Betting Apps

Betting Apps

Welcome to betting apps UK -The home of the best betting apps. Latest update – December 2019. has been up and running since 2012 and in that time the market for mobile sports betting has changed considerably.  We have been at the forefront of betting apps for years now and have a vast knowledge of apps and platforms as well as UK licensing regulations and mobile security.

As experts in mobile betting, we take the time to rate and independently review sports betting apps that comply with UK gambling legislation. Safety and security of users are at the forefront of our reviews and we only cover brands that we are happy to recommend.

Take a glance through our site where you’ll find our honest bookmaker reviews, as well as highlighting our favourite bookmaker apps on iPhone and Android.

Top 10 UK Betting Apps List


4.9 / 5


Grab up to £30 in bet free bets!

✅ Our top-rated betting app for ease of use, navigation and range of betting markets

✅ Use your daily Bet Boost to boost the odds on your 3+ accumulators plus a daily boost on your horse racing bets. Find the hottest odds on the daily flash odds- big prices for a limited time

✅ Cash in or partially cash in your bets directly on the app or on your iWatch or compatible smartwatch

✅ Excellent customer service. Got a problem or question? Then use the live chat support, ring them, email or social media messenger – where ever you are they’ll be there to help

See Latest Offer & Get App
See Latest Offer & Get App

*New William Hill online customers only. Min. unit stake of £10/€10 at odds of 1/2 or greater. Only the “win” part from EW bets will count. Free bet terms, payment method & country restrictions apply. Free bets credited as 3 x £10/€10. Free bet stakes are not returned as part of the settlement of successful free bets. All Free Bets must be wagered within 30 days.



4.9 / 5


New customers get up to £30 in Welcome Bonuses*

✅ Our top-rated app for football betting, pick your own bets for every match with #PriceItUp, plus a full range of football coupons on offer

✅ See what others are backing in the trending bets on the home page of the app and the most popular #Priceitup markets

✅ Full horse racing form for all UK and Irish racing as well as Timeform write-ups on every race. Plus live steaming when you bet to watch

See Latest Offer & Get App
See Latest Offer & Get App

*New Customers only. Deposit and place a £5 qualifying bet at odds of 2.00 or greater within 7 days of opening a new account; excludes cashed out bets. Receive 2x £10 Free Sports Bets, valid on set events only at odds 2.00 or greater, expires in 7 days, plus a £10 Casino Bonus, expires in 7 days. Wager the Casino Bonus 35x to withdraw winnings. Credit/Debit card deposits only. Geographical Restrictions and T&Cs Apply. Please Gamble Responsibly



4.8 / 5


Get up to £30 in Free Bets*

✅ An easy to use app with their unique search facility – Swipe down on your iPhone or iPad to open the ios search, then search anything from horses names to football teams making navigation a breeze

✅ Get a weekly free bet with the Betway free bet club that is open to all new and existing customers along with other excellent promotions (Ts & Cs apply to all promotions)

✅ HD live streaming of over 20,000 sporting event for you to bet. From Racing to football to virtual sports there’s always something to watch on the Betway app

See Latest Offer & Get App
See Latest Offer & Get App

New UK & Ireland customers only. Min Deposit: £10. First deposit matched up to £30. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bet. Credit Card, Debit Card & PayPal deposits only. Terms Apply



4.7 / 5


Get up to £100 in bet credits!*

✅ Our top-rated app for live streaming and football betting

✅ Choose your own bets with the bet builder and get an instant price for your selections,/br>

✅ Full support on the app from the worlds favourite gambling company

See Latest Offer & Get App
See Latest Offer & Get App

Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5 and 1x settled bet requirement to release Bet Credits. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.


4.5 / 5


Get up to £100 in bet bonuses!*

✅ A fantastic app that is easy to navigate and packed with great offers

✅ Great odds from the exchange on singles, plus lay bets as well as backing them

✅ Other great apps including poker, casino, exchange games and bingo

See Latest Offer & Get App
See Latest Offer & Get App

*New customer offer. Place 5 x €10 or more bets to receive €20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum €100 bonus. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Exchange bets excluded.



4.4 / 5


Bet £5 to get £20 in free bets*

✅ Get an instant price on any football match bets that you with the quick and easy to use bet builder

✅ Find enhanced prices on daily horse racing on the horse racing home page along with race writeups from the Racing Post

✅ Play live casino games from within the sports betting app under the live casino tab.

