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Rivalo was founded in March of 2013 and is thus a comparatively young competitor in the online betting industry. However, if you think that this bookmaker is prone to rookie mistakes, you couldn’t be more wrong, because Rivalo was built on the foundations of the German bookie giant Tipico and profits from the experience that Tipico has gained over the past decade in sports betting. This symbiotic relationship is due to legal reasons, as Tipico are not allowed to offer their services to customers from Switzerland or Turkey. Therefore, the company sold this business division to Rivalo, who in turn do not serve customers from Germany – a win-win situation as recent figures have shown.
For our review, we have put Rivalo through its paces in terms of usability, scope of the sportsbook, and the bookie’s in-play offer. Furthermore, we scrutinised the various payment options for depositing and withdrawal as well as the customer service. In order to be able to give you the soundest of recommendations, we tried to cover all the relevant aspects that need to be taken into account before choosing a bookmaker. Let’s see whether Rivalo can live up to our high expectations.
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Before we can start betting, we need to create our personal betting account at rivalo.com. You can easily find the registration button at the top right corner of the front page.
The registration form at Rivalo is quite straightforward and easily filled in. The mandatory fields are pretty much self-explanatory and you will most likely be familiar with this procedure from non-betting sites as well. Before finishing off the registration, you are required to agree to the bookie’s general terms and conditions.
Once the registration procedure has been completed, you need to make a deposit into your newly created account in order to be able to place your first bets – no mon, no fun as the saying goes. Rivalo offers 9 different options of making a deposit. While the most common options are available, we missed the option of using PayPal services. As far as the minimum and maximum limits for deposits are concerned, the amounts vary according to the respective types of payment. The various limits are displayed in an overview below. We can assure you that the bookie is perfectly reliable and adheres to all the customary regulations.
The most important aspects that come into play when evaluating a site’s usability are the ease of operation, the design, and the responsiveness in terms of page load time, which is especially vital in in-play betting. In all three of these categories, Rivalo profits from Tipico’s know-how and technology, as the German bookie provided the software and the web design for the newly acquainted business partner. Therefore, both bookies strongly resemble each other in terms of design and organisation of content. Rivalo impressed us with a straightforward and hence clear design that dispenses with superfluous banners or images and hence facilitates the betting considerably. The clear design also contributes to a very quick page load time, which is hugely important when placing bets on events in play. Also in terms of colouring, the bookie is strongly oriented towards the Tipico design, and applies rather subtle and bright tones, mainly shades of light grey and a blueish tone that is characteristic of Rivalo, and is therefore used to highlight special menus.
The front page is mainly divided into current live events including highlight- and last-minute offers at the centre, and various menus for statistics features or customer support on both sides. An efficient customer support is of considerable importance in online betting and the bookie offers various solutions to any sorts of problems including a live chat, an extensive FAQ section, and a betting glossary as well as a contact form.
The main navigation bar at the top of the page will help you find your bearings and includes the most important features of the page including the sportsbook, live betting, and a casino as well as a live casino. Further bonus offers can also be found in the main navigation bar. While the casino features various types of slot machines, the live version offers blackjack, roulette and poker tables.
For those mainly interested in sports betting, the navigation bar on the left-hand side is vital. It includes a total of 20 different kinds of sports that you can choose from, so the bookie leaves little to be desired in that regard.
One aspect that really impressed us is the provision of 4 special feature buttons that can be found next to every event offered.
The first button provides a percentage distribution which indicates how other punters have placed their bets for the respective event. This gives you an idea of where your bet ranks in comparison to fellow punters.
Right next to the first button, a stats feature gives information about recent performances of the teams or players involved. While you get basic info by just hovering the cursor over the button, a more detailed overview will open in a new tab by clicking on the button.
The other two buttons show whether the event is available on free TV and whether you can place bets in play or solely on half time and full time results.
The bet slip, which is located on the right-hand side, is neatly arranged and quite straightforward to handle. By clicking on the odds you want to go for, the bet immediately shows up in the bet slip. The figure next to the bet slip indicates how many bets you have placed. The bet slip itself offers a variety of betting options including singles, combi- and system bets. Rivalo also offers bankers for individual bets and a variety of system bets, which will definitely appeal to more experienced punters. To validate your bets, you just need to click on the ‘place bet’ button.
