There is a wealth of information on the internet about playing and bets. Steps to start a playing website, what do people bet on, is a bets exchange better than a sports book or casino website, or do users prefer bets online rather than bets traditional? What is lacking in many of these live22 posts is not the information they provide on starting a playing website, but instead exactly where to begin. So how do you start, you ask? and how do you start? Would you require funding when thinking of starting your own playing website? Are there legal pitfalls in running an online sports book or casino playing website?
Asking these questions is only a tip of the iceberg in knowing exactly what you are setting yourself up for in managing a bets exchange or any of the other playing websites, but knowing the answers will better your chance or chances in managing a successful online playing site. So how do you start? You can search and search around the world wide web and gather all the information (highly recommended) on starting your own casino, managing a proper bets exchange, or on providing a reasonable online sports book atmosphere to your users, but knowing exactly how to use this information is input running your outfit.
Before we get into how to use the information you gather properly, you may want to visit some of these places if you have not already done so: playing discussion boards, casino pages, sports website, news pages on playing, pages on the “internet playing regulation act” and how it will affect your online website, laws overseeing playing and paying close awareness of the dates the country each specific information concerns and so on.
By now you must be thinking this is a bit to extreme. But ask yourself this: do you know what each gambler want, do you know and what will make them use your site over the next Joe website. Simply put you need to understand the things that will drive promoters, sponsors to your site (funding) and most important and what will drive users to your site. You can have the best house in the area but if not one knows about your house or you, well you get the picture.
If you have visited the suggested headings in the list above and read up a bit more on playing and the laws overseeing online sports book, casinos, poker rooms and bets transactions and still wish to continue then keep reading my friend, you have gotten over the first hurdle. Now that we have you thinking beyond the box and have a better understanding on what’s yours for the taking for you lets tackle the first and extremely most important question you would first need answered “Is playing legal”.
Now this is the most important because if you are thinking of doing or managing a playing website in a country, city, state, state, town, what ever it may be and its not legal. Like monopoly you will be fined or worst you will go right to offender. Sorry boys and girls but we need to make one thing clear here being online business doesn’t mean a thing to the government and the authorities. You will need to register a business or acquire a business licence (not the same as a playing license), you will need hosting and you will require a bank account to hold the money generated from your sports book, bets exchange, poker or casino website. So finding out if playing is legal where will be running your business is really important.
To give you a better picture of things 9/10 planning to run a playing website have had to opt for an ocean going operation. Why you ask? Well that obvious of course. In places like Costa Rica there are laws in place for playing, but there are no law against online playing neither is there a need for a playing licence (more on playing licence later), but you will again are related your quest, if you are set on managing a sports book or any of the other playing websites, prepare yourself to assemble information. Here is Tip #1 — Speak to a lawyer (a reputable one if you can) they will shed a lot of light on your situation and point you in the right direction.
Which means this brings us to your next question, licensing, and no its not your drivers licence. A playing licence is required to run a bets exchange, sports book, casino, poker or any other playing website most of the time but not always. This is why again you will need to do your research. But guess what happens they say, when in doubt get one. That was a joke Joe. If you are really unsure speak to that lawyer friend that you mention to in tip #1 about this and any other documents you might want to complete this process, ask your local playing or gaming authorities/associations in the legal system where you propose to run your online playing website for advise. So remember a playing licence is recommended but may not be required. Tip #2 Go to the local playing authorities.
By now you will have gathered enough information to get you on the right course and keep you out of offender or worst a situation the penitentiary.
Let us touch on a few more key areas on running your own playing website. You will need some (the more the better) research and marketing to be done. But haven’t you already gathered enough of your research? No Joe. That was just information gathering, getting your feet wet, learning the needs of how the industry thinks. Don’t assume anything. There are rules to every game, and yes there are rules to running an online business and especially a sports book, bets exchange, poker room or casino. Simply because you know a little about managing a website, the foundations and strategies change for each business, and you will definitely need to know about these rules if you are even thinking of becoming successful in the online gaming and playing industry. This doesn’t mean visiting all those discussion boards and tellings were for nothing, they will definitely help when you are ready to run your advertising and marketing campaign, you will be more than glad that you did.
If you have not already done a business and/or marketing plan this will probably lead to the development of one. Learning the needs of your target market, trends, location, gender, users’ habits, wants and disfavors etc will all help you to become better aware of your strategies and assist in your success. So hire a professional marketing company or speak with a friend or someone in the marketing field that can shed a bit more light on your exact situation and point you in a better direction. You don’t want to find out the hard way that the market you’re targeting does not care much for playing. Tip #3 Get proper research done.
This brings us to your next specialized niche “staff or team”. From your information gathering and research you must have realized that ever if you may want to make this a one man show you will need a team or some sort of staff. Now a team does not mean you have to hire on a full time staff. Even big time the big players like Microsof company, IBM, Logitech contracts out from time to time. It just means you will need a little more than simply yourself in some areas. Even if you know the playing world it would be wise to contract some professionals in key areas (even if its for a little while) to show you some hidden places you have not yet covered. You would definitely require a technical someone or a development company that will be able to handle any problems you may encounter, updates you may need for your website, programming you might require, designs you may want to give you that look and feel to create you apart from your rivals etc. You will most likely require a bookie, bookmaker, (maybe more than one) who knows about bookmaking to create, update, prepare events, lines and chances on your sports book, casino, bets exchange or poker website. So a team or individual staff is surely a must, but can be inexpensive if you plan properly and consider contracting. Tip #4 Put together a proper team.
Now we’ve handled a bit on your website, but what type of website or software will you require. The next on our list will be Software. First ask yourself what type of playing website will this be; A full Casino, poker, Bets Exchange, sports book or also why not all? This is where your quest and information gathering is needed, review ask questions, confer with your lawyer, and make a solid decision. What are the risk factors, who are my competitors, where do you get my line nourishes from? Those are all questions which should have been included in your quest and answered by now.