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9.9

When the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a federal law that had banned sports wagering in 2018, American citizens for the first time had an opportunity to bet on sports contests online, an opportunity most of the world with internet access had been enjoying for decades.

On that day in mid-2018, it became obvious that the world’s internet wagering providers were well positioned to plunge into a huge pool of bettors that had been confined to physical casino and sportsbook wagering. American sportsbook operators, some with international connections, had lobbied for years for the ability to offer online wagering, so they were all ready when they got the green light from the Supreme Court.

Summary 

This review will attempt to shed light on the various details worthy of consideration by anyone with the intent of exploring setting up an online sportsbook wagering account with BetMGM.

The primary criteria we examine are:

    • Prices – How do BetMGM’s odds stack up when compared to other online bookmakers?

    • Promotions – How well does BetMGM offer various creative promotions to maintain client interest?

    • Markets – How many sports BetMGM supports and how many sub-markets exist within each sport?

    • Live streaming – How well does BetMGM do at supplying clients with online streaming options for events that fall outside of the mainstream – international sports or niche sports such as darts and cycling?

    • Website functionality

    • Mobile app functionality

    • Bet Types – How well does BetMGM do at offering the types of bets that customers want?

    • Banking – How easy and/or convenient is it to deposit and withdraw funds from a BetMGM online wagering account?

    • Customer Service – How easy or hard is it to contact BetMGM and get authoritative answers to questions or concerns that go beyond the FAQ section of the website/mobile apps?

These eight criteria are not the only ones, but they are the main ones that will assist the curious to determine if a wagering account with Bet MGM is worthwhile, or if a different bookie might be a better choice.

History of BetMGM 

BetMGM is a descendant of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) film studio. You know, the movies with the roaring lion at the beginning.

What exists today is very different from the days of Hollywood movie moguls, when the primary focus of the company was getting as many people as possible into movie theaters in front of screens showing MGM movies and hopefully more than any of its competitors.

The MGM with which we are concerned is properly called MGM Resorts International. This company formed a partnership with a Great Britain gambling operator called GVC Holdings that has since changed its name to Entain. Online wagering in Great Britain goes back to the earliest days of the internet, when users would have gone online with dial-up modems and desktop computers that are quaintly obsolete and vastly underpowered by comparison to even the most inexpensive pre-paid mobile phones of today.

Since 2018, BetMGM has formed numerous partnerships with sports leagues, the sports bar chain Buffalo Wild Wings, Yahoo Sports and some NFL, MBL and NBA teams.

The parent corporation of course offers casino games, but the focus of this review is directed at the sportsbook operation only.

BetMGM Pros

    • Available live streaming on the website and in the mobile apps

    • Trustworthy – A well-regulated and prominent entity

    • Lots of interesting promotions including First Bet Offer where legal

    • Competitive odds and vigorish

    • Broad range of sports (and access to casino and poker sections)

    • Same-game parlays

BetMGM Cons

    • Slow withdrawals – BetMGM examines every winning bet and reserves the right to take as many as five days to determine if they have an obligation to pay a win.

    • No phone support

    • Does not accept crypto currency

    • No horse racing

BetMGM Odds 

Given the level of competition among the various online bookmakers, there are times when selecting a bookie should not be done entirely by price. Other criteria may weigh heavily in the eyes of the individual.

That same level of competition means that a huge disparity between the prices offered by one bookmaker versus another will seldom be present.

It is fun to shop and it is fun to get the best price available and on that basis, it is worthwhile to have an account with BetMGM.

Here is a snapshot of the NFL prices offered by BetMGM and two of its main competitors for games in the third week of the 2022 – 2023 NFL season.

Please remember that the prices observed on a Monday will very likely fluctuate by the time a game is played.

The game we picked was the Thursday night game between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The BetMGM site spread had the Steelers as five point underdogs. With FanDuel, the Steelers were 4.5-point underdogs, while with DraftKings, the spread was five points.

Everyone knows that there are no half points in the NFL, but here is the difference to someone making a bet. NFL games are seldom decided by five points, although it does happen. Winning margins are more often one, three, four, six or more points. Someone who backs Cleveland to win with BetMGM or DraftKings will lose the bet if the final score of the game is something like 21 – 16, while the bettor backing Cleveland would win that wager with FanDuel.

Another popular bet with American NFL bettors is the total points scored, often known as the Over/Under.

BetMGM’s quote for this bet was 38.5 points. To win, the combined score of Cleveland and Pittsburgh must be at least 39 points for someone backing the over and less than 38 points for backers of the under.

FanDuel was quoting the Over/Under as 38.5 and DraftKings was also 38.5.

Price shoppers will often find identical odds across bookies and this is the perfect example of a situation where a bettor will find one bookie or the other better for an Over/Under bet for reasons other than the price.

The other common type of NFL bet is the Money Line. This can also be called the head-to-head, but it is simply a wager placed on which team will win or lose the game.

The BetMGM Money Line quote was +180 for the Steelers and -225 for the Browns. For any wondering what those quotes mean, it is simple. The number quoted is based on what size of wager is needed. To win $100 betting on the Steelers, it would be necessary to bet $36. Backing the Browns to win $100 would require a wager of $70.

The FanDuel Money Line was +180 for the Steelers and -215 for the Browns and DraftKings was quoting +280 for the Steelers and -147 for the Browns.

In this instance, of the three bookies used for comparison, the identical Over/Under quotes rule that bet type moot – it does not matter which bookie is used.

For the line bet, the bookie with the line of 4.5 points is a slightly better value, emphasis on the slightly.

For the Money Line bet, the best bookie for those wanting to back Cleveland to win would be DraftKings, while the best bookie for those wanting to back the Steelers would be BetMGM or FanDuel.

Bookies such as the three mentioned here will also offer other markets, or bet types, known as proposition or “prop” bets. This would include such bets as the first player to score a touchdown and other bets that have no real connection to the outcome of a game.

It is important to note that it would not be unheard of for a bookie to change their quotes when the start of the game is closer. It actually happens often. A hypothetical example of this would be if Cleveland running back Nick Chubb sustained an injury and could not play. Such information could easily affect the spread, over/under and money line quotes the bookies were offering.

The conclusion with regard to BetMGM prices is simple. They offer competitive odds.

Everyone likes a good deal. Few people shop with the question on their lips, “Would you please charge me the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), plus a little extra?

Shopping odds is one of the most entertaining aspects of online wagering.

In an industry with such fierce competition and so many bookies from which to choose, not having competitive odds would be a rapid death sentence.

BetMGM Promotions

Online bookmaker promotions exist to maintain client interest and they are often lots of fun, too.

BetMGM has an extensive offering of various types of promotions that make for some interesting scenarios.

The great thing about Bet MGM promotions is that while a BetMGM account is required to participate in promotional offers, those promotions can be viewed by anyone.

Here are a few examples gleaned from the odds example above of an upcoming NFL contest between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns.

    • One Game Parlay – BetMGM combines three markets from the game to create a parlay bet based on Cleveland running back Kareem Hunt. If Hunt can catch passes amounting to 20 yards total or more, has three or more receptions and 50 or more yards rushing, the potential payout is much greater than the sum of any of the three legs. Clicking or tapping on the icon for this parlay will reveal that BetMGM has 12 total three-leg parlays for this game.

    • $1000 First Bet Offer – This one is for new clients. In order to claim the bonus, it requires signing up and depositing some funds, obtaining the mobile BetMGM app or visiting the BetMGM website, and then place a wager. If the bet loses, BetMGM will credit the account with up to $1,000 as soon as the losing bet is settled.

    • Refer a Friend – receive a $50 bonus for each referred friend who joins BetMGM.

    • MLB One Game Parlay Insurance – Up to $25 of a stake refunded if all legs of a parlay but one win.

These are just a few examples. BetMGM has quite a few more. The ones described above are intended to give examples of the different types of promotions BetMGM makes available. The One Game Parlay will expire as soon as the Browns/Steelers game starts, but there will be similar parlay promotions for other games in other sports all the time.

The First Bet Offer is an example of a one-time promotion, while the Refer a Friend promotion will be around all the time unless BetMGM decides to cancel it.

The conclusion here is that for bettors who enjoy promotions, BetMGM fills the bill nicely.

BetMGM Markets

Many or most online bettors that enjoy proposition, “prop” bets, place a lot of value on how many markets within a sport that a bookie will offer in addition to the main ones of line, over/under and money line.

