By Austin Miller

Gamebookers Sportsbook Review

gamebookers seems to have a clear motive: They exist to service the amateur and experimental bettors rather than the hardcore gamblers. You can sense this in the way they limit bonuses and prop betting in the sportsbook. And while this might be a turnoff for some, it gets the job done for those who might be new to the sports-betting world, only care about fast payouts or want to dabble in more casino gaming.

Editor’s rating

Our Hot Take

gamebookers isn’t the most decorated sportsbook, but they offer something that we really like, namely casino.

We absolutely love gamebookers’ casino. It could stand to offer more bonuses to new and existing customers, but beyond that, we don’t have a complaint. It includes everything from Blackjack and Roulette, to Hi-Lo and Baccarat, to video slots and video poker, to site-exclusive games that run free-spin promotions and are a great change of pace for those looking to break away from table games.

Pros & Cons

Basic Information

Gamebookers Key Facts

  • HQ

    Their registered address is 32 Athol Street, Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 1JB.

    LAUNCHED

    2005

    HOW MANY PLAYERS

    Though gamebookers does not publicly list their number of customers, all the sportsbooks under the GVC Holding company combine to have a customer base…

    WHERE IS IT AVAILABLE

    Prospective players from most territories won’t have trouble accessing gamebookers. They have licenses in many different countries and territories, …

    SPORTSBOOK

    Football, badminton, baseball, basketball, bowling, boxing, chess, cricket, cycling, darts, esports, gaelic games, greyhound racing, soccer, golf, han…

    CASINO

    Blackjack, Roulette, Hi-Lo, Baccarat, Video Slots, Video Poker, Specialty games such as Blazing Bells, Cash Volt and Dawn of Egypt

    VIP PROGRAM

    While gamebookers does not have their own VIP program, they are a member of GVC Holdings’ affiliate loyalty program. This is essentially a collectio…

Account creation

Quick, But Not Headache Free

Signing up at gamebookers should be an ultra-fast process. They break it up into two steps, and the user interface is super easy to navigate whether you’re on a desktop or mobile device. 

With this in mind, though, we ran into trouble when inputting an address. It took a bunch of tries for gamebookers to accept a zip code, and when they did, we were still asked to verify the account even though we had already done so, which ultimately made it difficult for us to make a deposit.

Welcome Bonuses

Sparse Options

To be quite honest, gamebookers has a long way to go in the welcome-bonus department. Right now, all they’re offering is a free bet once you place your first wager—provide that first bet is for at least €10 against 1.5 returning odds.

Deposits

A Two-Headed Monster

On the one hand, gamebookers makes deposits incredibly accessible by selecting pretty much every payment method you can imagine. On the other hand, account verification takes so long that you’ll have to wait longer than you should to complete a transaction.

Bitcoin: Not Here, Friends

Direct cryptocurrency deposits are not accepted at gamebroker. If you want to use Bitcoin anyway, you will need to open a third-party e-wallet, such as NETELLER or PayPal, and make a deposit with them using Bitcoin. You can then transfer those funds to gamebookers.

Credit Cards: The Usual

Both Visa and Mastercard are accepted at gamebookers, which is standard for the current sports-betting climate. If you’re unable to provide a card by one of these issuers, we recommend using a bank transfer instead.

Withdraw Winnings

Your Money, Fast

Withdrawals at gamebookers are the opposite of complicated. Once you log in, there will be an account icon in the top right corner. Click that, scroll to “withdrawals,” choose your preferred payout method, confirm the transaction and you’ll be done before you know it.

Placing a Bet

Simple Enough

The process behind placing a bet at gamebookers is right in line with the industry standard. They have all of their offerings separated by sport and then by start time. They also offer a live betting section. Upon finding your desired competition or match, you’ll then see a list of all the available odds—both outrights and props. Whenever you select one of the options, it will be added to your betslip, which you can see at the bottom of your screen.

Politics Betting

Surprisingly Deep Selection

Currently, gamebookers offers odds on French, German and American elections. You won’t find any prop options here, but they have outright lines for all the major elections in each country.

eSports

No Joking Around Here

The esports market at gamebookers is serious. This is to say, they don’t mess around. They sort all major tournaments by the most popular in the business, so you’ll have immediate access to games like Call of Duty and Overwatch. But those aren’t the only competitions they carry. They have all the major markets, which you can view in order of what competition begins the soonest.

Virtual Sports Betting

Fake Sports, Real Money

For anyone who doesn’t already know, virtual sports betting entails the real-time simulation of a video game. At gamebookers, you’ll be able to gamble on virtual sports such as soccer, horse racing, dog racing, tennis and motor sports.

