The great thing about betting on sports and horses is that it doesn`t really take any kind of special skills or even knowledge to place bets, thus all comers get chance to win. All you really need to be armed with is a bankroll and the willingness to go through with it all. Actually walking up to the booth and putting your ignorance regarding the matter on display can be intimidating, but who says you need to do that? Betting online makes a whole lot more sense these days, and if you`re betting on the Grand National, you may even get a better deal than at the track.
First of all, pick a reliable online bookmaker. There are plenty of renowned online sportsbooks/bookmakers which present no risks for bettors whatsoever.
Some of the world`s largest and most trusted live bookmaking operations have online presences, so finding a fair and reliable operation won`t be a problem. When you`re doing your online sportsbook selection though, you need to keep an eye out for sign-up bonuses, like loyalty rewards and other such perks. Many an online sportsbook will offer its new players some free bets. Others will give them a rebate on the money they wager . The bottom line is, you need to find the best possible deal. Regardless of whether you`re a beginner or a sharp, when it comes to putting your money onto the line, you deserve the best.
Signing up for an online sportsbook is a walk in the park. After all, it is in the best interest of the operator to make the sign-up process as easy and as straightforward as possible. Just fill out the forms you`re required to (you will need to provide some personal information), and you`re ready to make your first deposit. Online sportsbooks accept a variety of deposit and withdrawal solutions, but you`re best off taking care of all your money matters through an E-wallet like Neteller or Moneybookers. On one hand, your online sportsbook likes these e-wallets because they simplify things quite a bit for the operator. They cut a whole bunch of commissions and costs, so you may even be rewarded with a special bonus for using this deposit method.
On the other hand, these e-wallets offer your actual bank account/credit card some protection too, because they`ll shield all your sensitive data from everybody: your sportsbook as well as possible perpetrators looking to hack their way to some illicit payouts. Once your deposit settles in your account and you collect your bonus, you`re ready to do some actual betting. Look for "horse racing" in the main menu and select "Grand National" once you find it. Pick your horse(s) then. As
you do that, the selected horses will be added to a slip. You`ll be able to add the amount you want to wager on each of the selected horses then. At the end of it all, you`ll be asked to confirm your bets, and you`ll be on your way before you know it.
Of course, you need to have a basic understanding of the odds and the types of bets involved, to know what goes on. If a horse is listed with 12/1 odds to win, it means you`ll get paid 12 units for each unit you wager on it, in case it wins. The odds obviously reflect the likeliness of each horse finishing first. The less likely a horse is to win, the more money you stand to win if it does.
The win bet is not your only option though. You can also bet a horse to win and to place. In this case, you`re basically placing two separate wagers. If your horse wins, you collect the money on both bets, if it doesn`t but it places in the top 4, you collect on your place bet. If it fails to win and to place, you lose both bets. Don`t forget to make use of the betting history feature offered by your online bookmaker to track your wagers.