How Much Money do you Need to Become a Bookie?

The money debate: There is a misconception that often befalls conversation within the ranks of normal people that are thinking about starting a bookie service; everybody tends to think they can’t afford to be a bookie. There is a common misnomer that says “all bookies are rich”. Think about this – If you are a gambler, who would you rather gamble with, a bookie that never loses, or a bookie that often loses? Of course, the fear would be that a poor bookie would be the last guy to pay his debts, so who wants to bet against a poor bookie? As a bookie, you must not think in these terms. Clients shouldn’t have any idea whether you are rich or poor, this is simply none of their business. You do not have to be rich to be a bookie, you don’t even have to have a lot of money, all you need to become a bookie is a great price per player service.  

First thing is first

PPH services such as PricePerPlayer, have come along and made the process of becoming a bookie affordable and easy. In fact, the PPH providers have changed how online bookies do business entirely. The prices have dropped by more than 50% over the last 15-years. The demand for great PPH providers has shot through the roof and fortunately for bookies, the competition is fierce. This keeps the prices reasonable. 

Pay Per Head Services: Go Mobile or Go Home!

The PPH providers have come up with fantastic bookie software that does everything a bookie would want and much more. The software program is the bookie and most PPH providers have made their software desktop ready. You download or install nothing you do not need the ability to program, site build or for that matter, you don’t need any marketing skills. Marketing skills are helpful and as time goes by, you will learn the skills necessary to advertise your online bookie site. 

An Online Presence

The last thing you need to worry about as a bookie is money, and we will explain why in the next paragraph. What you must have from the beginning, is an online presence and for one basic reason – your existing clients. You must appeal top them on a 24/7 basis and you simply can’t fo this if you are a “corner bookie”. Street bookies (corner bookies) have been around for a long time and what they do has been relevant to their existing base. The problem is, those clients have discovered your competition and they realize those folks are offering an online gambling experience 24/7. They can log in, and bet at any time of day or night, they no longer have to call you, the bookie. You can’t let this happen. With a price per head, you get the full monty all rolled into one for a very fair price per player. You basically do nothing, now you have the time to hone your marketing skills.


No matter how much you pay, per head for the service of a PPH you will quickly ask yourself how did I ever live without this? The price can be between $7-$15 depending on the level of service and you need no start-up capital. What you need is a bankroll to cover your bets.

How to Become the Best Bookie?

Qualify Yourself

Bookies can start a bookie business with $100 or they can start at $100,000! What you must do is qualify yourself and know how much you can allow players to spend on individual bets and what types of bets that you are going to offer. 

There is a new dawn in the world of online sportsbooks and it’s affordable. With PPH providers like PricePerPlayer, you can’t lose, and they will have your back every step of the way. Call them, ask for a free trial and start earning a fantastic income as a bookie. 

About the Author

Having lived in several different states I am never quite sure where I should say that I am from! I was born in WA. State. I did not grow up there. My family moved to Idaho when I was a young boy, where we lived for 11 years. As a result of my fathers occupation; I have had the privilage to experience many states and different cultures around the country.

I have lived in WA, OR, CA, ID, CO, KS, NY, MO, TX, FL, IN, NV, AZ, and Hawaii. I have also lived in Puerto Rico, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. I have managed to visit or live in, 49 of our great states and travel extensively throughout Central America. My travels have taken me to such places as Sinaloa, Chiapas, Myan ruins in Guatemala, and many, many others.  I believe that I have had the honor to visit every Mexican state.

I am an English teacher by trade and love helping others improve thir lives through education. I have taught for institutions such as The University of Washington (Go Huskies) Berlitz, and a few other international language academies. I have obtained many degrees in the school of hard knocks, by way of old fashioned experience!  Such as driving taxi, working at McDonalds, working for giant retailers as well as giant casinos! A jack of all trades for sure.

I love sports! My passion is sports. I love talking about it, arguing about it, following and keeping up with the current state of affairs. Having lived in many places helps me connect with many different fan bases. As a writer, this is a real advantage to have. I can connect with a Yankees fan, or a Chargers fan.  I love it and I hope to continue to give readers a different perspective than the average, run of the mill story will give them.

As you read my stories; I hope you enjoy them. I hope they make you think, maybe make you happy and even make you mad! As you read further you may discover that over the years; I have been influenced by people such as Jim Rome, or Colin Cowherd. These are the kinds of folks that make me think and make me see sports differently.