Safe Betting Sites and How to Find Them

April 25, 2017

The online betting universe is a vastly unchartered territory which is packed with hundreds – and thousands even – different gambling and betting sites you can visit and invest your money at.

You can, but should you?

Blind trust is something that bettors should avoid as it is not necessarily mutual and with a good number of betting sites, you are likely to be tricked into trusting the operator, who ends up taking your money or in better case scenario simply disappointing you with unprofessionalism, unreliability and the total lack of trustworthiness.

There are several key elements that can help you identify the unsafe betting site and the first one is definitely slow cashouts. The less respectable bookies will have normal cash outs at first, money withdrawals that take no more than 2 or 3 weeks at first, but then the time starts to be prolonged until you can no longer take your money. The site can also look for all sorts of reasons not to pay you, while the customer support dodges your questions or simply does not answer your cries at all.

In order to avoid getting scammed for your money, you need to do a background check on a betting site and tick all the necessary boxes in order to call a betting site reliable and safe.

Referral & Reputation

Before you dig in the search yourself, have a listen to a couple of voices and do some asking around. The best way to get true and valid insight is to get a recommendation from people you trust. Ask the fellow bettors and you are likely to get a genuine answer whether a bookie can be trusted or not. Also, you can ask around online as there are plenty of places on the Internet where bookmakers will be rated and talked about.

This is how a reputation is built in the first place as it all depends on the feedback from customers. News travels fast through the Internet and any possible scam with a betting site will be quickly revealed as bettors like to lend a helping hand and assist fellow punters when it comes to avoiding certain places. Ultimately, no major player in the industry will risk angering its devoted customers and big names such as Bet365, Paddy Power, William Hill or BetVictor will do their best to keep their players happy and to earn rave reviews.

License and Regulation

Punters take this aspect somewhat too lightly, but a license is a great guarantee of a betting site’s safety. A betting operator with a valid gambling license issued by a recognized and respectable gaming authority is a big plus and a great guarantee that a betting site is legit.

Deposit & Withdrawal Methods

Always check to see whether a betting site boasts verified deposit and withdrawal methods. Banking is a serious business so you will need to have a bookie with your favourite money transfer method, one you can trust to do a good job with getting the money on and off your betting account.

Best 10 New Bookmakers


New customers only. Strictly 18+ Minimum deposit £20. Place any sportsbook bet at minimum odds of 2.0 (1/1) to receive your free £20 welcome bonus.


18+, UK only. Deposit and place a £10 cash bet at single or accumulated odds of 1/1 . First cash bet only. Free bets as 4 x £5 bets on Football, Horse Racing & Virtual. Cashed out, Void or 'Draw No Bet' wagers do not qualify for this promotion.7-day free bet expiry. Full T&Cs apply.


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18+, New Players only, 1st Deposit, Min Deposit,: £10, max £10 free bet valid for 14 days, with odds of 1/1 or greater and be settled within 14 days of placement. System bets not eligible. Neteller,Skrill and Paypal not eligible. T&Cs apply


New customers & 18+. Min. dep of £10. Bet of £10 with min odds of 1.5 required. Valid for 7 days. If your selection loses, the free bet will be added to your account. Full terms and conditions apply.


New players only. 100% up to £50 sports bonus. Rollover: 17x deposit & bonus at minimum odds 2.00 within 365 days. If bonus is cancelled, bonus funds will be lost. T&Cs apply. 18+,


Place a £10 fixed odds bet at minimum odds of ½, Get £30, Get 2 x £10 free fixed odds bets + 2 x £5 free Total Goals spread bets. Full Terms Apply


Opt-In, bet £5 (odds 2.00+) Valid x 7 days. 3 x £10 Free Bets for set events (odds 2.00+) Card payments only. Additional terms for existing BetVictor customers apply, T&Cs Apply. 18+ | Please gamble responsibly


18+, New Players Only. | Opt-In Required. | Valid on first Sports bet | Min. dep. £10 req. | Min. £10 wag. Odds of 1/1 | Bonus Wag. req.1x on min. 2-fold Acca bets (min. 1/4 odds each selection) with min. final odds of 1/ 1| Virtual and cashed out bets do not qualify | T&Cs apply |


Deposit and bet on any Sportsbook Markets of your choice at odds of Evens (2.00) or greater. Get 50% Back of your first days' losses as a Free Bet up to £25 + a Guaranteed £5 Free Bet Either Way plus 50 Free Spins! 18+