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In today’s world, there are two main types of betting available. You can either choose to bet online or via a betting shop. Many people prefer to bet online because it has its perks compared to traditional in-shops betting. The easiest way to get help is to go to a local bookie shop and ask an employee to instruct you on placing your first wager. If you want to know how to do it beforehand, you can read the rest of this article.
How Do I Bet via Land-Based Bookmaker Retail Shops?
- 1 How Do I Bet via Land-Based Bookmaker Retail Shops?
- 2 Finding the Best Bookmaker Shops Around the UK
- 3 Frequently Asked Questions
When you go to an offline bookie to place a bet, you are given an empty slip, that you have to fill out and then hand to the cashier when you are finished. On each bet slip or also called betting coupon you need to fill out:
- The name of the event you are betting on
- Stake amount
- League or competition name of which the match belongs to
In the next sections, we will describe how you can fill out a betting coupon on the two most popular sports in the UK gambling scene today.
Betting on Horse Racing in Bookmaker Shops
Betting on the ponies has always been popular not only in the UK but also around the world. Many people go to tracks and wager from there, but wagering from a betting shop is more accessible than going to bet on the tracks.
Here is how you can successfully place a Horse Racing bet from your local bookmaker shop.
- Pick up a slip and write down the race track’s name and the start time of the race on it.
- Fill out the name of the horse you want to wager on.
- If you like the odds offered on the screens, fill them out in the slip as well.
- Decide and fill out the type of horse racing wager you want to place (the most common ones are each-way and win bets).
- Fill out how much you are wagering on the event.
- Hand the slip to the cashier and get your receipt.
Famous races have coupons with instructions on them. You only need to check the boxes next to the name of the horse, stake amount, bet type, etc.
Betting on Football in Bookmaker Shops
Some betting shops have football coupons that are easier to fill out, but if the shop you choose doesn’t, you need to follow the steps below:
- Request a coupon/bet slip from the cashier.
- Fill in the name of the event you are betting on and the competition that the event is from.
- Fill out the match (you can find them on the screens of the bookie shop).
- Write down how much you want to wager on the event.
- Write down the type of bet you want to place (single, multiple, correct score, etc.)
- Hand in the slip to the cashier to check the information and see if the odds are correct (if they are the cashier will circle them)
- The cashier will issue you a receipt with which you can receive your reward if you win.
This process can be repeated for other types of sports like Basketball, Tennis, Cricket, etc. If the bookmaker has a specializes slip, it would be easier for you to get used to betting in person, but even if they don’t, it’s still quite straightforward.
Placing Accumulator Bets (ACCA) in Bookmaker Shops
Accumulator bets are widely popular and entertaining types of wagers. They allow you to combine a few games/events under a single bet and combined odds. They have a higher payout potential than standard wagers because you stake a small amount and can win big if you are lucky. ACCAs are also very risky because you need to hit all legs of the bet to win anything. Even if one leg loses, you lose the whole wager.
Filling out an ACCA bet slip isn’t as hard as you might think. You need to write down all the events you want to wager on, and the current odds for each selection and write down your stake. Most bookmakers have specialized slips where you only have to check the right boxes to place a wager. Handing the slip to a cashier is the last step you need to take before receiving your receipt.
Finding the Best Bookmaker Shops Around the UK
When looking for an excellent offline or land-based bookmaker, you need to search for one that has multiple locations around the country, including one close to you so, you don’t go out of your way to place a bet. The bookmaker also needs to be established and well-known. That way you can be sure that when you play there, you won’t get cheated on, or face any problems with the employees because they are trained to help us and give us the best help possible.
Some of the more high-quality betting shops around the UK belong to brands, such as:
- Paddy Power
- William Hill
The one disadvantage of betting shops is that they work only during certain times of the day so, you won’t be able to place wagers at night, for example, like you can with online Sportsbooks like Betfred.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a registration to place a wager?
No, you don’t.
How old do I have to be to place a wager in a bookmaker shop?
In the UK and Ireland, you have to be at least eighteen years old to place wagers.
Can I place singles and multiples when I bet via a bookie shop?
Yes, you can.
Can I benefit from promotions in land-based bookmaker shops?
If the bookmaker offers promos for their land-based customers, then you can benefit from them. Any promotions available would be displayed around the shop.
Do bookmaker shops offer ACCA Insurance?
Some bookmakers offer ACCA Insurance for in-person bets, you would have to check with the shop in question to find out for sure, or you can contact the bookmaker’s customer support team, so you don’t waste time going to the shop.