My Take on SportsBetting: What I like About Them
Looking into the many non-Gamstop bookmakers, SportsBetting.ag has caught my eye right from the start. The bookie definitely has a lot to offer. I will begin by mentioning the fact that registration is pretty straightforward as you just fill out your details and receive a confirmation email.
Any issues could be addressed with the customer support who are available 24/7. The bookie offers a $25 risk-free wager you can claim and place on any sport you like and there is a separate $1,000 welcome bonus to help you stay on top of your betting.
Speaking of bonuses, a more tech-savvy crowd might definitely go down the road of the Bitcoin welcome offer, which I have kept out of. Speaking of currencies, you ought to be aware of the supported denominations, which pretty much includes USD, BTC, ETH, and a bunch of other crypto assets.
As a UK punter, cryptocurrency withdrawals and deposits can be a bit new to you, so don’t worry – you can still use a bank card if you prefer. A huge plus about the bookie is that it offers early lines and odds and when I fail to find the markets I want to bet on elsewhere, I always know they will be at SportsBetting. If they are not there, then you should probably look into the event details.
With this said, there is lots and lots covered here from football to golf, to American football, and of course horse racing. You can even hop over to the dedicated racebook SportsBetting runs.
Things That Could Be Improved
To be honest, there are very few things that raise any flags with this bookmaker. The company was known under another name back in 2001, to name one Best Line Sports, and for a brief moment in its history, there was some controversy with its integrity.
Yet, SportsBetting.ag has rallied magnificently under the BetOnline brand. A common bugbear is the fact that there are some payment options not available, such as PayPal. This is understandable, as offshore bookies are a little restricted in their choice of payment options.
On the plus side, you have cryptocurrencies and a few e-wallet options, but there are other difficulties associated with those. I will touch upon them in good time. Right now, I want to assure you that you won’t have to go to any superhuman lengths to get your money out. Not at all!
Bonuses and Promotions
SportsBetting.ag has a selection of bonuses that easily puts all leading bookies in the UK to shame. I find the selection outstanding with sports, racebooks and various deposits getting their own special section where you can cherry-pick from an outstanding bonus. This might sound confusing, but I recommend just having a browse-through Promotions. It’s the sheer volume of the offer that impresses.
The welcome offer is generous. Now, one minor thing with it is the match rate. The bonus runs on 50% match rate up to $1,000 and is activated with the promo code SB1000. This is a little underwhelming, providing that there are so many bookies that give you 100% match rate. But I am willing to overlook this transgression as the wagering conditions are fair and there are tons of side bonuses to use as well.
The bonus will grant you a thirty-day period in which you will try to complete the wagering requirement, betting on various sports events. The bonus is tied to a 10x wagering requirement and to activate it, you will need to make a minimum deposit worth at least $55. Deposits via Skrill and Neteller will not count towards the bonus activation criteria, however.
25% Reload Bonus
Players who have already established themselves will be happy to know that there is a way to top off their bankroll again. The 25% reload bonus up to $500 gives you a quick way to top off any balance you have left and get you some extra funds to bet with. The bonus has a 6x wagering requirement, which makes perfect sense. You have 30 days to play through the entire amount.
Next on the list is the refer-a-friend bonus. It’s a great opportunity to bring a friend over. You will get up to $100 in bonus funds with a 5x wagering requirement. However, your friend will need to first make a deposit before you can claim any bonus amount.
One downside is that, according to SportsBetting.ag’s terms and conditions, all countries but the USA and Canada cannot qualify for the bonus. You can always double-check with customer support, of course.
Risk Free Bets
Punters will be thrilled to find out that a UK staple – the risk-free bet – is part of the offshore market. You can stake any amount up to $25 on an event and if your bet fails, you will simply receive the amount back. This is a unique safety net that will embolden you to make a few riskier bets.
To claim any losing bet, make sure to contact customer support, though. Customer reps will then allocate the money in your account balance within 48 hours. If you do win, you will have to subject the amount to a 6x wagering requirement before you can withdraw it. To get the details on how to request your refund, make sure to go through the terms and conditions quickly.
Mobile $50 Free Play
SportsBetting.ag still offers a great free bet for mobile users. You will get $50 free play funds. However, there is a small catch. You have to bet the amount yourself first. In other words, you will have to place the $50 out of your own pocket.
But don’t worry, because customer support will reimburse your bet within 48 hours should you happen to lose it. It’s definitely a fair bet.
Features and Sports to Bet On
As mentioned before, SportsBetting.ag features a diverse offer that covers extensive selection of markets and bet types. Speaking of bets alone, you can pick from a variety of match winners, handicap bets, spreads, totals and accumulators. There are various proposition bets that will change depending on the event you are betting on.
One significant upside is that you don’t have to pay any juice for football games. Apart from popular markets such as football, basketball, and golf, SportsBetting goes to some length to feature other important markets, such as martial arts, motorsports, hockey, baseball and cricket.
