Now that the Stanley Cup and Larry O’Brien trophies have been handed out, (congrats to the Washington Capitals and Golden State Warriors), it’s time to start shifting gears to the most wonderful time of the year for sports bettors. Yes, that’s the football season! While it may be a little early to really shift your focus to betting on the National Football League and NCAA football, it’s never too early to take a look at the options that are out there for where you are going to place those bets. I have been an avid bettor for a couple decades now, and there are 5 things that I consider to be very important when choosing where I am doing to deposit my money and lay cash down. 1. Site Reputation: The first thing I have to consider is whether or not my online sportsbook can be trusted with my hard earned money. I want to be sure that when I make a deposit, not only will the site have limited downtime, letting me place a bet when I want, but also, will they be there to send me my winnings when I want them. Doing your own research can be very time consuming, but in the end, it will be more than worth it. Take the time to search the internet, ask friends and acquaintances that are into betting where they bet, what their experiences are, and if they prefer one site over another, and why. There are plenty websites around that offer sportsbook reviews, but be somewhat leery of these, as some sportsbook review sites are owned by sportsbooks themselves, and can have a biased opinion. As well, some review sites receive payments from sportsbooks to “give them a leg up” on the competition, so make sure you visit multiple sites before you make your decision. Lastly, once you’ve narrowed down your options to two or three books, give their customer service number a call. Tell them you are considering them as your new sportsbook, but have some questions before making your initial deposit. Their response to your questions, and how they treat you should go a long way to help you make your decision. 2. Getting Paid: This sort of goes hand in hand with number 1, but to me, this is the most important thing to be sure of when choosing an online sportsbook. There’s nothing worse than going on a hot streak, winning a few bucks, only to have to wait a month to get your money, or if you get it at all. Make sure you go with a sportsbook that is known to not only payout, but payout on time. My sportsbook allows payout from Tuesday through Thursday, and I normally see the money within 24 hours. Be sure to find out their payment options, and how easy it will be to get your money after you request a payout. Common forms of payouts include MoneyGram and Western Union, but I have seen bank wires, re-loaded debit cards and BitCoin, so be sure if these are your options, that one of these are readily available in your area. 3. Mobile Betting: My sportsbook’s mobile betting interface is very important to me. I spend a lot of time on the road, and I don’t like to drag my computer with me everywhere. My book needs to have an easy to use mobile version so I can jump on my phone at a moments notice and get my bet in quickly and efficiently. There are times I am listening to sports talk radio just prior to the start of a game, and I get a piece of information that springs me into action to get a bet in on acertain side. I don’t want to have to mess around, knowing that the game will go off soon. I want to tap my screen, take me to my book, get the bet in, enter my password, and BOOM, bet placed. This is extremely important to me. 4. Betting Options: This one covers a few things that I find necessary in the online sportsbook I choose. I’m not just talking about the types of bets I can make, but options outside of betting sports. Sure, all sportsbooks offer straight bets, totals and parlays; but do you want to bet teasers, first and second half lines, live betting or prop bets? I do! So make sure if this is what you are looking for, that your new sportsbook offers these options. On top of that, I love betting horses, so my book has to include a racebook so I can get those in too. How about a live casino? Yes, you can learn more and play some poker or slots from the privacy of your own home. All of these options will make your experience with your book that much more enjoyable. 5. Competitiveness of Lines and Odds: Last, but certainly not least, is the competitiveness of the lines and odds your online sportsbook has to offer. Where do they get their lines from, and how often are they updated? This can certainly make or break your bottom-line if you’re not careful. Sometimes a simple half-point here or there can be the difference between winning and losing. We’ve all been there. This is why I like to have accounts at a couple different sportsbooks, so I can compare lines and save a few bucks on the juice here and there. In the end, it will all add up to better account numbers at the end of the year. I hope these 5 things to look for when choosing an online sportsbook have helped. By no means are these the only things to look for, but this is a great start to getting you on your way to an enjoyable betting experience. Do your homework, and make sure you take the time to get any questions you may have answered for you before sending in that initial deposit.

