4.1/5
Updated Updated: August 29, 2019

Sportingbet Review and Bonuses

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One of the oldest sportsbooks established and still in operation after 20 years, Sportingbet is often associated with reliability and quality. Thanks to regular and considered upgrades to their betting platform along with the strict regulation under which they operate, Sportingbet is preferred by millions of punters from around the world.

Sportingbet offers its players the following:

Today we shall take an in-depth look at Sportingbet as a sportsbook, their licensing, website, app, bets as well as how they operate and customer service.

Pros
  • Legitimate, well licensed and safe
  • Employs the latest security technologies
  • Operating for over 20 years in the business
  • A generous and varied list of sports
  • Support for betting on some obscure sports
  • Great casino section with hundreds of games
  • Helpful and friendly customer service
Cons
  • No eSports options for betting
  • Limited payment methods support
  • Withdrawal can be quite slow
  • No 24X7 support

Sportingbet’s Bonuses

When it comes to promotions and bonuses, Sportingbet, unfortunately, does not quite create the same buzz as some of its competitors. The sportsbook does provide special campaigns, promos and offers to loyal members from time to time but the numbers are very limited and at the time of compiling this review, no such offers existed on the Sportingbet website.

Welcome Bonus

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  • Deposit £10 or more
  • Place a sports bet of up to £10 at odds of 1/1 (2.0) or greater
  • If the bet is lost, receive up to £10 money back as a FreeBet

Called the “Backup Bet”, Sportingbet sign up offer allows players to get back up to 10 GBP as a free bet on a lost bet.

To grab this offer, new players need to deposit up to 10 GBP once they sign up and then place a bet with the deposit having odds of at least 2.0. If the bet is lost, 10 GBP is refunded as a free bet. The free bet Sportingbet offers with the purpose of being used to place other bets without any limitations. In Germany, new users can grab a signup offer of a signup bonus and up to 180 EURO.

All in all, Sportingbet’s lack of promotions and offers seems to be geared towards providing users with better odds. But since their odds do not lead the betting market in any way, this omission seems to be strange and not particularly punter-friendly.

Sportingbet Betting and Odds

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Sportingbet offers over 35 sports to choose from when it comes to sports betting. The list includes classics such as: soccer, American football, rugby, tennis, basketball, boxing and Formula 1.

Perhaps somewhat surprisingly obscure Gaelic sports, Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, and Floorball are also available for betting as well. One can also try their hands at entertainment, political and other special sporting events such as the Olympics.

The bets come in both pre-match and in-play options. There are many wagering options such as Double Chance, 3 way, handicap, X2, both teams to score, Over/Under, total score and halftime.

The Live highlights of an event make betting easy and add to the excitement. The live betting option is accessed separately with live streaming in HD which is a perfect touch for a quality sportsbook such as this.

A solid omission would be the lack of an eSports section. Additionally, when it comes to odds however, Sportingbet does not score so well since their odds are average to fair at best. Their payouts are fair but again, not the best in the business.

Sportingbet Casino

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The casino section provides a large number of jackpot games and slot games, each equally immersive and fun to play.

There are over 100 games to choose from different developers.

All the games are designed with high-quality graphics. One noteworthy omission during our review was the lack of a free play option. Most sportsbooks nowadays allow punters to try on a casino game for free at first. That way the customer can get an idea of the game before delving into it with real money. That option is strangely missing.

Live Casino

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Sportingbet boasts of providing punters with high-quality casino action and one look at their casino section can attest to that.

Their live casino tables are powered by industry leaders Evolution Gaming and one can find many different variants of Roulette, Baccarat, Poker, Sic Bo, Dragon Tiger, Deal or No Deal, Blackjack and Hold’em Poker is played at these tables.

With HD video, friendly dealers and quality entertainment, these games are compelling and fun.

Sportingbet Website

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Sportingbet’s homepage

The Sportingbet website is simple yet intuitively designed to allow easy access to each section. The top menu highlights all relevant segments of Sportingbet neatly so you are never lost. The website uses a soothing design and runs on the latest HTML5 technology.

While the pages are chock full of information, they load very fast. The website is fully responsive which means you can open it with a handheld device of any screen size and the web page will render to fit the screen perfectly. The mobile version of the website loads extremely fast as well.

As we toured the website, it allows one to visit all the pages, look at events, bets, odds, available casino games, etc. But any action, including watching streaming events requires registration. There were no options to change the language on the homepage and neither were any settings to change odds. This is a strange oversight under the current climate of the betting world.

Sportingbet Mobile

sportingbet appOne of the primary reasons behind Sportingbet popularity and success in the last two decades has been their attention towards innovative technology and the latest in electronics.

This is clearly why Sportingbet has not just one but two extremely useful apps that allow you to bet on the go:

  • Sportingbet app is for regular sportsbook and some casino action,
  • Sportingbet Casino app allows exclusive access to the casino section.

The apps are currently only available for Android and iOS which may come as a bit of a blow to users of other operating systems. But nevertheless, they are extremely well developed and designed.

The Sportingbet app allows the placing of bets, using free bets, deposits, withdrawals, live streaming, cash-outs, and casino games. It also supports push notifications and designing your own customized toolbar.

