SportingBet

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Get up to £50 in the form of a deposit bonus when signing up for a new Sportingbet online sports betting account today.

The first part of the bonus requires players to register for a new Sportingbet account and place an opening bet of £10 or more at odds of 1/2 or bigger.

The second part will see you credited with a bonus amount equal to the average stake of your first five bets.

The third will again be based on your average stake, this time over your first 10 bets.

A total of £50 in bonus funds is on offer here so if you haven't already got a SportingBet account, what's stopping you?!

Terms and Conditions apply - please see bookmaker's website for details.

Who Are Sportingbet?

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Previously known as SportingOdds, coupled with the Sportingbet free bet, Sportingbet is an interactive online sports betting site that provides a fun and unique way of betting - the In-Running service - along with a wide range of betting options.

SportingBet blow their own trumpet by daring to suggest that they have the best online betting odds in the UK. Quite the claim, yet one which isn't far off being the truth in real terms once you have a poke around their website and see what's what.

After all 2.5 million registered customers spread over 200 countries cant be wrong, those who according to online betting industry statistics place on average over 1 million bets every day. Jeez. They're some figures which even the harshest critics would concur supported SportingBet's lofty declaration. Either way SB never rest on their laurels, and immediately branched out into online poker, casino and other related virtual gaming platforms once they acquired the Paradise Poker and Casino domains in 2004.

The SportingBet stock is rising still higher in the public's conscience now thanks to their announcing in 2009 of their sponsorship tie-in with Barclays Premier League side, Wolverhampton Wanderers for a provisional two season agreement. Amongst other commercial overtures this high profile deal sees the SportingBet logo emblazoned across the first team strip and club training kit. At roughly the same timed they announced a similar contract to lend their name to the Romanian side, Steaua Bucuresti's club colours, an on-going contract that would tie them to the team for the same two year period of sponsorship.

What's The Script Then?

An impressive and far-reaching one to say the least. Covering 23 mainstream sports betting events, as well as TV and Political Betting, SportingBet envelopes the entire interactive sports gambling demographic. Their fixed odds (football and UK horse racing-primed) and legendary in-play betting considerations are clearly SportingBet's specialist subjects, whilst offering bang up-to-the-minute statistics on all manner of sports and events along with betting gives them the edge over key online betting rivals. Take into account (which you will do from the moment you create an online account with them) SportingBet's wide-ranging promos, casino, poker, slots, skill games, backgammon, video games, mobile and financials and you get the picture, while the SportingBet free bet incentive marks it out from the pack just as soon as you're guided there.

And remember, SportingBet were the company found at the vanguard of virtual racing back in the day when they single-handedly pioneered their VR racing platform which took the industry by storm and paved the way for similar assimilations to take shape in its wake.

Who's Behind Sportingbet?

Mark Blandford saw the fledgling potential for online betting back in the mid 1990s, and sold his more traditional chain of high street bookies to Tote in 1997 to concentrate and redouble his new efforts in the promising arena of the information superhighway. Four years later he floated that new online gaming company, Sportingbet, on the London stock exchange, a first for such an ambitious venture, and systematically set an example to others that have followed suite since.

What's So Good Sportingbet?

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Well, where do we start. We guess it depends on what you think are core attributes and/or the perfect ingredients required to capture the imagination of the burgeoning online betting community waiting for the next best thing since the proverbial sliced bread. SportingBet recently added a financial betting section to the website, whereby online users can try their hand playing the FTSE TOP 100 against themselves or other players, whether just for the hell of it or for actual money; which we have to admit is great fun.

There's also a cracking selection of special sporting free stuff to throw yourself whole-heartedly into, including the refer-a-friend £25 bonus scheme (as the name implies, get a friend interested in SB's wares, get them to sign up and you and your friend will receive a £25 bet bonus for tipping them off). You can't say fairer than that. And what about 'Ace Tennis', (which allows you to swan off with a share of £2,500 each week just for using your nous and coming up trumps on your weekly tennis betting skill set - spend £25 or more on tennis betting during the course of the week and if you're in the top ten bookie-busting bettors, you're instantly in with a shout of the big prize).

And in the same groove there's the football-derived 'Know The Score' sideshow (run along the exact same lines as the Ace Tennis assimilation - only with £5,000 a week up for grabs), 'Last Man Standing' (which is a daring daily bet-based test of nerve where the amount you bet each day is pushed up to challenge your betting skills – with the last man standing in line for £100,000 or a supercar) and the 'Betting Points Accumulator' that equates to every pound spent betting throughout the month of September will earn punters points; the most accrued at the month's end will walk off with £2,500. We likey. We likey very much.

