5 things to know about online sportsbooks
As we near the end of our second month of legalized sports betting in Arizona, many bettors have been learning the ins and outs of sports betting. One of the first things you need to do in order to place a bet is to sign up for an online sportsbook.
The biggest and best-known names in sportsbooks are available to Arizona residents. Choosing the right operator is important. Some operators have better customer service while others provide better odds for local teams. Some are more likely to hand out free bets, while others have a more lucrative sign-up bonus. Do your research, test out multiple sites, find the best Arizona sportsbook promo codes and decide on the one that works best for you. You can find reviews and everything you need to know at BetArizona.com.
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Once you’ve selected your sportsbook(s) there are a few things you should know before placing your bets. Below are five tips to placing bets online:
Use the address on your driver’s license: As part of the sign-up process for every online operator, you are required to verify your identity. It’s similar to signing up for a new bank and you’ll need to answer a few verification questions, including your home address. Some operators are more flexible than others and you can use any address, but others require you to register with the address on your driver’s license. So you don’t encounter any trouble, we recommend you always use the address listed on your license.
Choose ACH over credit/debit card to make deposits: Once your identity is verified and your account is created, you’ll be able to make a deposit to begin betting. Most operators will have several options to choose from, such as online banking (ACH), PayPal, credit/debit cards or gift cards. Using a credit/debit card can be hit or miss. Some operators will take a debit or credit card while you’ll find others will decline the same card. Using ACH is a smoother process and, in some cases, it may be the only option to deposit money in your account, depending on the operator. The only thing required to make a deposit using ACH is to sign into your online bank account using your login credentials, no routing or account number are necessary.
If you are signing up with a bonus, make note of the promo code: If you are a new depositing customer, it is very likely that you will be signing up with a welcome bonus. That could come in a variety of forms. When you are either signing up for an account or depositing money, there will be an option to enter a promo code. Some operators will auto-populate the promo code if you clicked on a specific offer while others will have you manually enter the code. Make sure you have the right promo code in the right field when attempting to redeem it or you won’t get it.
Know the criteria for a promotion to earn your bonus: Once you’ve signed up using a promo code, be sure to look and see what is required in order for you to earn your bonus. With a promotion like a risk-free bet, usually all you need to do is place a bet up to a certain dollar amount with the sportsbook. If your bet loses, the operator will refund you your bet. But for other promotions, such as a 100% deposit match for casino games, you may have to wager a set amount of money before you are able to withdraw the bonus from your account.
Download the app if possible: Once you’re all set up with an account, have deposited money into it and are ready to play or place a bet, download the mobile app for the specific operator you signed up with. The mobile app is definitely a better user experience than desktop or laptop and it can more easily verify your location using your phone’s location services. In order to place a bet through a laptop, you may be required to download a plug-in to the computer that would verify your location. It’s an extra step in the process that is unnecessary if you’re using the app.
Knowing the process of working with operators is important. And, of course, finding an operator you are comfortable with is equally as important. Don’t be afraid to sign up for multiple sportsbooks. This will allow you to take advantage of multiple sign-up bonuses, shop lines for particular markets you are interested in and get maximum perks. Always consider the above tips when placing your bets to ensure the process is as smooth as possible. For more information and tips on online sports betting visit BetArizona.com.
Christopher Boan is a writer and analyst for BetArizona.com. He has been covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years and is a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE).