5 Tips to avoid getting banned at an online sportsbook

There are some great promotional offers around the best Australian sportsbooks at the moment, particularly with the AFL season starting to heat up and the NRL focussing on the State of Origin period.

In particular, Ladbrokes have put their marketing caps on and come up with a couple of great enhanced odds promotions – giving $2.00 odds on short-priced AFL and NRL favourites for a maximum bet of $20.

During the week we had a couple of responses on Twitter from followers who had been blocked from participating in some of the promotions. Getting barred from an online sportsbook isn’t something new. It can happen when a sportsbook identifies you as a winning punter or bonus abuser as they have the right to limit your wagers or ban you altogether if they so desire. It’s not fun, it’s not personal, it’s just business.

However there are ways that you can manage your betting to help avoid the wrath of the online sportsbooks. Basically if you are always throwing jabs rather than trying to land knockout punches, you’ll find that you won’t become a target of the banhammer.

Here are five ways to help reduce the chances of you getting banned at an online sportsbook:

1. Don’t abuse bonus offers

Bonus offers are designed as a marketing tool to attract new and recreational punters. Ladbrokes know that $2.00 odds for Fremantle against Carlton is good odds for the punter, but they limit the betting to just $20. It minimizes their exposure as it is designed to attract recreational punters rather than professionals in the hope that they will stick around and bet on some other markets.

If you hit up every single promotion for the maximum amount, and don’t bet on anything else, then you are a chance to be flagged as someone who purely abuses bonuses.

The answer is to let a few promos or bonuses go through to the keeper every now and then, and make sure you place some other bets on the site rather than just hitting and running their promotions.

2. Leave some funds in your account

It sounds simple but so many punters love to deposit and withdraw their winnings straight away. It’s understandable for recreational punters who don’t bet with a bankroll. But if you’re depositing, hitting a promotion and then withdrawing straight away, you’re going to get noticed. That’s why many bonuses have play through requirements, to stop people deliberating abusing them.

If you leave some funds in your account, then it serves a few purposes. Firstly, you’re telling the sportsbook that you intend to bet there again in future which they will like. It also helps you to build a bankroll which is ideal for those looking to elevate from a casual punter to something more professional. Finally having funds in your account means you don’t need to redeposit next time you want to bet which saves you time!

If you stick with the recommended sportsbooks that we promote here on Before You Bet, then your money is 100% safe so you should have no security concerns over leaving some money in your account.

3. Reduce your bet sizes

If you are a winning punter and your bet amounts are starting to get into serious money territory then you may want to employ some tactics to avoid getting noticed and banned as a winning player.

If your bets are consistently under the $100 range then we have found that the sportsbooks generally won’t have a problem with that bet amount. When you start to bet more than that figure, then you may like to consider reducing your bet size per site to avoid getting noticed.

4. Spread your bets

If you continually pound the one bookmaker, they will soon take notice, but if you spread your bets around a number of sites, then it’s less likely your betting activity will raise a red flag.

Most sportsbooks will offer odds around the same mark, so if you’re betting say $500, consider placing 5 x $100 bets around a few different sportsbooks rather than unloading on the one. It helps to reduce your impact on one sportsbook without forfeiting the size of the bet you would like. We have around 20 sportsbooks on this site, so there's no reason why you can't spread your wagers.

With so many great sportsbooks around with similar lines/prices, each offering great promotions, there’s no need to be stuck in just the one place. Shop around!

5. Mix up your markets

It also doesn’t hurt to bet on a variety of sports and markets. If you’re constantly landing one particular bet type then you will probably soon have your bets reduced on that market or even banned altogether. If however you are betting across a number of different sports, then you’re less likely to get noticed. It doesn’t hurt to have an occasional speculative bet or a novelty type bet just for some fun, and doing so will make it less obvious that you are a step or two above a mug punter!


These tips won’t guarantee that you will avoid the banhammer but they will certainly help if you are a consistent winner or someone chasing bonuses. Some sportsbooks are more lenient than others, so if you are worried that you may run into some problems then we suggest you give these tips a try! Happy punting!


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