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IN WHICH US STATES IS SPORTS BETTING LEGAL?

Sports Betting is now legal in the following US states:

  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • Delaware
  • Mississippi

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WHAT SIGN-UP OFFERS ARE AVAILABLE TO ME?

Offering new customers an added incentive to open an account is a common occurrence in the betting industry, but not all bookmakers offer potential new punters the same deal. Some will offer enhanced odds on a match/event, some will offer a risk-free bet to start you off and others will simply reward you for signing up and depositing funds into your account. So how do these offers work? Read on…

Matched Deposit Bonus

One of the most common sign-up incentives offered by bookmakers are Matched Deposit Bonuses, and generally takes the form of Deposit X and Get Y. Many firms will give you a 100% bonus on your first deposit with the values ranging from $10 all the way up to $100 – sometimes more. It's easy to claim and you are simply doubling the amount that you can bet with when opening an account with a new bookmaker, which is a great way to start your betting journey.

Risk-Free Bet

Another kind of bookmaker bonus offer that is frequently available is a Risk-Free Bet. This is almost identical to a deposit bonus but works on the principle that the Free Bet only becomes available should your first bet lose. This essentially means that you have two chances to win when you open an account with a bookmaker, both with your first bet and with the second one.

A Risk-Free Bet will often be referred to as an Insurance Bet as claiming this betting offer means that you have insurance on your first bet with a new bookmaker. The one thing to remember when claiming a Risk-Free Bet is that you won't receive a bonus if your first bet wins, although you will obviously be happy enough with your winnings! And if you're first bet is not a winner, please note that your losing stake will be refunded in the form of free bets, meaning you will not be able to simply withdraw your refund as cash.

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR FREE BET/MATCHED DEPOSIT BONUS

Claiming your free bets is a straightforward process which can often be as easy as registering for a new account or signing up and placing your first cash bet.

Below is a rough guide to the process of signing up with a firm – it may change slightly from bookmaker to bookmaker, but it should not deviate too much from the process outlined. And of course, always check the terms and conditions before registering.

  • Simply pick out the bookmaker you want to sign up with on Bettingpro.com
  • Click on our special link to visit the firm’s website
  • Fill in the online form for a new account (you will traditionally be asked to enter your address and date of birth in order for the bookmaker to ensure you are legally allowed to gamble)
  • Deposit funds into your account with the bookmaker using a debit/credit card or Paypal
  • If the offer you are claiming is a Deposit Bonus, you will typically receive your free bets instantly
  • If the offer you are claiming requires you to place a first bet to activate the free bets, make sure your first cash bet a) meets the minimum requirement in terms of your stake, and b) meets the minimum requirement in terms of odds

ARE FREE BETS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?

Free bet offers are a way for bookmakers to attract new customers in a market that is incredibly competitive, so if some of these offers seem too good to be true it is usually because bookmakers are battling to stand out from the crowd.

It is also important to keep in mind that despite the use of the term ‘free’, these offers do require you to deposit funds into your account and place a bet. Occasionally a bookie may offer a ‘no deposit free bet’ – this is exactly what it sounds like, a free bet you can qualify for just by opening an account. 

Bettingpro.com only works with bookmakers that are licensed and regulated, and we work hard to get you all the information you need ahead of signing up with a particular bookmaker, such as minimum deposits, minimum odds, promotion codes and more, so you can bet in confidence with our picks.

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NFL BETTING TIPS: HOW TO BET ON NFL OUTRIGHT MARKETS

Outright betting on the NFL remains a great way to make a profit while betting on the premier competition in American Football, but of course you have to have some patience because these types of bets are not ones that pay out quickly, unless you have placed them during the final days of the season.

NFL outright markets are straightforward - you are betting on subjects such as Super Bowl Winners, Conference Winners and Division Winners, and these NFL prediction markets are available all season long so you can wait to see how a team performs before backing them in one of these markets.

So what markets are available? Read on...

