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The Leading Logic In Sports Handicapping

Keys to identifying the best sportsbooks, casinos and poker rooms
Most online gambling sites that fail, do so within 1 to 2 years after start of the operation. Sportsbooks that are open for thier first football season, offering "too good to believe" bonuses, are particularly suspect . Of course there are some exceptions but as a general rule, longevity equals ability to pay winners.
OSGA Rule of Thumb: Do not play at ANY sportsbook that has not made is successfully through one football AND baseball season.

Most countries have created a framework for gambling operations to take bets from customers anywhere but some are more trustworthy than others. More sportsbooks for U.S. sportsbetting are in Costa Rica than any other country, but there have been many smaller operations that have stiffed customers and gone belly-up from that jurisdiction.
OSGA Rule of Thumb: As many countries have legalized online gambling, look for a legal, licensed domestic company before looking 'offshore'.

Good service includes what players should expect: courteous clerks, quick email replies, proper taking of bets and prompt payouts. But, inevitably customers will have disputes about results or payouts, collusion or other issues. What separates a top online operation from a poor one is the way they handle the query or dispute.
OSGA Rule of Thumb: Only play with companies that communicate using a method that you prefer, whether that be chat, email or phone.

The UIGEA wreaked havoc with many online gambling operations, limiting payout options. Nevertheless a good company will still offer a range of options to fund an account like credit cards, person-to-person, bank wires, etc. And more importantly, the company will provide a wide arrange of payout options and pay out in a reasonable time.
OSGA Rule of Thumb: Get informed about the rules, time-frames and amounts for payouts before sending in any deposit money.

 AVOID Any Ridiculous Bonus Structure:
An old adage says “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Beware if the bonus sounds too high or if there is no limit on the bonus. In the past some operations with outlandish offers quickly went defunct.

 WATCH for new owners or management from defunct operations:
The nature of the online gambling business allows owners to move around without detection. Customers may not know who the owners are but doing homework will help. Names float around the industry a lot so if a name sounds familiar than a quick email to a site like OSGA will help identify if the person now in charge of the new company is indeed the ex-manager of a previous scam operation.

of bet offers/rake etc.
Every online gambling operation tries to provide some incentive to differentiate it from others and often this is with better lines, reduced rake in poker, higher payouts on slot machines etc. If the offer is way out of whack with the industry, however, then watch out.

Check out any new site BEFORE sending your hard earned dollars thousands of miles away.

Cash bonues are hard to find anywhere online these days, but the guys over at GT Bets are offering their customers a 100% cash bonus up to $250 and a cash re-load bonus!

This book takes care of its customers. WagerWeb cares about the overall betting experience. VIP customer service managers are available and emails and calls are returned quickly.

5Dimes has become one of the largest and most successful sportsbooks on the planet. They offer odds on everything under the sun, from reduced juice wagering, to "live" in-game betting and much more!

Theres always been a lot of talk about how BetOnline has been paying on-time for over a decade utilizing more methods and lower minimums with industry-leading maximum payouts.



  • The top operators offer a wide variety of payment and withdrawal options.
  • There should be no fees charged when sending in money.
  • Payouts should arrive within a few days of request.
  • The best companies offer at least one payout free of charge each month.
  • Get more reviews of Top Payout Sportsbooks here.

The OSGA rates 5Dimes, YouWager, BookMaker and BetOnline as some of the fastest paying sportsbooks in the world!

Since 1998 the Off Shore Gaming Association (OSGA) has monitored the online sportsbook, casino and poker Industry. The OSGA is a professional consumer-driven service supported by members. OSGA membership is about helping players to get more out of their online gambling experience. More information on online gambling establishments. Tools to help win more money. Legal and Bad Bet Updates. Join Now!
The slogan "What Good is Winning, if you Don't get Paid" rings true even today with online operators. U.S. laws have wreaked havoc with many online gambling operations, increasing fees to customers and causing even the top operations to occasionally run into problems. Still, reputable companies will provide a wide arrange of payout options and pay out in a reasonable time-frame. Players should avoid places that are unable to get money into players’ hands within 10 business days or have recurring slow payout problems.

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