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Sportingbet is one of the oldest and most respected bookmakers in the industry. They have been offering online sports betting facilities since 1998 to punters across the globe. Today they operate in 26 different countries and are regulated by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, the UK Gambling Commission and the Danish Gambling Authority. The bookmaker also offers live in-play betting as well as casino games, mobile gambling and a live dealer casino option.
Looks and Graphics
Sportingbet has a simple, traditional interface with classic blue and white colouring. As per the industry standard, the full list of sports extends down the left-hand side of the page with the most popular highlighted at the top. Clicking on one of the listed options will bring up the updated sports betting info with the latest odds and markets. On the right side of the page is where you will find the betting slip, as well as the live calendar and promotions box.
The top menu offers easy access to popular options as well as a tab for in-play wagering and the in-house blog, which is handy if you ever need to brush up on your knowledge.
Odds and Markets
Sportingbet has one of the widest selections in the industry. There are over 90 sports to choose from and thousands of markets available at any given time. The most popular are listed first including Football (soccer), American Football, Tennis, Ice Hockey, Basketball, Volleyball, Cricket Handball and Formula One. This is just a small section of what they offer. All the most popular options are covered as well as niche options like Floorball, Bandy and Chess. There is also a section for Entertainment and Politics.
When it comes to odds, they are on par with many of the top sports betting sites. It is possible to find lower odds on selected markets, but on the whole, their prices are reasonable considering the range and diversity of markets on offer.
Banking and Support
Sportingbet has an excellent range of banking facilities for Canadian bettors. As well as the standard cards options like Visa and MasterCard, they also offer Western Union money transfers, debit card payments, web-wallets, prepaid cards and instant banking. They were one of the first bookmakers to link up with PayPal but also offer Skrill, Neteller, EntroPay and EcoPayz. You also have the option of depositing with Paysafecard or InstaDebit.
Support at this site is basic but serviceable. Our main complaint is that they don’t offer a live chat feature, which has become fairly standard in the online sports betting industry. They do have a decent help page with loads of information and a comprehensive FAQ though. If you want to get hold of them directly, the options include phoning the local number or filling in the online email form. Support is available from 9am to 9pm daily GMT.
Awards Features and Bonuses
For anyone interested in signing up with Sportingbet, the sports betting bonus is the same as the casino bonus. This comes in the form of a 100% match bonus up to $150. The best part is that you can qualify with a deposit of just $10. Once you are a registered member, you can look forward to plenty of promotions on all the biggest events as well as weekly offers.
In-play wagering is one of the more attractive features on the site with highlighted events popping up when you log on. Mobile users will also be able to access all the latest content via a state of the art app that works on all the latest iOS and Android devices. If you factor in the casino offering, this bookmaker has everything you need, and more.