See Latest Offer & Get App
See Latest Offer & Get App

18+. UK+IRE only. Min first bet £5 at odds 1/2 or more. Tote and Pool excluded. Must be placed within 14 days of account reg.



4.4 / 5


Get a£20 risk free 1st bet*

✅ Watch over 100,000 live events every year, including football, tennis, horse racing and more. Check the latest match stats with Paddy’s in-game visualisations

✅ Select your options and build your own same game football bet. Pick from result, goals, cards, scorers and more

✅ Get prices on your own crazy bets with #WhatOddsPaddy – Tweet them your bets and if possible Paddys traders will price them up, as they put it “the crazier the better”

See Latest Offer & Get App
See Latest Offer & Get App

New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion



4.3 / 5


See the latest Betfred Bonus for todays offer!*

✅ Classic football betting offers such as double delight and hatrick heaven on major football matches

✅ Build your own bets on multiple sports with #PickYourPunt

✅ Horse racing coverage includes full racing post data

See Latest Offer & Get App
See Latest Offer & Get App

*Only available to new customers from UK & Northern Ireland. You must stake £10 or more at single/cumulative odds of Evens (2.0) or greater on your first bet. Free bet balance of £30 credited within 48 hours of your first bet being settled. Free Bets expire after 7 days. E-Wallet restrictions apply. Minimum 5 game rounds. Game restrictions apply. Maximum 30 Free Spins on selected games. Free Spins expire after 7 days. Full T&Cs apply.



4.2 / 5


Get up to £100 in bet credits!

✅ Free odds boost for all customers, covering various sports including football, tennis, cricket, golf, and more. Go to to the match view to find the boosts for that game

✅ Price up your own bets with Ladbrokes bet builder – You pick it, we price it. Available on various sports and novelty markets.

✅ Dedicated in-play betting centre on both the iPhone and Android apps


4.2 / 5


Bet £10 get £30 in free bets!*

✅ Bet on a wide range of sports and an excellent selection of political betting markets

✅ Best in class navigation with quick links and a search bar to find any team, event, market or betting coupon

✅ Bet and Watch with over 2,000 live streaming events every week including horses racing, tennis and more

See Latest Offer & Get App
See Latest Offer & Get App

*New customers only – Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30f – A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market – Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) – Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days – Free bet stakes not included in returns – Deposit method and withdrawal restrictions and full T&C’s apply


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This weeks live sports betting events

Major TV Betting Events This Week

Date Time Sport Match
Saturday 23rd November 12.30PM Premier League West Ham v Spurs preview
Saturday 23rd November 3.00PM Premier League Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Saturday 23rd November 5.30PM Premier League Manchester City v Chelsea
Sunday 24th November 4.30PM Premier League Sheffield United v Manchester United
Monday 25th November 8.00PM Premier League Aston Villa v Newcastle
Sunday 1st December 1.10PM F1 Abu Dhabi GP

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Tennis Betting Apps

Tennis Betting Apps GuideTennis betting is a fast pace way to bet with markets varying from the outright tournament winner down to the intensity of point by point betting and everything in between. You get a whole range of markets with most bookmakers and we include tennis betting in our app scoring criteria.

With numerous grand slams through the year as well as lots of tour events to bet on you’ll always find some tennis to bet on. The more you built your tennis knowledge around the up and coming players the more you’ll be able to spot the upsets!

There are some interesting rules to get used to with Tennis betting. This is mainly due to injuries and as it is player v player then the markets are settled differently when these events happen.

Here’s our guide to the general rules of tennis betting, it is wise to check the specific rules of your chosen bookmaker before betting.

Player retires before a ball has been hit – This usually means all bets are void as the match has not taken place. The other player automatically advances to the next match but in betting terms they have not won the match.

Player retires during the game – This varies from bookmaker to bookmaker but the general rule is if the match isn’t finished then match results bets will be void.

If you have bet on a specific event then this will need to be concluded for the bet to stand. For example, if you bet on the first set winner then the set must be completed for the bet to stand. If the player retires 1 point before the set finishes then your bet will most likely be voided as no one has won the set.

Our Recommended Tennis betting apps 

  1. Bet365 – Excellent coverage and live streaming options
  2. Betfair Exchange – Great odds and trading options
  3. Betvictor App – Solid stable app
  4. Betway Sports – Good ongoing promotions for major events
  5. Paddy Power – Good for money back specials on major tournaments

Cricket Betting Apps

Cricket Betting Apps GuideCricket is one of the most popular sports to bet on around the world with the various formats of the game giving lots of betting options. You can bet on the explosive 20-20 matches or take a more considered view on the longer test series.

