Sportingbet Bookmaker Review

Sportingbet
Rated 3.7 of 5 based on 12 ratings.

£50 Free Bet

  • New Customers
  • T&C's Apply
  • 18+
  • begambleaware.org
Review updated on 24th April 2018

About Sportingbet

Sportingbet was founded in 1998 and now operates around the globe. The company bought Paradise Poker in 2004 but made major changes from 2006 and sold its American-facing casino and sports betting businesses, which included Sports.com and Sportsbook.com, to private investors for just $1.

In October 2012, the company announced that its board had agreed terms for a takeover by the Isle of Man's GVC and William Hill, valued at £530m. Under the takeover terms, Sportingbet's Spanish and Australian operations were acquired by William Hill.

Sportingbet specialises in local-focussed sportsbooks, casino sites, virtual games, and its online poker site Paradise Poker. In total, it has more than 2.5 million customers registered in around 200 countries.

The company has corporate offices in Guernsey and call centres and offices in Australia, Costa Rica and the Republic of Ireland. The plc, meanwhile, is located in London's Moorgate.

The company is best known for having some great football promotions, an excellent website, and really good customer service. Sportingbet offers middle-range value for customers overall, although the prices on offer are solid rather than top-end.

The betting margins are generally good, with the football margins particularly high. The latter are over 7.5 per cent, compared with around six per cent across the sportsbook.

Bookies Offers & Promotions

As a new customer with Sportingbet, you could get yourself a free bet worth up to £50. Open an account and make a sports bet of least a £10 to start with. Qualifying bets must be placed with cumulative odds of 1.5 (1/2) or more and bonus funds must be rolled over a trio of times before they can be withdrawn.

The welcome offer includes three bonuses. Your initial bet of at least £10 will qualify you for the first, while the second will be the average stake you have made over your first five bets. If you have made five £10 bets, for example, your bonus will be £10. The third bonus is an average of the first ten bets. Each qualifying bet must be at least £10.

It is worth noting that you only have two weeks to qualify for the three parts of Sportingbet's welcome offer after you register, and the bonuses must be used within 30 days.

This may not be the best offer for casual punters, as it can seem like a long journey to get back the full bonus; however, there are other promotions introduced occasionally and the tennis and football accumulator insurances always prove popular. These mean that if you place a fivefold tennis or football accumulator and you lose just one of these, you can get your stake back.

There is also a Sportingbet loyalty programme known as Elite Clubs, which features Elite Platinum, Elite Gold and VIP Clubs. These reward casino play and sports betting with hospitality and big bonuses.

The potential downside is that you must be invited to join and you must be contactable through your account. If you are chosen, you could be eligible for a weekly deposit bonus, same-day bank transfers, monthly prize draws, and exclusive football and horseracing promotions.

Website Review

There is something quite basic about the Sportingbet set-up, which makes it a good choice if you are a beginner or just like the idea of a basic betting site done well. There is still plenty of choice, including all the major staples you might expect, racing coverage, and some niche sports such as water polo and swimming.

Sportingbet's in-play betting is also extremely straightforward and simple to use. There are not a lot of graphics to slow things down, and there is a good choice of betting markets.

The active markets are listed on the left-hand side of the site's menu and you can open markets for particular events by selecting a match. You can also find out which events have live television coverage by using the live in-play area. Another nice touch is that you can star or bookmark your favourite games in the section so that they are given priority listing in future.

The Sportingbet website also has a decent enough offering of extra features, including good stats and live score, to ensure that you are up to speed on everything from fixtures to match results.

There are no live streaming or cash-out options, but the simplicity of Sportingbet is one of its major features. There are quick links so that you can get to markets easily and speedily, and there is a good choice of markets and well-presented odds.

Both the mobile and desktop sites are very user friendly and there is a good flowing feel and clearly-listed odds and information. Don't be put off by the amount of text relating to the game markets - this can seem a bit cluttered at first, but things are pretty clear once you look closely.

