By Mehmet Lisaniler

Sportingbet Sportsbook Review

Most online gamblers will be at home if they create a Sportingbet account. With the exception of their limitations on poker, they have everything you could ask of an online sportsbook—tons of betting options, easily navigable interface and the customer service to back it all up. With a near-flawless design, they will reel you in with their aesthetics and keep you with their extensive casino gaming and esports betting options. In the interest of streamlining your experience, we’ve reviewed every aspect of Guts’ betting procedure, from start to finish.

Editor’s rating

Our Hot Take

Optionality is SportingBet’s top virtue. They not only offer betting on a wide variety of sports, but the wager types they provide on each individual event is among the most extensive in the business. When you pair that with first-rate customer service and access to live streams and play-by-play trackers, the real question is: Why wouldn’t you like it here?

But being unavailable in the US and Canada makes this sportsbook off-limits for many.

Pros & Cons

Basic Information

Sportingbet Key Facts

  • HQ

    Sportingbet is one of the online sportsbooks operated by ElectraWorks Limited, a company located in Gibraltar. Their official address is ElectraWorks …

    LAUNCHED

    Sportingbet has been in business since 1997.

    HOW MANY PLAYERS

    Sportingbet has over 2.5 million registered users.

    WHERE IS IT AVAILABLE

    Bettors from more than 200 countries are able to use Sportingbet. This in mind, anyone from Canada or the United States will need a VPN service to sta…

    SPORTSBOOK

    Football, badminton, baseball, basketball, biathlon, boxing, cricket, cycling, darts, esports, soccer, golf, handball, hockey, MMA, Formula 1, other m…

    CASINO

    Blackjack, Roulette, Video Slots, Poker and specialty games, such as Street Fighter II.

    VIP PROGRAM

    Sportingbet’s VIPs register for their GVC Affiliate Program, which gives you the chance to earn bonuses and special promotions from a connected coll…

Account creation

Seamless Process

Like ElectraWorks Limited’s other properties, Sportingbet boasts a simple registration process. 

Account creation is completed in three steps, the last of which is absolute gold. Sportingbet allows you to choose what type of contact you want to have with them—email, text, etc.—and you get to select which promotions, if any, you’d like to receive.

As part of the sign-up process you will have to go through account verification. Depending on where you live, this could mean providing a utility bill or driver’s license copy.

Welcome Bonuses

Not at the Sportsbook

New users won’t be treated to a large bonus upon opening their account. However, Sportingbet does run recurring specials. Right now, for instance, you can get 10 percent of your bet back whenever you wager on US sports.

Deposits

Nothing Too Difficult

The deposit option will be available at the top of your screen once your account is set up. The process is similar to other sportsbooks: select your preferred form of currency, choose your payment method, enter your amount and you’re done.

It’s important that you check out the payment methods prior to registering. Sportingbet doesn’t give you a look at the deposit process until after you’ve provided a utility bill or driver’s license information, so you absolutely need to make sure your intended form of payment is accepted.

Bitcoin: Not Here

Bitcoin is not currently accepted by Sportingbet, though you could try to contact customer service and see if they can make an exception. Aside from credit cards, you have the option of making deposits via bank transfers or OZOW, a secure online payment center. 

Credit Cards: Visa and Mastercard Only

Mastercard and Visa are currently the only major credit cards accepted by Sportingbet, so anyone with an American Express or Discover card is out of luck. While this isn’t ideal, Mastercard and Visa are at least popular enough enough that Sportingbet’s credit card deposits are fairly accessible to everyone

Withdraw Winnings

Zero Stress

Withdrawing your money is a pain-free endeavor at Sportingbet. You just have hit the withdrawal option at the top of your page after logging in, select your preferred payout method, and you’re essentially done.

Depending on what payout method you select, the processing time will vary. Sportingbet does note, however, that bank transfers seem to go through the quickest.

Placing a Bet

Easy as Pie

Once you’re in the sportsbook, simply select the sport and competition you’d like to bet on. Sportingbet will then give you a list of all possible wagers. 

Upon making your decision, you can then view your betslip, which will be represented by an icon at the bottom of the page. You’ll then be able to calculate your potential payout based on how much you’re investing before completing your transaction.

Politics Betting

Geek Out with Tons of Options

There’s a pretty large selection of political lines for you to wager on at Sportingbet. The US presidential election is their most extensive market, but you can also bet on elections in France and Germany, as well as the United State’s senate election and even the Nobel Peace Prize.

eSports

You Won’t Be Disappointed

Call of Duty and StarCraft II are Sportingbet’s most popular eSports, but they have plenty of other gaming tournaments on which you can bet. This includes the NBA 2k and FIFA leagues, if you’re looking to stay in the sports realm.

Every event is listed with a Gibraltar start time, so be sure to make the necessary timezone conversions before placing a wager

Virtual Sports Betting

All the Basics

Virtual sporting events are video games that get simulated in real time. They have grown in popularity over the years, but they still aren’t available everywhere. Sportingbet has them, and they offer all the fundamental simulations: Horse racing, greyhound racing, soccer, tennis and motor speedway events.

