Sports betting site and bookmaker reviews
The World Gambling List has reviewed hundreds of sports betting sites over the years. We see it as our duty to find you, the reader, safe and reliable betting options. When writing our bookmaker reviews we take a number of criteria into consideration, including things such as sign-up bonuses and promotions, licensing, the reputation of the site and much more. On this page you will find a list of all of our sports betting sites reviews, plus a detailed explanation on how we reach our verdicts. Happy punting!
How we review online bookmakers
When assessing an online bookmaker we will never base our judgement on how much of a take we are getting if you join them, via our website. Yes, we work on the affiliate model, where we share revenue on punters’ losses, but we are also an independent entity, passionate punters who are developing this website as a labour of love, rather than a money-making machine (although we would love to quit our jobs and work at writing in sports betting permanently). The online realm is flooded with affiliate websites that churn out content and, through clever SEO strategy, rank highly, even if their content is inaccurate and potentially harmful to players. We hope to change the perception of the online gambling affiliate industry through our careful, accurate and fair betting site reviews, using the below criteria:
The bookmaker’s reputation
Sometimes an online betting site’s reputation will speak for itself. For instance, a brand such as Bet365 is known all over the world, and its reputation in most respects is fantastic. The World Gambling List will do the hard yards, trawling legitimate player reviews, and provide a concise recap of the reputation of each and every betting site we review.
Licensing and sports betting regulation
The World Gambling List sports team firmly believes in betting with legal and regulated sports betting sites if you can, with local betting sites being your best option, if you have them. If you are in a country that allows you to bet with overseas betting sites, look to UK bookmakers or those licensed in Malta. All of our sportsbook reviews will run you through the licensing that the site has, plus explain who is suited to betting there.
Sports betting markets, prices and odds offered
The variety of sports betting markets on offer will also play a role in how we review a sportsbook. We love a betting site that really covers sports globally, and if they do have a country they target primarily, plenty of domestic or local sports betting markets. For instance, if an online sportsbook is targeting Canada, we’ll always highlight the fact they have extensive Canadian Football League prices and money lines. Another factor when assessing online betting sites is the actual odds on each event. If a betting site has 10% worse prices than a rival, we’ll always highlight that, and recommend the betting site with the best odds.
Unique betting features
The online bookmaker scene is more competitive than ever in 2019, with many betting sites having a strong feeling of sameness. That’s why unique features at betting sites are always highlighted in our reviews. An example of a unique feature at an online betting site might be a sports form service, where punters are given extensive statistics and tips on a sporting event, which obviously would be a great tool.
Horse racing betting reviews
Horse racing plays a significant role in International betting. It takes place all over in places such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, Hong Kong, France, India and Italy, with the levels of access to thoroughbred odds on these races varying. By this, we mean you are far more likely to find U.S. racing odds at a European online bookmaker, than say odds for the Indian races. Our bookie reviews will always highlight the racing betting, including greyhounds and harness racing, on offer.
Live or in-play betting reviews
Another huge factor when choosing an online bookmaker is whether they have live betting. For whatever reason in-play, in-the-running, live betting or whatever you know it as has exploded in popularity. When we review an online betting site, we will always tell you whether they have live betting on offer, including a rundown of the sports they cover and any other special features a live betting site might have. Keep in mind live online bets are banned in some countries, including Australia, though some options are available through phoning the bookmakers in that country.
Mobile Reviews: betting and platform compatibility
Mobile phone betting plays a major role in the new global betting landscape, and if a website does not work across all platforms – desktop, mobile and tablet – we will highlight this. We’ll also speak extensively about any betting apps that the bookmaker might have. As a general rule online bookmakers will have Android and iOS apps, with all other devices expected to play on mobile casino sites.
Betting sign-up bonuses and promotions
Online betting sites will often have sign-up bonuses for new players, which means you can essentially get something for free. Any free bet offers will be explained thoroughly, including giving our opinion of the wagering requirements, in our betting reviews. After you have opened an account, betting sites will often have promotions that are both ongoing and surrounding prominent events.
Banking at online betting sites
One of the most problematic areas of online betting can be depositing and withdrawing to and from your account, particularly in countries where bettors are forced to wager with offshore betting sites. Bookmaker banking questions such as “how long does a withdrawal take” pop up all too frequently. Our bookmaker reviews will take into consideration the deposit options, putting particular emphasis on any that might suit a certain jurisdiction. For instance, if a betting site accepts Paypal, there is every chance it will only be in regulated gambling markets like Great Britain.