Deposit Options

Sportingbet offers a decent choice of payment methods, including the expected debit and credit cards, banking options and ewallets, and it does not charge for either deposits or withdrawals. There are different processing times according to your chosen payment method, and withdrawals should be made to the same funding source as the deposit where possible.

Deposits can be made using Skrill, PayPal, MasterCard, Maestro, Ukash, Delta, Laster, Neteller, Click2Pay, paysafecard and bank transfer; meanwhile withdrawal methods include Neteller, Visa, Delta, Visa Electron, Skrill, bank transfer and Neteller.

Customer Service

Sportingbet has a decent help section offering plenty of basic advice. It is probably fair to say that there is not that much in-depth information available, however, meaning that you might well have to get in contact with the company's customer services team if you encounter any complex issues.

If you do need help, there are several ways to get in touch, including telephone, email and an online chat option. You can telephone for free from the UK on 0800 028 0348, or you can send an email using the contact form on the Sportingbet website.

  • Bookies 40
  • Casino 6
New Customers. T&Cs apply. 18+ begambleaware.org

Free Bets

  • EXCLUSIVE: Bet £20 Get £20! £20
    New Customers only. Unibet Offer: Minimum bet value is £1. Minimum odds of 1.40 (2/5). Free bet expires after 30 days.
  • Bet £10 Get £10 if first bet loses! £10
    New customers only. £5 Free Bet & £5 Casino Bonus if your first bet loses. Min bet £10 single at evens (2.00) or higher. T&C's apply.
  • £50 Deposit Bonus! £50
    New customers only. £50 Sports Welcome Bonus is based on 20% of your first deposit. Min deposit £10 (or currency equivalent) at odds 1.95 or higher are permitted while betting to meet the wagering requirement.
  • Up To €100 Sign Up Offer €100
    New Customers only. Bet €10 & get €10 back! Place your 10th bet & get the average value of first 10 bets back, up to €40 max. Bet €60 in first 4 weeks & get €12.50 back, can repeat 4 times.
  • £30 in Free Bets! £30
    New Customers only. Min Deposit & stake £10. Free Bets Credited as 3x£10. Free Bet Stake Not Returned and valid for 4 days. T&C's Apply. UK & IRE only.
  • £100 in Free Bets! £100
    New Customers only. Place £10 bet 5 times to get £20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to claim £100 max. Min odds 1.50 (1/2). Exchange bets excluded. 30 days expiry.
  • £30 in Free Bets! £30
    New customers only. Min. stake of £10/€10 at odds of 1/2 or greater. Only the “win” part from EW bets will count. Free bet terms, payment method & country restrictions apply. Free bets credited as 3 x £10/€10. Free bet stakes are not returned as part of the settlement of successful free bets. All Free Bets must be wagered within 30 days. UK&IRE Only.
  • £20 Risk Free Bet! £20
    New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify. T&Cs apply.
  • £50 Free Bet £50
    New customers only. Promo code 'F50' required. Certain deposit methods excluded. Min deposit and bet £5 on win or each-way bet excluding Tote or pools. Max £/€50 free bet. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Bet must be made within 14 days. Free bet valid for 4 days and stake not returned. UK&IRE only.
  • Up to £100 in Bet Credits! £100
    New Customers only. Min deposit £5. 1x settled bet requirement to withdraw Bet Credits. Min odds/bet & payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits apply.
  • £20 Free Bet! £20
    New Customers only. Min stake is £20 at min odds of 1.80 (4/5). Payment methods excluded. Free Bets stake not returned & expires in 7 days.
  • £40 in Free Bets! £40
    New customers only. Opt in and bet min £10 at Evens (2.00) or higher. £30 Free Sports Bet split as 3 x £10 on certain events + £10 Casino Bonus. Free bets expire after 7 days and no stakes are returned. 18+. begambleaware.org. T&Cs apply.
  • £30 in Free Bets + 30 SPINS! £30
    New Customers only. Min £10 Deposit at odds of Evens (2.00) on first bet. Offer is 3 x £10 Sports Bets & 30 Free Spins. Free Bets & Free Spins expire after 7 days. E-Wallet restrictions apply.
  • £35 Free Bet Bonus! £35
    New customers only. Place 6 bets each with a minimum stake of £10 at min odds of 2.00. Your Bonus Token bonus will be equivalent to your lowest stake during all your qualifying bets. Neteller & Skrill excluded.
  • Deposit £20, Play with £70! £50
    New Customers only. Min Deposit £20. Max Sports Bonus £30. Max Casino Bonus £20. 5x wagering to release sports bonus. Min odds 1.80 (4/5) 40x wagering to release casino bonus.
  • Up to £100 Bonus £100
    New Customers only. 10% Bonus up to £100. Min £10 Deposit. X 2 Wagering required to withdraw at min odds of 2.00 and expires after 30 days. UK only.
  • Free Bets Forever! £520
    Place 5 bets of £10 or more at 2.00 (EVENS) or higher and receive a £10 free bet. Repeat every 7 days to get a £10 free bet each week forever. UK only.
  • £10 Bonus at Smarkets! £10