Super Bowl Winner

The Super Bowl Winner market is exactly what the title says – you are betting on who will win the Super Bowl and be crowned world champions. This market goes live very early on – you can bet on the next Super Bowl winner as soon as that year’s Super Bowl ends – and the earlier you bet on it, the bigger the price you will get in most instances. Every NFL team is backable in this market, but of course the likes of the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers are going to be a short price from the start. Prices will fluctuate as the season wears on though, meaning a horrible run of form could see a favourite slide down the betting while an excellent run could see an outsider climb up it.

Conference Winner

Much like the National Basketball Association, the NFL is split into two conferences with 16 teams competing in the AFC and 16 competing in the NFC. This market does not require you to back the team that will win the Super Bowl, you just need to back the team that will represent their respective conference in the big game. Every team tends to be available at backable odds, albeit some are a lot shorter than others, so this is a market that offers the chance to make a tidy profit when betting on the NFL. But of course, those prices will fluctuate as the season unfolds so if you fancy one of the favourites early on, it is probably best to jump on them early. Alternatively, if you like the look of a dark horse, you might want to wait a few weeks to see how they are performing. Their odds will shorten in this time if they perform well, so you may not want to wait too long to back them.

Division Winner

Just like the NBA, not only is the NFL separated into two conferences, those conferences are then divided into divisions. Each conference features four divisions and in each division there are four teams. For this market you do not need to worry about who are crowned Conference champions and who are crowned world champions, you are betting on who will finish top their division standings at the end of the regular season. While some divisions will have clear favourites, others will be wide open and that means a really healthy profit could be made by betting on this market. But as with any outright betting market, the odds will shift around as the season progresses and if one team starts to take control of their division, their price will soon shorten.

NFL BETTING TIPS GUIDE: HOW TO BET ON NFL GAMES

Betting on the NFL has never been easier and there has never been more markets to choose from, but if you are a newcomer to betting on the National Football League here is a guide to everything you need to know.

We have come a long way from the days when the bookmakers offered a handful of betting markets for NFL games. No longer are you restricted to traditional markets such as Match Winner, First Touchdown Scorer and Anytime Touchdown Scorer, you now have a massive selection of betting markets to choose from every single week.

Here we run down the main NFL match betting markets...

Money Line

The Money Line market is just like the Match Betting market in soccer - you are betting on who will win the game. However, this is not an easy way to make a sizeable profit when betting on the NFL because the only way you are going to land a big return here is by successfully backing an underdog to be victorious, and while upsets do happen you really have to be very confident about it to use this market. But don't worry, that does not mean you should rule out betting on the outcome of a game because this next form of betting offers much more appeal than Money Line...

Spread Betting

Ever wanted to back a team to win but think their Money Line odds are far too short for you to claim? Spread betting offers you the chance to back a favourite at bigger odds, while you can also get even larger odds if you are looking to back an underdog.

Spread betting could not be any simpler. The bookmaker will give the favourite a fictional handicap and the underdog a fictional head start. So, for example, if New England were favourites for a game against Buffalo, the bookies could give the Patriots a -6.5 handicap with the Bills +6.5. At the end of the game, depending on which bet you placed, you would either knock 6.5 points off New England’s total or add 6.5 to Buffalo’s total. If your team still wins the game after this adjustment, your bet would be a winner.

For example, if you backed the Patriots -6.5 and they won 21-13, they would still be 14.5-13 winners once the handicap was taken off so your bet would be a winner. If they won 20-14, after the 6.5 points were removed they would be 13.5-14 losers which means your bet loses. If you backed Buffalo +6.5 and they lost 20-14, you would be a winner because the Bills would be 21.5-20 winners once you add those five points on.

The bookmakers offer Spread Betting for every single game and there will always be a variety of handicaps to choose from. Usually it is a case that the bigger the spread, the bigger the price so for those games where one side is a massive favourite, you may end up having to back them to win by a large margin in order to land a decent return.

Player Prop Betting

We all know that American sports are very stats-driven and that makes them perfect for betting on because you can always get the numbers you need before placing your bets. Is a dominant running back coming up against a defense that is terrible against the run? Is a quarterback coming up a dreadful secondary that struggles to defend against the pass?

