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Sportingbet Review

Average odds

Average variety of markets

Average maximums

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Company Review

4/5
Paruyr Shahbazyan
The founder of the website

Founded in 1997 by Mark Blandford, Sportingbet, initially a Britishbased site, wasnt content with just a UKfocused sportsbook and began to invest in a global operation that grew to encompass poker and casino action as well. More recently, Sportingbet was absorbed into the GVC stable, which also includes Bwin, Ladbrokes and Coral. Poker dropped off the menu, but the brand is still alive. But what does Sportingbet offer?

Sportingbet services are currently available in 26 countries from www.sportingbet.com. These include some unlikely locations, such as UAE where online gambling was not permitted for a long time. There are further localised Sportingbet sites available to cover more countries and users in those territories will be automatically redirected to the relevant address. As a result, Sportingbet has a truly global reach.

Sportingbet.com is available in six languagesEnglish, German, Hungarian, Portuguese (Brazilian) and two Spanish variants (Chile and Mexico).

The Sportingbet website is provided by ElectraWorks and is based in Gibraltar. Sportingbets operations are licensed and regulated by the territorys government and the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner. Sportingbets British operations are licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission.

Layout

Sportingbet is a part of the GVC stable alongside Bwin. As a result, Sportingbet.com looks and feels very similar to Bwin.com. The key difference, in crude terms, is that Sportingbet is on a white background and Bwin on black.

Much of the layout is very intuitive. It is quite easy to find prematch and live sports betting, plus the usual casino, slots and poker options, from the menu bar at the top of the page. The same bar handles login and registration. It displays your current balance and any new messages. For some reason, there is a second menu bar below this is the linking to popular sports. This is rather needless considering all the info is duplicated at the top of the lefthand sidebar.

Unlike Bwin, there is little sign of boosted markets at Sportingbet. One of the sites weaknesses is a lack of bonuses.

On the plus side, this does get you straight to the heart of the actionthe current top coupons for inplay or upcoming action.

Another minus of Sportingbet.com layout is the fiddly way of setting up the page to switch between fractional and decimal odds. I know that, traditionally, UK bookies use the fractional system, but my personal preference is for decimal (in much the same way that I dont measure things in groats). Sportingbet eschews a simplesettingstoggle in favour of a rigmarole within themy accountsection. If you dont register, you can only see fractional odds.

Live streamings on Sportingbet can be set up in the righthand sidebarat the time of writing there was table tennis and football on offer. Theres a big, easy to use bet slip here as well. Then its on to colourful panel advertising slots and a multibet generator designed to part mug punters from their money by suggesting ludicrously improbable fivefolds involving a selection of obscure tournaments.

Sportingbet offers apps for iOS and Android devices, but the desktop website is coy about this. The quickest way to access them is to search outside the site.

Services

The Sportingbet sportsbook offers an impressive range of different sports. The AZ list offers 45 separate options, from the obvious major markets on horse racing and football to deeply obscure offers about cross country skiing (the Norwegians and the Russians are usually a safe bet here) and chess.

Sportingbet odds tend to be competitive, but they are not the best in the market. As Monday evenings Segunda clash between Girona and Las Palmas drifted towards a 11 draw, Sportingbets prices were firmly midmarket. However, before closing its book on the FA Cup First Round tie between Oxford City and Northampton, Sportingbet was noticeably ungenerous at 28/1 about Northamptons chances of a late turnaround; other sites already priced the Cobblers at the 50s to win from 21 down.

For the upcoming action, the picture wasnt all that attractive. Tuesdays early morning Chinese Superleague game between Hebei and Shanghai saw the home team generally drifting towards even money on Monday evening. Sportingbet was still offering an unprepossessing 83/100 about the home win. 5/2 about the draw was pretty much on the money, but 13/5 for a Shanghai win was about as poor as it got 10 hours ahead of kickoff.

At the races, Sportingbet was competitively priced about favourites on Mondays cardsprices of 9/4 and 5/2 about the winner and runnerup in the 3:20 at Kempton were in line with the market. However, outsiders seem to be better priced elsewhere, which might concern punters looking for a value edge.

Live

Sportingbet inplay action is extensive. There is good quality streaming available for a widealbeit somewhat randomselection of events. However, for games without streams, Sportingbets stat service has some frustrating omissionsno possession percentage for the football, for example, and while total shots are counted, shots on target are not. That can make a team playinghit and hopefootball look far more competitive than it really is, which isnt great for punters looking to buck the inplay markets.

Its not just a sport. Politics and entertainment provide novelty markets. Casino fans will enjoy four separate areasgames, Sportingbet Jackpots, Casino and Live Casino. However, there is no poker or bingo on the site.