The majority of those bettors like to create their own parlay bets with additional markets, or bet extra markets alone in the case of a game where there is no obvious value in the main markets.

For the Cleveland/Pittsburgh game that is serving as an example, BetMGM had prop markets for the Full Game, First Half, Single Touchdowns for three players and a multiple touchdown market for those same three players.

There were 19 markets for Winning Margin.

In all, BetMGM was offering over 120 additional markets.

It is safe to conclude that BetMGM will have multiple prop bets for any NFL game and all the other sports it covers as well, with the popularity of the sport influencing the total number of sub-markets. That is to say, the NFL, NBA and MLB will have more than boxing or Formula 1 racing.

These extra markets are a big plus in the BetMGM ledger.

BetMGM Live Streaming 

While most people having an interest in wagering on the mainstream sports, viewing the contest on a TV, computer or mobile phone is a given.

Live streaming from BetMGM takes on greater significance when a less popular sport is involved.

A check of BetMGM’s live offerings on a recent weekday afternoon showed that there were nine live events being streamed. This number could be much higher at other times, and lower, too, of course.

At the time of the most recent visit to the BetMGM website, all the live streaming was for tennis matches. The live stream of the match between Victoria Osuigwe and Mia Slama was displayed in the upper right corner of the screen above the bet slip of the website and it looked like something out of the Pong era of video games. It was not a live stream of a televised tennis match.

Live streaming of this sort is important to bettors who want to follow an event to get a feel for how it is unfolding, and then make live bets based on that feel.

There were plenty of opportunities to do just that supplied by BetMGM.

Users had a choice of Main, meaning the match, Game Bets, Set Bets, Point Bets, Totals and Tiebreaks. In short, just about anything involving hitting a tennis ball was a potential wager.

Live streaming is a feature that is similar to odds prices in the regard that live streaming is something that no online bookmaker can afford to be without if it intends to be competitive.

BetMGM Website Functionality 

The BetMGM website is well conceived and executed.

One feature many will appreciate is that the time of the start of events is synced with the time of the site users’ clocks.

As for the layout of the website, it uses a tried-and-true three-column scheme that online bettors from around the world will recognize.

The left column is a listing of all the sports BetMGM offers for wagering purposes. The upper part of the column is labelled “Top Sports” and many users will never need to go down to the bottom part of the column to find sports listed alphabetically.

The sports coverage is quite extensive and that bottom half of the left column lists niche sports such as beach volleyball, as well as important international leagues, such as the Australian Football League, although that listing found only one match on offer.

The middle column of the webpage takes up the majority of the screen. This is where the various requested sports markets will display the odds quotes for the teams, along with the three primary, most popular bets of spread, total and money line.

The right column is reserved for the bet slip.

The BetMGM bet slip is totally adequate and it includes two nice features. One of these is that when a stake is entered, the bet slip calculates the potential amount to be won. The other is a row of dollar amounts that can be used in lieu of typing an amount in the bet slip.

The BetMGM bet slip is a good place from which to discover what events are currently being live streamed.

The color scheme used by BetMGM is straightforward and unobtrusive. Most text is dark gray, while some is black and bold. The background color is a light gray and there is a liberal use of white for contrast.

Pages loaded quickly and the website is easy to navigate and intuitive to use, even by users that have never placed an online wager.

A nice website such as BetMGM’s is great, but since the first smart phone came out in 2007, online bettors gradually shifted to using phones and tablets for online betting in other countries where online betting was legal.

Current estimates place mobile betting at around 80 percent of all wagers, so the BetMGM mobile offerings take on increased significance.

BetMGM Mobile App Functionality 

Since cell phones have grown to represent the bulk of wagers placed, it is critical for a bookie to have solid mobile versions of their website, along with dedicated apps for iOS and Android operating system devices.

BetMGM succeeds very nicely in this area.

Viewing the BetMGM site on an iPhone using the Safari browser was very similar to the view seen on the website, with the exception that it was necessary to do a bit more scrolling because the BetMGM mobile site does not rotate to landscape mode.

Tapping was responsive and scrolling was accurate and reliable.

All selections for new pages and new areas of the site were as close to instantaneous as is possible to conceive.

The bet slip is shifted to the bottom of the screen in order to accommodate the smaller screen, but anyone who has carried a cell phone for any period of time will easily make the adaptation to the mobile version of the website.

The same iPhone was used to examine the BetMGM dedicated iOS app from the App Store.

Once again, BetMGM has supplied an elegant and effective app for searching for bets and placing those bets.

The iOS app did not rotate to landscape mode, either, and this is something that is present in the apps of some BetMGM competitors.

The app was very similar to the mobile version of the site. This is something that all bettors appreciate, as it relieves them of the necessity of using a new interface every time a different device is used to access an online wagering account.

BetMGM scores highly for its mobile offerings, which indicates a firm grasp of the elements bettors demand and appreciate from mobile bookmaker apps.

BetMGM Bet Types 

Bet types are a realm where the consumers influence, or possibly potentially dictate, what an online bookmaker will offer to its clients.

BetMGM has shown itself to be responsive to this reality by giving bettors all the popular bet types, along with some creative bet types as well.

For sports, they offer the essentials – Spread, Total (over/under) and Money Line (head-to-head). From the example above of a NFL game between the Steelers and the Browns, bettors could choose between a four-point and a three-point spread, which had an effect on the Total and Money Line markets.

That spread, it should be noted, went lower than it was on an earlier visit to BetMGM, just as a heads up to bettors to be on the lookout for changing odds as an event gets closer to the start.

Bet types get interesting whenever a site user clicks the blue text “All Wagers” link found at the bottom right side of a game. This opens up additional bet types, which can be filtered by “Full Game”, 1st Half and 1st Quarter.

Beyond those bet types, there are many more. When checked earlier in the week, there were a total of 119 bets beyond the top three. This time around, that number had grown to 166. This is typical of wagering and bettors who enjoy exotic prop markets will learn the value of waiting until closer to game time to find some additional bet types that are not present when the market for a game first opens.

BetMGM seems to be about middle-of-the-pack when it comes to bet types – some bookies have more, some fewer.

All these additional bet types are very valuable to bettors who want to build their own parlays, rather than pick from a BetMGM offering.

BetMGM Banking 

The BetMGM website lists 11 different account-funding methods.

That should satisfy anyone other than those who want to pay with crypto currency, wampum or cattle.

Funding can be via Visa, MasterCard, Discover, PayPal, Online Banking, Apple Pay, the MGM Rewards MasterCard, Bank Wire, Tapp, VIP Preferred and Pay Near Me, which permits clients to deposit cash to their BetMGM wagering account at participating retail locations, with convenience stores playing a big role for this method.

Withdrawing money offers fewer channels, but there are five listed on the BetMGM website.

Those five are Visa debit cards, PayPal, VIP Preferred Online Banking and Play+

One caveat that needs to be kept in mind by any online wagering user is that there are some banks that will not process gambling transactions.

Another is that while BetMGM does not have any fees associated with depositing or withdrawing funds, some banks may treat these transactions as cash advances, which come with bank fees. Funding via Bank Wire will usually result in a bank wire fee.

Customer Service 

BetMGM does not accept phone calls for any reason. This is mildly disappointing for anyone who has actually taken the time to read FAQs and has a query that is not addressed.

BetMGM does have 24/7 live chat, though.

It is accessed by clicking or tapping the “Help & Contact” tab that is located in the black banner at the top of pages on the right hand side next to the Log In and Register tabs on the main website.

It is a little tougher to find the contact section on the mobile website or the app. It was necessary to scroll all the way to the bottom and tap a tiny link.

Either way, selecting the contact option opens a page where users can specify the help needed. There are 10 options, ranging from Account Details to Legal.

Picking one of those 10 redirected users to FAQs for each specific contact option.

It was necessary to select More Help from a FAQ page, at which point it became possible to request live chat or send an email.

The lack of phone support probably will not influence younger users, but Baby Boomers might view this lack as a negative, although it is easy to appreciate that phone support is an expense that could result in less favorable odds quotes.

Conclusion 

BetMGM is a solid choice for new and experienced online bettors.

The company is well established and has the sort of longevity to suggest that they are not going to vamoose with client money and put up a “Closed” sign anytime soon.

The website and mobile apps have many of the features every online bookmaker should offer, plus some elements unique to BetMGM.

We would not hesitate to recommend BetMGM to anyone and it appears that BetMGM has a solid betting portal and enough coverage of sports to satisfy even the most sports-rabid bettor anywhere.

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9.8

FanDuel has been around since 2009.

