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Sports Betting for Beginners

Today, I wanted to make a post about sports betting for beginners… specifically, I want to make a few recommendations for the best sportsbooks online.

A question I often get when I talk to new sports bettors is- where should I bet online? So today, I want to make a few recommendations for my top picks for best online sportsbooks of 2019.

I’m not going to go super in-depth into reviewing each sports book, for the interest of time, but if you want the full reviews I’ll leave a link below where you can check out my full in-depth review of each sportsbook on my website

So, when you’re a beginner sports bettor, one of the most important things you can do is open up accounts at multiple sportsbooks. This is because the different sportsbooks all offer different betting odds on the games available. I recommend opening between 2-4 accounts on different sites.

If you want to see in real-time how you can use different sportsbooks to make a consistent profit, make sure you check out my other video called “How to Make Money Betting on Sports

I’m going to leave a link to each sports book I mention below, where if you’re a new player you can get some cool bonuses and make sure to stick around until the end because I have something cool I would like to share with you that I know you’ll love!

Alright- let’s get to it!

So I’m going to break this down into a few different categories- USA friendly sportsbooks, which of the ones I’ll be referencing, the majority of other locations such as Canada, Europe etc. can play on…. Non- USA friendly sportsbooks… typically the rest of the world, with some exceptions are allowed to bet on these sites.

And lastly, I will talk about a few of my favorite crypto- only sportsbooks. Now, a lot of the sportsbooks I will mention do allow you to deposit via cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum, as well as standard methods like Credit Card… but there are a few sports books who only take Bitcoin, which I will cover as well!

Just a note before we jump in- when I say USA friendly, I am not talking about sportsbooks in the USA now that sports betting is legal in some states- I’m talking about offshore sportsbooks, because typically, the US based sportsbooks are brick and mortar locations, who have their own mobile apps that can be used in-state, so it’s not really any different than visiting Las Vegas or Atlantic City etc.  Since the focus of this article is sports betting for beginners, I will ignore the complications that can come with online apps and brick and mortar sportsbooks.

So when it comes to USA friendly sportsbooks, there are 3 sports books that I really like.

The first one is BetOnline

They’ve been around for a long time and have gone through some ups and downs, but have really made great strides over the past few years to become one of the leaders in online gaming.

Not only do they have a world-class sports book with some of the most competitive odds around, which, if you’re a beginner sports bettor is exactly what you want. They also have a full online casino with a huge selection of slots and table games and an awesome live-dealer casino… so if you’ve ever wanted to play blackjack in your underwear at 3am, now you can!

The game selection at BetOnline is really superb- they have everything from the major sports like football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer to esports, cricket, badminton and everything in-between.

And if you like to play poker at all, BetOnline has an awesome poker room with cash games and tournaments running steady from the micro stakes all the way up to mid-stakes.

It’s definitely a great destination for anybody who wants to do all of their gambling in one place.

BetOnline also boast one of the highest credit card processing success rates in the industry, which is really great. With that being said, I do recommend depositing via Bitcoin, Litecoin or Ethereum if at all possible. Credit card deposits tack on a 6.5% transaction fee, and it means you won’t be able to make a withdrawal for a period of 7 days while the payment clears.

This is not the end of the world, and I have definitely deposited via Credit Card without incident, but since switching to Bitcoin deposits, I have got my money faster and have cut down on fees! If you’re new to cryptocurrency, be sure to watch my video on how to buy bitcoin!

Lastly- I have never had an issue with withdrawing from BetOnline. I have won a few poker tournaments for some pretty good scores, as well as done my fair share of sports betting with BetOnline and they have always paid me out very quickly and easily.

Next up is Bodog/ Bovada

I’m in Canada, so I play at Bodog, but they are the exact same company. I’m sure you’ve seen the ads for this sportsbook before, they are one of the most popular around, and for good reason!

They have almost the same offerings as BetOnline, such as a large casino, live dealer casino and really great sportsbook!

They also have a really great VIP system that will give you cash back based on points you’ve earned through the sportsbook, casino, racebook and poker, which is always nice since we can’t win all the time.

Deposit options are very standard with good Credit Card processing as well as Bitcoin deposits available.

