Based on many years of experience in using betting apps, the following are our recommended betting apps for beginners. We have used out usual rating system and looked at the apps as though we were a first-time user. These are the apps that scored best for placing your first bet.
Top Betting Apps For Beginners
1 - bet365 App
BET £10, GET £30 IN FREE BETS
Bet £10 & Get £30 in Free Bets for new customers at bet365.
Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply. Registration required.
✅ Competitive Prices
✅ Wide range of promotions
✅ Excellent customer service
✅ Bet boosts
❌ Can be unstable during busy periods
2 - William Hill App
BET £10, GET £40 IN FREE BETS
118+. Play Safe. From 00:01 on 18.10.2022. 4x £10 free bets. Free bets expire after 30 days. New customers only. Minimum £10 stake on odds of 1/2 (1.5) or greater on sportsbook (excluding Virtual markets). Further terms apply. #ad
✅ User-friendly interface
✅ Personal bet boosts
✅ Simple to use bet builder
✅ Request bets not already on the app
❌ Small fonts may be difficult to see for the visually impaired
3 - Betfred
BET £10, GET £40 IN BONUSES
*New 18+ UK customers only. Register using the promo code WELCOME40, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+) within 7 days of registration. First bet must be on Sports. £30 in Free Bets and £10 in Free Spins (50x20p) credited within 10 hours of bet settlement. Free Bet stakes are not included in any returns. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required. Full T&Cs apply.
✅ Well spaced out information
✅ Coupon views
✅ Dedicated cash out section built in to bet slip
✅ Price boosts
❌ Congested menu systems
4 - Coral
BET £5, GET A £20 FREE BET
*18+ New UK+IRE Customers. Certain deposit methods & bet types excl. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 to get 1x £20 free bet. Free bet available to use on selected sportsbook markets only. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. for Horse Racing valid for 7 days. Restrictions + T&Cs apply
✅ Strong odds
✅ Bet bundles available
✅ Free promotional daily game
✅ Live chat service
❌ Basic in-play visuals
5 - BetVictor
BET £10, GET £40 IN BONUSES
*18+ New customers only. Opt in & bet £10+ at odds of 1/1 (2.00) or greater, within 7 days of registration. No cash out. Get 4x £10 Free Bets on selected events. 7 day bonuses expiry. Card payments only. T&Cs apply. See below. begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly
✅ Efficient menu layout
✅ Horse finder tool for horse racing bets
✅ Quick and effective live chat service
✅ Events shown up to 5 days in advance
❌ Limited bet builder options
6 - Ladbrokes
BET £5, GET £20 IN FREE BETS
*18+ New UK+IRE Customers only. Certain deposit methods & bet types excl. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 to get 4x £5 free bets. Free bets available to use on selected sportsbook markets only. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions + T&Cs apply.
✅ Free to play bonus games & competitions
✅ Frequent Price boosts
✅ Logical layout
✅ Extensive betting markets
❌ Can be sluggish to respond to touch gestures
7 - 888 Sport
BET £10, GET £40 IN BONUSES
Min deposit £/€/$10 • A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £/€/$10 • Min odds 1/2 (1.50) • Free Bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days • Free Bet stakes not included in returns • Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days • To withdraw bonus/related wins, wager the bonus amount 40 times within 14 days • Casino Bonus expires after 60 days • Withdrawal restrictions, payment methods, country & Full T&C’s apply.
✅ Attractive interface and ergonomic layout
✅ Light and dark modes available
✅ Quick-bet system
✅ Intelligent help system
❌ Rarely market leader in terms of odds
Important Betting App Features For Beginners
Betting apps are cleverly designed to be easy to use and navigate. However, some betting apps do a better job of this than others.
There are hundreds of betting markets now available to be bet on, making it more complex to organise effectively.
The apps that do a good job of making events and markets easy to find to new users, are those that offer daily lists and coupon views.
Quality Help And Support
A crucial working part of a betting app for beginners is the help section and the level of customer support that sits behind it.
Markets that are well defined can also bring about more confidence in exploring markets that the user has not bet on before.
The apps recommended above all have a detailed help section, as well as multiple ways to contact the customer service team. Our favourite contact method is via a live help service. The betting apps that offer this service scored highly in our rating system.
Strong odds across the board
Another important factor to consider is the strength of the odds that the bookmaker is offering out.
This is especially important if the beginner user is looking to make basic accumulators. These can differ in price greatly from bookmaker to bookmaker.
To illustrate this, here is the same 13-fold accumulator that we have picked out on three different betting apps.
A £1 bet with this betting app would bring back a return of £505.76.
£1 with this bookmaker placed on the same thirteen selections brings back a return of £616.70.
£1 on the same bet using this betting app would return £688.28
Therefore, if this bet were to win, anybody who used the betting app in our first example would be £182.52 worse off for every £1 staked, than those who used the betting app in our third example.
To summarise, we have come up with our recommended betting apps list for beginners, based on:
- Ease of navigation.
- How user friendly the layout is.
- The competitiveness of the odds offered out.
- How accessible extra help and support is.
- The quality of the extra support offered.
For extra guidance on the betting apps mentioned at the top of this page, check out our user guides below. For any questions you may have for us, feel free to message us on Twitter @bettingapps.
We have ranked the bet365 app as the easiest betting app for beginners. We found the registration process simple and finding and placing bets easy. This app would suit a first-time user.
All betting apps have a registration process in order to ensure customers are over the age of 18 and to prevent identity theft. Basic details are required such as an email address, full name and postal address. A payment method is also be required in order to deposit/withdraw funds on a betting app.