That is nine years prior to online betting to be legalized. FanDuel used that time to practice for when online sports gambling went mainstream, although it is doubtful anyone at FanDuel knew when it would happen.

When the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the decks for legal online gambling, FanDuel had nine years of experience at running daily fantasy sports contests, meaning that they had to look at every sport they offered and handicap the teams, players and games, just as they have to do now.

The result of all that is that FanDuel merely had to flip the switch when it was time to move the fantasy sports it offered into reality sports.

Summary 

This review of the FanDuel online betting offering will examine how well FanDuel fulfills the necessary requirements gamblers expect from an online sportsbook. Our criteria might no0t be the same as anyone else’s and the order in which we present them is certainly arbitrary, because everyone has and is entitled to their own opinions of what matters and what does not matter.

Our aim is to supply some objective information that someone new to online wagering, or someone interested in adding a new online bookmaker to a collection of bookmakers, might examine in the decision-making process.

Our important criteria are –

    • Price – Are Fanduel’s odds competitive? How do their prices compare to their industry competition?

    • Promotions – Does FanDuel offer useful promotions and are there enough of these promotions to maintain client interest?

    • Markets – New and experienced online bettors appreciate many sub-markets within a league or game, either for building multi-leg parlay bets or simply to find an easier bet.

    • Live Streaming – How does Fanduel’s live streaming compare to that of its competition?

    • Website Function – How easy is it to find a desired betting opportunity and get that bet on the book?

    • Mobile App Function – The bulk of online bets are placed on mobile devices, mainly the smart phone. How difficult or easy is it to perform all online bookmaker account functions?

    • Bet Types – Does FanDuel offer enough types of bets to accommodate bettors who delve deeper than the top three bet types?

    • Banking – Does FanDuel offer plenty of methods for funding to and withdrawing from a wagering account?

    • Customer Service – How easy/hard is it to contact FanDuel and receive reliable information from a knowledgeable person?

It is important to note that while we numbered the criteria we consider important, it is not necessary that anyone in the process of looking for an online bookie adopt our ranking. Many people will hold the view that our number six criterion, Mobile App Function, is more important than the five we listed ahead of it. This is totally fine. Everyone has the right to set his or her own priorities and the case of selection an online bookie is no exception.

History of FanDuel 

When FanDuel was founded in 2009, online wagering was not permitted in the United States. Online wagering had been legal in most developed countries as early as it was learned that online wagering and the internet were as good as or better of a combination than peanut butter and jelly.

Even though they had plenty of examples to base an online wagering offering on, they did not leave it at that. They formed a relationship with the U.S. operation of the behemoth Irish bookmaker Paddy Power in 2018.

FanDuel’s early years consisted mainly of competing against the other fantasy sports site, DraftKings.

The two companies attempted merge in 2016, but the Security and Exchange Commission successfully blocked the merger, claiming that if the two joined forces, they would control 90% of the daily fantasy sports market – something the SEC considered an unfair monopoly.

FanDuel has received numerous industry awards since 2010, including Operator of the Year from EGR North America Virtual Awards in 2021 and a Webby award in 2016 for the Best Sports App for a Handheld Device.

These days, FanDuel has its corporate headquarters in New York City and employs about 1500 people.

FanDuel Pros 

    • One of the better websites and mobile offerings in the industry

    • Vast range of sports, including domestic and international horse racing

    • Free games

    • Top rank live streaming

    • Competitive odds and markets including niche sports

FanDuel Cons 

    • Platform software occasionally experiences outages

    • Not the best pricing on teaser and parlay bets

    • Difficult to access past wagers, something most bettors view as critically important

FanDuel Odds 

Returning to the selection criteria listed above, the first element is pricing. We have been examining bookies since 2010, long before online wagering in the U.S. was authorized. In that time, we have compared bookmakers’ prices for dozens of bookies and we have learned something that will warm the cockles of the hearts of bettors who have better things to do than compare odds quotes between different bookmakers.

This knowledge is simply that consumers have so many options when it comes to online bookies that it is simply not possible for much price variation to exist.

Trust us on this one, or look for yourself, makes no matter to us.

Check any sport in which you have an interest. You will seldom see much variance from one bookie to another. This applies to all the bet types. NFL games, for example, will almost always have identical Spreads for every game. The Totals market will seldom vary by more than half a point, or possibly one point. There will be some variances in the Money Line market. It is typical to see one bookmaker have slightly better odds on a favorite than another bookie, while the other bookie will have slightly better odds on the underdog.

Into that equation, include the reality that odds will shift during the days and hours before an event, so someone looking at a Sunday NFL game on a Tuesday will find different prices on Saturday evening or Sunday morning.

Here is one example.

We are writing this on a Tuesday afternoon prior to a Thursday Night Football match between the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts.

FanDuel – Spread: three points, Money Line: +144 Indianapolis/-172 Denver, Total Points: 43.5.

Caesars – Spread: three points, Money Line: +150 Indy/-178 Denver, Total Points: 43.0

BetMGM: Spread: three points, Money Line: +144 Indy/-175 Denver, Total Points: 43.5.

This is typical for the NFL and the major sports leagues. Diligent shoppers may find bargain prices on a niche sport, but even those are rare, for one simple reason.

Having worse prices than the competition is a recipe for bankruptcy.

Further diligence might reveal some larger price disparities on occasion, especially in the prop markets for such things as first player to score, or quarterback X to pass for so many yards, but our experience has shown, time and time again, that price is almost irrelevant as a primary determiner of which bookie to choose.

Our conclusion with regard to FanDuel pricing is that they are competitive to the extent that only someone who makes a whole bundle of bets on a routine basis would benefit from shopping for better prices. That said, it is an appealing part of the entertainment value of online betting for many people and many people will view price as the primary determinant.

FanDuel Promotions 

We will begin here with our conclusion.

FanDuel has appealing promotions for the new customer, the parlay bettor, baseball and football fans during their respective seasons, referral bonuses and similar promotions that are going on all the time, or changing as appropriate, such as a special promotion for a big event, such as the Super Bowl.

Bookmaker promotions need to be easy to use and FanDuel checks off the box for that requirement. Many of the FanDuel promotions we observed on a recent visit were actually free to play.

The things to keep in mind for promotions is that they need to be checked frequently due to how often they change and to gain familiarity with the terms and conditions of the promotion in order to avoid unexpected outcomes.

FanDuel Markets 

One element by which online bookmakers are evaluated is the number of additional markets they offer. In the case of sports, bettors appreciate having a large choice of sub-markets, either for purposes of building a multi-leg parlay bet, or simply as a way to increase interest in a match by having skin in the game.

Another test of a bookmaker’s markets is simply the number of sports that are offered to the client.

All the bookies will offer the mainstream sports – NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and NCAA. Many will offer some international sports, such as Australian Rules Football, Rugby and Soccer, but FanDuel has some of the deepest niche sports offerings of any online bookmaker.

FanDuel also offers horseracing, which in the U.S. is far down the list of popularity. We find this odd because it is much harder to pick the winner of a race where there are six or more possible winners, compared to a sports contest where there are only two.

Some of the other off-the-beaten-path sports FanDuel offers are Volleyball, Table Tennis, Handball, Darts and Cycling – all sports that have very little followings in the U.S.

Parlay bettors will appreciate the myriad additional sub-markets FanDuel offers for major sports.

Returning to the NFL example we used earlier, we clicked on a link in the bottom right corner of the game we were following labeled “More Wagers” and found more than we cared to count. A few of the options were TD Scorer Props, Drive Results, Passing Props and all of the half and quarter markets. There were many more, too.

Casual bettors will appreciate the wide range of additional markets offered by FanDuel because there are some easy bets that make it more interesting to follow a game. An example of this would be something like FanDuel’s “Second Half Total Odd/Even,” where the wager is simply if the total points scored in the second half will add up to an even or an odd number.

The obvious conclusion here is that FanDuel has some of the top secondary betting markets of any U.S. online bookmaker.

FanDuel Live Streaming 

Live streaming, once considered a useful option, is now treated as practically essential. It is necessary because U.S. bookmakers can offer live betting during the course of an event. It is also a vast boon to those who want to follow sports that are otherwise not televised in any form.

FanDuel has plenty of live wagering markets, even at the odd hours of the early morning. One recent weekday morning found FanDuel offering 72 live markets. That number will expand during a major sporting event as the event unfolds.

Of those 72 live markets, FanDuel was supplying a live video feed for 20 of the live events. The other live markets typically show a graphic, such as a basketball or tennis court or a baseball diamond.