The stats will always be there to tell you whether or not a player is going to have a big day. And that brings me to Player Prop Betting, which has become increasingly popular over the years. No longer are you restricted to betting on the outcome of an actual game, you can now bet on how individual players will perform during the game. From how many yards a quarterback will pass for to how many yards a running back will rack up on the ground. From how many yards a receiver will notch to how many all-purpose yards that durable back will record, you will have plenty of options for every single game.

For example, when the Minnesota Vikings play the Detroit Lions the bookmakers will offer you the chance to predict how many yards running back Adrian Peterson will rush for. Usually this will be done in an Over/Under format with the bookie setting a benchmark, ie. it could be plus or minus 84.5 yards. So if you back Peterson +84.5 yards your bet will be a winner if he runs for 85 yards or more, and if you back Peterson -84.5 yards and he runs for 84 or less, you will be a winner.

Over/Under Betting

In Player Prop Betting you got an example of Over/Under Betting. Well, Over/Under betting is not just restricted to the players because you can also bet on markets like Total Points, First-Half Points, Second-Half Points etc.  The bookmakers will offer you a host of options to choose from, it just depends on how many points you expect to see in a game. Are two great defenses going to be on show? If so, go for a low total. Are two incredible offenses going to keep the scoreboard staff busy? Go high.

For example, when the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints went head-to-head in 2015 it was inevitable that the two high-powered offenses would rack up the points against two of the poorest defenses in the NFL. Prior to the game the bookies may have offered odds on such points totals as 64.5, 78.5 and 89.5, with punters given the opportunity to go over or under. Between them the Saints racked up 101 points so if you had backed them for +89.5 Total Points you would have been a winner. And of course, if you had gone Under 78.5 Total Points your bet would have been a loser.

Over-Under Betting is a great way to make a profit when betting on an NFL season and you will not be short of options each and every week because these markets will be available for every game from opening weekend right through to, and including, the Super Bowl.

NBA BETTING TIPS: HOW TO BET ON NBA OUTRIGHT MARKETS

Outright betting on the NBA (National Basketball Association) remains a great way to make a profit while betting on the premier competition in basketball, but of course you have to have some patience because these types of bets are not ones that pay out quickly, unless you have placed them during the final days of the season.

NBA outright markets are straightforward - you are betting on subjects such as NBA Champions, Conference Winners and Division Winners, and these NBA prediction markets are available all season long so you can wait to see how a team performs before backing them in one of these markets. So what markets are available? Read on...

Winner

The NBA Winner market is exactly what the title says – you are betting on who will win the NBA Finals and be crowned world champions. This market goes live very early on – you could bet on the 2018/19 Winner market as soon as the 2017/18 season was over – and the earlier you bet on it, the bigger the price you will get in most instances. Every NBA team is backable in this market, but of course the likes of the Golden State Warriors are going to be a short price from the start and those odds will only get shorter if Stef Curry & Co. continue to dominate the opposition.

Conference Winner

Much like the National Football League, the NBA is split into two conferences with 15 teams competing in the Eastern Conference and 15 competing in the Western Conference. This market does not require you to back the team that will win the NBA title, you just need to back the team that will have the best record in their conference at the end of the season. Golden States’ dominance in recent years means they are likely to be the only team available at very short odds heading into the new season, so that means you can back some of the best teams in the league at decent prices in this market. But of course, those prices will fluctuate as the season unfolds. 

Division Winner

Just like the NFL, not only is the NBA separated into two conferences, those conferences are then divided into three divisions of five teams. For this market you do not need to worry about who are crowned Conference champions and who are crowned world champions, you are betting on who will finish top their division standings at the end of the regular season. While some divisions will have clear favourites, others will be wide open and that means a really healthy profit could be made by betting on this market. But as with any outright betting market, the odds will shift around as the season progresses and if one team starts to take control of their division, their price will soon shorten.

NBA BETTING TIPS: HOW TO BET ON NBA MATCHES

Betting on the basketball has never been easier and there has never been more markets to choose from, but if you are a newcomer to betting on the National Basketball Association here is a guide to everything you need to know.