Yet, this is not all you will find. Entry-level punters and seasoned veterans will be able to pick from markets they enjoy. The bookie has a particular focused on new players by introducing the Getting Started tab, which is there to help you navigate smoothly through the site and familiarise yourself with all that it has to offer.
Not least, the user interface itself is polished and features a Multi View, My Bets and Event Calendar to facilitate navigation. The Bet Slip is intuitive and responsive and you can rely on active in-play or live betting section to place well-timed wagers at your own convenience.
Outside the main sports markets, the bookie features a number of alternative markets to spice up the overall experience. This includes esports betting lines and odds on popular games as Dota 2, League of Legends, Couther-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, StarCraft 2, and others.
The political and entertainment market is also pretty busy and outside of Emmy and Oscar Awards, you can bet on popular shows such as HBO’s West World and Game of Thrones and Netflix’s Tiger King.
Not least, SportsBetting.ag has one of the most entertaining proposition bets selection in the entire industry, so make sure you take advantage of this as well.
SportsBetting.ag offers players a wide range of banking options all with the sole purposes of providing you with a wholesome deposit options and more importantly – withdrawals. Since withdrawals can quickly prove quite pesky to the average punter who’s accustomed to lightning-fast operations, SportsBetting has made sure to only feature competitive and useful options. Here are a few pointers about banking:
- Minimum deposit: $20
- Minimum withdrawal: $20
- Supported methods: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Person to Person, Skrill, Bank Wire Transfer, Cheque, ecoPayz
- Currencies: USD, BTC
Deposits will vary from one payment method to the next, but they will be quite accessible. There are no fees and all transactions are instant except in the case of bank transfers which can take a little longer. The minimum deposit you can make is $10 via Skrill, but this won’t qualify you for a bonus. Conversely, Bank Wires and Skrill allow you to deposit as much as you want, without any limits. Here’s a detailed breakdown of the deposit options:
- Cryptocurrencies – $20/$100,000
- Bank cards – $50/$2,500
- Person to person – $100/$600
- MoneyOrders – $300/$9,000
- Skrill – $10/Unlimited
- Bank Wire – $1,000/Unlimited
- Cheque – $1,500/$15,000
- ecoPayz – $10/$10,000
When I check a bookie for quick payouts, I expect it to deliver quick withdrawals. This is what matters to many of my readers and naturally, I take some extra effort to verify these financial operations myself. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies will complete a payout instantly whereas for others you will have to wait between 3 and 5 business days. To be honest, I don’t think this is such a big deal. Here are some details about the withdrawals in terms of processing times:
- Cryptocurrencies– Usually within24 hours
- Person to Person– Up to 15 business days
- Skrill– Up to 36 hours
- E-Check– Between 5 and 7 business days
- Bank wire– Between 1 and 3 business days
BTC and crypto withdrawals will still take some time to process. As to bank wires, they are also handy as they are the safest way to bring your FIAT currency directly to your bank account, banking for a smooth experience. Here’s what the payout limits look like:
- Crypto(BTC, BTH, ETH etc.) – $20/$10,000
- E-check– $50/$2,500
- Bank Wire– $500/$24,900
- Person-to-person– $50/$400
- Skrill– $25/$9,900
Mobile is one the biggest attractions. It allows you to stay informed, look up the latest fixtures, catch on a stream or the news flow and make better decisions. Being a mobile punter opens doors for you. SportsBetting has a fully-compatible mobile user interface that will allow you to play your bets from Android, iPad and iPhone devices without any issues. There is no mobile app available, but this is definitely not a necessity to have a blast placing your online wagers.
You will find enough live and in-play markets available. SportsBetting.ag runs a comprehensive offer that includes those in-real-time competitions and accompanying bets. UK punters will get to bet on their favourite events as they happen thanks to the dedicated section that offers intuitive navigation. Want to jump in purely live betting? Just hop over to the Live Betting section from the menu.
SportsBetting has a helpful and polite customer support who will take your issue to heart and make sure a workable solution is delivered. I tried contacting using several channels and a customer rep. even noticed and told me he was sorry that they have kept me waiting. T
hey haven’t, but it just goes to show that the team is taught to be polite. As to helpful, I scoured the Internet and couldn’t find any specific issue that customer support hasn’t been able to solve. Now, more importantly, you can access customer service 24/7 and using one of the following methods:
- Phone: 1-888-843-9027
- Live chat: Yes
- Email: [email protected]
- Languages: English, Spanish
There are a few other emails you can try, but they are mostly related to other parts of the website and therefore not immediately necessary. Email is definitely the slowest way to contact the casino, but if you don’t have an urgent matter, you can rest assured email will be enough.
Short of that, calling would never hurt if you think you need to have your problem addressed immediately – something SportsBetting.ag will respond to immediately and with due care.
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Hi, I'm Mike Ashley, an avid follower of the UK gambling scene and an online gaming expert with over 15 years of experience. Welcome and thanks for visiting my website which focuses on helping players who are unclear as to where they can gamble due to Gamstop bans. We provide useful guides and an array of options that have been tested and reviewed...