We've discovered to our advantage that SportingBet are quite the authority on traditional American sports too, despite no longer extending the hand of betting friendship to out cross-Atlantic friends due to stringent gambling rules administered by many of the states. There's the full gamut of baseball, basketball, American football, ice hockey et al to take you betting picks from whenever the mood takes you.

Closer to home - and to the hearts of the horse racing fraternity in particular - and the next 5 horse race option is continually proving to be popular with online punters looking to dip in and out of the action then and there whilst on-site. Essentially furnishing users/members with the forthcoming events/important meetings due to take place that hour of that specific day.

SportingBet's Flash-based and HTML coverage for in-play wagering section a rare departure for most competitors online sportsbooks, and again goes some way to explain the growing popularity of the SB site. As does the conveniently-placed online betting slip situated in the upper right hand side of the screen on each and every page, allowing you to keep tabs on what you're wagering throughout the time you're in the online betting zone.

What's more, SportingBet's mobile phone betting application is a cinch to facilitate and means you can bet constantly whilst on the go, negating the need to be sat behind a pc every time you fancy a flutter or act on a potential big win tip-off.

How Quickly Do Sportingbet Pay Out?

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SportingBet leave you in the knowledge that when you win you'll get your winnings back quickly and efficiently, which isn't always the case for other less scrupulous online betting establishments. Naming no names obviously, for legal reasons. Bearing in mind that SportingBet are officially Australia's biggest bookmakers means a lot. As just how many Aussies suffer fools gladly and wait around for anything.

Is Sportingbets Website Design, Layout And Ease Of Navigation Up To Scratch?

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SportingBet fronts what can only be described as an excellent Flash-driven aperture that creates a peerless live betting environ in which to experience the the whole site. Simple to plot and co-ordinate, the SportingBet portal is without question one of the best user interfaces amongst the online betting establishment. Vivid (although not to the point of fit-inducing), uncluttered and revised information/graphic support unbelievably quickly.

The online registration process couldn’t be simpler to figure out and run through either, just to underline the slick overview visitors and members alike comment on. Click on the 'open an account' tab, conjure up a user-nameee and password, add a few rudimentary personal gubbins, confirm that everything is hunky dory, deposit some wonga and the job's a good 'un. Congratulations, you're ready to embark on a rewarding (hopefully in more ways than one) online betting journey.

Do They Offer A Good Cross-Section Of Betting Odds And Markets?

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The SportingBet web service and provisions for online bettors is a real winner, especially regarding their in-running facility which is clearly marked on their home page and takes you on a virtual tour of the very best betting markets available at any given moment. Well worth checking out, and seamlessly opens up a world of betting markets, as well as flagging up stellar odds on football, which is of course always big business for online betting fans once the season is up and running.

Is The Customer Service Much Kop?

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Experts are on hand – either by phone, email or live chat – pretty much all the time to help you with any issues that arise during your online stay at SportingBet, and given the staff remit of being well versed in all aspects of online gambling and potential problems that could arise from a technical viewpoint, will provide solutions and resolve any discrepancies there and then. That's according to feedback courtesy of the hordes of regular SportingBet members, literally, the horses mouth if you like.

So What's The Catch?

Downsides of the SportingBet website includes the lack of depth within the horse racing section and the relative information given. Whilst the 'next five races' is a canny concept the glaring absence of live coverage of said horse racing when bearing in mind the enormity of the sport's following amongst the online betting community per se is more than an oversight in our opinion.

Special features – therein such consequential additions as live score feeds and statistical information is sadly short on the ground in certain disciplines, which also to our mind results in SB missing a trick and allowing its rivals to get one over. Which to an extent detracts from SportingBet's otherwise all-round usefulness and interesting internet betting repertoire.

Will They Accept My Plastic?

Check the front of your credit card and if it displays the following logotypes, then your luck's a lady tonight; NETeller, Click2pay, DirectTeller, Moneybookers, Bank Wire Transfers, Moneygram.

Is The Site Secure?

SportingBet boasts an encrypted system that ensures proven security measures are in place and operational at any one time. SB also sports a Firewall application across its web servers too for added peace of mind prior to any transactions.

How Can I Contact Them Should I Want To?

24 hour live help is on hand, along with email and direct phone lines.