    New customers only. Min deposit £20. First £10 losses from the exchange refunded as a bonus. Skrill and Neteller are excluded from this sign up offer.
  • £50 Deposit Bonus £50
    Register with K8 Sports as a new customer and you will qualify for up to a £50 bonus! Just deposit up to £50 for the first time and they'll match it to 100%. Bonus expires after 14 days and cannot be withdrawn. Min odds for bonus funds is 2.00 or higher.
  • Grosvenor - Double Odds First Bet! £0
    New customers only. Offer applies to Grosvenor Sports bets only. Max stake £20. Bets made with Odds Boost Token. Neteller & Skrill deposits excluded.
  • Bet £10 Get £10 Free Bet £10
    Must opt in on registering. Min deposit £10 at min odds of 1.80 (4/5). Some payment methods excluded. Expires after 30 days and non withdrawable. UK only.
  • £200 Refund Every Day! £200
    ALL Customers. Verified accounts and only on Soccer. Applies to bets made before 70th min and offer is valid if bet is lost after 88.01 mins. Limited to £200 refund once per day.
  • £50 No Deposit Offer! £50
    New customers only. Join and get £50 No Deposit funds to bet with that cannot be withdrawn. Any losses over £50 are your liability. Losses may exceed your initial deposit or credit limit. Market restrictions apply & 7 day expiry.
  • Bet £10 Get £30! £30
    New Customers only. Min deposit and bet £10 at 1/2 (1.50) using code 30f. Free bets expires in 7 days and are not included in returns. Payment method restrictions apply.
  • Bet £5 Get £10! £30
    New customers only. Use code G10. Min deposit & bet £5 at odds of 1/2 (1.50) on any sports market. Only win portion of each-way bets count. Free bet expires after 30 days and no stake is returned.
  • £50 Deposit Bonus £50
    New customers only. Min deposit of £10 at odds of 1.50 (1/2) to qualify as rollover requirements. Max bonus is £50. Use code WELCOME. Bonus qualifying period is 45 days. Payment restrictions apply.
  • Bet £20 Get £20 £20
    New Customers Only. Must opt in. Minimum stake to qualify is £20 at minimum odds of 2.00 (EVENS). Neteller & Skrill excluded. Free Bets stake not returned and expires in 7 days.
  • £30 Free Bet £30
    New UK & Ireland customers only. Min First Deposit £10 and matched up to £30. 1 x wagering at min odds of 1.75. Credit Card, Debit Card & PayPal deposits only.
  • Up to £25 Free Bet £25
    New customers only. First bet must lose to qualify for the free bet. Min bet £1 to qualify for a free bet value up to £25. First bet must be placed on sportsbook markets only.
  • £10 Risk Free + £50 Casino Bonus! £60
    New customers only. Deposit & bet £10 at odds of Evens 1/2 (2.00). Free Bet must be wagered at max odds of 4/1 (5.00). Free bets expire after 14 days, Casino Bonus 30 days. No free bet/bonus stake can be withdrawn.
  • £25 Free Bet £25
    New customers only. Min £10 stake for initial £5 free bet at odds of 1/2. Max £25 in free bets. 13 bets required to receive full £25 free bet. 30 days to activate qualifying bet. Free bet expires after 7 days. Payment method restrictions.
  • £1000 Cashback + 2% Commission! £1000
    Must opt in and use promo code DAQBACK. £1000 cashback offer expires after 30 days.
  • £10 Free Bet Each Week for Life! £520
    ALL Customers. To qualify for this free bets offer, you must place 10 x £10 bets per week at min odds of 2.00 to get your £10 free bet each week. Free bets expire after 7 days and are the free bet stake is not withdrawable.
  • £200 Free Bet £200
    New customers only. Min deposit £30 to get bonus. Max bonus amount is £200. 14 days to qualify ti withdraw bonus/winnings. Max stake on first deposit & bonus is £50 per bet, per event.
  • 100% Bonus £10
    ALL customers. Various options to choose on opt in. Min odds is Evens (2.00). Maximum profit boost that will be credited is £100.
  • £50 Deposit Bonus £50
    New customers only. Use code WELCOME50. 50% bonus on first deposit up to £50. Rollover restrictions apply. Deposit must be made within 24 hours. Rollover of deposit and bonus x6 to withdraw.
  • £25 Free Bet Offer £25
    Scottish residents only. First bet must be within 30 days of registering. Min odds of 2.00 (EVENS). Payment restrictions apply. Free bet stake not returned and expires after 7 days.
  • £200 Deposit Bonus £200
    New Customers only using code FD200. Min. deposit £15 (no Skrill/Neteller). Bonus is 50% of deposit. 1x deposit turnover at min odds 3/5 (1.60) for bonus receipt. 5x deposit & bonus turnover in 90 days for bonus release. Withdrawals limits.
  • £15 Free Bet £15
    New customers only. Min deposit £10 at odds of EVENS (2.00). If first bet loses, you'll be refunded up to a £15 free bet. Skrill & Neteller deposits don't qualify. Free bet cannot be withdrawn and expires after 7 days.
  • Win an iPad! £0
    New customers only. Win an iPad 32GB Wi Fi when opening an account and staking £300 on qualifying markets. Increase stakes to £500 and win iPad Pro 64GB Wi Fi. Offer expires 28 days after registering.

