The Ultimate Guide to Sports Betting Apps
A couple of decades ago, being able to bet on sports took a bit of effort. If you were into betting on the dogs or horses, you would have to go down to the track, check out the races for the day, and actually fill in a bet slip. You would then need to take that slip to a betting window and, once done, go and watch the race from the stands. If you won, you’d have to go back to the betting window or cashier and collect your winnings. Betting on sports was a similar situation. Going down to your local betting shop (if you have them in your country) or phoning your local bookie before the start of the game to place your bet.
When the internet gained momentum in the early nineties, Sportsbooks like William Hill, Ladbrokes, BetVictor and Coral, all began to look at the viability of online sports betting. It didn’t take long for sports bettors to latch onto the idea of being able to simply sign up with an online sports betting site, adding some cash and betting on their favourite sports. Like online casino gambling, online sports betting took off in a significant way and, between 1995 and 2018, thousands of sports betting sites have traded online.
Today, millions of bettors from all over the world spend billions of dollars each year on digital sports betting. Online sportsbooks are extremely sophisticated and diverse, covering a wide range of sports from American football and NBA basketball to international soccer, tennis, golf, boxing, MMA and much more. However, just when sports bettors thought that it couldn’t get any better, it did, in the shape of the smartphone.
Sports betting apps have made it possible for bettors to engage in their favourite sports betting activities in real time and, most importantly, on the go. Mobile sports betting is currently trending all over the globe, and there are dozens of sports betting apps available. Which one to choose is up to the individual and is based on a number of factors.
Most sports betting apps are mobile extensions of desktop sportsbooks and are created to give bettors a faster and more convenient way of connecting to their sportsbook. Sports betting apps are hugely popular with savvy sports bettors because they allow you to access key features such as posted lines or odds, latest scores, betting options, deposits and withdrawals and support, all through the app interface and without the need to even log in to your account via your desktop or laptop.
Even better, you don’t need to use your mobile browser to log in and lay down a few key bets, collect winnings or see what the latest action is; everything can be done from your sports betting app. You can even place your sports betting app on your mobile device home screen and keep up with your current or pending wagers at a glance.
Most sports betting apps are designed to be easy to download, easy to install, and easy to use. After doing the necessary research into different online sports betting sites and what they have to offer (both regarding desktop and mobile sports betting), head on over to your relevant app store. Not all sports betting sites will have an app available for every operating system, some will only do iOS, while others focus on Android. However, most will offer an app for both of these popular operating systems, and some will even have something available for Windows Phone users. Some sportsbooks don’t even provide dedicated apps anymore and have gone straight to direct browser login, similar to what you would normally do from your desktop.
The next step is to download the app to your device which you can do by clicking on the install button. Depending on your area network or Wi-Fi signal, this could take a few seconds to a few minutes. Opening your app will give you a range of options which includes logging in or signing up for an account, accessing a variety of sports and betting markets, depositing funds, withdrawing winnings, and taking advantage of bonus offers and so forth.
The following sportsbooks are considered to be significant players within the online sports betting industry and offer a range of apps and direct mobile sports betting options.
- William Hill
- Paddy Power
- 5 Dimes
- Sky Bet
- 888 Sports
If you are new to mobile sports betting, picking your sports betting app is where it all begins. How you go about choosing your sports betting app should be based on a few key factors. The first is deciding what exactly you are looking to bet on and making sure that the sports betting app that you may be interested in actually features that sport. For example, let’s say that you love NFL or NBA sports action, if the app you were considering features European soccer or only offers minimal North American sports coverage, you’re wasting your time.
The second key factor relates to currency support and depositing options. The sports betting app that you’re considering needs to offer the currency of your choice, for example, US dollars or even Bitcoin. That’s the first part of this two-parter. Once you’ve checked off currency support from your checklist, ensuring that your preferred payment solution is available is next. Top sports betting sites usually offer a range of options including credit cards, eWallets and direct transfers. Finally, give the potential sports betting app a thorough going over. Make sure the user interface is well-designed and easy to use. Check what other sports bettors are saying about the app and weigh up the positive and negative points before settling.