Bonuses

In all honesty, this is where Sportingbet struggles. In a marketplace crammed with tempting offers, Sportingbet falls well short. The Sportingbet welcome offer is only moderately appealinga £10 free bet if your first wager loses (prices must be even money or higher, and horse racing is excluded) and 100 free spins in the casino. But the regular features are nothing special. Sports bettors are limited to bet builders for singlegame multis on basketball and American football, plus enhanced accas and the best odds guaranteed on the horses. Theres nothing in Sportingbet that appears to be beyond the standard offer of any halfway decent online bookie, and certainly nothing that really justifies the termpromotion’.

Things are a bit better in the casino, where punters at Sportingbet can opt into cashback offers on Friday (regular casino) and over the weekend (live casino). Theres a chance to claim a daily (small) prize for use in the casino and the promise of a big jackpot, but again, nothing out of the ordinary.

Customer service

Initial queries are referred to the insite Sportingbet FAQ. This is organised by topic but lacks a search engine which makes it somewhat cumbersome to use. However, there is a more detailed and searchable helpdesk at https://help.sportingbet.com/en/generalinformation, which is somewhat more userfriendly.

If the inhouse FAQs dont give you what you need, you can ask for further assistance. This leads to a page that connects with Sportingbets live chat (9 am to 9 pm, UK time), email or Twitter links. The live chat can be a little frustratingit starts by connecting to a chatbot that doesnt understand very muchbut will provide quick answers once you get a human operator. Email is good for more complex queries, or something where you want apaper trailfrom the start, but wont be quick. The companys telephone helplines are currently suspended due to the pandemic.

Registration

The registration process in Sportingbet is fairly straightforward. Sportingbet steers new users through three screens. The first asks for the country of residence, preferred currency, email and a password. Screen two asks for full name and date of birth. Screen three wants your address and a phone number and invites you to subscribe to the mailing list for details of promos and other news. And thats all there is to it.

However, UK users should be aware of Sportingbets commitments under the Know Your Customer programme. The company has to verify the details of all its users to prevent underage gambling, money laundering and similar issues.

In most cases, this can be done smoothly via an online checknormally associated with banking detailsand you will be verified automatically. In some cases, though, Sportingbet may ask for further information, such as scans of your passport or driving license. That process can delay cash deposits and especially withdrawals.

Financial information

Customers can deposit funds into Sportingbet via a vast range of different payment systems. At present, Sportingbet.com supports more than 30 different online payment services, from internationally renowned companies like Paypal to more localised operations like Brazils Boleto.

Minimum deposits in Sportingbet are usually £10 and for most services, the funds are transferred immediately. Do check the terms and conditions for your preferred payment system, though, as this can vary. Withdrawals are similar. Theres a minimum £10 withdrawal in place and the process usually takes up to 24 hours to complete. In some cases, usually involving bank transfers, this can be extended to as much as one week.

Sportingbet offers accounts in an impressive 26 different currencies via the Sportingbet.com site. Thats an aboveaverage collection and the choice seems to be wider than the countries from which users can register. Therefore, a player who prefers the security of holding a pot in, for example, US dollars rather than a volatile local currency, can enjoy that option.

Sportingbets minimum stake is 50p for a football bet. Thats higher than many of its rivals, where minimum stakes of 10p or 20p are more common.

The Sportingbet site applies caps to winning bets. Customers cannot win more than 250,000 Euros in one week and the baseline for an individual bet starts at 10,000 Euros7,000). That isnt competitive against many of Sportingbets rivals.

However, on many markets that limit is far higherelite football, NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB and the like have a cap of 250,000 Euros. Thats not the market leader by a long distanceSportingbet is outshone by William Hills £2 million cap on football and many bookies allow wins of up to £1 million on their biggest markets. But it still represents a good return for a days work. Any attempt to place a bet that would win more than the limit will be flagged on the betslip and punters will be asked to reduce their stake accordingly.

Reliability and security

Registered in the UK and Gibraltar, Sportingbet has to meet high legislative standards in order to trade. Thats reassuring for users. Sportingbet is also signed up to all the relevant watchdogs that ensure fair playthe site bears the stamp of eCOGRA, the European Gaming and Betting Association and the International Betting Integrity Association.

There was a notable legislative cockup relatively early in Sportingbets business when Paradise Poker turned sour for thenchairman Peter Dicks. The site fell foul of Louisianas explicit prohibition of online gambling in the state and Dicks was arrested in 2006 while visiting the USA. A month later, Sportingbet announced that Paradise Poker would no longer accept funds from American players and sold off its US sportsbook at sportsbetting.com plus its various casino sites.

That American misadventure aside, Sportingbets track record is entirely reputable. In addition, parent company GVC has placed itself at the forefront of efforts to combat problem gambling. Advice about managing your betting is easily available from the top menu barwhich is always visible on the screenand the company has connections with GamStop and other organisations committed to helping people overcome gambling addictions.

Whats missing?