Casino

  • 50 Free Spins - No Wagering! £50
    New Customers only. 1 free spin every £1 of first deposit. £10 min deposit + 2.5% fee (min 50p). Free Spins expire after 3 days. Cash withdrawable anytime (£2.50 fee). Restrictions to which products promotion applies to. No max win.
  • 30 Free Roulette Chips £0
    New UK&IRE Customers only. Free chips over 3 days at 10 per day. Each set of 10 chips will expire at 23:59 GMT & can only be played on eligible games. X1 wagering requirements on winnings. SMS verification required.
  • 30 Free Spins! £0
    New Customers only. One bonus per customer. 30 free spins added to accounts verified by SMS (x1 wagering). Free spins expire within 10 Days & on selected games only.
  • Up to £100 Casino Bonus! £100
    Min deposit £10. x45 wagering, Roulette and blackjack 50% weighting. Bonus Valid 7 days. No using Moneybookers/Skrill or Neteller as a payment method.
  • £50 Bonus + 20 Free Spins £50
    New UK&IRE customers only. Deposits made with e-wallets are not valid. Bonus wagering x35 on eligible games. Max winnings from bonus £500. Spins available after bonus is redeemed/lost. 10 per day with no wagering.
  • £400 Slots bonus + 100 Free Spins £400
    New UK&IRE Players only. Min buy-in £20. Bonus wagering 35x on eligible games. Spins available day after bonus is lost/redeemed, 10 per day for 10 days, no wagering.