I guess you have seen this a thousand times. Articles telling you how to gamble online, how to bet, what to do, etc... Well this is another one, but I will try to give you guys a little bit more based on my personal experience. I am an affiliate with major betting companies and casinos, and I have spent over 2 years in the business full time. I also used to be an expert picker (over 75% success rate with the UEFA Champions League, and major La Liga and Premiership matches) and now I have an online marketing company aside from my affiliate work. I have met the top executives in the business, have gone to major gaming conferences, and have played in over 40 portals.
To be honest, gambling online in today's world is, or should be a very positive experience overall. Competition and technological advancements have made the industry become safe, reputable, and honest, at least for the major brands. They offer numerous products nowadays such as live betting (you can place bets on a major game while it's still in progress) and numerous other interesting options such as live roulette for instance (you are shown a live TV feed at some casinos with a live dealer, and you can place a bet while the roulette is still turning in real time).
OK here come the top tips: The first one would be to pick a major brand if you wish to play online. Do RESEARCH before you pick a brand. If a sports book is what you want I would suggest picking a listed company, that is, listed in a major stock exchange. Brands that are listed have to comply with regulatory and government laws as well as show financial books to regulatory entities which makes them hard to actually cheat you out of a prize, chances are these companies are also regulated by major gambling authorities, just check out the front bottom of their websites, they should have a ¨regulated by such and such commission¨. If you wish to play at casinos, this also applies for you. Pick major listed brands. If a brand advertises in a major way in your home country, chances are this brand is reputable and safe, just remember to Google it and check out their site as well as independent portals that talk neutrally on the brand and give out reviews (there are tons of portals out there, just need to research, and the better ranked in the search engines are usually the best and give out the most neutral advice possible). I would also suggest clicking on the link at the bottom which is basically what I do, but that would be a blatant advertisement, so let's move on.
The time is also important in a way, believe it or not. If for instance, you like to play major poker tournaments, then prime time is your best time to log on, but if you want to do other things such as playing at cash tables, slots, or using the casino software, then go at hours that are not peak times. A reason for this is that there may be overloads at certain times. Too many users playing a game or too much bandwidth being used etc, might increase the chances of a glitch in the casino or sports book software. Today, major casino and bookmakers have branched out into creating one account for all needs such as casino, sports betting, bingo, games, poker, etc. This is a good option if you just want to have one account. Some brands are stronger than others in some areas, but overall, this works for poker, casino, and sports betting users. To wrap it up, be sure to place a sports bet at the latest time possible. Just over an hour before the match takes place is a good idea, therefore you have the latest, and most up-to-date information on the game that you want to place a bet in such as lineups, last minute injuries etc. I hope it helps.