With a few high-profile sponsorship deals in the Barclays Premier League under their name, for instance with West Ham United, SBOBet have certainly gained some reputation over the past few years, especially amongst football supporters. In our livetipsportal.com review, we will put the bookie to the ultimate test in order to provide you with all the details that you need to know about before choosing a bookie.
In the review, we will discuss everything from the registration procedure to the different payment options for depositing and withdrawal to the extent of the sportsbook and the variety of betting options available. We will also examine the site’s usability and ease of operation as well as the level of customer support. Let’s see how well SBOBet can perform in our livetipsportal review; we hope you’ll enjoy the read!
The sign-up procedure at SBOBet is fairly comprehensive in terms of information required, but it is by no means lengthy or cumbersome. The button for the registration form is located in the top left corner of the front page, and by clicking on it the sign-up form will open in a new window. In order to complete the registration, you need to give personal details including your full name, a valid email address and your physical address as well as your telephone and/or mobile number (you can also state by which means of communication you would prefer the bookie to get into contact with you). In order to set up your personalised SBOBet account, you then need to create a username and a password, and you are asked to answer a default security question. The registration form also requires you to choose the currency in which you want to make payments. If available, you can also enter a promotion code for bonuses. To finish off the sign-up procedure, you just have to enter a CAPTCHA and agree to the bookies general terms and conditions.
After you have completed the registration, you need to make your first deposit into your SBOBET account in order to be able to start betting. Every time you sign in to SBOBet, you will be directed to the deposit page right away, and alternatively you can also click on the ‘Deposit now’ bar at the top menu. The bookie then provides you with a list of possible payment options. The number of available payment methods might be limited as the list is generated based on the currency that you have selected. As far as credit card payments are concerned, the bookie’s options are restricted to VISA and Mastercard and you have to provide a copy of your credit card’s front face. The bookie further supports online banking systems such as Skrill and Neteller, which cover most of the usual payment methods such as giropay, paysafecard, Ukash etc. The minimum deposit amount for these services is 20 €, or 20 GBP if you are from the UK. Overall, the bookie covers most of the payment methods that you would expect, and the limits neither above, nor below average. Let’s now have a look at the usability of the bookie’s website, and how easy it is to operate.
The design of the bookie’s webpage follows the customary conventions with a main navigation bar at the top which includes links to the sportsbook, the live casino, and other features including a recently added section on financial bets. On the left-hand side, the bookie provides a navigation bar for all the different kinds of sports available at SBOBet, and at the centre you can find upcoming highlights as well as featured events. Interestingly, the featured events are by default listed according to betting options, so if you are specifically looking for Asian Handicap bets, the respective events for which this option is available will appear in the list.
The main page is designed in shades of blue and dispenses with any flashy details and is thus very much focussed on what’s important, namely the different events and betting options available. The navigation bar on the left is well structured, and when you click on the respective kinds of sports you get a subdivision of the different regions/countries for which events in this sport are offered. Furthermore, you can select whether you want to have an overview of all available events or of current in-play action.
Once you have clicked on the odds that you want to lay your bets will appear in the bet slip on the right-hand side. While the bet slip is neatly arranged and fairly straightforward, it does not offer any specific betting options or bankers. All you can do is select individual bets and the respective stakes you want to play for. In our opinion and compared to other bookies, the bet slip is a bit too simplistic.
As far as the customer support at SBOBet is concerned, we found various ways to get into contact with the bookie. A live chat option is available, and you can also contact the customer service via email, a hotline, fax, and even via skype.
Overall, in terms of usability, the bookie meets all the customary requirements, and it is fairly easy to find one’s way around at sbobet.com. However, the overly simplistic bet slip definitely leaves some room for improvement.
The language selection at SBOBet reveals some interesting details as it reflects how strongly the bookie is engaged in the Asian market. While you can select from English, German and Spanish for European languages, the majority of available languages are Asian, such as Burmese, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese for instance.
The SBOBet sportsbook
The bookie’s sportsbook and the concomitant range of betting options per event are the main performance benchmarks in our reviews since variety in the offer enhances the betting experience and is vital if you want to implement specific betting strategies (click here for our section on betting strategies). SBOBet offers a total of 28 different sports and further betting events in entertainment as well as financial bets. At the time of our test, the bookie offered 500 different events in football which makes up the vast majority of the sportsbook. However, even if you’re not interested in football, you can select from numerous events in other sports ranging from mainstream sports such as basketball and tennis to fringe sports such as squash or water polo. Despite the great variety in different kinds of sports, the bookie failed to impress us as far as betting options per event are concerned. For instance, for a match in the round of the last sixteen in the UEFA Champoins League, SBOBet offered a total of 31 betting options, which is not even half as many as other bookies might offer for the same game. If you’re looking for anything else than the standard bets, for instance for scorecast or wincast options, you will be disappointed. Interestingly enough, though, the bookie offers Asian handicap options for all events, which is still a rarity. This is most likely due to the bookie’s strong involvement in the Asian betting market. Overall, if you are looking for a great range of different sports available, and if you can live with the fact that the betting options for the respective games are fairly limited apart from the Asian handicap offers, the SBOBet sportsbook is definitely worth looking into.
The in-play offer at SBOBet is not as extensive as we had hoped for, but the bookie is one of the few who actually offers Asian handicap in live betting. Furthermore, a nice live-statistics feature provides you with all the information you need in order to keep an overview of how the game has progressed. If you want to learn more about the recent form of teams or players involved in a match, just click on the small icon right next to the number of different betting options. This feature is offered for all upcoming events and for events which are currently in play. Check out our sports betting tips section which helps you to find the right bets.
Once you have won a few bets and made some profit, you will probably cash out at some point. In order to do so, you need to submit a funds withdrawal request, which involves a fairly simple verification procedure of your account as you don’t have to submit any additional data such as ID scans. All you need to do is open the link to the withdrawal form, enter the amount you want to withdraw, and confirm your data. Afterwards the withdrawal request will be submitted to SBObet for reviewing and processing. Keep in mind that SBOBet has certain minimum withdrawal amounts, and that the funds will be transferred to the payment service provider that you have utilised to make your first deposit of funds.
Overall, SBOBet proved to be quite an interesting bookie. With a great variety in different kinds of sports available, and Asian handicap options for almost every single sporting event, the bookie will be particularly attractive to punters looking for this specific betting option.
Furthermore, the site is quite user-friendly, neatly arranged, and provides a good customer support. However, if you are looking for a bookie that offers bets on every aspect of the game, from cards shown to bets on goalscorers with timecast options, you will probably have to look elsewhere. We hope you enjoyed this bookie review. Make sure you check out all the other reviews before actually sign up with the bookie of your choice. It’s well worth the wait.
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