It is necessary to establish an account with FanDuel, as their live offerings are a members’ only proposition. Joining is free, so all that stands in the way of someone watching FanDuel live streaming in any form is to click or tap a “Join Now” button and supply some basic personal details.

We enabled the Live Video stream for the German Basketball League. The resolution of the video was excellent. Clients can also choose to see a Game View (basically a graphic overhead view of a basketball court) or pick Game Stats and see a chart of all the important data.

The audio was in German, but the cynic is us feels that this might even be better than listening in English, even though our grasp of German is pretty much limited to words and phrases possibly uttered by Sergeant Shultz and Colonel Klink on Hogan’s Heroes. During one stoppage in play, though, the coach of one of the teams yelled at his players in English.

We would have liked it if there was the ability to view the game full screen. If FanDuel is listening, please make the video viewer expandable. We are okay with the commercials.

We found a Finnish ice hockey game that also offered clear, smooth video.

Finally, we had a look at a MLB game and were impressed by the video quality and announcers that seemed to understand the game. At the end of an inning, the viewer changed to a simple MLB.tv logo telling us that a commercial break was in progress. They could have showed us the commercials, but they didn’t and our only guess as to why that is, is that there might have been a commercial for DraftKings. It might actually have something to do with broadcast rights and sponsor decisions, but we like the first reason better.

We will be checking in from time to time in the hopes of having a chance to watch something like darts or snooker.

FanDuel Website Functionality 

With all the previous experience FanDuel brought to the game by running a fantasy sportsbook from 2009 through when it was legal to switch to reality betting, it is no surprise that the FanDuel website seems more polished and professional than some of the other online bookies. The FanDuel layout is similar in many ways to the layouts used by other bookies.

Simply stated, the FanDuel website is, in our opinion, one of the better offerings we have seen in the 12 years we have examined online bookmakers.

This is a subjective area for bookmaker evaluations, but it is one that rises to importance because all of us like to spend time on websites we enjoy, rather than on those we dislike.

A large part of this subjectivity is the color scheme.

FanDuel uses a couple shades of soothing blue, combined with black, blue, gray and white text for contrast. Most instances of the use of blue, other than for backgrounds, indicate a clickable link, the way all of us are accustomed to seeing when we use the internet.

The layout of FanDuel web pages uses a three-column arrangement that is immediately recognizable by online bettors around the world.

The left column is where all the sports FanDuel offers are listed. The top half of the page is used for quick links to popular sports or important features, such as live markets, promotions and some important information, such as a betting guide and free games.

Next comes an alphabetical listing of the sports offered by FanDuel.

The final section of the left column has some links to things such as a betting guide, terms and conditions and a link for contacting FanDuel support.

The middle column is where each of the open markets will be displayed, along with the price quotes. This center column takes up about 50 percent of the page and is easy to sort and scroll through according to the desires of the user.

The right column is for the bet slip.

The FanDuel bet slip is typical of online bookmakers and it supplies a great assist to users of every experience level by calculating the potential return of every wager. The bottom of the bet slip has an on/off slider that gives the user the choice of whether to accept odds movements automatically or to approve odds movements manually.

Odds shift often, sometimes increasing a possible payout and decreasing a payout in other instances. We feel that users who make a lot of bets on a frequent basis might want to enable automatic acceptance, while those who are lighter users might want to confirm their acceptance of any odds changes.

Our conclusion is that the FanDuel website is one of the best we have seen, including the sites of the big international bookies that have been operating for longer.

We do find it necessary to inform those who want to bet with FanDuel (or other online bookmaker) that the site will time out after a certain period of time. This is a regulatory requirement that we do not recall seeing with international bookies. The other thing to know is that it might be necessary to download and install a small widget that is necessary to prove physical location and ensure that a bet is coming from a place where it is legal.

It is possible to enroll with a bookie in any state, but you must be physically present in the legal state in which you enrolled in order to place bets.

FanDuel Mobile App Functionality 

Mobile betting passed desktop website betting some time ago in terms of the number of bets and the amount wagered.

It is justifiably one of the top criteria and the great news here is that FanDuel has hit it out of the park when it comes to mobile betting apps.

Sports bettors might definitely find that they never need to use the FanDuel desktop website. Those interested in racing might prefer to use the desktop for all the research, and then possibly lodge some bets, and then be free to follow those bets on a phone or tablet.

Regardless of preference, or which route is taken, the FanDuel mobile offerings are excellent.

We first tried the mobile version of the website on an iPhone and a Safari browser. Even though our location setting was enabled, the FanDuel site was asking us to install their location check plug-in.

Other than that brief inconvenience, the mobile version very closely replicated the experience of the desktop version and as a bonus, the site will rotate to landscape mode if desired.

We next got the FanDuel app from the Apple App Store.

It downloaded and installed in under a minute. We find small screens quite challenging for out clumsy thumbs at times, but that in no way reflects on FanDuel. This is a common problem for us.

Once we had entered the proper information, we were taken straight to the inner workings of the app.

The primary difference we noticed was that some of the options that appear as headers on the desktop site are now located at the bottom of the screen. Aside from that, we were researching markets and entering test bets in under a minute.

The iPhone app we installed will not rotate into landscape mode, but a nice feature of the app is that if there is live video of an event available, it will automatically open a video viewer. We saw video of a MLB game that was very clear and smooth, but as was the case with the video stream on the desktop platform, it was not possible to increase the size of the video screen.

Our overall impression of the app is that most users will adapt to it quite easily and many FanDuel clients will never need anything other than the excellent mobile apps.

FanDuel also has Android and Apple apps for the fantasy side of the operation.

FanDuel Bet Types 

Seriously, the number of bet types is often more important to racing bettors than it is to sports bettors. FanDuel does offer racing – quite a lot of it. We saw races for quarter horses when we are accustomed to seeing only Thoroughbreds, Trotters and Greyhounds.

FanDuel has all the important race bet types.

FanDuel offers these racing bet types, listed by degree of difficulty.

    • Win

    • Place

    • Show

    • Quinella

    • Exacta

    • Trifecta

    • Daily Double

    • Superfecta

    • Pick 3

    • Pick 4

The FanDuel site provides concise and understandable explanations of all these bet types, which can be found at this link:

Betting on racing is possibly the most challenging of all betting and even expert handicappers are often left with clumps of their own hair in their hands when a “can’t miss” winner decides that running is not what they care to do on this day. We ourselves would not bet on racing unless we were at the track, where having small bets makes the sport interesting, but millions of race betting experts make millions of race wagers without ever setting foot on the track.

Leaving the FanDuel sports pages for the racing pages requires a separate login using the same credentials.

For sports betting, FanDuel touches all the bases.

Most team sports on FanDuel feature the three most popular bet types.

Those three are Spread, Money (line) and Total.

Additionally, within most sports is a link to additional wagers. FanDuel offers hundreds of secondary markets, as described earlier.

They also frequently offer teaser bets, a chance to combine bets for better odds and spreads.

The FanDuel live bet type is one of the top offerings in the industry.

The main takeaway here is that if you cannot find a bet with FanDuel, it is doubtful you will find a bet anywhere.

FanDuel Deposits 

Many bettors appreciate plenty of options when it comes time to deposit or withdraw money from a wagering account.

FanDuel receives high marks from us for this criterion in terms of the number of options, but we have to ding them slightly for making it difficult to learn what options they offered.

We are accustomed to bookie websites that show icons for the various ways to deposit on almost every page. We had to do some searching to find FanDuel’s and it is never a good sign when an online site of any kind makes it hard to spend money.

We resorted to clicking the deposit tab on the top of the home screen and found out that FanDuel accepts these forms of payment.

    • Online Banking

    • Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit and debit cards

    • Venmo

    • PayPal

    • Wire Transfer

    • Cash at Counter

    • Cash using PayNearMe

    • FanDuel Prepaid Play+

    • Gift Card

If pressed, we would say our personal preferences, in random order, would be PayPal, credit card and FanDuel Prepaid Play+.

The short conclusion is that FanDuel offers enough deposit options to satisfy anyone.

FanDuel Withdrawals 

Depending on how the money is deposited, certain options might not be available, but these are all the options.

    • Online Banking

    • Visa and MasterCard debit cards

    • Venmo

    • PayPal

    • FanDuel Prepaid Play+

    • Check

    • Cash at Counter – Locations vary by state

FanDuel Customer Service 

Most people who have need of contacting FanDuel will find it easy.

