Year established: 2013
Mobile version: no
Overall rating: C
Recommended: For recreational players (Bitcoin exclusive sportsbook)
DirectBet Sportsbook Review
DirectBet does not force users to create an account. Users can anonymously place bets and have the winnings sent directly to their wallets. It is a platform for any bettors wanting to place wagers with their Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin or plenty of others. It accepts Ethereum too.
In addition to not demanding accounts, DirectBet also does not require any deposits from customers. It’s easy to just access the site and start playing. In this way DirectBet caters to a reasonable niche, and stands somewhat alone in its product offering.
Perhaps unsurprisingly DirectBet does not have any ambassadors nor does it sponsor any teams or tournaments across sports. The site has sports betting markets, alongside casino games. There is a ‘lucrative VIP program’, and users can refer and earn up to 1% on all bets placed by these referrals for life. It’s clear that this is an excellent offer.
This site is not just sports betting, it offers casino games and poker too. DirectBet is on both Twitter and Facebook, both are used fairly often and its Twitter account in particular is lively and has almost 10,000 Followers at the time of writing. The DirectBet Twitter is mostly just a live commentary on the odds and changes in markets, it includes numerous retweets of players stating that they’ve placed a bet so whilst it’s regularly updated it’s dull to read through. The site would so well to employ a social team to make this more engaging; if they were to directly and properly engage with cryptocurrency communities on social they might see some good return.
The site’s tagline is ‘Winners are welcome’.
DirectBet allows sports betting, horse racing, casino games and poker. In terms of sports it has a fairly decent offering and here in full are the sports it offers at the time of writing: Aussie Rules, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Chess, Cricket, Cycling, Darts, Golf, Handball, Ice Hockey, MMA, Motor Sport, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Racing, Snooker, Tennis and Volleyball.
DirectBet also offers some markets on Entertainment and Politics. The casino games the site offers are from SoftSwiss.
DirectBet is big on live betting, it offers a strong selection of live markets though they can be tricky to find and access. Once you’ve found them, it’s fairly simple to navigate and use.
For a site that prides itself on being fast and easy to bet with, it needs to make its live markets more accessible and better displayed.
Usability of the site
DirectBet is both unique and modern in its no deposit, no account product offering. The design and style of the site meanwhile is not. It looks cheaply presented and the logo is badly in need of a re-brand.
The desktop site has good functionality and it has poor mobile optimisation. There is no app for either Android or iOS users either. The site has social media presence but it could also do with some proper funding and a rethink, whilst its rewards and customer loyalty program is impressive. It has an Affiliate Program too.
It lets people bet on both sports and Futures, it tries to keep users engaged with tipster competitions and a BitcoinTalk Forum. In terms of customer support it lets itself down as there is only email as an option. There is no live chat nor phone number. DirectBet isn’t just for those initiated in Bitcoin and the like either, it includes links at the bottom to sites which explain both what Bitcoin is and how to buy them.
In its unique position as a bookmaker offering sports betting, casino and poker DirectBet stands in good stead to gain a market share for users wanting to remain anonymous. If it re-brands and updates its site, as well as engages further with the various cryptocurrency communities online it could grow very quickly indeed.
– Completely anonymous online gambling;
– No account registration and identity confirmation required;
– Availability of different sporting events;
– Decent choice of Live betting options;
– No deposits required – bets placed with at the end of the betslip process;
– Unlimited number of bets;
– 10 BTC rewards in the VIP program;
– Instant and automated pay-outs;
– Good support and very active in Bitcoin forums.
– Not as slick as mainstream sportsbook;
– No sign-up or welcome bonuses;
– Inferior odds compared to its competitors;
– Website design is extremely dated and unprofessional;
– Limited support options.
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