The best mobile apps for betting in 2020

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Betting in the 21st century is a largely mobile vice. Technological developments have enabled punters to place wagers from the comfort of their own homes. All they have to do is simply reach into their pocket and take out their phone. The only difficulty comes in picking one bookmaker from the crowd trying to get your attention. There are hundreds of bookmakers available online, each trying to convince customers to register with them because of their odds or promotions. With this in mind – and IRL bookmaking shops shut in a large number of countries – we think that it is a good idea to list the best ones that are at your disposal.

It should be mentioned before we begin that we compiled this list after consulting the betting sites list on SportyTrader, a site that specialises in reviewing bookmakers and composing betting tip previews. The bookmaker at the top of their rankings will be familiar to many, the popular Bet365 having a major presence in sponsorships deals across the biggest sports in the world. One of the main draws of the app is the live streaming service that it offers. It allows users to tune in to sporting events after placing a small wager to watch. This could effectively be used as a source of entertainment for someone who wasn’t even particularly into gambling. However, the features of the Bet365 would turn disinterest into obsession before long. Bet365 even provide live sporting updates for the events that they are not licensed to stream. One of the biggest selling factors of the app is its ease of use. The layout is pleasing on the eye and simple to understand, with the A to Z of sports available on the left of the screen and your bank balance on the right.

Like Bet365 and many of the best betting apps around, Bwin’s mobile app features a ‘build a bet’ option. This allows users to select multiple markets in the one event, effectively creating an accumulator from one event. This could be useful for a punter who believes that Arsenal are going to beat Burnley at home but doesn’t simply want to back a home win. He may see the game panning out in a specific way. With Bwin, he can select a bunch of options, such as Arsenal to win 2-0, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score first, and Burnley to get five yellow cards, and have the odds of each pile up into one super-bet. These are two good examples of bookmakers with functional mobile apps. Yet, not all bookmakers can deliver on the mobile front. Before registering to become a customer with any bookmaker, it’s advised that you read the reviews left by other users. It may expose the fact that the app has fundamental problems that make its use impractical. What use are great odds when the app you’re viewing them on keeps crashing? No use. Look around and keep that Sporty Trader list close before registering.