How to Place a NFL Bet in a Betting Shop
What is a Betting Shop
There are usually separate sections for each sport the betting shop offers. You might be able to tell them apart by the promotional materials used, or in case you cannot, you can simply ask an employee to direct you. However, finding a betting shop that offers NFL betting might be a bit hard outside of the US. Meanwhile, it is not easy to find one in the US either as the gambling laws and regulations there at the moment are beginning to loosen up only now. This means that you can find betting shops currently only in the state of Nevada.
A large portion of the betting shops worldwide is run by William Hill. In fact, over 50% of the betting shops located in Nevada are run by the gambling industry giant. It is a reputable and highly respected company that operates both land-based venues and online ones. If you are looking for a trustworthy betting shop, finding one by William Hill is definitely the way to go.
In the US, a betting shop is usually what is referred to as a casino sportsbook. Due to different legal reasons, sportsbooks in Nevada are located within the casinos. A substantial portion of the casinos in that state actually also offer sports betting and it is an entirely different experience. Casino sportsbooks are grander and cannot really be described as betting shops at all. They are usually located in a separate hall, with many seats, in front of which are placed monitors that allow punters to place their bets.
How to Place a Bet
Betting shops will usually offer a wide range of betting options from simple point spreads, totals, accumulators to many other more exotic betting options. If the bet you wish to place is indeed available, all you need to do is select it by following the instructions on the slip itself. You may select multiple options and bet different amounts.
However, it is still entirely possible that the exact bet you wish to place is unavailable. So, if you need to fill out a blank betting slip you will simply need to write down precisely what you wish to bet on. If all is easy to understand you should have no trouble placing the bet.
After you have filled out the slip, which takes mere minutes, you will need to hand it to the cashier. Of course, you can ask an employee for the odds on that bet and even ask them to write them down on the betting slip for you. Then, you simply need to hand in your slip along with your bet. After that, you will receive a receipt which is crucial. You need to keep it as it is the only means by which you will be able to collect your potential wins.
How to Collect a Win
As you can tell, this is no good news to any sports bettor. Brick-and-mortar sportsbooks may offer a more exciting experience but it clearly does not come with as many perks as online sports betting. Betting online is much more efficient and offers convenience. Since online betting a much more competitive market nowadays, the vig is much lower.
Then again, not all online sportsbooks offer different odds, so there really isn’t that much of a difference. However, online betting is definitely more dynamic and, as we already established, online sportsbooks usually have a vig of only about 8%.
Basically, whether fixed odds are a good thing or not is up to you and depends largely on the bet itself as well. The odds are quite important, though, and if a land-based sportsbook simply does not have the odds you expect to see, you may need to go looking around town for another which is just not convenient at all. This is why online sportsbooks are preferred by most punters nowadays.
However, if you are set on placing a bet in a betting shop, then simply make sure that the operator of the sportsbook is respectable and trustworthy. There are many sportsbooks that offer both land-based and online services such as William Hill and Ladbrokes. They are some of the most popular ones and that is not without good reason.