NBA

Outrights Heaven

Just like their MLB and NFL markets, gamebookers’ NBA section is light on props. They do, however, have all the necessities: single-game lines, win-total bets, conference championship odds and NBA Finals predictions.

US Open

Outrights-Centric

Those who are hoping to find a bunch of golf prop options may want to look away. The gamebookers’ market only includes outright odds on the winner of every major tournament.

NFL

Just the Essentials

In gamebookers’ NFL market, they have single-game lines and a bunch of futures to match, including division winners, conference champions and Super Bowl predictions. As for what they don’t have, that would be a robust selection of props, though you do have the option of betting the over or under on win totals.

MLB

More of the Essentials

The gamebookers’ MLB market follows in the footsteps of the NFL. They carry the usual lines—single games, division winners, AL/NL champions, win totals and World Series victors—but don’t give you a bunch of props on which to wager.

More Betting Options

The Options Never End

Aside from everything just mentioned, gamebookers also carries odds for badminton, bowling, boxing, chess, cricket, cycling, darts, greyhound racing, soccer, handball, hockey, MMA, Formula 1, other motorsports, rugby, snooker, tennis, table tennis and volleyball.

Casino

Nice Bonus

Bonus

The casino bonus at gamebookers might be better than the one offered at their sportsbook. New users will receive free game spins after they place their first bet of €10 or more. It’s worth noting that there’s no predetermined number of free spins. They vary by the type of bet you place.

Poker

No Poker Room

Games 

There is presently no poker room at gamebookers. They do have video poker options in their casino, but we’d recommend using e.g Ladbrokes, if you’re looking for tournaments and downloadable software.

Bonus

Without a poker room under their belt, gamebookers doesn’t offer a bonus.

Live Betting

Strong Selection

Placing live bets at gamebookers is no different from wagering on future events. They have an entire section dedicated to in-progress competitions that are sorted by time remaining and sport. All odds are updated in real time, and if the lines shift before you submit your wager, gamebookers will update your betslip and have you confirm the changes.

Parlay Betting

Up the Stakes with One Click

One click is all it takes to drive up your potential return. After selecting all the bets you wish to make, building a parlay is as simple as heading over to your betslip and clicking on the “multi” option at the top of your screen. Once there, gamebookers will show you how much you stand to win based on your newly combined odds. But remember: You must hit on every single bet within the parlay for the entire wager to pan out. If you miss on one, you’re done.

Additional Betting Help

Unimpressive at Best

Alternative resources at gamebookers include:

It’s a missed opportunity on gamebookers’ behalf that they don’t have a blog with news updates or betting advice. It’s a great resource, and it can help draw in more bettors.

Promotions

Can We Have Some More?

Offering a single casino bonus and single sportsbook bonus doesn’t cut it for us. Now, gamebookers does customize promotions for users once they register, but you need to make a deposit first, before knowing what they are. They’d be more appeal if they let you know beforehand, or if they just had a larger selection from the jump.

Customer Service

Not Bad, But Could Be Better

The customer service at gamebookers is spot-on. They try to address whatever issues or comments you have by taking you through a frequently asked questions quiz. After that, if you’re still in need of help, they provide you with alternative forms of contact.

Emails

Little to No Contact

Don’t worry about receiving a ton of emails from gamebookers. Even if you sign up to receive promotions from them, they are selective in how often they contact you, so you can provide your email address with maximum confidence.

Live Streaming

Watch Your Bets Unfold

The live streaming selection at gamebookers is average or better. They don’t offer it for every event, but those who gamble on soccer, tennis, volleyball and ice hockey will be quite pleased with how many competitions they can stream.

VPN

You Have the Green Light

We used a VPN service to create an account from one of gamebookers’ unsupported territories, and it gave us zero issues. For those inside the US and Canada, you’ll just need to make sure you can provide a valid zip code. We recommend virtual addresses in this case, but also be aware it may take a few tries for gamebookers’ to accept them.

Conclusion

A Sportsbook Geared More Toward Casino Gamblers

In so many ways, gamebookers is a sound online sportsbook. They offer quick payouts; have a solid list of live-betting and live-stream options; possess a fair assortment of odds in their sportsbook; offer an acceptable amount of customer service; and much more.

Overall, though, gamebookers is defined more by their limitations than plus-features. Their mobile app won’t work on IOS devices. Their registration process is oddly glitchy. Their bonus selections and promotional programs are sparse at best. They don’t have a poker room. Account verification takes quite some time. And so on and so forth.

Gamebookers Sportsbook Review

On the bright side, if you’re into online casino gaming, gamebookers hits just about all the right marks. They have a ton of different table and specialty games, and their casino bonus is more promising than their sportsbook bonus. For the hardcore sports bettors, however, we can’t help but feel like they’ll want more than gamebookers currently offers.

Editor’s rating