Whether you agree or disagree, we hope
you find our review of sportsbooks of some use. The opinions
expressed are of a personal nature, and form no warranty - real or implied -
of the sportsbooks listed. To the best of our knowledge all sites are legal,
licensed and offer a reputable service.
We use 4 criteria in rating online
1. Look - How well
designed it is, not just "pretty" but useful and easy to
navigate. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder when it comes to colour
schemes and the style of buttons, but these things are supposed to add to
the user experience - not hinder it.
This is not to say that there are any
hard and fast rules about what goes where, as it would be no fun if every
website looked the same!
2. Speed - Time is
of the essence when betting, particularly if you don't have broadband net
access. You need to be able to look at the odds, log in (only if you want
to) and get your bet on as quick as possible.
Maybe it's the frustration of missing
a winning bet, but some sites just seem slow - even though their programmers
and engineers will show you pages of reports proving that they are running
just fine. We have taken this factor into account in our reviews - bad marks
in particular go to sites which make you wait for things you don't need
3. Choice - We believe that the
best bookmakers offer the widest range of betting. After all, this web is world-wide!
We realise that most people keep their betting to just a few sports, and we
do include a few sportsbooks that concentrate solely on football or racing.
Most of us see betting as fun and
entertainment, a chance to add to your enjoyment of a live or TV event, so
we make no apologies for giving high marks for those bookmakers with the
biggest range of bets.
4. Features - Not
everyone speaks English, and even at a betting site you want a bit more
than the odds, so the more options and content the better. Foreign
language options are a big plus (although looking at the English on some
non-English sites, we dread to think what other weird and wonderful
translations there are out there).
Other key features include results
(with the odds if possible) and content such as form, statistics and news that
add real value for the user.
Calculation: For each of the 4
criteria, the "raw scores" are adjusted so the average is 12.5 out
of the possible 25. The criteria are given equal weighting in determining
the overall scores.
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