One of the best offshoots of internet gambling is the development of odds-comparison sites. These allow punters to obtain the best available price for their chosen selection. These websites simply show every event currently being quoted by their participant firms – it is a bit like the Racing Post’s Pricewise boxes – and they highlight which company offers the best odds on each selection. This should in the long run improve the return of the online punters.
One of the features of these sites, which is mutually beneficial to punters, comparison sites and bookmakers alike, is the click-through feature. Put simply, this means that punters can click on the price in the table they are interested in, enter their details onto a form, and place their bet straight away, without having to visit the firm’s site independently.
Some people argue that internet betting is no quicker that tele-betting. However, there is no denying that it is quicker than hotfooting it down to the betting shop when the urge takes you to place a wager. Depending on how user-friendly the betting site is you are playing on, you should be able to make your selection of what you want to back, enter your stake or wager, and confirm your bet within a period of no more than two minutes.
One of the main advantages of internet betting is that the speed of the transaction is largely down to you, the user. Whilst the speed of a telephone bet can be faster, you need to allow for bank clearance, and you are dependent on getting a call centre employee who can spell your name, find the event you are interested in and get your stake right the first time. Computers are often maligned by many in the business, but they seldom have a problem with regional accents!
Computers also allow you to make last minute adjustments to your bet or carry out some last minute research before placing your bet. Should it strike you in the middle of a betting shop that you haven’t checked the course form of a certain golfer or looked for the team news of a rugby league side there’s not much you can do about it except abandon the bet entirely or place it without knowing all the facts. If however, the same thought occurs to you when placing your bet on a internet gambling site, you would simply open up another browser window, select an appropriate site, and the missing information will be right there at your fingertips.