Year established: 1991
Mobile compatible: Yes
Overall rating: A-
Recommended: For recreational players
BetOnline Sportsbook Review
BetOnline is one of the most respected in the business. Founded in the early 90’s in the U.S.A, it quickly rose and is now the third most used sports betting site in terms of American players.
Based in Panama, the company is run by alleged founder, and current CEO, Eddie Robbins III. The betting group’s biggest move came in 2012 when they took over the struggling SportBetting site and completely turned it around.
In 2009 BetOnline sponsored Peak Freaks to break the record for the highest ever land wager, with leader, Tim Rippel taking his team to the base camp of Mount. Everest. In honour of this achievement BetOnline gave $20,000 to charity.
With access to the American market, BetOnline has no notable country restrictions and operates with a huge source of potential players. Their brand is so well known that it was even used by mainstream media to show the odds on the Breaking Bad finale. They are currently partnered with USA Today, FoxSports, CNBC, Boston Herald, Yahoo Sports and the National Football-Post.
With an active presence on social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and Google+, the site has a positive outlook when it comes to promoting their brand through these channels. However, currently their followings on these sites are not as large as BetOnline’s competitors.
As BetOnline have access to the American market there is an obvious focus on sports in the USA, including Baseball, Basketball and American Football. These three along with Hockey, Football and Tennis, make up the sites staple sports.
However, they do also have a selection of other sports such as Auto racing, Boxing, Cricket, Darts, Golf, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Rugby, Snooker and Softball. Although not a huge selection, it is enough to cover the American and European major sports bets.
BetOnline also have a dedicated Racebook, for the horses, a casino, their renowned live Texas-holdem, with $250,000 in guaranteed tournaments each week, and markets in finance and the 2016 Olympics.
In terms of live sports betting, BetOnline is somewhat behind the most advanced sports betting sites considering that there is no cash out facility and no live streaming of sports. However, when it comes to accessing the rights of sports in the USA this may more easily be said than done.
Usability of the site
As a beginner the presentation of their sportsbook may appear daunting, especially as you have a lot of sports and figures thrown at you, but once you begin to understand the finely tuned and logical framework to this site it becomes very clear.
The layout is simple and precise, and it serves to give BetOnline a smooth experience when playing with them. However, they do not offer any live-chat facility, which is a necessity in the fast-paced, digital world of online betting. For now you must rely on contact via e-mail to raise any concerns or issues you might have.
In terms of promotions, BetOnline clearly prioritise their long-term players offering 25% reload bonus, sometimes 50%, as well as a host of other offers. They even offer risk-free betting on selected sports and games to give the players a chance at playing a new market.
With their own dedicated BetOnline client available to download to your computer, a mobile app and a straightforward ‘Cashier’ facility there is a great feel of accessibility and trust. However, they do not offer the most diverse range of payment options.
Overall BetOnline offer a great service that does not have to compete for attention. Their focus on the US demonstrates where their focus lies and there could be more done if they were to focus on other parts of the world, especially in terms of a cash out facility and live-streaming.
– Solid reputation within the sports betting industry;
– Accepts players worldwide including USA;
– Great for US sports;
– Wide variety of sports and proposition bets;
– Lines come out early and have a very low minimum bet;
– Very low juice on most of their bets;
– Excellent odds for hockey and baseball;
– Great odds in politics and entertainment;
– Incredible selection of futures bets;
– Stunning casino, racebook & poker room;
– Caters to many kinds of gamblers;
– Attractive bonus & promotions;
– Excellent customer service and slick web interface.
– Complex bonus conditions;
– Limited selection of European sports;
– Minimum withdrawal limits and fees can be on the high side;
– Website is pretty straightforward, not as modern as some of its competitors;
– Not available in certain countries.
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