Starting wagering online is a three-step process that’ll have you earning a little extra income from your favourite Football team’s latest win, getting more involved in the Melbourne Cup, and having that much more reason to celebrate when the Wallabies trounce the opposition!

Step One: Choose a Reputable Sportsbook

You would be forgiven for thinking that this is the easiest part. It’s not, due mainly to there being so many bookmakers to choose from nowadays. Picking one at random is never advised because although most sportsbooks are 100% trustworthy, they’re definitely not all of the same standard. You want to bet with the best of them and ensure that the sports you’re interested in are available.

Have a look at bookmaker comparison sites, who do all the legwork for you, or start the selection process yourself by asking yourself some questions. Is the site properly licensed and regulated and does it have the sports you most enjoy along with the way you prefer to transact available? Does it support the Australian dollar and do the minimum and maximum deposit amounts suit your bankroll? Does it support mobile betting and are the bonuses and rewards competitive? Can you place live bets, and are the odds and lines any good?

Step Two: Open Your New Account

This step is easy and takes almost no time. Simply navigate to the website of the sportsbook you’re interested in wagering from and look for Join Now or similar. Most of the time, these buttons and links are in obvious places, usually somewhere along the top of the landing page.

Signing up will require some personal information, including your full name, DOB, home and email addresses, and a telephone number. You’ll also have to select a username and password that need to be easy for you to remember and tough for anyone else to figure out.

Step Three: Make a Deposit

This is also an easy process. Simply look for a button or link that says Banking, Cashier, Deposit Funds, or something similar. You’ll then usually be able to view a selection of payment methods, with the most popular being credit and debit cards, ewallets, money transfer services, and bank wires.

Just choose the one you want to use and supply the relevant information. Typically, funds you deposit will immediately be available. Remember to double-check the Welcome Bonus’ details since you may need to opt-in, enter a code, or deposit a minimum amount to take advantage of it.

Step Four: Start Betting

Now the fun part begins! This is also a very straightforward process, with most operators displaying a list of different sports. Clicking on the one you’re interested in will bring up the available markets and the selections for these will display along with their odds. Once you’ve chosen your selection it’ll get added to a staking slip, where you’ll input the amount you want to bet and confirm everything. The appropriate amount of money will then be deducted from your account and successful wagers will pay out at once, right into your new account!

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