BetOnline sportsbook has been around since 2001 but its early years were a little rocky. They’ve been making a steady climb since then since then– you might remember when they attempted to become the “first bookmaker to take bets from Mount Everest”.
I joined BetOnline about 2 years ago. When I deposited, I noticed that they weren’t accepting MasterCard. However, I didn’t have any problems funding with my Visa. I rarely use MoneyGram or any of those services, but they accept those as well. Actually, they seem to prefer them, as their telephone agent tried to convince me to use one. He understood when I wasn’t into it and they’ve let me use Visa since then without any problems. Overall their customer service has been better than average.
Bet Online has an solid deposit bonus on promotion right now for new customers, offering 25% isn’t the most in the industry, but this has a generous limit of up to $1,000. It does unfortunately come attached with a 10x rollover.
To put that into words, if you were to deposit $1000 and got the 25% bonus, you’d get a $250 freeplay. Awesome. However, in order to cash out with the freeplay you’d need to bet that 10 times over, so you’d have to bet a combined $12,500 to get that bonus. If you’re a wise bettor and have big plans for the season, this shouldn’t be a problem. But just keep that in mind before you go all-in with a big deposit.
As far as the actual betting goes, Bet Online is pretty standard. They have a few nice features like 21-team teasers and 25-team parlays, but odds themselves focus mostly on American sports and they aren’t released as quickly as some other books. Their racebook also sticks primarily to American tracks. They offer head-to-head horse betting if you prefer that over the classic win/place/show.
Apart from that, BetOnline offers a casino and poker room which both provide a unique set of promotions and tournament opportunities. BetOnline also offers a selection of sports handicapping articles called Sports Betting Edge. This gives you something to read while you’re on the site, but it’s nothing you can’t find for free at, say… sportsbettingdime.com.
Payout-wise, I mentioned BetOnline had a rough patch. Most of that was related to payouts in the early days, but they’ve been improving since around the time I joined. They’re getting much quicker and more dependable. By the day.
Overall, there’s not a lot to set this book apart from others, but they have all the pieces in place. Bet Online may someday climb the list reach our top spot, but for now they have an uphill battle to prove their reliability.
Especially Suited for:
- Big bettors who want a large total bonus amount and aren’t worried about rollovers
- Beginning bettors who want handicapping advice from their sportsbook
- Super-geniuses who can pick a 25-team parlay
Not suited for:
- Players who need quick payouts
- Fans of international sports and horse races