World-famous bookie Antas Guoga — better known as “Tony G” in gambling circles — founded TonyBet back in 2009 in his native country of Lithuania. Since then, the betting site has slowly grown its foothold through much of Europe.
Realistically, the TonyBet sportsbook could be a one-stop-shop for betting, at least with international-minded sports bettors, if it were available in most places outside of Lithuania.
Pros & Cons
Very clean, modern-looking user interface
Barred from use if located in the United States
No VIP program
Setting up an account at TonyBet is easy enough. You probably know the drill by now — enter personal details about yourself like name, address, phone number, username, password, etc. This shouldn’t take you longer than a few minutes. Once complete, you’re officially a member, well, sort of.
That’s because TonyBet will temporarily suspend your account at first. To unlock it, you’ll need to upload documents that prove your identity, place of residence, and a copy of deposit receipt. This information must match what you registered with or you’ll remain locked out.
New signees to TonyBet will have their first deposit into the sportsbook matched at 100 percent — up to €50. Just be sure to use the bonus code “TONY50” while depositing to unlock the reward. Exceptions do apply, though. Players that deposit with Neteller, PayPal or Skrill are not eligible for this bonus.
A few things you should be aware of when it comes to depositing on TonyBet. One, this feature is locked until you complete the user verification process. Two, fees will largely depend on the country you originate from and the bank you use.
Ways to fund your account are limited to credit card and e-payments like PayPal, Skrill, Neteller, Moneta.ru (a favorite in Russia), WebMoney, and Paysafecard.
TonyBet really drops the ball by having zero support for Bitcoin nor any other cryptocurrency. This might’ve been fine a few years ago, but the online betting industry has evolved so much as of late that accepting cryptocurrency in some capacity is not only the new norm, it’s something to be expected nowadays.
What’s up with online sportsbooks only taking in Mastercard and VISA when it comes to credit card deposits? Why is there such an affinity for these two card companies but not the rest? Add TonyBet to the list of bookies that falls into this category. Really, we’d love to see carriers like American Express or Chase also supported, not just at TonyBet, but industry-wide.
Every method we mentioned for depositing money into TonyBet also carries over for withdrawals. That’s not something many competitors can say so kudos to TonyBet for consistency. Cashouts are also free on TonyBet’s behalf, however, your banking method could charge you fees (e.g. foreign transactions).
TonyBet’s payout methods do include VISA and Mastercard. It’s a rarity to see online sportsbooks allow bank cards when withdrawing so this feature isn’t something to be overlooked.
Placing a Bet
Almost immediately, TonyBet’s design stands out, especially compared to competitors. Not only is it cosmetically pleasing, it makes betting a no-brainer. The sportsbook is organized by sport, followed by submenus that list the leagues carried within that sport. It makes finding a bet — no matter the thousands available that given day — easy enough. To add a line to your betting ticket, just click into the odd. This is where you’ll mark how much to risk before confirming it. That does it!
At TonyBet, you can wager on not only American politics, but that of Lithuania, too, if that’s your niche. Lines for both mostly revolve around presidential elections — which candidate will win, VP candidates, etc.
Sports, Shooters, MOBA — those game genres generally get the most betting interest among the public. It’s why TonyBet mostly sticks those inside its sportsbook. The great thing about eSports is that it knows no bounds in terms of time zones. With its global reach, you’ll be sure to find action at any hour of the day.
Virtual Sports Betting
A glaring omission from the TonyBet sportsbook is virtual sports. Glaring because gambling on virtual sports is more popular in Europe than anywhere else in the world. Given TonyBet’s roots, it feels like an obvious choice to carry it, but apparently not.
If there’s an American sports league that gets more attention at TonyBet than any other, it’s definitely the NBA. That’s evident by looking at the futures and props offered, which is much more extensive than say the NFL or MLB.
You’ll really see TonyBet bring the heat around the four Grand Slam events — the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. That goes for all tournaments, too, whether it’s the men, female, singles, or doubles.
