SBOBet is an online bookmaker that operates in Asia but is licensed in the Philippines and holds a UK licence from the Isle of Man's gambling regulators. Founded in 2004, the company has grown in both size and reputation and was crowned Asian Operator of the Year in both 2009 and 2010.
Gamers may be familiar with SBOBet through its sponsorship of some major British football clubs. It acted as shirt sponsor for West Ham during the 2012-2013 season and had previously sponsored Cardiff City for the 2010-2011 season. In August 2013, it was confirmed that SBOBet would be the main sponsor for five Premier League teams, again partnering with West Ham alongside Swansea City, Southampton, Hull City and Norwich City.
SBOBet has a broad sportsbook on which you can place bets and also enables you to place stakes on various financial and entertainment events. Alongside the usual football, rugby, cricket, tennis and motor sports, there are slightly more unusual sports and events such as beach soccer, lacrosse, mixed martial arts and water polo. With such a variety of sports to choose from, you are almost guaranteed to find some upcoming event that you will want to have a flutter on.
There is also a fairly sizeable e-sports section, which includes virtual football and racing, to broaden your betting options still further. It is also worth noting that SBOBet was the first online bookie to be granted approval by the Isle of Man regulators to launch a live online casino and it is well worth checking out the other elements of the site beyond the sports betting.
Bookies Offers & Promotions
Compared with other online bookies, SBOBet is not at all generous when it comes to bonuses and promotions. The only offer available is the sign-up incentive, which is not available to players in the UK due to restrictions.
The lack of bonuses and promotions is a serious downside to the SBOBet site, especially when you consider the generous incentives offered by bookmakers such as Paddy Power and Bet365. If you are looking to boost your winnings with some little extras, this really is not the site for you.
SBOBet's website is not particularly attractive; however, what it lacks in beauty and glitz, it more than makes up for with ease of use. The main sports screen is relatively clean to look at, with a neat left-hand bar showing the various sports you can wager on and the number of upcoming events for each. There is also the option to favourite particular categories, which is not something you see very often - this makes it much quicker and easier to get back to the pages and sports you are interested in.
In the centre of the screen you will find charts of the featured and popular bets for what SBOBet considers the top five sports: football, basketball, baseball, tennis and boxing. Here you can view the latest odds and start times for the matches or tournaments, enabling you to find out everything you need to know before you decide where to place your wager.
The website seems to run smoothly with few, if any, technical hitches, and pages load very quickly. The simplicity of the SBOBet site makes it very easy to get around, with navigating your way to the pages you want or the information you need very straightforward. It might not be much to look at compared to some other online betting sites, but SBOBet is functional and fuss-free.
Deposit & Withdrawal Options
One thing that is very much in SBOBet's favour is the number of payment methods available to you. As it is such an international company, SBOBet offers one of the lengthiest lists of deposit options you are likely to find. In addition to the standard credit or debit card and bank transfer options, you can use Abaqoos, Banco Santander, BankLink, CashU, eKonto, ePay, EPS, Euteller, Ewire, fast bank transfer, Giropay, iDEAL, Instant Bank, MOLPay, Moneta, Multibanco, Neosurf, Neteller, POLi, Przelewy24, Skrill, Sofort, and telegraphic transfer. All let you place deposits in British pounds.
Minimum deposits vary depending on which method you use but the majority are around the £40 mark, although it is significantly higher for telegraphic transfer at £300. It is also worth knowing that if you want to pay by credit card, SBOBet requests that you send a copy of your credit card's front-face to enable the details to be checked.
The length of time it takes withdrawals to reach your account varies depending on the payment method, ranging from an instant payout to a number of working days. The minimum withdrawal using telegraphic transfer is £100, but for all other payment methods it is just £10. There are also various security checks you will need to pass before SBOBet will allow you to take any money from your online account, including submitting photo identity documents with proof of address.
Payments are protected by VeriSign Extended Validation SSL and all information is encrypted, which means the site is perfectly safe to use and your financial information is properly safeguarded.
SBOBet is quite well-known for its high level of customer service. Finding the help and FAQs pages of the site is very easy, and these pages give an extremely comprehensive and easy to understand guide to everything you could need to know about using the site.
There is also a live chat feature if you need an instant answer to a question or want to raise an issue. The live chat button can be found in the top right-hand corner and opens the messenger service in a new pop-up window. Response times are generally very fast, making this a great tool to use if you do not have time to email.
In its favour, SBOBet has many more ways to make contact than many other providers. In addition to the live chat system, it has both a European and Asian phoneline, a support team email address and Skype contact details, all available 24/7.