We have come a long way from the days when the bookmakers offered a handful of betting markets for NBA games. No longer are you restricted to traditional markets such as Match Winner, you now have a massive selection of betting markets to choose from every single day throughout the season.

Here we run down the main NBA match betting markets...

Money Line

The Money Line market is just like the Match Betting market in soccer - you are betting on who will win the game. However, this is not an easy way to make a sizeable profit when betting on the NBA because the only way you are going to land a big return here is by successfully backing an underdog to be victorious, and while upsets do happen you really have to be very confident about it to use this market. But don't worry, that does not mean you should rule out betting on the outcome of a game because this next form of betting offers much more appeal than Money Line...

Spread Betting

Ever wanted to back a team to win but think their Money Line odds are far too short for you to claim? Spread betting offers you the chance to back a favourite at bigger odds, while you can also get even larger odds if you are looking to back an underdog.

Spread betting could not be any simpler. The bookmaker will give the favourite a fictional handicap and the underdog a fictional head start. So, for example, if Golden State Warriors were favourites for a game against Chicago Bulls, the bookies could give the Warriors a -11.5 handicap with the Bulls +11.5. At the end of the game, depending on which bet you placed, you would either knock 11.5 points off Golden State’s total or add 11.5 to Chicago’s total. If your team still wins the game after this adjustment, your bet would be a winner.

For example, if you backed the Warriors -11.5 and they won 143-94 like they did in November 2017, they would still be 131.5-94 winners once the handicap was taken off so your bet would be a winner. If they won 119-112 like they did in January 2018, after the 11.5 points were removed they would be 107.5-112 losers which means your bet loses. If you backed Chicago +11.5 and they lost 119-112, you would be a winner because the Bulls would be 123.5-119 winners once you add those 11.5 points on.

The bookmakers offer Spread Betting for every single game and there will always be a variety of handicaps to choose from. Usually it is a case that the bigger the spread, the bigger the price so for those games where one side is a massive favourite, you may end up having to back them to win by a large margin in order to land a decent return.

Over/Under Betting

You can also bet on markets like Total Points, First-Half Points, Second-Half Points, First Quarter Points etc.  The bookmakers will offer you a host of options to choose from, it just depends on how many points you expect to see in a game. Are two great defenses going to be on show? If so, go for a low total. Are two incredible offenses going to keep the scoreboard staff busy? Go high.

So, for example, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors went head-to-head twice in the 2017/18 regular season before meeting in the NBA Finals, and in both of their regular-season meetings the two teams combined for in excess of 180 points. So if you expected to see more of the same when they met in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, you could have backed Over 179.5 Total Points. It would not have mattered who had scored what points, as long as the combined points total for your team was 180 points or more your bet would have been a winner. And of course, the bigger the risk with the Over/Under you select, the bigger the reward if your bet is a winner.

Over-Under Betting is a great way to make a profit when betting on the NBA and you will not be short of options each and every day throughout the season because these markets will be available for every match-up from opening night right through to, and including, the last game of the NBA Finals.

NHL BETTING TIPS: HOW TO BET ON NHL OUTRIGHT MARKETS

Outright betting on the NHL (National Hockey League) remains a great way to make a profit while betting on the premier competition in ice hockey, but of course you have to have some patience because these types of bets are not ones that pay out quickly, unless you have placed them during the final days of the season.

NHL outright markets are straightforward - you are betting on subjects such as Stanley Cup WInners, Conference Winners and Division Winners, and these NHL prediction markets are available all season long so you can wait to see how a team performs before backing them in one of these markets. So what markets are available? Read on...

Winner

The NHL Winner market is exactly what the title says – you are betting on who will win the Stanley Cup Finals and be crowned world champions. This market goes live very early on – you could bet on the 2018/19 Winner market as soon as the 2017/18 season was over – and the earlier you bet on it, the bigger the price you will get in most instances. Every NHL team is available at backable odds in this market – even the front-runners – but odds will fluctuate throughout the season so if you confident about one of the favourites getting the job done, you might want to jump on them early. And if you really fancy an outsider, it may not pay to leave it too long because if they hit a very good run of form, their price will shorten.