Live chat is available by clicking on a blue box at the bottom right side of the screen on the desktop site. This box is labeled “Chat with an Expert.”

We were connected almost instantly and offered pre-chat options to direct our inquiry to the proper expert.

FanDuel also has a comprehensive FAQ section with questions that might actually be asked. We did find it necessary to do a little hunting, as the FAQ section is divided into sub sections and it is not always easy to determine which sub section has the desired information, but the FAQs are answered clearly, while still providing customers with a link to email support.

Try as we might, we could not find a phone number where we could call FanDuel on the phone, but this seems to be the way things are trending in all online transactions.

There are phone numbers for those who think they might have a gambling problem and there is a number for law enforcement and similar inquiries, but the link for customer support right below those numbers redirected us to the FAQ page.

It is also possible to interact with FanDuel over one of their social media sites.

    • Facebook

    • Twitter

    • Instagram

    • YouTube

    • Snapchat

Conclusion 

FanDuel is one of the top operators in the U.S., having built on the experience of companies and individuals who have histories that far pre-date the year 2018 when online betting became legal in the U.S.

This experience and expertise shines through on one to the top sportsbooks we have encountered anywhere.

We ourselves are not big gamblers, but we can say with assurance that if we could have only one online bookmaker account, it would be with FanDuel.

We expect to see them innovate and create in the future, just as they have in the past with their fantasy operation and we would not hesitate to recommend FanDuel to our families and friends.

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9.6

Internet users interested in online sportsbook betting are almost certain to run across an online bookmaker called Bet Rivers.

The name is a connection to the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where two major rivers, the Allegheny and the Monongahela, meet to form the Ohio River. The area where the actual confluences of the rivers meet is often referred to as Three Rivers. The Pittsburgh Pirates of MLB and the Steelers of the NFL once played in a park named Three Rivers Stadium. The park was blown up in 2001 because Three Rivers had opened in 1970 and was no longer considered adequate.

What started out as a casino named the Rivers Casino, which is still in operation, morphed into an online betting operator when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law prohibiting online sports betting in 2018.

Summary 

This review will focus on the sportsbook aspect of the corporation.

We hope to supply some information of value to anyone who wants objective information about BetRivers and where it fits in the big picture of an exploding U.S. online betting industry.

Over more than 10 years of examining online bookmakers in other regions of the world where governments were quicker to determine that it was better to tax and regulate than it was to chase black market betting, we have reviewed dozens of online bookmakers. Some of those bookies have been reviewed multiple times because the online bookie of 2000 is nothing like the online bookie of 2022. The industry has changed at about the same rate as the underlying technology of the internet and smart phones on which it relies.

When we examine an online sportsbook, we use nine criteria that have proven to be important to online bettors. While these nine criteria are not all that could be listed, they are the ones that users have cited repeatedly to us.

The order in which we present these criteria is not necessarily reflect our opinion of which criterion is paramount and which are secondary, but those criteria are:

    • Price – Does BetRivers offer competitive odds?

    • Promotions – Does Bet Rivers offer enough useful, creative promotions to maintain customer engagement?

    • Markets – How does BetRivers stack up with the competition in terms of additional betting markets within any given sport?

    • Live Streaming – How do BetRivers live, in-play betting offerings compare?

    • Website Function – Is the BetRivers website stable and is it easy to navigate for online bettors of all experience levels?

    • Mobile App Function – How user friendly are the BetRivers mobile apps when compared to other online sportsbooks?

    • Bet Types – Does BetRivers support all the popular and more exotic types of bets?

    • Banking – How convenient is it to make deposits or withdrawals from a BetRivers wagering account?

    • Customer Service – How easy or difficult is it to contact Bet Rivers if the need arises?

History of BetRivers

The Rivers Casino opened in 2009 along the banks of the Ohio River, close to Heinz Field and PNC Park, where the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates now have separate stadiums, unlike in the days of Three Rivers Stadium, when the same field was used for two professional franchises.

The path to casino gambling in Pennsylvania was paved by the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act.

There have been many winding paths taken since then, as is often the case when politics, power and money are intermixed, but the history of BetRivers begins for us in mid-December of 2018, when BetRivers sportsbook went live for a two-day test period. Full-on sports betting commenced on December 15.

Online sports betting had to wait until June 25, 2019. That is when the BetRivers brand came into existence.

BetRivers Pros

    • Telephone support! 24/7/365 chat and email

    • Same-game parlays

    • Broad selection of sports including some not offered by other online bookies

    • Low play-through requirement for bonus free bets

    • Stylish website and mobile apps

BetRivers Cons

    • Fewer options for collecting winnings

    • Distracting scrolling slideshow

    • Payouts can be a little slow

BetRivers Odds

Everyone likes to get the best price for any expenditure and online bettors are no exception.

It can sometimes be an elusive task to compare online sportsbooks’ prices, though, as prices change frequently as bets come in and information that could affect an outcome becomes known.

The best time to compare sportsbook odds is as close as possible to the start of the event.

For this comparison between BetRivers and two other online sportsbooks, we picked an NFL Thursday Night Football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals, a game in which we would otherwise have zero interest.

BetRivers, about seven hours before the kickoff, was quoting a spread of 2.5 points, with the Cardinals favored. A $1 bet on the Saints to win would pay $1.93 and a $1 bet on the Cardinals to win by three points or more would pay $1.89.

The second bookie we checked had the same spread. The $1 bet on the Saints would pay $2 and the bet on the Cardinals to win and cover would pay $1.87.

The third bookie also had the identical spread. The $1 bet on the Saints would pay $1.91 and the bet on the Cardinals to win and cover was offering the same $1.91.

From best to worst in this instance, the best return was $2 and the worst was $1.87.

BetRivers was somewhere in the middle.

Of course, those differences of pennies based on a $1 bet are magnified as the bet size increases, but this example demonstrates that picking an online sportsbook by price alone can be shortchanging the person or persons doing the picking unless price is combined with other criteria to develop a larger picture.

We could do the same exercise with the money line and the total, the two other popular NFL bets, but the outcome would be identical – the variances would be slight and hardly worth losing any sleep over.

Where some extra value might be unearthed is in the prop markets, such as the player props, but at the end of the bet, if your prop is not filled, you lose your stake whether you had a chance to win $10 or $15 with a different sportsbook.

The conclusion here is that BetRivers has competitive odds and that bettors who want to shop sportsbooks should do so as part of the entertainment value of betting online and given the low cost of entry with online sportsbooks, there is no compelling argument against having multiple sportsbook accounts.

BetRivers Promotions

BetRivers has many promotions and those promotions serve to keep things interesting.

The key consideration here is that BetRivers bonus bets must be played through just one time. We will say that again – BetRivers bonus bets must be played through just one time in order for the bettor to be able to withdraw bonus winnings as actual cash.

We have seen other bookies specifying a 25-times play through.

This automatically pushes BetRivers to the head of the class in the category of promotions.

The BetRivers welcome bonus at the time this review is being prepared is called “2nd Chance Bet” and the deal is that if the first bet of a new client loses, BetRivers will receive a free bet equal to the original stake, up to a maximum of $500.

The other feature about this promotion worth noting is that players have 14 days to use the free bet, whereas some bookies’ free bets expire in as little as three days, with seven days being typical.

We counted 19 legitimate promotions on the BetRivers promotions page, covering such things as rewards programs, referrals, daily odds boosts and sports league season-long contests.

While we ourselves are not big promo bettors, we know that many people place a high value on them and BetRivers has some of the better offerings we have seen.

BetRivers Markets

This is another area where BetRivers shines.

For the TNF game we used for our odds comparison, BetRivers had 311 sub markets or prop bets. The other bookies we used had 149 and the third 171.

Clear edge to BetRivers and something that will be welcomed with open odds by parlay bettors or those looking for something they consider more interesting than spread, money line and total bets.

We would go a step further and mention that in all our years of looking at online sportsbooks, this is the first instance we have ever seen of a sportsbook offering more than 300 markets for one game.

BetRivers Live Streaming

On the afternoon we prepared this review, BetRivers did not have any live streaming markets. This was not completely unexpected, given the time of day, but one of our comparative bookies had seven live streams and the third bookie we checked had 10.

There is some cause for concern here, as live streaming is important to players who participate in live betting, especially for those sports that would never otherwise offer video. We should point out that regardless of which online sportsbook is considered, a distinction must be made between live streaming and live video. Many live events with various online sportsbooks are not video; they are continuously updated graphic representations of a court, field or other type of sports venue that update with every shot, play, pitch or out, etcetera.