I’ve been taking bets, believe it or not, since I was in high school. Don’t get me wrong, it was much, MUCH different back in the day then it is now, but nevertheless, in one way or another, I’ve been running the numbers for 25+ years. I didn’t go to college, it wasn’t for me, so I started bartending at a local sports bar with building my bookie business in mind while having a few drinks with my buddies and the customers. After being there for a couple years, I had so many clients, I simply could not take anymore. That’s when a customer asked me if I had heard of Pay Per Head services, and at that time, the idea for completely foreign to me. He explained it to me, and I took him up on it. PPH was quite different then, but about 10 years ago I was reading about an offshore Pay Per Head company, and started doing some research. And am I ever glad I did. It has changed my life. I took a couple months, read up on offshore PPH’s and took the plunge and signed up. In turn, I got all my clients to sign up, and they couldn’t have been happier either. They got so many more betting options on all sports, with parlays, teasers, a near infinite number of props and numerous others. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of an offshore Pay Per head service. First thing’s first, the question I get asked almost every day, what is an offshore Pay Per Head service? PPH is an online service for bookies, offered by an online management service. A PPH service basically helps the agent (bookie) run their business for a rate, depending on the number of active players on a weekly basis. As an agent, you and your clients get access to professional level sports betting software without opening your own sportsbook, which obviously would be very expensive and time consuming. You will get the security, technology and software, including lines and odds to help build your business in a coordinated manner, at the same time giving your clients a vast array of betting options. Do you still take bets and write them by hand? Do you make your own calculations and accounting in process of making it more relevant it with main concepts on making digital marketing plan the and need to find each win and loss to figure out what the total is at the end of the week? I remember doing that at the bar, and looking back, I’m sure I lost money on my calculations alone, not even taking into account the time I spent doing it. Well, worry about that no longer. When you sign up with an offshore PPH service, all that is done for you. As soon as a game has ended, and has been graded (usually happens very quickly), each of your bettor’s accounts will be updated in real time, letting both the bettor and the agent know exactly where the account stands. These reports are primarily used at the end of the week, helping with collections and payouts, helping keep your customers happy with quick payments. We know all successful bookies pay fast. You basically have your day-to-day operations handled for you, giving you more time to do other things, like grow you business. The question I get asked the second most is what does it cost. On average, PPH services charge $10 per head. That’s right, you get all of these services for only $10 per head/week. You only get charged for active clients, so during down times of the betting season, you will only get charged for clients that have placed a bet that week. Most PPH services provide excellent customer service, with employees that are very well trained on the in’s and out’s of the service’s options, which are many. PPH services allow you to customize accounts for each of your clients, which will help you limit losses. Let’s go over some of the positives: 1. You get world-class sports betting software, providing you with the technology and security of large online sportsbooks. 2. Vast array of betting options for your clients. 3. Most of the work is handled for you. 4. Top-shelf customer service to help you get the most out of your service. 5. Affordable costs 6. Most offer a free trial There has to be some cons you say. Well, like any service, there will be some cons. Some of them include: 1. There will be some limitations when it comes to customizing your service. The limitations will depend on the PPH provider you choose, and the software they use. 2. Must be careful to choose the right provider, as some will not be as reliable as others, leading to website downtime and software failure. 3. Not all will provide exemplary customer service. 4. Even if a client doesn’t bet much in a week, you still pay a set fee. You can avoid the majority of the cons if you do your homework and choose the right PPH service. You want to do all the needed research, try to connect with users of the service to hear what they have to say, and what they recommend. Before choosing, call their customer service, and ask every question you have. How they treat you and their answers will go a long way to making your choice that much easier. How knowledgeable is their staff? Were they able to answer all your questions, and did they show experience? A great question to ask is if they provide racebook, casino and live betting services. Ask about their technology. Do they have firewalls and backups, how about their security procedures? What is their confidentiality policy? How about their software, do they use a reputable service, is the interface easy to use and fully customizable? Asking these questions will help you on your way to minimizing the cons. So if you are like I was many years ago, with limited player options and accounting was taking the majority of your time, it sounds like a quality Pay Per Head service is for you. Do your homework, ask the right questions, and get on your way to a happier you, and more importantly, happier clients that will place more bets, increasing your business at the same time. This is the perfect time of the year to get started. It’ll give both you and your clients the opportunity to work out all the bugs before the start of football season. Give the free trial a go, and see for yourself. I can guarantee it’ll be the best decision you ever made.

