SportsBetting.ag Sportsbook Review
Purchased by the BetOnline group in 2012, SportsBetting has come to impress as one of the best sportsbooks that cater to those in the U.S. I’ve been analyzing and reviewing sportsbooks for the past five years and this review, like my others, will cover all of the good and bad aspects of the SportsBetting sportsbook! I am not a lawyer and do not get into the legal climate of gambling in the United States, however, I think a great reference can be found at Is Online Sports Betting Legal?
SportsBetting is a solid sportsbook that has a lot of great bells and whistles. Again, since it was bought by the BetOnline group, you will see that a lot of the ratings here are almost exactly the same. To see the BetOnline review: BetOnline Review
For a full on list of my top five list of sportsbooks, see: Top 5 Online Sportsbooks for U.S. Players
In what is a common theme among all of the sportsbooks that I review, SportsBetting also has a variety of options for easy deposits.
SportsBetting now accepts Bitcoin as a deposit method. With Bitcoin, you can make a deposit with a minimum of $20 dollars and a maximum of $3,500 dollars.
For credit card options there is VISA and MasterCard, both of which have a $50 minimum and a $1,000 maximum. Skrill is the option with the cheapest minimum deposit of only $10. Bank wire and cashier’s check are also popular and easy options, but require a minimum deposit of $1,000 and $1,500, respectively.
Limits/Ease of depositing money: 9/10
I have sort of a love/hate relationship with the SportsBetting interface. What does this mean? I like that it is simple and organized. As one can see in the image below, the structure of the tables is easy to read.
My issue lies within the structure of placing the bet. Once you select the bet that you wish to make, you need to go over to the bet slip to select the type of bet (Straight, Parlay, If-Then, etc). Once you get used to this, it really isn’t much of a big deal. However, if you are new to the site and/or bet on a bunch of other sites then the process seems rather confusing.
Unlike, the normal betting interface, the live betting section of the SportsBetting site is very well done. It’s very clear what odds are and making bets is incredibly easy as is necessary in the live betting environment since the odds change so quickly.
So while this isn’t the friendliest system and is certainly a spot where I hammer on SportsBetting pretty hard, they do make up some slack in the live betting department. Again, if you don’t mind a little bit of a learning curve then I wouldn’t let structure of the interface scare you away.
Look and feel of the betting interface: 7/10
This is where SportsBetting shines. Cheap betting limits and very favorable odds to the bettor are the most important aspect of a sportsbook in my eyes.
Minimum bets are just a dollar and the selections of games that can be bet on are vast. MLB baseball games consistently have dime lines and the odds given for all other sports that I’ve reviewed have been as good as they get. There are also a variety of futures bets (including entertainment and politics) which makes for even more fun!
Odds Prices and minimum bet limits: 10/10
Another flawless spot can be found with the interface that is built on the mobile phone. How the folks at SportsBetting can do such an average job with their web site interface, yet such an amazing job on their mobile site interface is beyond me.
Since the interfaces are the same I will say the same thing I said in my BetOnline review.
The design, layout, and functionality all seemed to be flawless on my Android-based smartphone. As one can see in the image to the right, the menus are all well displayed and it is simple to jump between sports and different types of bets. I would actually say that it’s easier to place a bet on their mobile site than it is their web site which is still is a bit of a mystery to me.
Mobile Betting Platform: 10/10
Quite simply, I wouldn’t even post a review of a web site that wasn’t reliable in the payout structure. At the end of the day, we are all in this to make a little bit of money!
SportsBetting is consistent in that they are reliable in their payouts. Fees vary between the different options, but they generally fall along industry standards. Bank Wires and checks both have a minimum withdrawal of $500 dollars and the fees range from $25 for a check by mail to $75 for a large bank wire. Bitcoin seems to be the exception in that comes with a flat 2% fee of the price of the withdrawal. That is high for industry standards as most books generally allow free Bitcoin payouts. It’s also pretty obvious that SportsBetting is pushing Skrill as their fee with that is only $10, you will be paid in 36 hours and the minimum withdrawal is only $25
Ease and price of payouts: 8/10
In what is almost a predictable trade off for having dime lines for NHL and MLB games, SportsBetting does not really have a nice offering of promotions. They do offer a lifetime guarantee of a 25% bonus on every qualified deposit when the proper promo code is used and a couple of free bet promotions for using their mobile or live betting platform, but for the most part that is it.
I’m, again, a little bit critical here, but I would hardly let this be a reason to sway you away from this book. In the long run, it’s much better to have better odds built in the lines than some promotions that will need to rollover 5, 10 or 20 times before you can withdraw the money.
Pro: Game lines are some of the first ones out.
Pro: Low juice on most of their bets.
Pro: Incredible mobile web site.
Pro: Great selection of futures bets.
Pro: Low minimum bet.
Con: Interface takes a while to get used to.
Con: Promotions are a little bit weak compared to competitors.
6/11/16: Added new deposit and withdrawal methods.
The best way to describe SportsBetting is probably to say that the recreational bettor will not like this book, but the hardcore and professional guys will absolutely love it. It is very clear that they cater to the more serious crowd and SportsBetting lends themselves very well to that group. This is a great sportsbook and I highly recommend it among my best.
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