Regardless of which is it, through the next paragraphs we will be defining the aspects of a good sports agent, which should allow you to select a sports bookie that feels right to you.
First off, you need to determine whether you want to deal with a “traditional sports bookie” or a sportsbook. By “traditional sports bookie” I am referring to individuals who tend to a few exclusive clients, and as of now, I’ll refer to them as sport bookies or bookies (even if sportsbooks can be classified as sport bookies as well).
Before moving on, let me offer a word of caution; if bookies are not allowed to practice their profession in your country (or state/city), do not bet through them. Although you will probably be able to find a sports bookie that works “in the shadows” within your city, if he gets caught you could lose money.
Continuing with the main topic, both options present advantages and disadvantages for us as clients.
Let’s start by analyzing sportsbooks advantages and disadvantages.
Sportsbooks (at least the ones with a solid reputation) handle tens or hundreds of thousands of players at any given moment, which means they generate more profit and can afford to pay when you win. Also, they have customer support agents available 24/7. If you combine those two variables with the fact that you can place your bet in a matter of seconds – either by calling or online -, their advantage becomes quite obvious when considering comfort as a factor.
On the other hand, sportsbooks will never be able to offer you personalized attention.
What’s more, sportsbooks usually charge a fixed amount when you want to withdraw your money. If you are a high-roller you won’t even notice the difference, but if you are gambling with small amounts and looking to withdraw just a few hundred bucks you will notice it.
Moving the spotlight over to sports bookies, it can be said that these offer fewer advantages and more disadvantages; yet, some people prefer to bet through them.
When using the services provided by a bookie in order to gamble, your bet will have a higher cost. Since these are “independent contractors” and they provide their services to a limited amount of clients, they charge higher fees in order to compensate for a lack of volume.
Then, using their services implies a higher risk regarding not getting paid. They could easily “vanish” in an instant if they desire.
Just two negative aspects remain. First, they will place limits on bets (sometimes), and second, it’s hard to get in touch with them sometimes.
Now let’s talk about the few benefits that are attained when selecting a sports bookie instead of a sportsbook.
When “working” with a sports bookie, there is no record of your earnings or losses. This means you can win millions and avoid paying any of it in taxes (not strictly legal though). Also, because they have fewer clients (usually a very select list), they tend to offer a personalized service.
A word of caution; sports bookies tend to be quite proficient in the art of seduction. That doesn’t mean you’ll be taking your pants off, but they can be convince you into betting for a certain team, so beware of that skill.
Basically, the advantages of selecting a “traditional sports bookie” as your method are reduced to avoiding taxes and personalized attention.
That’s why I said that sports bookies are not the obvious choice, but many people prefer them.
If you are going to select a “traditional bookie”, don’t let them know where you live, how much money you make, or any sensitive information; regardless if s/he becomes your “best friend” for a while.
Also, make sure they are giving you a good deal, otherwise it isn’t worth your time.
On the other hand, if you’re taking the logical path and choosing a sportsbook instead, it’s just a matter of selecting a company that’s been more than 10 years on the market and has a good reputation among gamblers.