Year established: 1997
Mobile compatible: Yes
Jurisdiction: Costa Rica
Overall rating: B
Recommended: For recreational and professional players
Beginning as BetCRIS in 1985 and first appearing online in 1997, the Bookmaker.eu site officially launched in 2011.
The site is mostly known for its sportsbook, but the bookmaker also features a Casino and Poker. As a result of access to the much sought-after U.S. market, Bookmaker.eu tends to focus on more lucrative markets in American Football, Basketball and Baseball.
Bookmaker.eu is licenced and regulated in Costa Rica and, according to their site, has access to players all across the world. However the site still only operates in English. It was allegedly founded by the infamous Ron Sacco a.k.a “The Cigar,” and the bookmaker has been under intense scrutiny over the past few decades but is now becoming increasingly well respected in the industry, specifically in terms of payouts.
The bookmaker has an active role on social media sites including Facebook, Youtube, Google+ and Twitter. Most of the sites followers are on Twitter, with roughly 45,000 people following their current activity and promotions.
The slogan of Bookmaker.eu is “Where the Line Originates,” and it is the mantra behind the sites aim to present odds before any other major competitor in the industry.
The bookmaker takes small wagers, but it ultimately aims to attract big bettors, with maximum bets of up to $50,000 sometimes available, and typically the limit is $40,000 for the NFL.
Although there is a focus on U.S. sports, there are still options for players more interested in other markets. However the wagers available for these other sports seem limited compared to American Football, Baseball and Basketball. The site has under 20 different markets in their sportsbook, also including:
Football, Tennis, Golf, Hockey, Martial Arts, Boxing, Rugby, Cricket, Aussie Rules, Handball, Volleyball, Waterpolo, Futures, Politics and E-sports.
Their E-sports market is growing, and covers the main games, including DOTA 2, LOL, StarCraft 2 and more.
The sportsbook offers live betting, but with no facility for live streaming or cash-out, the service feels slow and redundant compared to more fast-paced bookmakers, especially in Europe.
One positive factor is that the site displays statistics in a simple and well-designed fashion.
Usability of the site
Although Bookmaker.eu has a focus on large bettors, this doesn’t detract from the usability of first time players. The site is simple and easy to navigate, with markets and odds being presented in a way that doesn’t intimidate potential players.
Their mobile app is equally simple to use but the presentation, unlike the website, feels dull and could improve in order to make it more enjoyable for the user.
If any problems occur the site has a live-chat facility, as well as support via phone and e-mail. The response time of the customer support is very quick and any issue can be resolved very quickly with this service being available 24/7. There is no record of any serious problems with payouts, but the bookmaker is not registered with any third-party adjudication service and that may create some distrust from players.
The site offers very reasonable promotions with a 50% welcome bonus of up to $300 and a 10% reload bonus, with a maximum limit of $750. It is made very easy to make deposits with a huge amount of payment methods, including less common options like BitCoin. However, one negative that occurs when cashing out is the time it takes to withdraw and paying the charges they apply.
Overall, Bookmaker.eu is a safe option if you have a particular interest in U.S. sports and are looking to place large bets. However, more could be done to improve the Live Betting and mobile facility.
– Highly reputable and respected company;
– Caters to bigger bettors;
– Early lines for US sports;
– Large assortment of betting markets;
– Huge focus on football and basketball;
– Poker and casino also available;
– Extremely competitive odds;
– High betting limits;
– Huge maximum deposit bonus;
– VIP treatment for regular players;
– Amazing customer support team;
– Fast payouts.
– Inferior odds on non US sports;
– Poor value for baseball bettors;
– Certain withdrawal methods carry high fees;
– Not available in certain countries;
– Withdraws are a little bit pricy.
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