Big And Small: Choosing A Sportsbook

The variety of sportsbooks available to players is huge nowadays. Many US-based players can play both with locally located sportsbooks or they can look at a variety of offshore shops available to punters of all sizes. 

I always recommend bettors have a variety of outs to serve their betting needs. This is especially true when betting offshore as the ease of accessing different outs makes having multiple shops almost a no brainer. 

But for those maybe looking for a primary out I often get the question, should I use a smaller shop or one of the larger, more well-known shops? It is a pretty simple question but the answer can have various factors and differ from player to player. Both types of shops have their advantages so let's take a quick moment to look at some of the reasons to use each when looking for the best offshore sportsbook experience. 

Big Shops For Big Bucks

I've used most of the big shops over the years including BetOnline and Bookmaker for various reasons. One of my favorite things about some of these larger shops is they often will carry a lot of variety of things to bet on. They normally offer a variety of sports, props, and plenty of off the wall betting options to give something for everyone. This is a big plus if you like to bet on different things outside of the normal sides and totals on games. 

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Another reason to look at some of the bigger shops offshore, and probably the most important for some is the limits offered. Hands down a player will be able to get down substantially more at some of the larger shops than they will at the smaller and more recreational shops. While your limits maybe $250 for Monday night football sides at somewhere like JazzSports you can get up to $5,000 on the same action from Bookmaker.  If you are generally a large player that wants big action you would probably be better off looking at some of the big players in the offshore industry

Additionally, the larger shops are usually a little slower to limit players. Beat a small book quickly with a few +EV wagers and you will often be hit with the dreaded delays or limits to your account. Larger shops can and will limit you but they generally will take a lot longer and give a player a lot more leeway before doing so. 

Small Time Customer Service

While big-timers should often look to the larger shops what is the best deal for smaller players and the average Joe's? The answer is often the smaller recreational books and there are a few reasons why. First, you get a good feel for who you are dealing with at the smaller books. Go to America'sBookie and you will get the same batch of reps that you can kind of get to know as you continue to gamble (I've dealt with Owen for years and he's as good as they come). The customization often available at smaller shops is second to none and you simply cannot expect the same from a 5dimes or Pinnacle sized shop. 

Choosing The Right Sportsbook

Another reason to use smaller shops?  In my opinion, they often have better bonuses. The previously mentioned Jazzsports may have smaller limits but they also had one of the best bonuses around offering a 100% cash bonus for players to take advantage of. 

Honestly, each shop regardless of size has advantages for different types of players. You really should just weigh your options and figure out what matters to you. And of course, make sure you are checking out offshore sportsbook reviews to make sure you know what you are getting into ahead of time.

About the Author

Jarvis Mahogany is a life long sports fanatic and long time gambler from Miami, Fla. His love of sports in shared/inherited from his father and two siblings who share the same sentiment. His willingness to gamble enabled him to produce a successful business in rental property and land development while maintaining a passion for sports gambling that continues to this day.

Moving to Atlanta, GA in early teens he picked up his first parlay cards and it was love at first sight. While obtaining a Bachelors Degree from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) he became the go to source for all things gambling among family and friends. A tradition that still carries on to this day.

With a focus primarily on offshore books he has spent years learning the ins and out of the industry and is always wiling to share tips or ideas for others. In addition, he has a great deal of knowledge in maximizing money in the offshore industry thru use of bonuses, contest and promotions.

His belief is that any success and longevity in this industry is directly related to value on wagers. His opinion is not getting +EV on the majority of your wagers is the quickest way to get and stay in the red in this industry.

Jarvis Mahogany currently resides in Atlanta, GA.