The Sportingbet casino app brings live casino tables, jackpot games, slots and more direct to your mobile device.

Payment Methods

Sportingbet does not support a huge number of payment methods like some other sportsbooks. But they do seem to have support for the most major payment methods used across the world. The sportsbook can mostly get away with this as they have very strict limitations on players from a large number of countries.

Support for deposit and withdrawal using cryptocurrencies would have been great since these currencies are being widely used nowadays for betting related transactions.

Deposit Methods

  • Bank Transfer: The users can directly transfer money from the bank (minimum deposit – 10 GBP) to the Sportingbet account without any third party system.
  • Credit Cards: Visa and MasterCard credit cards are supported each having a minimum deposit value of 5 GBP.
  • Neteller: One of the most popular payment methods when it comes to sportsbooks, Sportingbet supports Neteller and the minimum deposit amount is 10 GBP.
  • PayPal: The global leader of money transfer, PayPal, is also supported with a minimum deposit amount of 10 GBP.
  • Skrill: Another popular payment method. Minimum deposit amount of 5 GBP.
  • PaySafeCard: PaySafeCard has been the darling of punters due to the safety and security it brings. Sportingbet supports the card for minimum deposits of 5 GBP.
  • GiroPay: The minimum deposit amount with GiroPay is 10 GBP.

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The best news for punters is the fact that all of the deposit methods are commission free. Hence you can deposit without incurring any transfer charges at all.

Withdrawal Methods

The same payment methods used for deposit can be used for withdrawals as well with the exception of Paysafecard. All withdrawals are completely free of charge.

However, if one is expecting a fast bank transfer, Sportingbet does not deliver on that count since bank transfer withdrawals take 3 to 5 days to process. Withdrawals via Neteller, Skrill, GiroPay, and PayPal are marginally faster at 48 hours but still slower than the rate at which their competitor’s process withdrawals.

Safety&Security – Is Sportingbet Legit?

This is the one question that is usually at the forefront of most readers’ minds when reading a fresh review and in this case, the short answer to the question is “Yes”. Sportingbet has been a 100% legitimate bookmaker operation for over 20 years.

In order to validate the legitimacy of any bookmaker under our review we usually look at the following information:

  • Licensing
  • Longevity in the Business
  • Disputes

Licensing:

Sportingbet is licensed under Gibraltar’s jurisdiction and falls under the auspices of the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner. They are also the holders of remote gaming license number 50 as well as remote sportsbook license number 51.

Additionally, they are licensed in Malta and have local licenses in Greece and Romania as well. This means that as far as licensing goes, they are pretty much covered. Sportingbet is also listed on the London Stock Exchange which should offer some assurances as to the confidence in their operation. This certainly is no fly-by-night company.

Longevity in the Business:

Operating since 1998, there is no question that Sportingbet has seen more rules and regulation changes, ups and downs and changing trends in the gambling industry than most sportsbooks operating today.

The fact that they managed to continuously achieve compliance with all the regulatory requirements and continue to operate at the highest level in 2019 is definitely a testament to their diligence and astute observation of the changing regulatory landscape.

Disputes:

Each sportsbook usually claims to be 100% legit until the disputes come in. But Sportingbet is pretty much covered on that base too since its owner GVC Holding PLC has been a member of European Gambling & Betting Association (EGBA) since its inception in 2004. GVC Holdings and EBGA went on to found the European Sports Security Association (ESSA) in 2005 to protect customers’ fair betting experience.

Sportingbet has also been a part of the most trusted associations to protect sportsbooks’ and customers’ rights. This speaks volumes about their dedication to their customer base. Sportingbet also provides users with an opportunity to settle any disputes via eCogra, a third party dispute settlement agency.

Sportingbet Customer Support

For a sportsbook of such stature, Sportingbet support leaves a lot to be desired due to a lack of 24X7 customer support. Their support services are available Monday through Friday 9 AM till 9 PM GMT. However, props must be given for the quality of their support thanks to their knowledgeable, friendly and courteous staff.

The Sportingbet live chat is a great way to resolve urgent queries and issues. But account messages, emails, and phones can also do the trick most of the times. Turnaround times are reasonable but could be slightly better.

Sportingbet customer service supports over 20 languages including most of the European languages.

All in all, Sportingbet is a legitimate and safe sportsbook option that has been operating for a long time and has attracted a huge portion of betting enthusiasts. They have their heart at the right place which enables them to provide users with a large number of sports, good to fair odds and a bustling casino section.

Unfortunately, there is a distinct lack of promotions, 24X7 customer support and lack of cryptocurrency support for payment which drags their score down with us a little bit.

FAQ

GVC Holdings PLC is the official owning entity behind Sportingbet. They are very well developed as a traditional style bookmaker and have been able to keep their whole operation is in-house.

Apart from the various licensing, regulatory and third party associations monitoring its actions, Sportingbet uses the latest encryption, 128 bit SSL, five-level security system and multi-level firewalls to protect customers, their data and payment information.

Sportingbet is also fully compliant with the European e-commerce directive. Hence we feel confident to conclude that when it comes to online sportsbooks, Sportingbet is as safe as they come.

Once you have registered a Sportingbet account, you can access it by entering your user ID and password in the login area which you can find on the homepage and clicking the “Log in” button.

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