The only thing I don’t love about this sportsbook specifically is they don’t always have the best odds available. Not always, but when line shopping you will often see that other sportsbooks like BetOnline have better prices available to bet.
With that being said, if you often bet underdogs, you can find some great value with the odds on offer at Bovada/ Bodog.

That’s why it’s so important to have accounts open at multiple sportsbooks, so you can always get the best odds available!

Lastly, if you like poker, this is where Bodog/ Bovada really shines- they share a player pool and also share that pool with Ignition poker, which has some of the softest and most beatable games around. The games are also completely anonymous so it makes for a great destination for beginner players as well! They also have cash games and tournaments running from the micro stakes to the mid-stakes pretty well around the clock. Just like BetOnline, Bodog/ Bovada is a great one-stop shop for all of your gambling activity! I definitely recommend checking them out!


As a beginner to sports betting, bonuses can be a huge help to you- they are an easy way to match your deposit and double up your available cash, which is why I recommend checking out MyBookie.

MyBookie are a newer sportsbook, but they have really done a great job trying to set themselves apart from the other offerings.

MyBookie has, bar none, the largest bonus offering around- from deposit bonuses to reload bonuses, referral bonuses, casino loss back bonuses, racebook bonuses and more… you won’t find a sports book with more unique bonuses. Period.

They also have a huge selection of games with odds that are very on-par with BetOnline. Again, football, basketball, e-sports, soccer… political elections… you name it, you can bet on it at MyBookie.  

MyBookie also has a huge online casino just as BetOnline and Bovada offer as well.

MyBookie also offers one of the most unique VIP programs I’ve ever seen- so make sure to check out my full review video I did to see exactly what I mean!

As for deposits, I’ve never had an issue depositing or withdrawing. Again, I usually use Bitcoin and it works like a charm.

All of the sportsbooks I’ve mentioned so far are USA friendly, but are also available to other countries so definitely check them out!

Pinnacle Sports

Now, if you do not live in the USA, I recommend you also check out Pinnacle Sports.

Pinnacle is one of the top sportsbooks in the world and for good reason. They have the biggest game selection, highest betting limits and the best odds around. Period.

Because Pinnacle are considered to be a “sharp” sports book, they welcome winning players with open arms and will let you place more money on a single wager than any of the other sportsbooks mentioned. So if you’re starting to become a winning sports bettor, definitely check out Pinny!

Because they offer such competitive odds and the highest limits, Pinnacle has chosen not to offer any sort of sign-up bonuses or VIP program. However, you will get a small percentage of cash back from time to time if you play in their casino.

For a sports bettor, I cannot recommend Pinnacle enough as they typically have the truest odds, and even if you aren’t wagering at Pinny, you can use their lines to beat other sports books- which I show you how to do in my How to Make Money Betting on Sports video!

Sports Interaction

If you’re Canadian- another cool little sportsbook you can check out is Sports Interaction. I’m not going to go into too much detail here, as they are only available in Canada, but if you want a no-frills sportsbook with pretty good line selection and decent promotions definitely check them out! Or read the full review here.

Bitcoin Sportsbooks

So lastly, I just want to talk about Bitcoin only sportsbooks… There are two I would recommend- the first would be who offer some pretty cool game selection and a wide variety of bonuses.

The second would be Nitrogen sports. I have a long relationship with Nitrogen, going all the way back to 2014, so I am a bit biased, but the thing I love about Nitrogen is it’s completely anonymous. That’s right- no email verification, no sending your personal information to strangers on the internet. The other great thing about Nitrogen is they have odds that are on-par with Pinnacle Sports. So if you live in the USA and want the best odds, grab some bitcoin and check out Nitrogen! Watch the video review here.

That about wraps it up for this post. Like I said, if you want a full in-depth review on all of these sportsbooks, make sure to head to and read the full reviews! Also, check out my YouTube channel as I have done some video reviews as well.

Lastly- I told you to read to the end of the post for something special, so here it is… if you sign up using my link, as a new player to any of the sports books I’ve mentioned you will be eligible for up to 5% lossback!

That’s right- I will make sure you get up to 5% of your potential losses back. Awesome right?

When you sign-up as a new player and make a deposit, make sure to follow me on Twitter @actionbackers. Then send me a DM letting me know which site you signed up for so I can verify everything on my end. Then I will send you the details!

Which sportsbook is your favorite? Let me know!

Happy Betting!