Sportsbetting online from India is easier than most Indian gamblers would think. We’ve detailed our best tips for Indian residents wishing to bet online below, including which bookies offer Rupee accounts and what are the best methods of depositing and withdrawing freely and discretely from India.
Which is the best online bookmaker for Indians?
By far the best sportsbook to join and bet at from India is Bet365. Bet365 has been the most popular choice for Indians for a long time as it specifically caters for the most important attributes Indians are looking for in an online sportsbook.
• Only online bookie that offers Indian Rupee accounts
• Easy banking options for depositing and withdrawing
• Covers all the popular sports for Indians
• Best cricket betting options, both before the game and in-play
• Excellent and easy to use mobile betting platform
• The best new account bonus for Indians in the world
Bet365 is located in Stoke, in the middle of England. Like most UK online bookmakers it had its beginnings as walk-in betting shops, which spread across the country. Bt365 then became one of the first to open an online sportsbook. I was actually born in Stoke and remember the first shops Bet365 opened back in the 1970’s, so they’ve been around for a long while, sadly.
As mentioned, Bet365 is the only online sportsbook that caters for Indian Rupee account holders.
It has a wide range of banking options suitable for Indians including Skrill, Neteller and Entro-Pay which are our recommended methods for Indians depositing and withdrawing with bookies online. (see our notes down the page on best banking methods for Indians betting online).
Bet365 is also one of the most popular mobile betting sites for Indians. It was one of the world leaders in this field right from the beginning of mobile betting and has refined its service to be one of the best mobile sportsbooks in the world today. It has applications for all the popular smart phones and tablets with a very easy to use and navigate system, making getting in-play cricket bets on while you watch the game quick and easy to do.
With the best range of cricket, football and racing markets available, both prior to the game and in-play as well as the best new customer deposit bonus available to Indians, it’s not hard to see why Bet365 is the most popular online choice for Indian gamblers.
Other recommended Sportsbooks for Indians:
You will notice in the right sidebar we have listed a few other online sportsbooks that are good options for Indian bettors. If you are the type of bettor that likes to have accounts at a few different sportsbooks so you can compare odds and choose where to place your bets then these are the other books we recommend.
M88 India is our second recommendation for Indian bettors as they are the only other sportsbook that allows you to open your account in Rupees. They cater for all popular Indian Sports and whilst they don’t offer a sign up bonus very often, they do have a points system where you can win great prizes and holidays etc.
Betfair is a good option for Indian gamblers. It is different to the other bookies we list here because it is the only betting exchange listed. For those unfamiliar with betting exchanges, basically they allow you to both place a bet on a game like you do at any sportsbook, but also take bets from others on a result. At betfair you can “back” and “lay” your sports bets.
- INR2500 bonus
- Rupee as currency
- Mobile betting
- Strongly Recommended
Betfair has massive betting in-play markets on every sport you could think of, and quite often you will find better odds at Betfair than any other sportsbook in the world.
The only other sportsbooks we recommend you should have a look at and consider are Ladbrokes and PaddyPower. Both reputable UK sportsbooks like Bet365 that accept Indian account holders and offer similar, and at times better odds than Bet365, with the only downside really being that they don’t offer INR as a currency option on accounts. So whilst you can deposit and withdraw just fine using the methods we recommend below, you will need to have your betting account in another currency like US, Euro or pounds and will pay a small exchange fee each time you do your banking.
What are the best banking methods for Indians betting online?
Whilst the sportsbooks we mention here offer many different options including credit card deposits and direct bank deposits, there are 3 alternate methods they all offer that we recommend for our Indian visitors.
They are all what is known as e-wallets, which are basically companies online that offer to receive deposits easily from bank accounts and credit cards, which then allows the account holder to freely deposit and withdraw back from online sportsbooks in a very quick and discreet manner.
The 3 best banking methods we recommend are Skrill, Neteller and Entro-Pay.
They all have long standing solid reputations and have been a part of online gambling for many years and are used by hundreds of thousands of sportsbettors around the world as their banking choice for online gambling.
Personally I hold accounts with both Skrill (formerly Moneybookers) and Neteller for my betting activities and find both excellent options. You are able to deposit and withdraw easily to your bank account and given that all of these sportsbooks accept Skrill and Neteller accounts, you can deposit and withdraw from different sportsbook accounts quickly back to your e-wallet account without having to keep money going back and forth from your personal bank account.
Withdrawals from Bet365 to a Skrill or Neteller account for example take a few hours at most. Deposits to all of them are instant, so you can deposit and place a bet in minutes.
The only downside for Indians setting up a Neteller or Skrill account is that it can take a few weeks to go through the verification process required to use them, but once you have your account all set up , its plain sailing from there and you can bet online from India freely. I have a few Indian employees that I pay monthly with Skrill and Neteller just fine so you can be sure these are the best methods available for Indians. If you are in a rush the quickest initial solution is Entro-Pay, but your account won’t be in Rupee, so there will be a small exchange fee associated.
Whilst I haven’t got any experience with Entro-Pay, I recommend you read Props detailed information about using Entro-pay from India at his site Sportsbettingsites.org