People in general, and Kiwis in particular, love watching golf on TV. And what could be better than watching a golf tournament and having some money on the side betting on the winner? Of course, the most popular golf tournaments are in the USA and Britain under the auspices of the PGA. And there can be plenty of action, as the PGA alone hosts nearly 50 events per year. There are three general ways to bet at a sportsbook in golf. These are:
- Betting on a player to win. Since it’s quite difficult to win in golf, even a player like Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson can go at plus 500 or plus 800. This means that a bet on one of these players to win will pay off at 5 to 1 or 8-1. Remember, Tiger woods may have won 82 tournaments and Phil Mickelson has won 45, but they’ve lost far more than they won. By the way, a long shot player to win may have odds of 100 to 1 to 500 to 1.
- Betting to win in the top 5, top 10 or 20. These bets do not pay out nearly as well, but they can certainly be used as hedge bets while trying to pick a winner.
- Finally, there are matchup bets. You can bet a single matchup for the day or an entire tournament. These bets pay off moderately but are safer than say choosing the tournament winner.
Top Sportsbooks for betting on golf
Betway is one of Europe’s largest sports gambling sites with over 2 million customers. Betway offers to take deposits in Visa, Maestro, MasterCard, Neteller, PayPal, Rapid Transfer, and payoff in the same manner. Betway naturally offers bonuses for new players and is one of the best sportsbooks/casinos around. A bonus from Betway. You can gamble in New Zealand dollars.
Bet365 has a reputation as one of the quickest posters of odds on the net, often beating other sportsbooks for a day or two. So if you already know in advance who you favour, go to Bet365 to place your gold bet. Another thing that is great about Bet365 is that they feature live streaming on many of their sports bets, including golf. Bet365 is a sportsbook you can trust. You won’t get conned and get the runaround if you win a bet and have to wait two weeks or a month to get paid, if at all. They are prompt and efficient. Naturally, they offer bonuses which people love.
LeoVegas, originally from Sweden but now based in Malta has gambling on every major US and European golf event. And one thing is for sure, if you wish to gamble on a smartphone, LeoVegas has one of the best sportsbook interfaces on the internet. Deposit methods include Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, Trustly, Neteller, Paysafecard and more. Withdrawal methods include all of the options that are available for deposits. LeoVegas does not feature live streaming, but it’s still a great golf gambling site with a great reputation.
One of the biggest players in the sportsbook market, 888Sport has a reputation to match. This sportsbook offers an extensive array of golf betting forms and covers virtually every U.S. PGA tournament plus the Ryder Cup. One thing we love about 888Sport is that they have quite a handy guide to golf betting on their website, which is great for all golf bettors, newbies, and experts. 888Sport accepts deposits by Visa, MasterCard, Apple Pay, Paypal, Neteller, Skrill, Paysafecard, and Much Better. Withdrawals are via Visa, MasterCard, Neteller, Skrill, and MuchBetter.
Our last golf betting site is Spin Sports, a Malta Based sportsbook. Spin Sports definitely includes golf in its gambling sports, although we are not sure how many golf tournaments they cover. Spin City is reliable, although its reputation is not as good as a site such as Betway. The knock-on Spin Sports is that they have no streaming service. And some betters say they are a little slow on paying off on winnings. However, Spin Sports allows you to bet in New Zealand dollars, making it fairly convenient.
How to choose?
In General, we’ve listed the sportsbooks in order from best to worst, but there is something else you might want to keep in mind, and that is what additional games they offer. If you place a bet on a golf tournament, keep in mind a typical round with a PGA tournament will last 5 hours. That’s a long time to wait to get results. Therefore, we recommend choosing a sportsbook that has an online casino attached. Why not play a few hands of blackjack or play a Mega Moolah slot that could win you millions while you are waiting?