By Austin Miller

Winner Sportsbook Review

After a decade in the business, Winner has slowly become an all-in-one destination for international-minded bettors. Of course, the sportsbook is the site’s main course, but the casino and poker room have become great compliments as well.

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Why do I like Winner.com?

You can get a lot of mileage out of Winner. No matter how much time you spend in the sportsbook, casino, or poker room, there’s always something new to discover and bet on. 

Pros & Cons

Basic Information

Winner Key Facts

  • HQ

    Republic of Malta

    LAUNCHED

    2011

    HOW MANY PLAYERS

    Not public information

    WHERE IS IT AVAILABLE

    Canada and much of Latin America

    CASINO

    Blackjack, Craps, Poker, Roulette, Slots

    SPORTSBOOK

    Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Cycling, Darts, Football, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Motorsports, Rugby, Soccer, Tennis

    VIP PROGRAM

    Sort of. Betting on mobile can lead to free play opportunities

Account creation

Minutes Away From Playing

Atop the website, next to the Winner masthead, you’ll find a green “join now” button. And yes, you guessed it, that’s how you begin the sign-up process, which takes only minutes to complete — if that! All that’s needed on your end is to enter basic details about yourself such as name, address, password, etc. 

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Account Creation Screenshot

Welcome Bonuses

Light Rollover Requirement

Winner is shelling out up to €200 in free play for new signees to its sportsbook. They’ll match a player’s first-ever deposit dollar-by-dollar up until that €200 figure. Moreover, the playthrough requirement on this bonus before it becomes withdrawable is only 8X, which is a pretty reasonable rate. 

Deposits

Plenty of Ways To Fund Your Account

Deposit options will vary from region to region on Winner, but there’s a consistent theme across all locations: options. There’s dozens of methods to choose from, but the most-popular ones will be card, bank wire, and e-wallets like NETELLER, Skrill, etc.  

Bitcoin: Not Supported, Nor Any Other Crypto

Nowadays, it comes as a surprise when an online sportsbook doesn’t support cryptocurrency as a deposit method. Such is the case with Winner. The absence of crypto here feels like a big miss on Winner’s end, especially given how quickly competitors have latched onto the digital currency trend. 

Credit Cards: A Couple of Options

Both Mastercard and VISA are accepted at Winner. Both card providers are two of the most-used throughout the world so that should cover most bettors. Unfortunately, other big names like Chase or American Express are not supported on the platform.

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Depositing Screenshot

Withdraw Winnings

Overlaps With Deposit Options

Again, methods here will vary slightly between regions. Still, there’s a few cashout options that seem to be consistently accepted at Winner — card, Entropay, Paypal, and Skrill. The latter two process the quickest, while the others take slightly longer depending on your bank. 

Credit cards: VISA and Mastercard Again

To piggyback our last comment, payouts done through a bank card can be a time-sucking process. First, Winner needs to approve the withdrawal, which can take up to three business days. After that, it can take your bank another three to five business days to clear the transaction. There’s a lot of variables at stake but it’s safe to assume card payouts take about a week, give or take.  

Bitcoin Withdrawals: Not Available

Unfortunately Bitcoin withdrawals are not available here.

Placing a Bet

Easy Enough To Figure Out

The Winner interface is to-the-point — just the way any online sportsbook should be. The sidebar menu is categorized by sport. Clicking into one will narrow down your results by highlights (regular pregame and halftime lines) and outrights (futures). You can also toggle between leagues on said sport.

To place a wager, click into any betting line. This will automatically add said line to your betslip. It’s here where you can enter how much to stake before confirming the bet. It’s as easy as that!

Politics Betting

Not Applicable

If you’re looking for non-sport wagers such as politics or even award shows, you won’t find them at Winner. We don’t know any bettor that picks a sportsbook based on its political betting selection, however, it is an added bonus, especially during election years. You’ll have to get that betting action elsewhere, though.  

eSports

Not Available Either

Seemingly every month, eSports becomes more and more ingrained in the sports world. Most betting sites have taken notice, adding it to its betting repertoire, but not Winner. Given its new-found popularity, Winner, at the very least, should have some eSports presence. 

Virtual Sports Betting

None To Speak Of

Winner hits the trifecta here by also not offering any virtual sports odds. It’s safe to assume its sportsbook is literal in every sense of the word. If it’s not a traditional sport, you probably aren’t getting betting lines from Winner. 

NBA

Ball Is Life

Followers of the NBA — which is slowly becoming the world’s go-to sporting league — will like what they see out of Winner here. The NBA is a prominent fixture in the Winner sportsbook almost year-round. Offseason prop bets around free agency nowadays seem to rival regular games in betting interest. All of it is there for the taking on Winner. 