If you landed on this page and are reading this article, chances are you like to bet on sports, and for one reason or another, are considering paying for a sports betting pick service. You’re not alone. Billions and billions of dollars are wagered each year on sports, and 90% of bettors will be in the red at years end. While paying for picks could be a good idea, you need to put the work in to find one that will actually help you win money. Let’s take a look at the pick service industry and what to look for when choosing one. In short, a pick service is a handicapper or a group of handicappers that sell their picks, information and tips to bettors like you. I liken handicappers to stockbrokers. Stockbrokers charge a fee or commission to investors that are looking to put money in the stock market. A sports handicapper is basically doing the same thing, except you are investing on a team (or other side) in the sports betting industry. If you’ve already done some research, you know there are A LOT of handicappers out there. Literally thousands upon thousands. So how do you know which ones are legit and which ones are scams? That’s what I am going to look at, trying to help you weed out the scammers and find the best bang for your buck. I’m not going to sugarcoat it…there are a shitload of scammers out there. Just like some stockbrokers, who try to influence buyers to sway a stock one way or the other to benefit their best interests, so do handicappers. If you know anything about sportsbetting, and in particular, line movements, lines move are made when the majority of money is on one side, and in turn, the line is moved in the opposite direction. Some cappers will try to sway that line in one direction or the other to benefit themselves. A half-point here or there can make a huge difference to your bottom-line at the end of the year. So how can we make sure we’re not being scammed and are getting involved with a trustworthy pick service? Here are some things to watch for when choosing a service. 1. Winning Percentage Verification: You see a lot of handicappers and picks services that are provided by the process of action ac site advertising things like, “We are 10-2 in our last 12 picks”, or “85% winning percentage over the last month!” I want to see those picks, I want to see the dates they were submitted. Not only do I want to see those picks, but I also want to see their picks over the last 3 months, 6 months…even over the past year. How about the dozen picks prior to going on that 10-2 streak they went 2-10? That means they are 12-12, and after you pay your juice, you’re calling up your bookie and making another deposit. A lot of times when something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If a pick service has a high rate of success, it shouldn’t be a problem to show data to support those numbers. 2. Be Aware of Big Organization With Large Marketing Budgets: Some pick services will lead you to believe that if you join them, you’ll be getting a call from Robin Leach and you’ll be featured on “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”. (Am I showing my age with that reference?) If you see a pick service advertising with dudes driving around in fancy cars, surrounded by hot chicks, you may want to consider another service. Reputable pick services and handicappers alike know what they are offering is great, and don’t need to lead you on with a mirage. 3. Do They Specialize In a Particular Sport?: Some services will specialize in one sport or another, so if you are looking to bet 365 days a year, be sure to join aservice that will provide you with picks across all sports. Sure, one capper or service may have a 60% win percentage on football, but that’s not going to help you through the baseball season. Do your homework and make sure it is the right service for you. 4. Cost: Of course, how much the service will cost you has to be considered. We all have to bet within our means. In other words, don’t bet money you don’t have, and definitely don’t spend your mortgage or car payment betting on sports. Bottom-line is, if you have a betting budget of $100/month, and you’re paying $50 a month for a pick service, you’re probably better off doing your own research with the countless amount of free information that can be found on the Internet. If you have a budget of $1000/month and you’re paying $50, then it makes more sense to purchase some help. To put all this together, you see it’s not easy to find a trustworthy and reputable pick service. All I can say is to do your homework, don’t get caught up in fancy handicapper names and marketing geniuses. If something seems to good to be true, go with your gut and make the right decision. If you have friends that like to bet and have used a pick service, ask them their experiences. Get as much information as possible before dishing out the cash. Start small, be sure to read the fine print and most of all, make sure to verify their winning percentage. I hope this was helping to getting you on your way to a winning record.