Year established: 2004
Mobile compatible: Yes
Jurisdiction: Costa Rica
Overall rating: B-
Recommended: For recreational players
BetMania Sportsbook Review
Betmania offers players the opportunity to play a Sportsbook, Casino and Racingbook array betting options. Owned by the BetPhoenix Entertainment Group they are based operate offshore in the Costa Rican capital, San Jose. They are licensed with the Costa Rican government, which does not offer any official body regulator that deals directly with player protection.
As an offshoot of the BetPhoenix group this betting platform has received various complaints in the past. This included its casino games being blacklisted by various casino reviewers, for the use of Amigotechs software – which is claimed to promote non-random results. However, as a sportsbook offering, its collective rating has gradually increased over the years. From a questionable ethical beginning, BetMania’s is now given a B- rating. This is the result of a complete decline in complaints and a gradual growth of favourable forum comments and reviews.
With its increasing reputation, customers may be considerably more willing to use Betmania and can do so with a certain degree of security. The website, with a seemingly strict Black and Red Casino theme, offers a pretty clear and concise layout eradicating the possibility of punters becoming confused or requiring any time to get familiar with the layout – as other sportsbook websites can.
As a Central American offshore company, BetMania focuses mainly on the North America betting market with its focus on the major US sports: Basketball, Baseball, Football and Hockey. However, as most sportsbooks do, they offer the chance to bet on a wealth of sports across the globe, with the major European Soccer leagues all included – as well as North American soccer. Other Sports included: Tennis, Golf, Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Motor Sports and Cricket.
Other options include an inbuilt Casino offering basic video poker and the usual to be found table games. The main selling point of BetMania’s Casino features is its Live Casino feature offering a live dealer product. With Blackjack, Roulette and Baccarat played out via webcam with a live dealer including girls based in a studio – presumably in Costa Rica. This is undoubtedly the major selling point of BetMania offering you the chance to enact the live casino experience from behind your screen. However, with the above mentioned blacklisting of their casino gaming I felt a little unsecure using this service with BetMania, despite their continuing upheaval in ratings and favourable reviews.
Betmania does offer a live betting function for players to ply in pre-determined live games from the following main North American sports: Baseball, Football, Soccer, Basketball and Hockey.
BetMania does not offer its punters a downloadable App for playing, but does offer a mobile version of it site. This ia a poor version of the desktop site, in that it is poorly configured, and unresponsive, thus, hampering play considerably.
Like most online bookmakers Betmania does offer its customer a live chat service. In Addition to the ability to contact them via one email address and two phone numbers, one in reference to wagering and the other solely for customer service.
A recurring theme in offshore Bookmakers that allow for US deposits is that withdrawals are often a timely and slightly irritating procedure. Betmania is no different. However, with the options for withdrawal being Visa, Person to Person, Check and bank wire, with your choice being dependent on winnings although a sometimes time consuming ordeal you should expect to receive payment without fear of scamming it may just take some time. Overall BetMania offers a decent betting experience, but with a questionable trading past, punters may still fear unethical trading. Despite this, customers can in all likelihood place bets without fear as it is unlikely the company would risk their ever-improving reputation within the online betting industry.
– One of the most secure sportsbooks in the industry, having been around for nearly 15 years;
– Various online gambling options including a sportsbook and live dealer games;
– Reduced juice lines for all US sports;
– Best odds on teasers;
– Endless choice of bonuses;
– Accept US credit cards;
– Bitcoin deposits accepted;
– Intuitive customer support.
– High rollover policy on bonus structure;
– Not friendly to professional bettors;
– Poor customer service ratings over the last five years;
– Not available in certain countries;
– Limited cashout methods.
Visa, UPayCard, Bank Wires, Person to Person, Checks, Bitcoin
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