There has never been more to bet on in cricket with the betting markets growing with each major event. You can now use the bet builder features to bet on individual matches as well as betting series. These include bets on players, wickets, stumpings, sixes hit, player sixes and boundaries and many more options. Check out the Betway Sports Android  App to see their #Betyourway markets and odds on the upcoming games.

If you are a more serious bettor and want to bet on trends or strategies then we would recommend the Betfair app – Our best-rated app for cricket betting – head to the Exchange app. It covers lots of markets and the exchange betting is excellent for in play bets. From the IPL to the Ashes Betfair has got all the markets you could ever want on their app.

Best Cricket betting apps list

  1. Betway Sports – Lots of markets and includes pick your own bets with #Betyour way
  2. Betfair Exchange – Best odds and lots of liquidity for trading bets.
  3. Bet365 – Range of markets and live streaming of some events
  4. Paddy Power – Excellent range of promotions and offers for major tournaments
  5. William Hill – Wide choice of markets and cricket coupons

Review criteria to score the best betting apps

How we review the betting appsWe rate and test the apps on the following criteria – Design, performance, range of markets, range of coupons, ease of bet placement, live streaming and we have recently added “Bet Builder options” as criteria for the new trending market.

We’re always on the lookout for more apps to review – head over to our contact us page if you have an app you think we should be reviewing on our site. You can also get in touch if you’d like to query an app’s ranking or if you have anything you’d like to ask.

We review all the betting and sports apps on our site individually and without bias. We are regular users of a number of apps and we keep up to date with the latest updates and design changes from all the major UK bookmakers.

Our reviews are based on a 5-star system. We cover many aspects of the app including design, performance, usability, stability, odds, range of markets, casino and poker options and more. This comprehensive scoring system helps us find the best app for each platform regardless of which bookies app it is.

Here’s a guide to what we look for when reviewing apps

  • Aesthetical design and appearance
  • Ease of use and navigation
  • New customer bonus
  • Existing customer promotions across sports
  • Ease and speed of place multiple bets and multiple bet options
  • Safety and security
  • Overall feel and look of the app
  • What Other apps are available – Casino, Bingo, Poker, and others

If you have an issue with the service from a betting app or betting company then there is a set procedure to make your complaint. You can raise it here with the Gambling Commission in the UK and they have a set process to deal with it. This can get a much better response than taking the complaint further with the bookmaker by yourself. It’s always good to take a constructive approach to make your complaint – avoid ranting and lay whats happened out in detail with any evidence you have.

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betting on the iwatch and Samsung gearYou can now access some of the betting apps we feature on your iWatch or Samsung gear. The actual betting on the watch is limited to a smaller range of markets, but they can be used to cash out which is handy.

There are also some decent football apps to get your goal alerts and football updates on your wrist. This is a growing market with more and more applications launching. Check out any iPhone review to see the watch options for that app.

William Hill is the market leaders in iWatch betting and their app continues to improve. Each time there is an update the app is improved and each time there is a new iWatch it improves again.

Sports betting on the Apple Watch

The first version of the iWatch app was a simple bet checker but now you can do so much more. You can see the top bets of the day and back them. You can also quickly and efficiently cash out your bets with one press of your watch.

Betting Apps with iWatch application (UK)

  • William Hill

A few other apps have offered iWatch betting functionality in the past, like Betvictor and Coral, but these are no longer available. The William Hill iWatch app is the only one in the UK market and they keep making it better. For iPhone other alls, like bet365, offer extra functions in your notifications.

Exchange Betting Apps

There’s now a wider choice of apps for betting exchange fans with new players in the market trying to break the dominance of Betfair. We’ve covered other exchanges such as Betdaq and Matchbook to help give you a more informed choice of which exchange to use.

This is our preferred way of betting as the options are better for laying off bets and you’ll get some great odds on the exchange too. Getting to know how the exchanges work takes some time but if you’re a value bettor this is, in our opinion, the way to bet.

Current Exchange Betting Apps in the UK and standard commission rates

  • Betfair – 5%
  • Betdaq/ Ladbrokes Exchange – 2%
  • SMarkets – 2%
  • Matchbook 1.5%

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Horse Racing Betting Apps

Horse racing apps guide

Horse race betting is one of the most popular sports to bet on in the UK. Since racing began it has been associated with betting from the early days of on-track betting through to today sophisticated apps to calculate horses based on sets of rules.