NFL

Extensive Opportunities

You get more than the normal amount of NFL betting at Sportingbet. Indeed, they offer single game lines and all the typical futures—win totals, conference champions, Super Bowl victors. But you can also get more granular.

For example, Sportingbet allows you to choose the exact Super Bowl matchup that will take place. They’ll even allow you to predict the outcome for a higher return. Beyond that, you can wager on division winners and a laundry list of NFL draft props.

MLB

Let’s Play Ball!

MLB betting is in lockstep with Sportingbet’s NFL options. Single-game lines and all the usual futures—World Series picks, AL/NL league champion picks, win totals—are readily available. On top of that, though, you can bet on exact World Series matchups and outcomes, division winners and even individual awards winners.

NBA

Hoop! There It is

With strong MLB and NFL betting options, would you expect anything less in the NBA section?

In addition to single-game lines and the normal futures, Sportingbet once again allows you to predict exact NBA Finals matchups and outcomes for more lucrative returns. Odds on division winners and NBA draft props are also available.

US Open

Props are Here!

More sportsbooks than you think fail to offer props on golf. Sportingbet doesn’t make that mistake. Aside from choosing the outright winner for each major, you can also tackle big-picture, golfer-specific questions, such as the over/under on the number of majors Ricky Fowler will win over the next year.

More Betting Options

Sportingbet has an Alternative for You

If the NFL, NBA, MLB or PGA tour doesn’t do it for you, that’s not a problem. Sportingbet also allows you to gamble on badminton, boxing, cricket, cycling, darts, esports, soccer, handball, hockey, MMA, Formula 1, rugby, snooker, tennis, table tennis and volleyball.

Basically, if people can play it, Sportingbet accepts wagers on it.

Casino

Free Spins for Newcomers

Games 

All of the following games are available in Sportingbet’s casino:

Bonus

Sportingbet’s casino bonuses can vary, but at present, they’re offering 50 free spins in one of their specialty games for new members. 

Poker

In the casino

Games 

Sportingbet actually closed and eventually sold their poker software once they were no longer able to accept deposits from customers in the United States. Fear not, though, because they still have video poker available in the casino.

Bonus

Since Sportingbet no longer has a poker room, there aren’t any poker-specific bonuses at this time.

Live Betting

Get Your Fix in Real-Time

Similar to their general sportsbook, Sportingbet has a user-friendly live-betting section. All the ongoing competitions are clearly listed, and once you select an event, you’ll be taken to another page with all the available lines and, equally important, a real-time picture tracker of what’s happening.

Parlay Betting

Effortlessly Increase Your Winnings

Almost all of the work is done for you when building a parlay. Simply select however many bet outcomes you wish to wager on, and after your done, choose the “multi” tab at the top middle of your slip.

If some of your selections cannot be parlayed, Sportingbet will let you know. They’ll also keep you apprised of any real-time price changes.

Additional Betting Help

All the Help You Could Ever Need

Check out all the available resources for you at Sportingbet:

Not all sportsbooks have a news blog that stays on top of all the major sporting events and deadlines. Sportingbet does a nice job of organizing everything and keeping you informed. They even allow you to scroll through blogs from years past.

Promotions

Needs a Better Welcome Bonus

As tends to be the case with ElectraWorks Limited’s sportsbooks, the welcome bonus options at Sportingbet are pretty stale. Recurring rewards are nice, but offering, say, a 25 or 50 percent match on first sportsbooks depositions would be a nice addition.

Customer Service

Incredibly Strong

Customer service is a silver lining across all ElectraWorks Limited sportsbooks. Sportingbet is no different.

For any issue or inquiry you have, they will first task you with visiting a frequently asked questions section. If one of those answers doesn’t solve your problem, you’ll then have the option to email them or chat with a live expert.

Emails

Spam-Free

You will receive a confirmation email from Sportingbet after you first sign up, but after that, they’ll only contact you by methods and with promotions that you approved during the registration process.

Live Streaming

It’s Here!

Contrary to many other sportsbooks, Sportingbet has live streaming available on their website and in their app. You’re mostly looking at lower-level events—such as darts and table tennis—but they have a broad selection of soccer and actual tennis matches, too.

VPN

No Sweat...For the Most Part

Accessing Sportinbet from an unsupported territory using a VPN worked for us. That said, Sportingbet does require alternative forms of identity verification—such as driver’s licenses and utility bills—in some countries, so you may have to fiddle around and select different territories until you find one that’s less monitored.

Conclusion

Two Thumbs Up

They have an easy, if a little invasive, sign-up process; sound deposit methods; excellent customer service; plenty of betting options; tons of props; a sleek site and mobile app design; and so much more. Chances are you’ll love it here. We sure do.

Sportingbet Sportsbook Review

Sportingbet is for everyone...except serious poker players. The absence of a poker room is really their only drawback.

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