When you’re looking to make bets on sporting events, it’s important to find a reliable bookie so you can make your bets and hopefully clean up. But what constitutes a reliable bookie?  And how do you go about finding one?

Ask Around

If you don’t have a bookie, chances are you’re going to have to do a bit of looking. Ask your friends what bookies they use. A bookmaker’s reputation is huge, so it’s a good sign if it’s someone your friends have been happy with.

Bookies often hang out in sports bars and other places where bettors hang out, so don’t be afraid to look around and ask. Bartenders and servers will often know who are the “regulars” when it comes to gambling and bookies.

Your next step is to ask questions about the services he’s offering.

What Services Should You Expect from a Reliable Bookie?

Does the bookie have a system in place that allows you to make bets 24 hours a day, seven days a week?  Do you have your own password and PIN?  Is the website secure and can you access the website reliably with a mobile device?  Do they have a call center that’s open 24 hours a day to help you make your bets or help with technical issues?  All of these things are not only excellent features to take advantage of, but they are good indicators of a bookie who is not going to take your money and run. They’ve invested in their business and, therefore, have a significant interest in maintaining a good reputation by providing a reliable service.

The price per head service your bookie uses should naturally allow you to get in on the action of sportsbooks, but they should also allow other options for betting as well.  Some bookies will let you in on the action of horse racing and even live casinos, so ask if he handles those.

Once you find a bookie who is willing to take your bets, you’ll probably want to do some small time betting to be sure that he’s on the up-and-up. Many local bookies are trustworthy because they want your business. Once you feel secure that he’s good, you can feel confident placing larger bets with him.