To make sure that punters around the world can place their bets at rivalo.com, the bookie offers the page in 9 different languages. Interestingly, these include Polish, Serbian, and Russian which might be an indication of the bookie’s efforts to open the Eastern betting market. The language selection is located on the right-hand side of the page.
We will now turn to the most important aspect of our bookie review – the sportsbook. As mentioned above, the bookie offers events from 20 different kinds of sports. Besides football, which clearly dominates the offer, Rivalo provides odds for events in American Football, rugby, darts, cricket, snooker etc. The offer also features winter sport events. The numbers on the buttons indicate the number of available bets for the respective sport.
Overall, Rivalo might not be able to compete with the top dogs in the sports betting industry as far as the number of events and different sports are concerned, but the offer should definitely satisfy the needs of the majority of punters. Especially in football, the depth of the offer is quite impressive as you can place bets on events in Europe’s top leagues as well as in amateur and youth football.
Apart from Asian handicap bets, which are not available, Rivalo offers all common betting options such as three-way bets (everything you need to know about accumulator bets) as well as bets on the half-time and final scoreline, goal and handicap bets, and double chance bets. Occasionally, win- and scorecasts are offered as well.
One detailed feature that we really liked is the visualisation of in-play odds which indicates whether the odds get worse (odds flash red) or better (green).
Furthermore, Rivalo offers a special fantasy football segment in which you can bet on matches between teams who do not actually compete against each other in real life, but who both play matches at the same time. Irrespective of how the clubs perform in reality, the winner in the Rivalo fantasy football match is solely decided by the number of virtual goals scored. Obviously, the team that scored more goals than the other is the winner. The fantasy football at Rivalo is not just a gimmick; it offers very interesting odds you probably wouldn’t encounter in real-life football.
In addition to sports betting, Rivalo offers an online casino which includes a live version, so you can choose whether you want to try your luck with the slot machines or in competition with other players at a poker table, in blackjack or roulette.
At some point, every successful punter wants to cash out their winnings. The various withdrawal options and potential fees as well as withdrawal limits can sometimes harbour unpleasant surprises, so to make sure that you don’t regret your choice, here’s our verdict on the withdrawal procedure at Rivalo.
Before you can proceed with cashing out, you need to verify your identity. In order to do that, you need to upload an official document that verifies that your identity matches the one you stated when you created your Rivalo account. Once your identity has been approved of, you can choose from a total of 7 different withdrawal options. As with making a deposit, the minimum and maximum withdrawal limits vary according to the respective option that you choose.
Betting with the Rivalo mobile app
Betting with mobile apps on phones and tablets is becoming increasingly popular. Therefore, the folks at Rivalo have developed their own bookie app in order to make their services available to customers at all times. The Rivalo mobile betting app includes all the features as mentioned above, except for the casino games which are not available on mobile devices. Make sure you check our detailed review of the bookies mobile app here at livetipsportal.com.
As you might have noticed, we were quite impressed with how well Rivalo has performed in our bookie test. Most likely due to the know-how provided by their business partners at Tipico, the company has quickly managed to establish itself in the online bookie branch.
The design of the page is as appealing to the eye as it is efficient in terms of usability. By dispensing with any unnecessary visual features, the page loads extremely quickly and thus guarantees excitement and precision in live betting. While we might have missed Asian handicap bets, the range of betting options at Rivalo is absolutely satisfactory and can definitely match up to the best bookies in the business. The same goes for the overall range of events offered in different sports and for the depth of the offer within the respective kinds of sports.
Furthermore, the bookie provides interesting and extremely helpful statistics features as well as a bet slip which is neatly arranged and quite straightforward, yet offers a multitude of betting options. Additionally, Rivalo adds a bit of variety by including a casino feature with slot machines as well as poker tables, blackjack, and roulette.
In our livetipsportal.com review of Rivalo, we definitely found a lot of positives and can fully recommend this bookie to all punters, newbie and veteran. We wish you the best of luck and a lot of success in betting!
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