Knowing the competitive nature on the online sportsbook industry, we would be hesitant to dock BetRivers based on this one exposure.

BetRivers Website Function

For as long as we have been doing this, it would be natural to think that we have seen every possible wrinkle of online sportsbooks websites.

BetRivers threw us a little curve with their top banner, which had only the BetRivers logo and a link to their sportsbook. It took us a couple of minutes to discover that it was necessary to click the sportsbook link in order to get inside and see prices.

Once we had made that discovery, we observed that the BetRivers desktop website used the three-column layout we have used for years.

The left column is for all the sports offered and it leads off with a search box for those who want to go straight to a sport, game, team, or something similar.

The next panel vertically was labelled “Most Popular” and included such options as Streaming Live, House Specials, NFL, MLB Postseason, NLCS, ALCS, NBA, NCAA and so on.

The left column concludes with an alphabetical listing of the sports BetRivers supports. They have some sports we have not seen on other sportsbooks websites, including Jai Alai and Floorball. BetRivers offers live streams of Jai Alai that we intend to watch at the proper time. For those that are unfamiliar with Floorball, it is basically street hockey played in regular shoes and no cars driving down the street to interrupt the game.

The middle column, which takes up about two thirds of the screen, shows all the prices, with icons arranged across the top that supply quick access to other sports.

BetRivers middle column also shows, in your time zone, the time a game will start, stats, tips and information for new bettors found under an icon that features a lower case “i” in a circle.

The right column is for the bet slip and while BetRivers’ bet slip is serviceable, it left something to be desired.

Clicking on a price brings up the bet slip, but this one is tiny and begins at the bottom right of the page. If another wager is added, the bet slip enlarges toward the top of the page.

We would prefer a top-down expansion of the bet slip, along with some pre-set wager amounts.

Other than the top banner that fooled us briefly and the just-average bet slip, the BetRivers desktop website is quite intuitive and effective.

The color scheme is muted tones on gray, white and blue for the most part. Most text is crisp black or dark blue.

This is one nice website for betting, but we do wish they would dispose of the scrolling slideshow across the top of the page, as we are easily enough distracted without trying to ignore the scroll.

Our conclusion is the BetRivers desktop website is one most bettors will appreciate once a little familiarity is gained.

BetRivers Mobile App Function

We first visited the BetRivers mobile version. It mimics the desktop version nicely, something that makes all online sportsbook functions readily accessible. The primary difference is that the smaller screen size makes it necessary for the bet slip to be on the bottom, rather than the right side of the screen. The pages on the mobile version would not rotate from portrait to landscape for us.

Other functions located at the top of the desktop version shift to the bottom on the mobile website.

We had to leave the mobile site to go to the Apple Store to get the iOS app.

There were separate apps for each state in which BetRivers is legal.

It was easy to download and install the BetRivers iOS app. It was also one of the faster download/installs we have seen.

Like the mobile version, the iOS version closely mimics the desktop version, with the necessary modifications for the smaller screen size.

The iOS version, like the mobile desktop version, will not rotate from portrait to landscape, but this seems to be common practice in the U.S. online sportsbook industry.

It took us only moments to gain an adequate level of comfort using the app on an iPhone.

There is one thing we found quite perplexing and it applies both to the app and the desktop versions.

We know that BetRivers offers options to display odds in American, decimal and fractional formats, but we could not find this setting no matter how hard we tried. We contacted BetRivers via chat and once we got past the Bot, we chatted with a representative who insisted that the decimal odds we were seeing were American odds.

The BetRivers mobile offerings are more than adequate, but there is room for improvement. One major upgrade in our view would be to get rid of the distracting scrolling slideshow. We have encountered many bookies that had a similar feature, but once inside the website and inside the betting pages, the slideshow goes away.

Our conclusion is that most users will not be affected by the minor faults we ourselves found annoying, but our conclusion is that the next update of the app will hopefully offer improvements.

BetRivers Bet Types

We have seldom seen as many bet types as we found on BetRivers for the NFL game at which we were looking earlier.

It is logical to ask if anyone actually needs over 300 bet types for one NFL game, but for anyone who does need that many, they are there for the taking. When we first logged in, there were 341 additional bets, but a couple hours later, the number had dropped to 308, but that is still almost double what other bookies were offering.

Players who enjoy the high-paying-but-low-probability parlay bets can get very creative in devising three, four, five or more leg parlays. Single bet bettors might find some entertaining bets that make an otherwise unappealing game interesting.

BetRivers has a lot of Futures bets, more than some we have seen and many times, a Teaser bet can be found in the bet slip to temp with a hefty payout.

Our conclusion is that until we find a bookie with more bet types than BetRivers, we are declaring them the champion for this criterion.

BetRivers Banking

We have often seen online sportsbook reviews that lament that BetRivers does not have as many funding options as do some of the other online sportsbooks.

To us, this is simply nonsense.

BetRivers offers enough options that if you cannot fund with one of them, you simply aren’t trying.

They have something called VIP Preferred ACH that not only functions as a deposit, but also as a withdrawal method. Members link a bank account by supplying an account and routing number, along with some identity verification information.

Some customers might be wary of this method, which is understandable, but BetRivers has encryption that is every bit as effective as your bank’s encryption.

We ourselves would probably not use VIP Preferred ACH, because we prefer one of the other methods, which is PayPal.

We have our PayPal account linked to a checking account, as there is never any necessity of remembering when a credit card has expired and needs to be updated. Security experts, however, those who see bogeymen behind every online transaction, recommend linking PayPal to a credit card, for the anti-fraud protections most credit card issuers provide.

While PayPal is our preference, BetRivers offers a pre-paid card called the BetRivers Play+ Card.

Obtaining this card does not impact a credit score. Many online sportsbooks have a similar card and we feel that these cards are probably one of the top ways to fund and withdraw from a wagering account. It is also one of the faster methods.

The other methods available from BetRivers are cash, credit and debit cards and PayNearMe, a system that accepts cash at participating retailers, including 7-11.

It is important for potential online sportsbook clients to be aware that while BetRivers does not have any fees associated with depositing and withdrawing, some credit card issuers will treat a funding transaction as a cash advance, which often comes along with a $30 or higher fee. Those who want to use a credit card should contact the card issuer to determine how deposits to an online sportsbook are viewed by the issuer.

Withdrawals have fewer options, but the ways to get money out are with the BetRivers Play+ Card, online banking, VIP Preferred ACH and PayPal.

Customer Service

We are happy to see that Bet Rivers offers telephone customer service in addition to chat and email.

We tested the chat feature by asking how to switch odds formats between American, decimal and fractional. We had to navigate around a chat bot for a few seconds before we were able to get a representative. That representative was courteous and professional, but he seemed a bit untrained, first telling us it was not possible to change odds formats. We pressed him a bit more, but it was obvious that we had gotten beyond his training/experience level, which is why we are so thrilled to see that BetRivers has telephone support.

Some of the difficulty we experienced can be attributed to the challenges of text messaging when the topic gets a bit complicated and might require a back-and-forth exchange that only a conversation can offer.

A positive we can supply is that chat support with BetRivers is now 24/7/365, whereas at one time it was limited to certain hours.

You can also use various social media platforms.

We ourselves view Facebook as a place where people post pictures of their food and are mean to other people, but others have pointed out positive aspects of social media. It’s just not for us.

BetRivers does have one of the better help sections that go into detail around many of the questions someone might have. All the various topics and sub-topics can be accessed by clicking or tapping on the Help Center icon at the very top of the BetRivers webpages.

Conclusion 

We personally found a couple elements for which we do not care for with BetRivers. The annoying slideshow and the difficulty finding how to change odds format were our main complaints.

Still, we came away from our visits to BetRivers thinking that this is a good bookie for bettors who want to add to a collection of online sportsbooks, or simply want a one-stop solution to all betting needs.

One of the top features of BetRivers is the vast number of markets they offer beyond spread, money line and total. Their odds are competitive and they offer some sports that will be found nowhere else.

Their website and apps offer all the features we have come to expect from the better online sportsbooks and a little look at the BetRivers history indicates that they have made strides since they launched, which is the best indicator that they will evolve and improve over time.

Bookmaker name

Betrivers

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Pennsylvania

West Virginia

9.3

Betway Sports is your top spot for all online sports betting needs. No matter what sports you enjoy, we have you covered. Our sports betting product is second to none, offering you the best markets for maximum betting potential.

