Over the many years I have been gambling I have noticed a change in the old traditional high street bookie. The days when all that bookies relied upon was you walking in and having a few quid on a horse or just doing your fixed odds on a Saturday afternoon are now long gone.
To keep up with the challenges set by the upsurge in online gaming and betting exchanges, the so called traditional bookies have had to improvise and broaden their horizons to offer us punters much more than they used too in order to get, or keep our custom.
They are all now online and they will have a section on their websites that offers Online Games, Casinos, Poker Rooms, Bingo, Financial Betting, etc, the list goes on.
Most of these sections have their own sign up bonuses to entice you in. Some of these sign up bonuses are very good, while some are rubbish. But once you sign up for one of these bonuses that is usually it.
You can’t open a Casino account, take the bonus and then open a Poker account with that same firm and expect that bonus as well.
This is where you have to act a bit smarter. The trick is using the sign up bonus that offers the best value for money with that particular firm.
The old traditional British high street bookies such as William Hill, Ladbrokes, Betfred, are more Sports book specialists than Casino or Poker specialists, that’s not to say that they haven’t adapted, as I believe they have (indeed I was surprised to see how good the Hill’s Poker offer is).
So with this in mind I would generally take advantage of the traditional British bookies’ Sports books offers in the form of free bets as a sign up bonus.
Conversely if I was to look at a Poker or Casino specialist firm, I generally wouldn’t touch their Sports book sign up offer with a barge poll.
But their Casino or Poker sign up offers would be a different matter all together. For example Party Casino offer a £3,000 sign up bonus for new Casino accounts, which is an unbelievable offer.
But looking at their Sports book section, I didn’t see a free bet at all. Obviously when I open an account with them, I will sign up with them through their Casino to get the better offer.
I would regard the Party group as a Casino specialist firm, hence the better Casino sign up offer.
It’s not rocket science it’s just a case of using some common sense and selecting the best sign up offer from that particular firm.
I look at it in a similar way to how I would banking, just because I have a current account with one bank, doesn’t mean I would have my mortgage or life savings (not that I have any) with them.
I just wouldn’t do that, I would shop around and look for the best deal in current accounts, mortgages and life savings, and open accounts with the different banks accordingly.
Why treat your gambling any differently? If we are serious about making money, we need to act smarter.