US Open

More Than Just The Majors

The scope of tennis betting on Winner isn’t just limited to the WTA or ATP events. It also includes less-followed pro leagues in hidden corners of the world such as Austria or Russia. Still, if you’re a casual tennis bettor that only comes around for Grand Slam tournaments like the US Open or Wimbledon, you’ll be able to get your fix here. 

NFL

Big Support For Football

Finally, a sport that Winner actually does support — in a big way, too! Come football season in the Fall, bettors will see the full gamut of betting options here, including odds for pregame and halftime, in-play, futures, props, and everything in between. Heck, even the Canadian Football League is available for betting! Not nearly to the extent of the NFL, but it’s there for football fanatics.   

MLB

Don’t Miss Your Chance

Chances, chances, and more chances. That’s MLB betting in a nutshell. Thanks in part to a 162-game schedule, there’s betting action almost every day when the season is up and running. Whether it's the classic run line or prop odds, you won’t struggle to find MLB action on Winner. 

More Betting Options

International Flavor

It’s obvious that Winner buckets itself as a sportsbook for international-minded sports fans. Its betting menu carries a plethora of leagues from all over the world across all sports. Diverse offerings in niche sports like cricket, motor sports, and rugby proves that.

Casino

A Shining Spot

Winner really brings it with its casino. Describing its game selection as “loaded” might be an understatement. Seriously, the amount of casino games at Winner goes well into the hundreds. While slot machines make up the majority of that offering, table and even arcade games are also prominent fixtures. Most of the games also benefit from strong graphics, thanks to the up-to-date software engines that power them.  

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Casino Screenshot

Poker

Big Bonuses For Newbie Players

Winner really rolls out the red carpet for poker players in the form of bonuses. There’s multiple to choose from, but the most-notable is a first-deposit match that can reach as high as $2000. As for the poker network itself, the amount of player traffic is steady. Poker game variants include all the usual suspects like Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha, 5-card, and others. On any given day, there’s hundreds of tournaments (with different buy-ins) that players can easily join and chase a prize for. 

Live Betting

Available For Marquee Matchups

In the sportsbook, you can find all available live bets by clicking on the “in-play” tab at the top. You’ll find a diverse selection of games up for grabs across many sports. A good rule of thumb worth following: the more popular a game, the more likely it is to have live odds. 

Parlay Betting

Painless Process

Remember earlier when we broke down how to place a bet? Laying a parlay is the same exact process, except you’ll add multiple odds to your bet ticket. At Winner, players can only risk one lump sum for the parlay, not split money between different legs. 

Additional Betting Help

Not much

Winner does not maintain a blog nor any sort of resource to aid bettors. That could be problematic for newbie bettors that are less familiar with the nuances of online gaming. Those types of bettors, or even ones that just need betting advice for the big game, will need to search outside of Winner to get that insight.  

Promotions

Casino Deals Galore

There’s multiple casino-specific bonuses at player’s disposal here. For starters, Winner will match a player’s first deposit into the casino by 200 percent — with the max payout being €350. But it gets better, they’ll also match your next deposit, this time by only 60 percent, for a max reward of €300. It’s hard to complain about a bonus that can hit €650 when maxed out.  

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Casino Promotion Screenshot

Customer Service

Help On Tap 18 Hours Of The Day

The customer service hours at Winner are between 6 am and midnight. Players in need of support have three options — email (casino@winner.com), toll-free phone number (+35-924- 225-401; fax also available if you’re old school), or the live chat. You must be logged in to access the live chat, which can be brought up easily by clicking the chat box icon.    

Emails

Turn On Or Off Communication

When registering for an account, Winner allows you to opt in or out of email communication. There’s actually two boxes that users can check at sign-up — the first is for offers and prizes, while the other is the Winner weekly newsletter. No matter what you choose, you can update these settings later on. Knowing that, it’s worth opting in initially to get a taste of what Winner has to offer. 

Live Streaming

Only On Horse Racing

Outside of thoroughbred racing, no other sport has live streaming capability on Winner. Having the feature at least gives us hope it could be expanded to other sports down the line, but options are limited at the present moment.  

VPN

Necessary In Many Locations

In Winner’s terms and conditions, you’ll see a laundry-list of countries they consider “prohibited jurisdictions,” or in other words, places where the site is banned. Among that list is the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, and a host of others. If you find yourself in one of those, you’ll need to use a virtual private network (VPN) to bypass those restrictions and use Winner like normal.  

HideMyAss: Can’t Go Wrong With This VPN

Let’s say you do need a VPN to access Winner, which one is a good service to use? A favorite among bettors is HMA. There’s 300 different locations — spanning all corners of the globe — where users can mask their IP address from. We jumped between several servers and noticed zero lag when browsing through Winner. That level of reliability is huge when using a VPN.   

Conclusion

On The Up And Up

Every year, the Winner platform is slowly improving itself. If they could just expand its reach and enter new markets (the US and UK namely), we could see the sportsbook ascend due in part to:

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