Betting Basics

Before you venture into the exciting world of online sports betting, it's important to be familiar with some basics, including how to place and manage your bets. Also find out about free bets and what strategies you can use to benefit from them. Read through our 'dummies guide to betting' articles and you'll be well on your way.


  • Are free bets for real? How you get them and what strategies you can use to turn them into profits.
  • A detailed explanation of how to open an online betting account.
  • A step-by-step guide on how to place sports bets online.
  • Dozens of betting markets may be offered for a single sports event. So what exactly is a betting market?
  • We break down the bookie business for your and help you find the right bookmaker for your needs.
  • A simple, clear guide to using online betting slips to place your sports bets.
  • The basics of opening and managing an online sports betting account.
  • Mobile betting has taken the sports betting world by storm. What are the pros and cons?

Once you're familar with the betting basics, visit the sites of several leading bookmakers to get a feel for what they have to offer. For help in picking some reputable bookmakers, see our bookmaker reviews.