Our top betting apps for racing

  1.  Bet365 App
  2. Bet Victor App
  3. Paddy Power app
  4. Coral App
  5. Betfair app

The above apps all have features that are beneficial to racing fans. They all offer live streaming of UK and Irish racing when you have had a bet on the race. On your phone, the steam will be full screen, on iPad or tablet the stream will be in view screen alongside the in-running betting market for that race.

Features of we looked for in our top-rated apps –

  • Live streaming on races – Usually, you need a 50p/ £1 bet on the race to view. This is usually the same coverage as At The Races has or Racing UK.
  • Horse finder – See more below
  • In running racing options
  • Odds on horses
  • Stability and quality of the app and the stream
  • What form and write-ups are covered? See more below

Horse Finder Software

This is something that has become more popular on betting apps over the last couple of years – software that will find horses based on your credentials. Add in what your requirements are and these will find the horses for you to check out and bet on. If you want to find a 4-year-old with the previous form at the track then set the filters and see if any are around. This is a great tool for big events like Cheltenham where you can see which horses have good form at the track.

Horse finder now on major betting apps - select your edge to find the horse of your dreams!

Horse Racing Form

Horse racing form = how to read

When you open your chosen betting app you’ll see that most offer racing form in some way or other. The better apps also include small write-ups from either the Timeform team or the Racing post, but what does the rest of the form mean? Here’s our simple guide to how to read the racing form.

Form – These numbers are the performance of the horse in previous races. They read from left to right with the furthest left being the most recent race. They work as follows

  • A number – This is a completed race and the position they finished. An “0” means they finished anywhere outside the top 9.
  • U – Unseated rider (basically the rider came off the horse during the race.
  • “-” This signals a different racing season
  • “/” This signals a break in racing with an injury, for example where a horse has missed an entire season
  • “P” or “PU” – This means pulled up, this is where the horse has been stopped in the race by the jockey
  • “R” – Refused to race, this is where a horse hasn’t started to race or has refused to start the race
  • “F” – Fell

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Best Betting App Software

Betting apps are built on a range of different software that underpins the technology. This goes some way to explain why there is a lot of apps that are similar in appearance to each other, especially in the casino and bingo sectors. We’ve covered some of the main software as a guide and tried to find who is using what. There are a couple of companies whose apps are self-built, namely the William Hill app and the bet365 app.


“Source of Success”

With more than 5,000 employees spanning 17 global locations, Playtech is one of the biggest global software players on the betting scene. Their proprietary technologies include the Playtech Information Management Solution (IMS); Business Intelligence Technology (BIT); the Playtech Portal and the Playtech Open Platform (POP).

Beyond apps on iOS and Android, their software also powers websites, desktop apps, fruit machines and even bricks and mortar bingo halls, making Playtech a genuine omnichannel software company. This allows the gambling powerhouse to offer ‘cross-product’ suites, which offers players a seamless experience – with a single account and wallet – when using an app or website across multiple devices.

With in excess of 600 casino games to their name, Playtech has the most extensive portfolio of casino games covering all channels and every device, and also provide the technology behind iPoker – the world’s largest regulated poker network.

Other gaming and betting categories Playtech cover include bingo; live dealer; sports; and virtual sports.

Over the years, Playtech has acquired tens of gaming content creation companies, games studios and software suppliers (including Origins, Ash Gaming, Sunfox and Vikings in the casino category; and Virtue Fusion, ECM Systems and Eyecon in the bingo category).

Also separating them from their competitors is the fact that Playtech provides solutions to B2B, as well as to B2B.


“The Most Reliable Provider of Sports Data”

Enetpulse provides a wealth of live sports data over multiple channels, delivering scores, results, and stats through their XML & API data feeds, as well as front-end solutions to betting brands such as 10Bet, Betfair and Sportingbet.

The sports data feeds are compatible with virtually any digital platform – such as online media, televisions, mobile/tablet, consoles, and Teletext.
Data types include live scores and results; fixtures and standings; live stats; performance stats; action zones; historical data; odds comparison and special events.

Alongside data streams, Enetpulse also provides hosted betting mini-sites and ready-built sports data widgets that are drag-n-drop customisable and easily integratable.


Novomatic Group of Comp 2014_P282“Winning Technology”

Novomatic is the titan among betting app software companies, turning over €2.5 Bn in 2017 alone. Notable slot gaming titles of Novomatic’s include Dragon’s Pearl™, Pyramid Fortunes™ and Wave Patrol™, among hundreds of others.

They also boast four gaming platforms under their name: NovoLine, CoolFire, Impera and OctaGames.

