Asian bookmakers SBOBet came into existence in 2004 and has been growing strong for the last 14 years. This bookmaker is a known name amongst bettors thanks to it being the sponsor of five English Premier League football teams thus far. Licensed in the Isle of Man to operate in UK and licensed in Philippines, SBOBet is definitely a legit and safe place to get your bet on. Moreover, they bagged the title of Asian Operator of the Year in 2009 and 2010. But the question remains, how good is it? Let’s find out.
SBOBet allows you to bet on as many as 30 different sports including obscure ones such as Gaelic Football, Lacrosse and Water Polo. If as a bettor you are worried that the sport of your choice is somewhat unpopular, chances are that SBOBet will have a listing for you. Apart from sports, SBOBet also allows betting on major financial and entertainment events, something you will be hard pressed to find at other bookmakers.
The only cause of concern is the number of events SBOBet lists for each sport. Football, boxing and motorsports have great listings. If you are a soccer aficionado, you can put your wager on all of the top football leagues in the world. But the more obscure you get, the less events you find to place a bet on. Many sports do not have a single event listed at certain times and many have 1 or 2 events at best. Since the sport is listed on the platform, bettors would certainly benefit from a more comprehensive spread of events.
SBOBet is loved by most bettors for its Asian Handicap. As an Asian bookmaker, it is perhaps expected of them to provide this handicap to players but it is a great option to have nevertheless. With the Asian Handicap in place, the odds are immediately in favor of the players which means greater payouts as well.
Even without the Asian Handicap, SBOBet provides extremely good odds which is great for professional and new bettors alike. These great odds are spread across the board for all types of betting and sporting events which should serve all bettors equally well.
As soon as you hit the SBOBet website, it looks exactly like a website from the early 2000s. Drab, unimaginative color scheme, boring. Make no mistake though, the website serves its purpose pretty well. All the sports are listed on the left pane as the home page lists the popular, featured and Asian Handicap events. The website is easily navigated and pages load fast.
But the overall look and feel of the site leaves a lot to be desired. Certain parts of the live casino section still use the ancient Adobe Flash plugins which makes it incompatible with certain PCs and browsers. Most of SBOBet’s competitors are already on HTML5. The site has a mobile friendly version but not an app, even in 2018! That is lazy at best.
SBOBet has a comprehensive FAQ section regarding the website, how to use it, the rules of betting and so on. But you will be hard pressed to find a single information related to sports in general, major sporting events, event previews and betting strategies. There is a blog and football news section tucked away at the footer (yes they take football seriously) but there is a surprising radio silence about all the 29 other sports they list on the website. The blog reads like any other sports website without much insight into the betting perspective. All of this makes SBOBet a choice for professional or experienced bettors and a tough place if you are just starting out.
SBOBet offers perhaps the largest choice of payment options of any bookmaker operating in the world today. All transactions are secured by VeriSign SSL encryption making the site completely safe to use. Interestingly, while the website is very fast, the “Payment Support” faq page takes ages to load. The minimum deposit is around 40 GBP which is slightly on the higher side. Payout requires a lot of verifications before you are able to withdraw your own money.
SBOBet support system is among the best in the business. Available across 24X7X365, you can contact them via live chat, email and skype. There are also dedicated phone lines for Asian and European customers. The live chat response time is very fast making resolution quick and easy. The help and FAQ section is comprehensive and should answer most of your queries without even needing to contact a help desk executive.
All in all, SBOBet is a good bookmaker to partner with if you are a professional bettor thanks to the huge spread of sports, Asian Handicap, great odds and a large number of payment methods. If you are just starting out in the world of betting, it may not be the best option. Some makeover of the website and introduction of a mobile app could propel SBOBet towards glory but they are still a solid option nonetheless.
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