Get to place your bet, spin your favourite reels or sit down on a live dealer table at one of the pioneers in online gaming. Founded in 1998 by Mark Blandford, SportingBet has been a stalwart in a rapidly growing market ever since, becoming a trusted and award-winning hangout for players from around the world.
In 2013, GVC Holding plc acquired SportingBet in a deal worth £530 million and has since incorporated the brand into their vast portfolio of online gaming sites such as Ladbrokes, bwin and Party Casino. Today, SportingBet is operated by GVC subsidiary ElectraWorks Limited under licences from the Government of Gibraltar and the UK Gambling Commission. Their premises and staff are located in the British enclave of Gibraltar.
The GMBLRS Detective
Reviewing an established gaming hangout is always a pleasure as they have proven themselves over the years to be a welcoming site that provides ample entertainment and betting opportunities for virtually any taste and budget. Not that they are perfect but they have done many things right at SportingBet as the extremely large active player base shows. Reason enough for me to take a tour of the site and see what exactly is on offer.
SportingBet started out as a bookmaker, after all, it’s in the name. The beginning of internet gambling belonged to such sites as it was relatively easy to set up considering the low data speeds and rather rudimentary software that was available at the time. Most of us were still using Windows 3.1. It didn’t take long for the owners to add casino games to their portfolio, embracing the download client from Playtech as their platform. It wasn’t until well into the 20th century until SportingBet changed to a multi-platform site offering a large variety of slots and games from different providers. The latest additions are live betting and virtual sports, rounding off a comprehensive gaming hangout that covers virtually all types of betting and gaming.
Speaking of gaming, to do so you will have to register an account first, which is done in a few minutes. For our UK friends, the KYC verification process is in most cases completed electronically via soft check and the electoral roll. Any additional documents can be uploaded via a provided tool. We strongly recommend completing the account verification at the earliest convenience as it will avoid any delays when it comes to withdrawals.
Moving on to the casino games, Sportingbet sorted them into three sections – Games, Casino and Live Casino. The first comprises a large range of established providers and rising stars except for Playtech and Quickspin, both of which can be found in the Casino section. The live tables are powered by Evolution Gaming.
SportingBet offers a range of welcome packages that are tailored to your country of residence as well as gaming preference. These could be bonus spins on top of your deposit, match bonuses or both. Always check your regional site to confirm the current offer. Please note that wagering requirements apply to all bonus offers subject to the casino bonus terms and conditions, always make sure to read them before claiming an offer.
Once ready to play, head to the banking lobby to deposit funds into your account. SportingBet has an extensive range of payment methods that are often specific for a region or country. Available are credit/debit cards, e-wallets such as Neteller, Ecopayz and Skrill, Paypal, Paysafe Card and a whole host of instant banking options such as Klarna, Interac Online or Trustly. Please note that as of April 2020, UK players can no longer use credit cards to fund their casino accounts. As for the reverse order, withdrawals are processed daily, including weekends with e-wallets being the fastest way to get paid, usually minutes to a few hours.
Customer support at SportingBet is offered via two channels – email and live chat with the latter being open daily from 10 AM to 10 PM GMT. For your convenience, the site can be loaded in English, German, Hungarian, Portuguese and Spanish languages.
To promote Responsible Gambling, SportingBet and the entire GVC group enacted the “Changing for the Bettor” policy with a mission to be the most trusted and enjoyable betting operator in the world. This allows players to control their activity at the casino by setting limits for deposits/losses/wagered amount/session length as well as executing cool-off periods or self-exclusion.
The GMBLRS’ Detective Verdict
SportingBet has been a trusted gaming hangout for over two decades, a period they never failed to stay on course with the latest games, generous promotions, fast payments as well as implementing mobile play at a very early stage. Highly recommended if you fancy a sports bet while also being able to play casino game.
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