When it comes to American football, TonyBet mostly sticks to the basic wagers — pregame and halftime lines on spreads, over/unders, and money lines. That’s fine for the casual football bettors, but more hardcore ones will be disappointed that props and futures are noticeably lacking.
TonyBet’s MLB selection is pretty barebones. Similar to its NFL offering, you’re mostly limited to the basics here. However, it does make up for it slightly by carrying lines for foreign baseball leagues in markets like South Korea, China, and even Czech Republic of all places.
More Betting Options
With roots in Europe, it comes as no surprise that TonyBet’s soccer markets trump any other sport on the site. Heck, the sportsbook menu even has separate tabs for leagues like Premier League, La Liga, Champions League, among others, instead of just putting them all under one soccer tab. Bettors of the sport will struggle to find any fault with TonyBet’s soccer selection.
There’s two separate casinos on TonyBet, one is a virtual and the other is a live dealer. Between both, you’ll find hundreds of game options from multiple software providers. Slots takes the cake, however, with over 600 machines to choose from. Six hundred! If that wasn’t enough, TonyBet also offers many casino-specific bonuses to encourage playthrough.
The popularity of in-play betting keeps surging and we don’t see that stopping anytime soon. Recognizing that popularity, TonyBet offers the capability on a host of games and sports. Head over to the “in-play” tab on the main menu to see what’s available on the given day. They also maintain a schedule so you can plan ahead to see what games will have live wagering in the coming days.
Placing a parlay is almost no different than a regular bet, of course, besides adding multiple lines to your betting slip. Once two or more odds are in the slip, make sure to select the “multibet” tab to combine them together. That’s the easy part, now hitting on these parlays is the real challenge. But that’s why the rewards are so much high on parlays than straight wagers.
Additional Betting Help
There actually is a TonyBet blog, but after browsing through it, the site would probably be better off without one. That’s because the blog’s back-end code appears to be broken — images and texts are scrambled everywhere, making the site unusable.
Cold streaks are inevitably in betting. They just are. However, if you do find yourself in a losing skid, TonyBet will lighten the damage with its once-a-week cashback program. The site will refund players three percent of the total sum lost in bets placed that week. This is for sports betting only. The promo can be maxed at €1000 per week.
TonyBet’s FAQ section is short. Short as in there’s only 16 questions. Consequently, there’s a strong chance you’ll need to reach out to them if you ever get stuck anywhere. TonyBet’s customer reps can be reached via telephone or submitting a ticket. We would’ve loved to see an option for live chat, however.
TonyBet sportsbook has been known to rotate its promos semi-regularly. Being subscribed to its email listing is the best way to be the first to know when a new deal arises. Anytime TonyBet shows up on our inbox, we can almost guarantee there’s a bonus or tournament details tucked inside.
We’ll keep this one short and simple: no, you can’t live stream games on TonyBet. Your best bet to follow games in real-time is still a cable or satellite TV subscription (for now).
TonyBet is available to use in a plethora of countries, but one notable exception is the United States. Technically-speaking, the site doesn’t take in members from the US. We say technically because a virtual private network (VPN) is a quick way around those restrictions. VPN’s not only hide your IP address, which gives away your pinpoint location, but it also gives you an alternate one to use.
HMA has built a stellar reputation for itself in the VPN world, and for good reason — it does what it’s supposed to. The VPN has about 300 different servers spread throughout the world that users can connect to and mask their IP address from. We used one to register at TonyBet without a problem.
However, word of caution: while you can use a VPN to sign up at TonyBet easily, verifying your proof of address might still be an issue. You can enter a fake address all you want, but unless you have concrete proof that you actually live there, TonyBet will lock your account from betting.
TonyBet sportsbook has a slew of features that make it competitive in this gaming space:
Tonybet Sportsbook Review
If you live in Europe or just have a strong affinity for sports on that side of the world, TonyBet is a solid betting destination.