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Recommended Sports Betting Sites

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    Bovada

    4 Star Half Star

    Bovada puts the fun into sports betting by offering all sorts of wagers that aren't available at other sportsbooks. They offer odds on all of the major sports, but also on a number of entertainment-related betting opportunities. Still recognized by many bettors as Bodog (formed by Calvin Ayre in 1995), Bovada took over Bovada's US operations back in 2011. Keeping the same management as the old Bodog, Bovada quickly became the #1 destination for sports betting in the United States.

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    BetOnline

    4 Star Half Star

    BetOnline is a highly regarded sportsbook that operates out of Panama City. Its parent company is BLS International (Bestline Sports), which purchased BetOnline in 2008. BetOnline has been around since 1991. BetOnline is a highly rated sportsbook that offers plenty of wagering opportunities, ranging from pro and college football to sports such as cricket, snooker, and lacrosse. There are plenty of futures bets available at BetOnline, with many entertainment wagers offered.

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    TopBet

    4 Star Half Star

    When a new ownership group took over TopBet in 2011, they promised good things were in store for their customers and they have certainly delivered, making TopBet one of the most highly regarded online sportsbooks in a very short time. TopBet had been part of the FutureBet/GameTech family prior to being bought by the new group and FutureTech didn't have the best reputation in the industry. The new owners distanced themselves from the prior ownership and turned things around quickly.

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    Carbon Sports

    4 Star

    CarbonSports is a newer sportsbook that is from the same people who brought you CarbonPoker, one of the more respected online poker sites around. The sportsbook opened in 2012 and has developed a nice following in a short time. CarbonSports' parent company is Jazette Enterprises Limited, which also owns sportsbook.ag, one of the giants in the online sportsbetting world. Much like sportsbook.ag, CarbonSports offers plenty of betting possibilities and bettors can also play casino or poker.

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    BookMaker

    5 Star

    Bookmaker can be thought of as the sportsbook where the big boys play. While many sportsbooks make it known that they are not interested in receiving wagers from professional bettors, Bookmaker welcomes them with open arms. Bookmaker has been around for a number of years, having opened in 1996, and is a favorite betting outlet of larger bettors, as it possesses some of the largest betting limits around. Bookmaker, which is located in San Jose, Costa Rica, is also known for releasing early lines.

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    WagerWeb

    4 Star Half Star

    WagerWeb has been around since 1994 and has made strides in the past few years toward joining the ranks of the most respected sportsbooks around. Now recognized for being one of the fastest-paying sportsbooks in existence, WagerWeb is definitely worth a look for small to mid-sized bettors. They do state in the rules that they cater to the recreational bettor only and don't want action from professionals or syndicate players. WagerWeb rates extremely well in the bonus department.

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    BetDSI

    4 Star Half Star

    BetDSI has been around since 1998 and is located in San Jose, Costa Rica. It strives for excellence in customer service and does an excellent job of meeting those goals, consistently earning praise from its customers and independent sources. BetDSI, also known as Diamond Sportsbook International, is owned by BMX Entertainment, Ltd., which also owns the highly regarded Bookmaker sportsbook, so you know you're dealing with a company that has the means to make good on their wagers.

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    BetPhoenix

    4 Star

    BetPhoenix may be a relatively new sportsbook, having opened in 2007, but it has done quite well in a short time. Operating from Costa Rica, BetPhoenix has also acquired Wagerchief, Skybook, and Bet Mania. BetPhoenix is a sportsbook for recreational players only. Players who beat the line moves on a consistent basis risk having their account closed or their limits lowered, which is standard operation for sportsbooks who make it clear they are not interested in having sharp players as customers.

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    GTBets

    4 Star

    It's not easy to break into the crowded field of online sportsbooks unless you do something right and the people at GT Bets have been making all the right moves. Having started in 2011 after the closure of the VIP Sports family of sportsbooks, GT Bets has quickly earned a solid reputation in the industry. GT Bets brought over most of the top management from VIP sports, so while it may be relatively new in the sportsbook world, there is plenty of experience behind the scenes. GT Bets is based in Curacao.

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    Sportsbetting.ag

    4 Star Half Star

    Sportsbetting.ag is a company that received a new lease on life back in 2012 when they were taken over by the highly regarded BetOnline that June. At one time a sportsbook to avoid, Sportsbetting.ag has been earning plenty of accolades for its turnaround and is now a place bettors can feel safe playing. With the new ownership group, Sportsbetting has been offering faster payouts, better promotions, and more wagering opportunities; in short, pretty much everything a sports bettor could want.

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    Sportsbook.ag

    4 Star

    Sportsbook.ag is the giant in the online sportsbook industry; the largest online sportsbook in the world today, serving thousands of bettors on a consistent basis. Sportsbook is owned by Jazette Enterprises Limited, which owns 20 different online gambling sites, and is one of the longest tenured sportsbooks around, having opened in 1996. Sportsbook offers a one-stop gaming environment, as you can also play poker, casino games and wager on horses all from the same account.

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About Our Sportsbook Reviews

There are literally hundreds of online sportsbooks and some are quite good, while others leave a bit to be desired. Finding the right sportsbook to wager at is one of the most important decisions a bettor will make. A bettor who finds the ideal sportsbook for their betting preferences will have a more enjoyable experience than one who doesn't so it makes sense to spend a bit of time finding the best match, as different sportsbooks cater to different types of bettors. If you are a 'sharp' bettor you risk running into trouble if you play at a sportsbook that states it is for recreational players only. Likewise, a bettor who is primarily interested in having fun and placing a few bets here and there will likely find a recreational sportsbook will offer more fun-type of wagers.

Ideally, a bettor will have accounts at several different sportsbooks. Serious bettors know the importance of having more than one betting outlet, as the lines will often vary from sportsbook to sportsbook. Professional sports bettors are often not that much better at handicapping than most people, but they do know how to shop for the best odds, something many bettors fail to do. The same person who will visit five different websites looking for the best price on a $600 television will turn around and bet $1,000 on the 49ers-7 when they could have found San Francisco-6 at many other sportsbooks and that is often the difference between winning and losing over the long haul.

When looking at a sportsbook, the primary things for bettors to examine are bonuses, ease of making financial transactions and wagers, but most importantly, the ability to pay winning bettors. It doesn't matter how good of a bonus program a sportsbook offers or how many different wagers they offer if they fail to pay off winning bettors.

The sportsbooks listed on this page have some of the best reputations for fulfilling their financial obligations in the industry. There are no fly-by-night operations who will be closed as soon as you are ready to make a withdraw. These sportsbooks have been in business for a number of years, which lets you know that they are doing something right.