbooks. Thus, once you have decided what you want from a sports betting agency, it is a good idea to browse through the sportsbooks listed on the review site. 

Apart from considering the sportsbook’s usability and user interface, here are a few additional points to consider:

Available sporting events 

Different sports betting companies offer a diverse basket of sporting events. Some sportsbooks specialize in a specific sport like global cricket tournaments, while others provide most of the familiar games such as NFL, NBA, and NHL matches. Thus, once you have decided which sporting codes you’d like to wager on, the next step is to look at which sportsbooks offer what you are looking for.

Wagers on offer 

The next point to consider is what bets the online sportsbook offers versus what wagers you are interested in placing. Mathematical algorithms calculate the odds on all bets; thus, it is essential to understand the math behind each wager. 

For example, a Moneyline bet is the most straightforward bet available. In essence, it is an all-or-nothing bet. When placing this wager, you choose which individual or team that you think will win the match. The odds are calculated based on how likely one of the two teams or individuals is expected to win the game.

Welcome bonuses 

Introductory bonuses are designed to welcome new gamblers to the sportsbook. Thus, when you sign up with a new sportsbook, you will receive a monetary reward. Therefore, it is a good idea to look at which sportsbooks offer the best welcome bonuses and add it to the list of “must-haves” when choosing which bookmaker to sign up with.