Evolution Gaming

Evolution gaming are the provider of live casino streams for casino and gambling apps“The world leader in live dealer gaming”

Evolution Gaming specialises in live casino games (their roulette category alone has 12 variants of roulette – ranging from Live French Roulette to Live Slingshot Auto Roulette).

However, their technology also provides services for an array of global betting brands – including 888 Casino, Betway, Betvictor, Partycasino and William Hill.
The key components of the integration of their technology include a third-party integration engine; one-wallet integration funds transfer integration and Live Casino Administration System – Back Office.

With 12 years in the industry, Evolution Gaming today turns over €175.2 Million across 11 regions.

App Security and GDPR

Security on betting apps and gambling sitesApp security is a key part of our app reviews and we are fortunate that in the UK all the major players we cover also take this ever seriously. you can feel safe in the knowledge that all the apps are encrypted so your personal and payment details are safe and secure whatever betting app you use.

In the UK companies have government guidance for cybersecurity that they are required to follow.

GDPR came into play across Europe on May 25th, 2018 and applies to all companies, not just betting companies, who contact you. They must now have your full consent to get in touch with you for marketing reasons.

You can easily opt-out of these when you sign up or in your account settings when you’re in any particular bookies app. All the apps we feature are UK based and all must comply with the latest GDPR and privacy regulations.

Who Are We?

Best Betting Apps is run by a small team of UK based sports and betting enthusiasts. We are mainly football fans and our support is divided between Manchester United and Liverpool.

Take a look at our About Us page for more information and how to get in touch. Between us, we’ve used and reviewed all the apps you’ll find on the site. We always have the latest sports betting apps on iPhone, iPad and Android devices reviews as well as some older devices to check how they perform there too. By becoming experts in this field we understand what it takes to make a great app for betting or sports apps.

What We Do

As mentioned above we regularly bring you the best betting app reviews from across the web ensuring you’re delivered all the latest information including their functionality, markets and best offers within the app.

This will come across everything from sportsbook apps to casino, poker and more. We’ll find you the best odds app, the best offers app, as well as the best bookmaker app iPhone and Android, has to offer.

We really are your one-stop shop for mobile sportsbook betting.

Outside of sport we also do our best to provide you with the best mobile apps across the likes of casino, slots bingo and more.
Here at Betting Apps, we love a good offer. It’s why our expert team do what they can to ensure you’re delivered with the very finest.
We’ll bring you the best mobile free bets, no deposit free bets, enhanced odds and money back specials.
With every review, you’ll be highlighted with the finest offers they currently have, as well as how to sign up with them.

The history of betting apps

Betting apps have evolved over time to the super sharp and quick apps we have today, but this wasn’t always the case. When Apple first launched the iPhone in 2007 they didn’t allow real money Gambling on their App store – exactly the same as Google on the Play Store. The iPhone really took off and so did apps but initially, Apple stood firm on their stance on gambling.

We launched our site in 2010 and to start with we provided guides on how to install a web app to your phone – This seems so dated now! Here’s how bet365 mobile looked back in 2010!

It wasn’t until 2012 that Apple softened their stance and started letting the likes of William Hill and bet365 to launch App store versions of their mobile sites. These were an improvement on the mobile sites but still a long way from today’s apps.

Over time the apps improved greatly along with the speed and range of markets. In 2016 Google finally caved and started to allow real money gambling (Sports betting, casino apps, poker apps & bingo apps) app on the Play Store.

All through these changes, we’ve continued to test and rate the apps to share with you the best betting apps regardless of your phone. While all apps have their advantages we still feel that some have an edge over others.

Just for fun here’s how the early William Hill mobile app looked – It used to be called “mobet”!

The William Hill mobile site circa 2011

Everything you need to know about Betting

Here’s our comprehensive guide to betting on mobile or via apps – If you have any questions send us a tweet to @bettingapps and we’ll add it to the list.

Live Streaming

One of the best things about current apps are the options for live streaming, from high-level football like the Bundesliga to the more niche sports like handball (It’s a Scandinavian sport – check it out, it’s brutal!). There are varying rules on the requirements needed to watch – usually you need to have an account with money in it, or have placed a bet in the last 14 or 30 days. Some events, mainly horse racing, are bet to watch – place a £1 bet on the race and you can watch it.

App Notifications

You know what it’s like – every time you download a new app you get asked if you want notifications on. With bookies you may or may not do – that’s up to you. Most betting apps now give you notifications on games you’ve bet on with the standard goals and full-time results. Some will offer additional notifications such as cards, corners and other options.

