GameBookers : Sports Betting Sites Review
- Excellent Offering of Wagering Options
- Multiple Currencies and Languages Supported
- Wide Range of Sporting Markets
- Live Scores & Statistics
Gamebookers is a true pioneer in the internet sports wagering community. Having started online back in 1998, they are one of the longest standing online book makers. They were the first online book to allow customers the opportunity to sell bets back to the house and among the first to offer a free SMS results/scores service. Not only that, but they also offer great odds and a wide selection of sporting markets and wagering options. Their site has a simple layout and is very user friendly.
Software/Site & Graphics
The software used to power the Game Bookers site is proprietary. However, users will find that the interface is incredibly easy to use, even intuitive. Placing a wager is a simple process of clicking the team you want (and it is easy to search by team name, player, event, etc...) and then it is automatically added to your bet slip. Then just pop in the amount desired and when everything checks out, hit the confirm button. The graphics are nice as well, supporting some live game streaming and even video clips on the site.
Bonuses & Promos
The site does offer new depositors a small bonus. This is a 25% bonus, with a maximum value of £50. There is also a VIP programme available, giving you the chance to earn points for placing wagers and making deposits. These points are cashable in increments of 100. They do have promotions from time to time, but the main draw is really the action offered through the large variety of sporting markets.
One area in which Gamebookers shines brightly is the number of sporting and wagering options offered. There are over 90 different sports available to punters, including football, cricket, tennis, basketball, baseball, hockey, formula one, rugby, and golf. There are also live events which are available for in-game wagering. Wagering options include all of the standard bets, plus the addition of a number of combinations.
Support at the Gamebookers site comes in a number of forms as well. For starters, the site offers a very useful and practical frequently asked questions page. It can be searched, but their method is a guided search, where the client types in the question and a number of results pop up. You can also send an email to the support department through a form on the site. For those preferring a more immediate answer, there is also toll-free support available via the telephone.
One of most interesting additional features offered on the Gamebookers.com site is the `last minute bets.´ This allows players to take advantage of games which are literally about to start. Having live scores with more or less real-time updates is also a nice touch, as is the statistics pages for most of the major sports. These can be a great help for your continued research and wagering preparation. Not to mention the fact that the site also offers players the option of playing poker or trying out their online casino, both of which are also very well put together.
The site is very easy to use, with a listing of the top sports displayed down the left side of every page. Clicking on your favourite will bring up a full menu of options. Simply clicking on one of the teams or players will add the event to your bet slip; you will need to confirm later. The site also includes live, in-game wagering and even a mobile betting application for your smart phone (never miss another wagering opportunity again!).
Deposits & Withdrawal Options
Gamebookers offers punters the opportunity to make deposits and take payouts through a number of methods. Some of these include:
- Visa Electron
- Master Card
- Click and Buy
- Bank Transfer
Of course, more methods are added from time to time, so be sure to check the site for details when considering which option is best.
Taking a payout is very simple. Due to the limited amount of bonuses, wagering or rollover requirements are very easy to achieve. Just make sure to have played through your initial deposit and bonus at least twice. Of course, the site does follow all gaming rules and regulations. This means that you might be asked to verify your identity, which is a simple process of sending (or faxing) along an identification card and possibly a recent utility bill (in your name). If selected, you only need to complete this process once.
Pros & Cons
Gamebookers is a rather large and successful online bookmaker with a wide variety of sporting markets and wagering options. The number of extras such as mobile and live betting, plus having a poker room and online casino are nice additions. They do miss the boat by not having more bonuses and promotions or accepting players from the US (along with a few other restricted jurisdictions).