Bonuses. Bonuses. Bonuses. In a marketplace stuffed with free bet offers, Sportingbet simply isnt giving itself a sporting chance. Regardless of the other qualities of this site, it quickly feels like other companies will value your custom more enthusiastically.

Therefore, Id advise giving this one a swerve unless you urgently need a £10 riskfree punt to insure a more significant wager elsewhere. Given the range of options within the GVC stable, Id say that Sportingbet is a brand that is being quietly but deliberately neglected.

The Sportingbet helpdesk also felt a bit cumbersome; instead of giving information quickly, it feels like theres a bit of digging before you get to a place where you can ask a question. That said, once you find it, the standard contact options are available and efficient.

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Characteristics of the bookmaker
Pre-match
3/5
In-game
3/5
Odds
3/5
Convenience of payments
5/5
Support
3/5

Website languages

Sportingbet has 6 language options for users: English, German, Hungarian, Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Chile), Portuguese (Brazil).

EnglishEnglish
GermanGerman
HungarianHungarian
Portuguese (Brazil)Portuguese (Brazil)
Spanish (Chile)Spanish (Chile)
Spanish (Mexico)Spanish (Mexico)

Products and apps

Sportingbet apps are available both for Android and iOS devices. The apps offer the same services as the desktop version: sportsbook, casino, live casino. You can find and download Sportingbet apps in Play Store and Apps Store.

Web
Mac
Sporr products
Sport
eSports
E-sports
Трансляция матчей
Матч-Центр
Casino
Slots
Casino
Live casino
Services
Registration
Депозит
Live chat
- English version - Mobile version

Payment methods

Deposit

You can fund deposits in Sportingbet through VISA, VISA Electron, Mastercard, Maestro, Diners Club cards, Skrill, Skrill 1-Tap, Skrill Rapid Transfer, Neteller, ecoPayz, MuchBetter, PayPal, paysafecard, ApplePay, Cashtocode, eMONEYSAFE, Interac, Luxon Pay, OnlineUBERWEISEN, Servipag, webpay, Astropay, Boleto, eps, giropay, SOFORT Banking, Trustly, EFT Canad, Instant Banking, Fast Bank Transfer and bank wires.
The minimum and the minimum deposit are not limited. The processing time is mostly instant or done within minutes except for Boleto (1-3 business days), Fast Bank Transfer (1-4 business days) and bank wires (1-3 business days). No commission is charged by the bookmaker for the deposit.

Withdrawal

The withdrawal in Sportingbet can be mad through ISA, VISA Electron, Mastercard, Maestro, Diners Club cards, Skrill, Skrill Rapid Transfer, Neteller, ecoPayz, MuchBetter, PayPal, paysafecard, eMONEYSAFE, Luxon Pay, Trustly, eft, Fast Bank Transfer.
The minimum withdrawal sum is $10/€10. The maximum withdrawal sum is $10,000 for Skrill and Trustly,  €10,000 for eMONEYSAFE, €5000 for Skrill Rapid Transfer, $50,000 for Neteller and $70,000 for Fast Bank Transfer. The processing time is 3-5 business days for VISA, VISA Electron, Mastercard, Maestro, 6-8 busines days for Diners Club, up to 24 hours for Skrill, Skrill Rapid Transfer, Neteller, ecoPayz, MuchBetter, PayPal and paysafecard, up to 3 business days for eMONEYSAFE and Luxon Pay, up to 5 business days for Trustly, 3-7 business days for eft and 2-4 business days for Fast Bank Transfer. No commission is held by the bookmaker for the withdrawal except Diner Club ($2,50).

Deposit Withdrawal
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Accepted currencies

Sportingbet accepts 13 currencies including EUR, GBP and USD.

Australian dollar
Brazilian real
Canadian dollar
Chilean peso
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Support

Support service operates quite well. Live chat operator joins the chat if the chatbot is not able to answer your question. This process takes about 1-2 minutes. The email answer comes within 2 days.

Competence
Politeness
Response time
Competence
Politeness
Response time
~3 hours
Competence
Politeness
Response time
Live chat
~1-5 min

Reliability

Doesn't accept Bookmaker Ratings
as an arbitrator
There is no company representative on Bookmaker Ratings website
Attitude to speculators:
Confiscate winnings

Licenses (7)

Reviews (0)

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Reliability
0/5
Convenience of payments
0/5
Pre-match
0/5
Support
0/5
In-game
0/5
Bonuses & Promotions
0/5
Odds
0/5

Assessment history

18.12.2020
Sportingbet has been added to the Rating

Company information

Sportingbet
Gibraltar Gibraltar GX11 1AA Suite 6, Atlantic Suites Europort Avenue
+350 20078700
+350 20042671
1998
150
700 000

Pros and cons

Pros
Average odds
Average variety of markets
Average maximums
Cons
Low in-play odds
Complaints received about the closure of accounts accused of multi-accounting

Organisations (9)

Australian Wagering Council
International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA)
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