How to open a betting account is the very first step when it comes to betting on cricket. Here’s everything you need to know about opening a cricket betting account in five minutes.
How to open a betting account to bet on cricket
Cricket betting can prove to be very profitable if you’re well prepared to deal with its unique challenges. There’s a load of content here on Betting Maestro that deals with how to win on cricket betting by studying certain stats and using different strategies and before that you should definitely be familiar with the golden rules of betting.
But before you do all that, you’ll need to actually open a betting account!
Open a betting account in four easy steps
Step 1 – Choose your bookmaker before opening a betting account
- Visit our bookmaker review section to find out which bookmakers the Betting Maestro is currently recommending.
- Betting Maestro has given you a deep analysis of the best ones based on such factors as: the quality of the cricket product, how generous the odds are, whether there’s a good welcome offer awaiting you and how easy it is to make deposits and withdrawals.
- Remember that there’s no point trying to open a betting account with a bookmaker who doesn’t accept customers from the country in which you live in. At best they won’t let you do it, at worst you’ll win money and then won’t be able to withdraw it.
- Betting Maestro is currently recommending Betfair and Betway for customers living in the UK/Australia/Ireland and 10CRIC and Royal Panda for customers who live in India.
If you’re based in the UK or Ireland, you can benefit from the Betfair Sportsbook welcome offer, where you can get up to £100 in free bets.
New customer offer. Place 5 x €/£10 or more bets to receive €/£20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum €/£100 bonus. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Exchange bets excluded. T&Cs apply.
Step 2 – Doing the admin/providing your details
- All bookmakers will need some basic personal information about you in order for you to open an account. That normally includes your name, date of birth (to make sure you’re at least the legal age to bet in the country you live in), your address (to make sure that the country you live in is one of the ones the bookmaker accepts customers from) and a phone number/e-mail so they can contact you.
- At this stage, bookmakers normally ask you if you wish to receive communications about upcoming promotions. The advice is to opt-in to receiving them at least for the first few weeks, so you avoid missing out on the better ones or the ones that are tailor-made for you. You can always just ignore the e-mails or text messages about them if you wish or opt-out at a later stage.
UK customers can get a £20 free bet when opening an account at Royal Panda.
Indian customers can open an account with Royal Panda in order to bet on all Ashes matches and can receive 2000 INR as a free bet when they sign up.
Step 3- Claiming your welcome bonus
- When choosing the right bookmaker for you, the quality of the welcome bonus is normally an important factor so it would be pretty silly to not actually claim it when you open your account!
- Most welcome bonuses involve giving you a bonus when you make your first deposit or in some cases, your first, or first two or three deposits. Often you just need to make the deposit to receive the bonus but in some cases you’ll need to enter a bonus code before doing so or else you won’t get your bonus. For example, to receive your welcome bonus of 100% up to ₹10,000 (plus 20 Free Spins on the slot The King) at 10CRIC, you’ll first need to enter bonus code WELCOME.
If you’re based in India and enjoy cricket betting, 10CRIC is the bookmaker for you. Benefit from a fantastic welcome offer where you can get a welcome bonus of 100% up to ₹10,000 to celebrate the fact that 10CRIC are the exclusive betting partners of the CPL.
- In order to open a betting account, you’ll have to decide how you want to transfer money into your account. Most bookmakers offer numerous different credit cards such as VISA and Mastercard in addition to bank transfers and the use of E-Wallets such as Paypal, Neteller or Skrill. Some of them, including 10CRIC, offer you the option to deposit and play using Bitcoin whereas in some cases you can actually make a ‘manual deposit’. For example, if you have a Betfair account, you can make a deposit in person at a PaddyPower shop.
Step 4- Placing a bet and withdrawing your money
- You can read about how to place a cricket (or other sports bet) elsewhere on the site but in a nutshell it’s a case of: deciding what you want to bet on at particular odds and the amount you wish to stake.
- When you decide that you want to withdraw your money, just go to ‘Withdraw’. In most cases you’ll need to withdraw to the same card or E-Wallet you used to make the deposit but not always.
- All betting companies will ask you to provide evidence of who you say you are before approving a withdrawal request for the first time. This is so to prevent money-laundering, someone else impersonating you and wrongfully taking your money or some under-age withdrawing money they shouldn’t have been allowed to have won in the first place. Or it may just be to make sure that you live in the country you claim you live in.
- In order to verify that you are who you say you are, you’ll need to provide (photocopied versions of) documents such a passport, ID card, driver’s licence, utility bill or bank statement. Make sure that you have these documents to hand before opening an account or else you won’t be able to withdraw your winnings when you want to.