We cover it all, from the NFL to the MLB, NBA and MMA to MLS and more. At Betway Sports, we know you want to bet on your favorite teams and mix it up with a little unique betting action. Alongside the standard sports markets, we cover unique areas like table tennis, so you can have fun wagering on something new whenever you like.

Maximize the upcoming season by signing up for a new player account at Betway Sports. Once you log in, view all the categories of professional sports with plenty of betting options on offer, including moneyline, point spreads, over/under, prop bets and more.

Pros:

  1. Wide Range of Sports: Betway USA offers a diverse selection of sports to bet on, catering to a wide range of interests from mainstream sports like football, basketball, and baseball to niche sports like cricket and eSports.
  2. User-Friendly Interface: The platform provides a user-friendly interface, making it easy for both beginners and experienced bettors to navigate. Whether you’re placing a simple moneyline bet or exploring more complex betting options, Betway’s interface is intuitive and straightforward.
  3. Competitive Odds: Betway strives to offer competitive odds across various sports and events, ensuring that bettors have the opportunity to maximize their potential winnings.
  4. Live Betting: With Betway’s live betting feature, you can place bets in real-time as games and matches unfold. This adds an extra layer of excitement to the betting experience and allows for more dynamic wagering options.
  5. Mobile Compatibility: Betway USA is accessible via its mobile app, allowing users to place bets conveniently from their smartphones or tablets. This flexibility ensures that bettors can engage with the platform anytime, anywhere.
  6. Promotional Offers: Betway often provides promotional offers and bonuses to both new and existing customers, including welcome bonuses, free bets, and special promotions tied to specific events or sports seasons.

Cons:

  1. Limited Availability: Betway USA may not be available in all states due to varying regulations on sports betting. Before signing up, it’s essential to check if the platform is accessible in your location.
  2. Deposit and Withdrawal Fees: While Betway offers multiple payment options for deposits and withdrawals, some methods may incur fees. It’s essential to review the terms and conditions carefully to understand any associated costs.
  3. Customer Support: While Betway strives to provide quality customer support, some users may encounter delays or difficulties in resolving issues through customer service channels. Improved support responsiveness could enhance the overall user experience.
  4. Restrictions on Bonuses: Like many online betting platforms, Betway imposes certain terms and conditions on promotional offers, including wagering requirements and restrictions on eligible bets. Users should familiarize themselves with these conditions to ensure they can fully benefit from bonuses.

In conclusion, Betway USA offers a comprehensive sports betting experience with a range of advantages, including a diverse selection of sports, user-friendly interface, competitive odds, and mobile compatibility. However, users should be aware of potential limitations such as availability restrictions, fees, and responsible gambling considerations.

Bookmaker name

BetWay

Founded

1980

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Poker, Casino, Bingo

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100% up to $100

Payout

99%

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9.2

DraftKings has emerged as a prominent player in the world of sports betting, offering a comprehensive platform for enthusiasts to engage in various forms of sports wagering. Here’s a review covering key aspects:

  1. User Interface and Experience: DraftKings boasts an intuitive and user-friendly interface across its web platform and mobile applications. Navigating through different sports, events, and betting options is seamless, allowing users to quickly place bets with ease. The layout is visually appealing and optimized for both novice and experienced bettors.
  2. Sports Coverage and Betting Options: One of DraftKings’ strengths lies in its extensive sports coverage and diverse betting markets. From major professional leagues like NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL to niche sports and international competitions, there’s something for every sports fan. The platform offers a wide range of betting options including moneylines, point spreads, parlays, prop bets, and live/in-play betting, catering to various preferences and strategies.
  3. Promotions and Bonuses: DraftKings frequently offers enticing promotions and bonuses to attract new users and retain existing ones. These may include sign-up bonuses, deposit matches, free bets, and special promotions tied to major sporting events. While these offers add value for users, it’s essential to review terms and conditions to understand any wagering requirements or restrictions.
  4. Security and Trustworthiness: As a reputable operator in the sports betting industry, DraftKings prioritizes security and ensures a safe betting environment for its users. The platform employs robust encryption protocols to protect sensitive data and adheres to strict regulatory standards. Additionally, transparent terms of service and responsible gaming measures contribute to its credibility and trustworthiness.
  5. Customer Support: DraftKings provides reliable customer support channels to address user inquiries and concerns promptly. Users can reach out via email, live chat, or phone support for assistance with account-related issues, technical queries, or general feedback. The availability of responsive customer support enhances the overall user experience and fosters trust in the platform.
  6. Mobile Compatibility: With the growing prevalence of mobile betting, DraftKings offers feature-rich mobile applications for both iOS and Android devices. The mobile apps replicate the functionality of the web platform, allowing users to place bets, manage accounts, and access live scores and updates on the go. The seamless integration between desktop and mobile platforms ensures a consistent betting experience across devices.

Overall, DraftKings stands out as a premier destination for sports betting enthusiasts, thanks to its user-friendly interface, extensive sports coverage, diverse betting options, attractive promotions, and commitment to security and customer satisfaction. Whether you’re a seasoned bettor or a newcomer to sports wagering, DraftKings offers a compelling platform to enjoy the excitement of betting on your favorite sports.

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High 5 Social Casino is a popular online platform that offers a diverse range of casino games and social features for players to enjoy. Here’s a review covering its pros and cons:

Pros:

  1. Extensive Game Selection: High 5 Social Casino boasts a wide array of casino games, including slots, table games, and specialty games. With hundreds of titles available, players have plenty of options to choose from, ensuring there’s something for everyone’s preferences and tastes.
  2. High-Quality Graphics and Sound: The games featured on High 5 Social Casino are known for their high-quality graphics, immersive sound effects, and engaging themes. Players can enjoy a visually stunning and audio-rich gaming experience that rivals that of traditional land-based casinos.
  3. Social Features and Community Engagement: As a social casino platform, High 5 encourages interaction and engagement among players. It offers various social features such as chat functionality, virtual gifts, leaderboards, and multiplayer tournaments, fostering a sense of community and camaraderie among users.
  4. Cross-Platform Accessibility: High 5 Social Casino is accessible across multiple platforms, including desktop computers, smartphones, and tablets. Players can enjoy their favorite games anytime, anywhere, without being tied to a specific device or location.
  5. Promotions and Bonuses: The platform offers a range of promotions and bonuses to reward players and incentivize gameplay. These may include welcome bonuses, daily bonuses, free coins, and special promotions tied to seasonal events or new game releases.

Cons:

  1. Limited Betting Options: While High 5 Social Casino offers a diverse selection of games, its focus is primarily on slots and other casino-style games. Players looking for a wider range of betting options, such as sports betting or live dealer games, may find the platform lacking in variety.
  2. In-App Purchases: Like many social casino apps, High 5 Social Casino relies on in-app purchases for virtual currency and additional game features. While these purchases are optional, some players may find themselves tempted to spend real money to enhance their gaming experience.
  3. Dependency on Internet Connection: Since High 5 Social Casino is an online platform, players need a stable internet connection to access and enjoy the games. This dependency on internet connectivity may pose challenges for players in areas with poor or unreliable internet service.
  4. Limited Social Interaction: While High 5 Social Casino offers various social features, including chat functionality and virtual gifts, the level of social interaction may be limited compared to other social gaming platforms. Some players may prefer more robust social features or integration with popular social media platforms.

Overall, High 5 Social Casino offers a compelling gaming experience with its extensive game selection, high-quality graphics, social features, and accessibility across multiple platforms. However, it may not appeal to all players due to its limited betting options and reliance on in-app purchases.

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Underdog Fantasy Sports is a prominent platform catering to fantasy sports enthusiasts in the USA. Here’s a review of its pros and cons:

Pros:

  1. User-Friendly Interface: Underdog Fantasy Sports features a user-friendly interface that makes it easy for players to navigate the platform, draft teams, join contests, and manage their fantasy lineups. The intuitive design ensures a seamless and enjoyable user experience for both novice and experienced fantasy sports players.
  2. Variety of Sports and Contests: The platform offers a wide variety of sports leagues and contests for players to participate in, including NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and PGA Tour. Users can choose from different contest formats such as drafts, pick ’em games, and best ball leagues, catering to various preferences and playing styles.
  3. Innovative Drafting Formats: Underdog Fantasy Sports introduces innovative drafting formats such as best ball leagues, where players draft teams but do not make lineup decisions throughout the season. This appeals to players looking for a more simplified and hands-off approach to fantasy sports.
  4. Attractive Prizes and Payouts: The platform offers attractive prizes and payouts for contest winners, including cash prizes, tournament entries, and merchandise. With contests available at different buy-in levels, players have the opportunity to compete for prizes that suit their budget and skill level.
  5. Mobile Compatibility: Underdog Fantasy Sports provides mobile apps for both iOS and Android devices, allowing players to draft teams, join contests, and manage their fantasy lineups on the go. The mobile apps offer a seamless and responsive experience, ensuring that players can enjoy fantasy sports anytime, anywhere.