This is a great way to keep up with the games you’ve bet on but is a little annoying if you’ve got a 15 bet accumulator on a Saturday afternoon!


  • How do I stop notifications from my betting app?

You may need to do this in your phone’s settings rather than the app settings. On iPhone head to setting> general> notifications scroll down to the list of apps and just knock notifications off. On Android follow the same steps heading to setting and turn off all notifications on the app.

  • Where can I get corner notifications?

We hear you on this one! Until recently no one has offered corner notifications but recently for us, the bet365 app has started to. We are not aware of any others doing this currently. This is great if you’ve got a bet builder or similar on.

  • What is the most downloaded betting app in the UK?

Unfortunately, this is not something we get data for as the app store does not share this information and the bookies also do not share this information. The best guide we get is on the Google Play store and the downloads are grouped together.

These apps all have over 500,000 downloads on Android

– Bet365 Sports app
– William Hill Sports App
– Sky Bet app

  • Which betting apps offer live streaming?

Almost all the major bookmakers offer this, with bet365, William Hill & Paddy Power offering the most from our testing.

  • Why can I not stream some events in the UK?

In some cases, it may appear that an event can be streamed, usually displayed by a video icon by the game, but it may be geographically restricted. For example outside the UK some bookmakers will show the Capital One Cup to residents in Europe but due to broadcasting rights, they can’t show it to anyone in the UK. This is picked up by the location of your IP address when you log in.

  • Why won’t the app steam in full screen?

This is usually the case on iPad apps or on Android tablets. The bookies want you to have a bet on the app as well as stream the game so on the larger screens they’ll display the action in a smaller screen so you can see the odds and bet at the same time. On your phone, there isn’t enough room so most events can be shown full screen, but you then have to close the stream down to place a bet.

Popular sports to bet on

Based on the research we have seen these are the 5 most popular sports to bet on in the UK

  1. Football
  2. Horse Racing
  3. Cricket
  4. Tennis
  5. Rugby

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Popular football betting markets

Football is by far the most popular sport to bet on and on big games, you usually get a choice of over 125 markets to pick from, but where do you start with that! Here are some of the more popular markets and a quick look at the options, we’ve avoided the WDW and the Over/ Under.

  1. Both teams to score – Simply a question of will both teams score a goal with a straight yes/no answer. There are some good value options on this one too including to win and both teams to score and the difficult to predict “Will both teams score in both halves” market. This has some very high odds and you occasionally see some massive wins on social media but it is so tough to even get 1 game right let alone 3.
  2. Corners – Always a popular side market is corners betting. Again there is a good range of markets to go from starting with the simple over and underlines. These can be anywhere from 6.5 to 12.5 depending on the game. There are also corner match bets and Asian handicap corner bets.
  3. Make your own bets – These first came about via Sky Bets #Requestabet on social media where you could tweet them a bet for a game and they’d price it up. After being overrun with demand for it other bookies moved in and now these bets are all priced up for you on the app. Head over to any game and you’ll find other peoples options showing as well as the option to select your own. These all have various different names – Bet Victors is #Priceitup, William Hills is #Yourodds, Ladbrokes is Get a Price and my personal favourite is bet365s bet builder.

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App issues?

Here are some frequently asked questions if you’re having an issue with any betting app in the UK?

  • Why do the odds change when I’m placing a bet?

This happens a lot if you’re betting in play. The odds change based on time and events in the game. There is usually a 7-10 second delay between you pushing the place bet button and the bet placing. This is so you can’t be live at a game and get a bet on before the news has hit the bookies about what is going on. Someone in Australia was recently arrested for getting bets on the tennis from in the stand before Betfair got the notification of the points.

  • Why can I not install some apps?

To get the latest apps you need to have the latest software

Betting apps and the law

Legal apps in the UK

The UK has some of the toughest gambling legislation in the world, where gambling is legal. You’ll be pleased to know that not just anyone can rock up and launch a betting app! There are steps to go through and you need to prove you’re a fit a proper company and have the finances in place to cover customer wins.

Once they’ve been through this process they will be given a license by the gambling commission in the UK. They’ll usually be registered as a gambling company too in either Gibraltar or Malta where most operations are based for tax reasons.

If you have any doubts about a betting app being legitimate then look for the license information – it should be shown somewhere on the app. If you’re near a computer then the information is always in the footer of the website. You can then check its legitimate here. You can also report any issue to the commission too.