Professional athletes are very well compensated, and for the best of the best, deservedly so. There are many players who sign big contracts and then fail to live up to the billing, but for Lionel Messi or LeBron James, their salaries pale in comparison to the marketing money, exposure, and prestige they bring to their teams and legion of fans when they win a championship. While there are always bargains to be had with role players who exceed their salaries, for the most part titles are won with stars. Sportsbooks are no different. Niche companies provide sometimes surprisingly good service or deals, but in the end, the biggest and best have grown and earned their reputation for a reason. Bet365.com is to sportsbooks what Messi or LeBron are to their teams. They’re a star among many options.

In much the same way that Messi and LeBron are not just stars in their home countries, Bet365.com is a great product for bettors throughout much of the world. They are both fair and easy in the way they accept deposits. You can send cash in more than two dozen currencies, and the exchange rate is determined by the unbiased mid-rate quote in the Financial Times. All of the big credit and debit cards are accepted, as are Bank Wire Transfers, Skrill (Moneybookers), Paypal, and an assortment of other easy to process options.

When you deposit, you’ll get a hearty 100% bonus. However, it is important to read the fine print. While the $10 minimum is great, and the 3x rollover is reasonable, you only have 90 days to meet the rollover requirement, and some of your wagers will not count towards it. Bets placed on any event with odds of less than one-to-two are not valid, and asian handicap, goal lines, and baseball money lines do not get factored in reaching the rollover total. That being said, a serious better should not have a lot of difficulty wagering enough over three months to reach these limits.

What makes Bet365 the best are their extensive betting options and odds. From where you bet (online, phone, or mobile) to format you choose (decimal, fraction, or American), and when you wager (early lines, alternative spreads, or in-game betting), they are comprehensive and available to suit your style. Not only that, but Bet365 covers a huge number of games and matches in a very wide range of sports. Simply put, it is the best platform for someone interested in various sports and different ways to gamble on those events. They are like LeBron in the sense that he can score, rebound, pass, and defend. There is no flaw in the what Bet365 provides in terms of choices.

Another great feature of Bet365 is their live streaming capability. More than 17,000 events per year are available through their site and you do not have to wager on an event to watch it. They have an extensive selection of football leagues, competitive if not the best among all sportsbooks, plus they offer tennis, basketball, volleyball and horse racing. You can also find rugby, handball, hockey, and other sports when marque events are taking place.

Kind of like an  extra pretty goal, in addition to quality throughout their site, Bet365 has a few pleasant surprises mixed in. They’ll add small bonuses to accumulator wagers if you are successful. These start at an extra 5-percent for three teams, 10-percent for four, and go up to 100% on a 14-teamer. You’ll also get a 50-percent parlay bonus on American and Canadian sports. Finally, if you bet on a rugby match, and you would have lost at the end of regulation on an event that is going to overtime, Bet365 will extend your bet and keep it active during extra time. If your original bet would be a winner in OT, you cash in.

If you are a horse racing fan, Bet365 goes the extra mile to make sure you are comfortable. Not only do they offer a very wide array of races to bet on, and a wealth of handicapping information on each horse, but the enticements to wager are significant. There are certain races selected that you can lock in better odds than at the track, hit a mild long-shot and receive a risk free bet for a future race, and get paid for horses that win but are disqualified.

Poker is another fun option at Bet365. Up to a 200% bonus is available for poker players, and they have both cash games and tournaments running all the time. A money ladder promotion allows frequent players an opportunity to win bonuses. Premium tables are an option for serious wagerers. For newcomers, there are tables just for those who recently picked up poker and want to play against other rookies. In addition to poker, the casino is large with many options for gamers.

Using Skrill (Moneybookers) payouts are available almost immediately and are free of any charges. Bank transfers and credit or debit card payouts also usually take less than two days. Bet365 is reliable and quick in their payouts, one reason that pros often rely on their service.

What makes the best athletes are not only their supreme skills, but the fact that they have no weaknesses. Bet365 is good at a lot of things, great at a few, and there is really nothing to knock. They are an industry leader in service, offerings, and fun. Messi and LeBron have nothing on Bet365.