There are several Sports Spread Betting firms operating in the UK. We have accounts with each of them and feel that we can provide an informed and independent review of each firm -based on our spread betting experiences.
We recommend that anybody who is serious about spread betting should have accounts with at least two of the firms. The main reason for this is that they don't always offer exactly the same prices on the same markets click here for a detailed example.
1. SPORTING INDEX
Sporting Index are the biggest of the sports spread betting firms and the first firm with whom we had an account. In fact, we probably still trade with Sporting more than any of the other big firms. They offer a full range of bets on every televised sporting event and many that aren't televised.
Their website is first class and their telephone staff are extremely helpful and have a good sense of humour -in spite of the pressure under which they must work in the dealing room.
Accounts can be opened online within minutes and once opened bets can easily be placed either by telephone or on the website. In our opinion they are the number one spread betting firm with whom to have an account due to the comprehensive range of markets they offer.
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Spreadex are smaller, but perfectly-formed in terms of sports spread betting firms! As of October 2009 (when the whole site was updated and re-vamped) the range of bets on all sporting events is excellent -especially the football markets. Customer service is first-class and they offer an informative website where accounts can be opened and bets placed at the touch of a button.
SportsSpread.com are a relatively new player on the spread betting scene -they are based in Dublin and have been trading since 2000. They have a compact site that has tight spreads to give punters the best value. You'll find plenty of offers and promotions at their site.
Although Betfair aren't a spread betting firm -they are important enough in today's online betting world that they warrant a review in this section. As the world's first and biggest peer-to-peer betting exchange, Betfair provides punters with the opportunity to become the bookmaker!
Our recommendation would be to open accounts with Sporting Index and Sportsspread.com as a start and to keep an eye on the others. If one of the others consistently offers prices that would benefit you then of course open an account with one if not all of them.
Sporting Index and Spreadex are our two preferred firms -due to the vast choice of markets they offer and the range of betting they provide.