One of the most satisfying things about betting offline, is the speed at which the money is in your hands and available to spend. It doesn’t matter whether you win a bet placed at a bookmakers, or have a good run at the blackjack tables, those winnings are ready and waiting to buy your friends a celebratory beer on the way home. Even the cheapest champagne or the most watered down beer tastes good when it’s been bought with money that has been won.
This is one of the problems with online gambling. If you have a large win at an sexybaccarat it can take days to actually see the money, putting your celebrations on hold.
So what about online bookmakers who also have an offline presence? Specifically I’m talking about the big UK high street brand names such as William Hill and Ladbrokes. Having identified a gap in the market, these brands allow you to play online, but then receive the money immediately through their betting shops.
Instead of withdrawing your money to a debit card, e-wallet or bank account you can print out a cash voucher to take to your local bookies which they scan and hand over the cash. The reverse is also true – if you want to deposit funds into your favourite poker room you can make a “cash deposit” at a branch. You then receive a code to enter into your online account and the funds are made instantly available.
Now before the more morally challenged amongst you decide to go and register a bunch of accounts in fake names to take advantage of the bonuses, or play through multiple accounts in a poker room you should know that this kind of payment method still requires identification. Your account may need to be verified, and for some bookmakers you will need photo ID to collect your money. But for the legitimate punters out there you now have the convenience of playing online together with the immediacy of playing offline.
These types of bookmaker tend to offer multiple products – usually at least 3 of the major 4: sports betting, online casino, poker and bingo. Some also offer unique niche mini-sites such as for skill games or pub style slots. As these sites also tend to have a “one wallet” accounting system, it means that no matter what your game, you can get your money in cash, right away.