Steelers Gab readers are passionate about sports, and placing a wager or two on their favorite team, whether it’s the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, Penguins or Pitt Panthers, often brings added excitement and investment to their fandom. Gone are the days of dealing with shady local bookies, making a special trip to Las Vegas, or fumbling through the laborious process of telephone wagering. Online sports betting has grown leaps and bounds over the last 20 years, and offers many advantages for the recreational bettor.
Let’s take a look at these, and see where they apply to the teams, particularly with the NFL regular season a couple of weeks away.
Easy, Safe, and Rewards
First, let’s dispel the myth that online sports books are not safe and difficult to operate. People are cautious to transact money across the internet to unknown third parties, and rightfully so. There are a few scam books out there, and there always will be, but the majority are reputable operations owned by well-known companies. Resources like sportsbookreview.com offer rating guides and up-to-date news concerning the industry, and will help guide you to the most secure and trustworthy online options.
Online books are incredibly easy to operate too. It takes minutes to open an account and all offer multiple deposit and collection avenues to transact money. You can place wagers at any time, the sites are easy to read and navigate, and most have mobile interfaces compatible with smartphone technology.
Most appealing, especially for the football fan gearing up for the upcoming season, are the bonuses online sports books offer. The norm is a 20% cash bonus up to a certain limit on one’s deposit, or a 50% free play. Shop around, and better deals can be found, like matching dollar-for-dollar up to a $500 deposit.
Opportunities & Odds
Online sports books offer the best wagering opportunities, bar none. In addition to traditional point spread or totals listings, these sites will offer a multitude of futures wagers and proposition bets. The latter is really taking off with the rise of daily fantasy sports. If you think Browns RB Isaiah Crowell will have a big day on the ground in any given game, there will assuredly be over-under market on third-year pro’s rushing yards, attempts, scores, and more.
Let’s be real, oddsmakers aren’t expecting the Browns to do much this season, and you’d likely be burning your money if betting on them at +20000 odds to win Super Bowl 51. But there are some attractive features offers out there to date. QB Robert Griffin III is tied for the 11th choice at 5Dimes to win AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year at +2500 odds. Cornerback Joe Haden, capable of putting up some special numbers, is +10000 odds to win AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year. For the pessimist out there, Hue Jackson is way down the list of first coach to be fired at a price of +3300.
Ultimately, finding value and betting good odds will help keep you in the sports betting game long-term, and online outlets offer the best at both. Better prices equal better returns when you win, and making money is added incentive to the thrill of betting. Opening accounts at multiple online sports books will give you the best opportunities to uncover the best number, but almost every line you find online will be better than Vegas or local bookies.