Cons:

  1. Limited Sport Coverage: While Underdog Fantasy Sports offers a variety of sports leagues and contests, the platform may have limited coverage compared to other fantasy sports platforms. Some niche sports or international leagues may not be available, limiting options for players interested in less mainstream sports.
  2. Smaller Player Base: Compared to larger fantasy sports platforms, Underdog Fantasy Sports may have a smaller player base, resulting in fewer contest options and less competition in certain leagues. This could potentially impact the overall experience for players seeking robust competition and larger prize pools.
  3. Limited Banking Options: The platform may have limited banking options for deposits and withdrawals compared to other fantasy sports sites. Players may encounter restrictions or delays when funding their accounts or cashing out winnings, depending on the available payment methods.
  4. Customer Support Availability: While Underdog Fantasy Sports offers customer support via email and in-app messaging, the availability of customer support representatives may be limited during peak times or on weekends. This could result in delays in resolving player inquiries or issues.

Overall, Underdog Fantasy Sports offers a compelling fantasy sports experience with its user-friendly interface, variety of sports and contests, innovative drafting formats, and attractive prizes. However, it may have limitations in terms of sport coverage, player base, banking options, and customer support availability that potential users should consider.

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Stake.us is a social casino website that offers a unique gaming experience with original content tailored for online gambling enthusiasts. Here’s a review covering key aspects:

  1. Original Content and Unique Games: Stake.us prides itself on offering original and engaging casino games that set it apart from traditional online casinos. The website features a diverse selection of games developed in-house, including slots, table games, and specialty games. The emphasis on original content ensures a fresh and distinctive gaming experience for players seeking something new and exciting.
  2. User Interface and Design: The website boasts a sleek and modern design with a user-friendly interface that makes navigation intuitive and seamless. Players can easily browse through different game categories, access account features, and explore promotional offers with minimal effort. The clean layout and responsive design contribute to an enjoyable user experience across desktop and mobile devices.
  3. Social Features and Community Engagement: As a social casino, Stake.us prioritizes community engagement and interaction among players. The website incorporates social features such as chat functionality, leaderboards, and tournaments, fostering a sense of camaraderie and competition among users. Players can connect with friends, join multiplayer games, and participate in community events to enhance their gaming experience.
  4. Fairness and Security: Stake.us maintains a commitment to fairness and transparency in its gaming operations, ensuring that all games are provably fair and random. The website utilizes cryptographic algorithms and blockchain technology to guarantee the integrity of gameplay and provide players with verifiable proof of fairness. Additionally, robust security measures safeguard user data and transactions, instilling trust and confidence in the platform.
  5. Promotions and Rewards: Stake.us offers a variety of promotions, bonuses, and rewards to incentivize player engagement and loyalty. These may include welcome bonuses, deposit matches, free spins, and VIP perks tailored to different player tiers. The website also hosts regular promotions and special events with exclusive prizes and giveaways, enhancing the excitement and value for players.
  6. Customer Support: Stake.us prioritizes customer satisfaction and provides responsive customer support to address any inquiries or issues promptly. Players can reach out to the support team via email, live chat, or support tickets for assistance with account management, technical problems, or general inquiries. The availability of knowledgeable and friendly support representatives contributes to a positive overall experience for players.

Overall, Stake.us offers a compelling social casino experience with original content, engaging gameplay, social features, fairness, security, and rewarding promotions. Whether you’re a casual player looking for entertainment or a seasoned gambler seeking something new, Stake.us provides a dynamic and immersive gaming environment for players of all levels.

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Pulsz Social Casino is a popular online platform offering a wide range of casino games and social features tailored for players in the USA market. Here’s a review covering its pros and cons:

Pros:

  1. Diverse Game Selection: Pulsz Social Casino features a diverse selection of casino games, including slots, table games, poker, and specialty games. With hundreds of titles available, players have ample options to choose from, ensuring there’s something for every preference and taste.
  2. High-Quality Graphics and Sound: The games on Pulsz Social Casino are known for their high-quality graphics, immersive sound effects, and engaging themes. Players can enjoy a visually stunning and audio-rich gaming experience that rivals that of traditional land-based casinos.
  3. Social Features and Community Engagement: As a social casino platform, Pulsz encourages interaction and engagement among players. It offers various social features such as chat functionality, virtual gifts, leaderboards, and multiplayer tournaments, fostering a sense of community and camaraderie among users.
  4. Cross-Platform Accessibility: Pulsz Social Casino is accessible across multiple platforms, including desktop computers, smartphones, and tablets. Players can enjoy their favorite games anytime, anywhere, without being tied to a specific device or location.
  5. Promotions and Bonuses: The platform offers a range of promotions and bonuses to reward players and incentivize gameplay. These may include welcome bonuses, daily bonuses, free coins, and special promotions tied to seasonal events or new game releases.

Cons:

  1. In-App Purchases: Like many social casino apps, Pulsz Social Casino relies on in-app purchases for virtual currency and additional game features. While these purchases are optional, some players may find themselves tempted to spend real money to enhance their gaming experience.
  2. Dependency on Internet Connection: Since Pulsz Social Casino is an online platform, players need a stable internet connection to access and enjoy the games. This dependency on internet connectivity may pose challenges for players in areas with poor or unreliable internet service.
  3. Limited Betting Options: While Pulsz Social Casino offers a diverse selection of games, its focus is primarily on casino-style games such as slots and table games. Players looking for a wider range of betting options, such as sports betting or live dealer games, may find the platform lacking in variety.
  4. Regulatory Concerns: Social casino apps like Pulsz may face regulatory scrutiny in certain jurisdictions, particularly regarding issues related to gambling addiction, underage gambling, and consumer protection. Players should be aware of the legal and regulatory landscape surrounding social casino gaming in their region.

Overall, Pulsz Social Casino offers a compelling gaming experience with its diverse game selection, high-quality graphics, social features, and accessibility across multiple platforms. However, it may not appeal to all players due to its reliance on in-app purchases, limited betting options, dependency on internet connectivity, and potential regulatory concerns.

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  1. Wide Range of Games: McLuck Social Casino offers a diverse selection of casino games, including slots, table games like blackjack and roulette, video poker, and specialty games. With numerous titles available, players have plenty of options to explore and enjoy.
  2. Social Features: As a social casino platform, McLuck integrates social features to enhance the gaming experience. This includes chat functionality, virtual gifts, friend invites, leaderboards, and multiplayer tournaments. These features foster a sense of community and interaction among players.
  3. Cross-Platform Accessibility: McLuck Social Casino is accessible across multiple platforms, including desktop computers, smartphones, and tablets. Players can enjoy their favorite games on the go or from the comfort of their home, with seamless compatibility across devices.
  4. Attractive Promotions and Bonuses: The platform offers various promotions and bonuses to reward players and encourage engagement. These may include welcome bonuses, daily bonuses, free coins, and special promotions tied to holidays or events.
  5. Security and Fairness: McLuck prioritizes the security and fairness of its games. It employs encryption technology to protect user data and ensures that games are provably fair, providing players with peace of mind while gaming.

Cons:

  1. In-App Purchases: Like many social casino platforms, McLuck may rely on in-app purchases for virtual currency or additional game features. While these purchases are optional, they can lead to spending real money, which may not be suitable for all players.
  2. Limited Betting Options: While McLuck offers a variety of casino games, its focus may be primarily on traditional casino offerings. Players looking for additional betting options such as sports betting or live dealer games may find the platform lacking in variety.
  3. Dependency on Internet Connection: Since McLuck is an online platform, players require a stable internet connection to access games and features. Poor internet connectivity may hinder the gaming experience for some players.
  4. Regulatory Compliance: McLuck must adhere to regulations governing online gambling and social casino gaming in the USA. Compliance with legal requirements ensures a safe and trustworthy gaming environment for players.

Overall, McLuck Social Casino provides an engaging gaming experience with its wide range of games, social features, accessibility, and promotional offers. However, players should be mindful of potential drawbacks such as in-app purchases and limited betting options.

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