Bookmaker office (abbreviation BO) - is an organization (legal entity) that either on the internet or through a physical betting office accepts and manages bets with players on the outcome of sports games or other events.
Frequently asked questions
In this section we have collected answers to the most frequently asked questions from new users on our site. If the answer you are looking for is not here, than you can ask a question relating to sportsbooks in this section: site administrators and experienced Legalbet users will answer your question as soon as possible.
What is a Bookmaker office?
Where is it better to make bets - on the internet or in a bookmaker's office?
In previous years, players would make bets in bookmakers' offices more often (PPC): There you could meet with friends, watch the broadcast together and discuss the selection of bets. In todays world, most players choose online sportsbooks, because it is fast and comfortable. The question "which is better" is very subjective. Everyone will choose the choice that fits them better. Speaking of which, you can learn on which websites bookmakers offer a larger number of fan-favorite bets, in the people's ranking section on Legalbet.
I am still not 18 years old. Can I make bets online?
NO! By law players on sportsbooks cannot be younger than 18 years old, and to register on a bookmaker's site being 18 is a mandatory requirement. And even if on the registration you incorrectly enter an older age, the bookmaker will block your account when he checks your indentification.
Can you really win in a bookmakers office?
Of course, you can - it all depends on your understanding of sports and on the discipline of the player.
Can I use betting as a main source of income?
NO! Bets made with the bookmaker should be done for the sake of enjoyment, as a hobby, or to increase the emotional aspect of the event. In no way whatsoever should bets be used as a main source of income. Our site responsibly states this for all users.
What is a margin?
It is the difference between the probability of the event's outcome and the odds, shown by the bookmaker. The best odds visible on a bet, are when there are only two types of outcomes (for example, in tennis, when there is only the victory of the first or second tennis player). If the players chances are 50/50, then mathematically the odds would be 2.0 and 2.0, respectively. However, taking into account the margin, the bookmaker would instead offer 1.9 and 1.9. This is an "underestimation" of the odds and provides the bookmakers with a profit in the long run. It is from the margin that the bookmakers profit is formed.
I would like to know more about bonuses in bookmakers' offices, what are they?
Bonuses are different incentives which the bookmakers offer to both new and current customers. As a rule, it is money for free bets or returning of lost bets. Please note that with bonuses there can be terms which may place restrictions or require certain actions from the player. Before agreeing to a bonus, we recommend reading the terms and conditions of the promotions. Learn which bookmakers offer bonuses for new players in the special list Legalbet: bookmakers with bonuses.
Which bookmaker to choose?
Different players all have different criteria that they follow when choosing a bookmaker: for some players the most important thing is for a bookmaker is to have high odds, while some look for the bookmaker with the best selection of bets, and some only care the most about the welcome bonus. The website Legalbet has identified seven main criteria for choosing the correct bookie and has conducted an objective review of the existing American bookmakers for different states. You can find out more about this in the article “How to choose a bookmaker: an instruction for beginners.”
How to register with a bookmaker?
Each bookmaking company will have a ‘register’ button on its website. When registering make sure to carefully fill in all of the necessary fields: you will usually need to include your name, date of birth, drivers license number and contact details. All of this information must be correct, because there is advance identification required for making bets or withdrawing money.
Learn more about registration and identification, “How to register with a bookmaker for beginners” - we recommend reading it so that you can avoid any unnecessary difficulties. Here you can also check any details related to registration, the bookies support service or Legalbet’s online chat.
Is it possible to register with several different bookmakers?
You can register with as many bookmakers as you want. All bookmakers work separately from each other and are always happy to have new customers. The main thing is to remember (or even to write down somewhere) the login and password for each different game account, because the recovery of this data can take time.
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I forgot my password. Do I have to re-register?
No way. Re-registration is prohibited and may even result in your account being blocked. You will simply need to go through the password recovery process- there is one available on each bookmaker’s site. If difficulties arise, we recommend that you contact the customer support available on the bookmaker’s website. The operator will quickly (hopefully) tell you how you can restore your account.
Is it possible to create several accounts with just one bookmaker?
No. One player, one account. This is the main condition for any bookmaker. If you manage to set up more than one account you will be able to get away with it only until you try to withdraw your funds. The bookmaker will then immediately understand that you are a fraudster, as the use of several accounts is prohibited. This is because bookmakers will block several accounts at one IP address or with the same bank accounts, etc. Depending on the rules of the office you are playing at, you may not even be payed your winnings and return only the deposit amount.
Is it possible to set up several accounts at one bookmaker using friends and relatives information?
Like we mentioned in the last question, serious bookmakers block accounts by IP address. If several accounts have the same IP address, then the bookmaking office can accuse you of fraud (multi-counting). Although, if your friends and family really are playing on the accounts, there are some offices that after checking the identities involved can unlock the accounts.
I have not previously registered with this bookmaker, but my account is blocked by IP. Why?
In this case, you are most likely a victim of ISP, which has a few subnets covered in its grid. This results in many customers using this provider to share the same IP address. It can happen, but it very rarely does. In these situations, you will need to contact the bookmaker’s available customer support. You will be required to pass an identity check, and after a certain amount of time (depending on the office) your account will be unlocked.
How to fill my game account on a bookmaking website?
How quickly is the money added to my game account?
What is the minimum deposit you must make into your account?
Can I put money into my account, make a bet and immediately withdraw my money?
How can I withdraw funds from bookmaking sites?
It has been more than one day after my withdrawal order and I still have not received my money on my card/ bank account/ payment app. What should I do?
If I send the bookmaker’s staff all the necessary documents, will they issue me a loan?
What currency is used to play on bookmaker’s websites?
What is an express bet?
How many events can I put on the express?
What is a system?
What is a totals bet?
How does the bookmaker choose a total value?
What is a handicap?
What types of handicaps are there?
How does the European handicap differ from the Asian one?
Can you explain how to understand the fractional coefficient format (10/3)?
The soccer game ended with Team A winning in extra time, but the office calculated the bet as if it had ended in a draw. Why?
How are bets on hockey games accepted? Do they take into account overtime or not?
With which sports do players have a better chance of winning?
What are LIVE bets?
Are bets calculated quickly on bookmaker sites?
What is the maximum accepted bid for an event?
When does the bookmaker cut highs?
1. If you are a “forkman”, meaning that you place bets in different offices on a single event. By betting on opposite outcomes and and guaranteeing yourself a profit no matter what. Bookmakers of course do not like such players and use all possible means to fight against them. The penalty for playing “forks” could be not only cutting the maximum possible bet, but also blocking the account and confiscating all winnings from the bets.
2. If you are a successful punter and are constantly winning (especially if you are betting on unpopular events). In this situation, the bookmaker may consider you a professional player, and in turn will quickly cut your score. You will be paid all of your winnings (since you did not break any rules), but the bookmakers will do everything they can to turn you away from betting on their site.