Smallest minimum deposit bookmakers

Betfair Sports

Betfair sportsbook deposits start at just £5.00 or €7.00 using Paypal only. All other methods start at £10 and €15. Australians can deposit from $5.00 using local banks.

New customer offer. Place 5 x €10 or more bets to receive €20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum €100 bonus. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Exchange bets excluded. T&Cs apply.”
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Unibet Sports

Unibet Sports accept €5.00 deposits from players using Trustly as a deposit option. Pasysafecard starts at €10, with Neteller, Skrill, Webmoney and ecoPayz starting at €15. Their bank transfer deposit option says no minimum deposit so that might be worth trying.
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Bookmaker bonuses and minimum deposits

If you intend to deposit the minimum allowed when opening your account, bear in mind that the bonus or special offer that is available may have a higher deposit requirement than the allowed minimum. While the lowest deposit allowed may be, for example, £5.00, the amount to trigger the bonus or other offer may be higher, for example, £10.00.

In cases like that, if you do not deposit enough you will miss out on the deal.

One other important point to note is that using some specific deposit methods may prohibit you from claiming any bonus. For example, many arbitrage sports bettors and bonus chasers like to use Skrill and Neteller to manage their bankrolls. Some bookies have gotten wise to this and won't give any bonus to new players using these payment methods.

On the subject of payment methods, remember that not all deposit options will be available for withdrawals. Most options will work both ways, but some will only be allowed for deposits, not withdrawals. That's jsut something to watch out for when choosing your payment method.

Bookmaker or Sportsbook?

Both these terms refer in general to the same type of business, one that takes bets on sports. But there is a significant difference between these two terms in other ways - people that use the term 'bookmaker' might expect that the range of sports to bet on will include horse racing and soccer. People that say 'sportsbook' might expect that more North American flavoured sports will be on offer, such as American football, baseball and hockey.

Many of the well known English 'bookies' will take bets on American sports, but few American 'sportsbooks' will offer odds on English Horse racing, though they may offer Soccer bets, but probably only on the main matches.

On this site we call the traditional English bookie a Bookmaker, and the more American type book a Sportsbook. Where does that leave the books that are based in Europe but not in England? In general, if they cover the sports that bookies normally cover - horse racing and soccer - we call them Bookmakers; if they don't, we call them sportsbooks.

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