What is a bookie? A bookie or a “bookmaker” is someone who facilitates gambling, he is the one who sets odds, accepts and places bets, and pays out winnings on behalf of other people. This is often illegal in nature and is shrouded in vague laws that make it even more confusing. Most of the time, what makes it illegal is the activity of the bookie himself lending money to bettors and accepting a fee that is known as the “vigorish” or the “vig” in the street lingo of betting. Bookies are notoriously famous for having connections in the black market and organized crime. Giving a certain aura of being dangerous only makes the activity even more attractive.
Because most of the online bettors before are in the United States, most legislation that covers online betting and its legality are inside the US itself. There are less stringent laws outside of the states such as Asia and parts of Europe and so most of the online bookies that want some sort of legitimacy to operate outside of the US. It varies from state to state and country to country but in general, it is more “loose” outside the states.
In Asia, where gambling is deeply rooted in its tradition, betting is even more rampant. There are sports betting but to entice its growth even more, traditional games like Cockfighting, DIce, sicbo, dadu, and other traditional games among the folk have been incorporated online. Asians are ferocious bettors and bet on almost everything and with the advent of high-speed internet and smartphone technology, they now have access to western bookies and online casinos.
When choosing an online bookie, there isn’t really a huge difference between a traditional bookie and an online one. The only difference is that you do not interact with the bookie in person but rather talk to him digitally. In a way, this is actually already a plus as he or she will not be able to do harm to you physically except run away with your deposit in case they are THAT kind of bookie. There are several ways to ensure that you are choosing the right online bookmaker. The first thing you need to do is check their reviews, have a look at their online social media presence. Check out their page for any comments left by former clients. Another one is check for downtimes of their site, visit them at different intervals during the day just to catch a downtime. Check out the odds and their pricing. Another thing is to check out how much the initial deposit is. Usually, it is a minimal amount but check anyway. Among the few mentioned, check out how fast you can withdraw your winnings, if you see difficulties from others who try to withdraw, look for another bookie.