Conference Winner

Much like the NFL and the NBA, the NHL is split into two conferences with 16 teams competing in the Eastern Conference and 15 competing in the Western Conference. This market does not require you to back the team that will win the Stanley Cup Finals, you just need to back the team that will have the best record in their conference at the end of the season. Just like the Winner market, every NHL team is available at backable odds at the start of the season, but as the campaign unfolds and teams either do well or struggle, those odds will fluctuate.

Division Winner

Just like the NFL and NBA, not only is the NHL separated into two conferences, those conferences are then divided into two divisions. For this market you do not need to worry about who are crowned Conference champions and who are crowned world champions, you are betting on who will finish top their division standings at the end of the regular season. While some divisions may have clear favourites, others will be wide open and that means a really healthy profit could be made by betting on this market. But as with any outright betting market, the odds will shift around as the season progresses and if one team starts to take control of their division, their price will soon shorten.

NHL BETTING TIPS: HOW TO BET ON NHL MATCHES

Betting on the ice hockey has never been easier and there has never been more markets to choose from, but if you are a newcomer to betting on the National Hockey League here is a guide to everything you need to know.

We have come a long way from the days when the bookmakers offered a handful of betting markets for NHL games. No longer are you restricted to traditional markets such as Match Winner, you now have a massive selection of betting markets to choose from every single day throughout the season.

Here we run down the main NHL match betting markets...

Money Line

The Money Line market is just like the Match Betting market in soccer - you are betting on who will win the game. However, this is not an easy way to make a sizeable profit when betting on the NHL because the only way you are going to land a big return here is by successfully backing an underdog to be victorious, and while upsets do happen you really have to be very confident about it to use this market. But don't worry, that does not mean you should rule out betting on the outcome of a game because this next form of betting offers much more appeal than Money Line...

Spread Betting

Ever wanted to back a team to win but think their Money Line odds are far too short for you to claim? Spread betting offers you the chance to back a favourite at bigger odds, while you can also get even larger odds if you are looking to back an underdog.

Spread betting could not be any simpler. The bookmaker will give the favourite a fictional handicap and the underdog a fictional head start. So, for example, if the Philadelphia Flyers were favourites for a game against the New Jersey Devils, the bookies could give the Flyers a -1.5 handicap with the Devils +1.5. At the end of the game, depending on which bet you placed, you would either knock 1.5 goals off Philadelphia’s total or add 1.5 to New Jersey’s total. If your team still wins the game after this adjustment, your bet would be a winner.

For example, if you backed the Flyers -1.5 and they won 3-1, they would still be 1.5-1 winners once the handicap was taken off so your bet would be a winner. If they won 2-1, after the 1.5 goals were removed they would be 0.5-1 losers which means your bet loses. If you backed New Jersey +1.5 and they lost 2-1, you would be a winner because the Devils would be 2.5-2 winners once you add those 1.5 goals on.

The bookmakers offer Spread Betting for every single game and there will always be a variety of handicaps to choose from. Usually it is a case that the bigger the spread, the bigger the price so for those games where one side is a massive favourite, you may end up having to back them to win by a large margin in order to land a decent return.

Over/Under Betting

You can also bet on markets like Total Goals. The bookmakers will offer you a host of options to choose from, it just depends on how many goals you expect to see in a game. Are two great defenses going to be on show? If so, go for a low total. Are two incredible offenses going to keep the scoreboard staff busy? Go high.

So, for example, if you expect to see at least five goals when the Pittsburgh Penguins took on the Tampa Bay Lightning, you would go for Over 4.5 Total Goals. It would not matter if the two teams combined for five goals, eight goals or 10 goals, as long as at least five were scored you would be a winner. And of course, if you expected to see less than five you would go Under 4.5, meaning your bet would be a winner if the two teams combined for four goals or less.

Odds will vary depending on the likelihood of a flurry of goals or a lack of them, and that means the bigger the risk with the Over/Under you select, the bigger the reward if your bet is a winner. Over-Under Betting is a great way to make a profit when betting on the NHL and these markets are available for every match-up from opening night right through to, and including, the last game of the Stanley Cup Finals.

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