THE GOOD

Excellent betting variety, good live betting; very good customer service, fast live chat; solid payout history; pleasant website functionality

THE BAD

Small deposit bonus, have faced some customer grievances regarding the lowering of betting limits

THE VERDICT

The perfect word to describe Victor Chandler is solid. They aren’t a shop for professional players but if you’re a recreational bettor looking for a good time, Victor Chandler will offer that with good payouts, good betting lines and a good reputation.

THE GOOD

Good variety of betting lines, reliable company with good customer service; fast payouts

THE BAD

Website feels old school, live chat crawls; low betting limits; modest bonus

THE VERDICT

If you don’t need any frills, Ladbrokes is a good place to play. Think of it as a medium, non-descript casino in Vegas: they’ll take some small bets, present some live betting and show you a good time. For many bettors, that’s adequate but if you want something fancier (nicer site and bigger limits) you’ll might want to opt for someone else.

THE GOOD

Fast payouts, good customer service; -107 juice on football

THE BAD

No live betting, website looks good, but fairly plain

THE VERDICT

BetIslands gets straight to business and they do a good job of it. As the saying goes: it’s better to do a great job of a few things than a half-assed job of too many things. BetIslands offers good lines, fast payouts and nice deposit bonuses, and that’s enough to keep a lot of people – including us – happy.

THE GOOD

Very low juice, forum right on their website; cool concept that makes betting really fun; excellent live betting

THE BAD

Can’t always bet as much as you’d like on a side, concept can be confusing to start

THE VERDICT

Betting exchanges are always a cool concept and BetFair is the biggest one. You’ll pay very little juice at this book and have an enjoyable time betting using their system. Throw in a good reputation to boot and it makes lots of sense to deposit at BetFair and have them as part of your arsenal.

THE GOOD

Very reputable company, good lines variety, low juice, high limits.

THE BAD

Basic website, limited live betting

THE VERDICT

VietBet and 5Dimes are practically the same, which means we can highly recommend them just as we do 5Dimes. The book doesn’t have a lot of razzle and dazzle but they have nice bonuses, low juice and a great reputation, so you know you’ll always get paid out. Among the books that take American players, this is among your best bets.

THE GOOD

Excellent loyalty program, early lines, stellar reputation;with fast payouts, one of the best books you can choose among the offshore sports betting shops

THE BAD

Can’t browse the lines on mobile site without logging in, no low juice

THE VERDICT

While some American sportsbooks get squeezed out of the market, Bookmaker continues to be one of the best options. For starters, they are a very reliable book with a great reputation, they have early lines out for the sharps, a good loyalty program and solid bonuses. It's definitely a book you'll want in your arsenal.

THE GOOD

Nice looking homepage; plenty of betting options; low juice on Fridays

THE BAD

Payment problems that run the gamut from delays, to ignored request, to canceled withdrawals to managers offering cash bonuses so that you don’t withdraw; lack of phone service for customer support is not appreciated

THE VERDICT

Any type of payment problems is a red flag. Deposit your money somewhere else.

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