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SportingBet Review

Review of SportingBet

Editors Note:
This review is designed to highlight and describe all of the main aspects of Sporting Bet’s online sportsbook.

I’ve had a plenty bit of experience using SportingBet and haven’t run across many major issues but at the same time can see little reason for new punters to join.

It’s also alarming that many punters report getting their accounts limited or closed very quickly.

The company provide plenty of markets across a range of sports and whilst their actual product compares well vs some bookmakers their treatment of players does not.

In my opinion their welcome promotion is not good either and punters should look elsewhere to place bets online.

Alternatives: read our online bookmaker reviews for much better options.

Sportingbet Review
2/5

Review Ratings

Use the links to navigate our review.

Licensing & Safety

Safe rating
How safe is Fun88?
7/10
  • UKGC remote gambling licence
  • Licensed & regulated by government of Gibraltar
  • Parent company has brands across Europe
  • Low risk rating

UK Gambling CommissionA company known as ElectraWorks Limited provide and operate the Sporting Bet website.

That company is licensed and regulated by the government of Gibraltar and the Gibraltar Gambling Commission as well as the UK Gambling Commission.

Sporting Bet are also affiliated with the European Sports Security Association; a non-profit organisation designed to combat insider trading and other betting fraud.

They refer all players to eCOGRA to settle any disputes or complaints.

Ownership:

  • Sporting Bet was originally founded in 1997 by Mark Blandford.
  • Originally the company was focussed on the US market but left after running into legal issues.
  • GVC Holdings, who also own bwin, Ladbrokes, Coral and Betdaq now have majority ownership (2012).
  • Split ownership with William Hill who operate the Australian and Spanish facing businesses.

Deposits & Withdrawals

Account verification issues
Will I get paid?
6/10
  • Instant deposit available
  • Credit & deposit cards
  • eWallets accepted
  • Account verification issues

Reports of poor customer service has led to issues with account verification at Sportingbet. We suggest checking out out betting deposit options page for an alternative bookmaker.

Method Fee Time Scale Deposit Withdraw Limit
Apple Pay 0% Instant £10 – ?
Astropay 0% Instant 10 – ?
Bank Transfer 0% 1-5 days 10 – ?
Boleto Bancario 0% 1-3 days 20 – 10,000
Diners Club Card $2.50 Instant 10 – ?
ecoPayz 0% Instant 10 – ?
Entropay 0% Instant 10 – 10,000
Fast Bank Transfer 0% Instant 10 – ?
Giropay 0% Instant 10 – ?
Maestro 0% Instant 10 – ?
Mastercard 0% Instant 10 – ?
Neteller 0% Instant 10 – 50,000
Paysafecard 0% Instant 10 – ?
PayPal 0% Instant 10 – ?
Skrill 0% Instant 10 – 10,000
SOFORT 0% Instant 10 – ?
Trustly 0% Instant 10 – ?
Visa 0% Instant 10 – ?

Markets & Odds

Wide range of markets & odds
What sports are offered?
7/10
  • Selection of around 35 sports
  • Virtual betting
  • 100+ odds on popular markets
  • Limited live streams shown

It’s a shame that Sportingbet have trust issues with punters because when it comes to the amount of markets and odds available on site they actually do a pretty good job.

Some live streaming is available and there’s plenty of markets too choose from, especially on popular sports.

Sporting Bet price up events from all of the following sports:

  • Alpine Skiing
  • American Football
  • Athletics
  • Aussie Rules
  • Badminton
  • Bandy
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Biathlon
  • Boxing
  • Chess
  • Combat Sports
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Curling
  • Cycling
  • Darts
  • Floorball
  • Football
  • Formula One
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Horse Racing
  • Ice Hockey
  • Motorbikes
  • Pool
  • Rally
  • Rugby League
  • Rugby Union
  • Ski Jumping
  • Snooker
  • Tennis
  • Trotting
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

There are few other bookmakers who boast as long a list of covered sports as Sporting Bet.

The company have all of the major sports you would expect but are then one of just a small handful of firms that also price up events from sports like water polo, floorball and bandy.

On top of that, too, Sporting Bet offer punters a dedicated virtual sports section of their website but do not cater for E-sports betting.

Once you pick a chosen sport, you will find that Sporting Bet offer markets for an impressive number of different tournaments, competitions and matches from around the world.

Their selection of markets for each individual event is good, too, if a little uneven. What we mean by that is that whilst a major football match can boast well over 50 markets, a smaller game from a lower profile sport may only have three or four. That’s nothing you don’t see from other bookmakers, however.

In-Play Betting

Live stats, scores & streaming lacking
Is live betting offered?
7/10
  • Dedicated in-play area
  • Comprehensive range of sports
  • Animations & scores
  • Some live streaming

Again… it’s a massive disappointment that players report having issues with getting their accounts limited and verified at Sportingbet because their in-play section compares well against it’s competitors.

The bookie take events from a wide selection of different sports in-play, with football and tennis both being particularly well-served in their dedicated in-play section.

Sportingbet InplayWhere Sporting Bet’s in-play betting service really excels is in the in-play interface provided to punters.

For each in-play event a live scoreboard is displayed above the available markets, whilst further features can be found in the ‘Media’ section of the interface to the right of the page. Those features can – depending on the event in question – include team line-ups, a live match tracker and even live streams.

Whilst good, Sportingbet’s in-play area doesn’t compare to the very best out there. For the very bet check out what Bet365 have to offer.

Welcome Bonus

£15 back up bet
New Customer Offer
34/10
  • £15 back up offer
  • Free bet refund if first bet loses
  • No bonus if first bet wins
  • Much better offers available elsewhere

That’s almost it for our Sporting Bet review, but before we wrap it up let’s take a second to look at the company’s welcome promotion.

Brand new Sporting Bet customers are eligible for a £15 ‘Back-up bet’ if their first real money wager with the company is a losing one. That free bet can be earned in the following way:

  • Go to Sporting Bet and register
  • Make a deposit to that new account of at least £10
  • Place a first bet at odds of evens or greater, up to a max of £15
  • If the bet loses, you will be credited with a free bet worth the value of your stake up to that maximum £15
  • Winnings from free bet, minus stake, will be withdrawable straight away

It’s not the best offer from Sportingbet because if you win you get no bonus at all. When compared vs the top betting deals it falls short.

Overall Review

Here’s our overall take on things…
Our Verdict of SportingBet
Avoid this bookmaker
Our Rating for:
SportingBet
2/5

It’s a story of two halves with Sporting Bet.

One the one side you’ve got the fact that the service they provide, in terms of markets and features, compares well against other bookmakers.

However, on the other side you’ve got player complaints about accounts being limited and verification problems when trying to withdraw.

The new customer bonus is also pretty underwhelming in that it’s only £15 (most bookmakers are a minimum of £30) and if you first bet wins you don’t get any benefit from the bonus whatsoever.

In our opinion they’re only worth a 2 star rating and that means we don’t recommend you sign up with them.

If you want an alternative, better option, then we suggest checking out 5 star bookmaker Bet365 – they have all the same features and a much better reputation.

 

User Reviews

What actual customers are saying…
  • BenCB
    October 4, 2018

    I tried to put a £150 each way bet on a big race at Ascot with these guys (King Stands Stakes) and they limited my bet to a max of £17 e/w.

    Total waste of time – bunch of jokers.

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Author: David Lenton

David Lenton
David 'the Cheeky Punter' Lenton is an ex professional online sports bettor and trader with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He has also worked for a number of top bookmakers including Bet365, Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral. With such a long time spent dedicated to the gambling industry no one is better placed when it comes to advising punters. Follow on Twitter @thecheekypunter