Review of GTbets’ Sportsbook
The sportsbook business tends to have a lot of copy cats. If something works at one site, others are quick to adopt it. Though there are differences from book to book, most work similarly. GTbets is the exception to that rule.
GTbets sign-up bonus is generous and promotions are innovative, they offer numerous fee free deposit methods, and they possess huge positives for players. In the end, it’s the perfect place for most players. It all depends on your betting style and preferences.
GTbets.eu has been operating online since 2011 and since then they have built a loyal following of bettors with their sportsbook.
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GTbets Bonuses and Promos
On many betting sites, you only qualify for certain promotions after depositing via a particular method. Some offer excellent sign-up enticements, but not much once you’re a customer. GTbets gives you good reason to get started and several worthwhile perks after the fact.
GTbets gives you good reason to get started and several worthwhile perks after the fact.
Their cash bonus of up to $500 (at 100% of your deposit with 5x rollover) is excellent with a minimum deposit of $35.
This cash bonus allows you to keep both the wager and win amount, unlike Free Play bonuses (which only let you keep the winnings). Sure, moneyline plays at less than -300 odds don’t count towards the rollover and it’s not available for Skrill or Neteller depositors, but a 50% bonus is available for those customers.
It’s pretty rare in the industry that account holders can reload and take advantage of the same 100% deposit bonus. In order to qualify for this GTbets promo, users must have less than 25% of their recent deposit amounts in their accounts, and the last transaction cannot be a withdrawal.
Tip: Opt into GTbets’ weekly emails and receive new enticements each week, including point discounts, reduced juice, free bets, juicy reloads, and more.
If you’re unhappy with standard offerings, reach out to customer service: They clearly value customers, and getting a great is pretty easy to achieve.
Though their “favorite team” promotion has recently declined in value over the years, it’s still enticing.
Though their “favorite team” promotion has recently declined in value over the years, it’s still enticing. You can choose two favorite teams in the NBA, NFL, college basketball, and college football, and get an extra half-point break on spreads. Once upon a time, you could get a point or two, but when the spread falls on a key number, a half-point is still huge. Note that maximum bets are a little lower ($3,000 for college football and $5,000 for the NFL), it only applies to regular-season games, and it is only in effect on straight wagers and sides.
Like most sites, GTBets has a Refer-A-Friend program, though there are more provisions involved. They offer 50% of your friend’s deposit with a maximum of $400, and the rollover is a rather hefty 5x points multiplied by the bonus bet amount. To qualify, your account must have made a deposit within the last three months. Referrals from the same household aren’t eligible.
Deposits & Payouts at GTbets
- Deposits are limited to credit cards, Bitcoin and prepaid gift cards for bettors in the US & Australia.
- If making a large deposit via credit cards, cal customer service as the maximum vary depending on your account.
Maximum deposits varying depending on the deposit method you select. Below are the minimum and maximum deposit options for their most common methods:
|Visa, MasterCard, American Express
|Prepaid Gift Cards
For US & Australian bettors, deposit options are limited to credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American Express), Bitcoin, and prepaid gift cards. Options open up a bit for those outside of these regions to include both Skrill and Neteller.
GTbets doesn’t charge extra fees for using a credit card to deposit, but the minimum deposit with credit cards is $35. They have no bonuses specific to any particular funding option.
The payout department is only open on weekdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm EST, so if you want a payout the same day as your request, all the information must be submitted by noon.
GTbets does require documentation to get a payout including: the front and back of the credit card, a valid government ID, a signed authorization form, and a copy of a recent utility bill. Direct Cash, Quick Cash, Bitcoin, and Back2Card aren’t available for the first two withdrawals unless approved by management.
…none of the steps in the payout process are difficult, it’s just that there are quite a few of them.
We appreciate that GTbets offers free Bitcoin withdrawals – and the site certainly is reliable with its payouts – the process does take a little effort. That said, none of the steps in the process are difficult, it’s just that there are quite a few of them.
How Does GTbets Sportsbook Stack Up?
For the average bettor, GTbets checks all the boxes. You can wager on all of the major sporting events (and a host of minor ones), the website is easy to use, and there are many pleasant surprises along the way. That said, their limits aren’t too high and their lines aren’t among the first posted. That said, casual bettors who want to bet a few bucks on high-profile events will have a seamless and enjoyable experience.
Sports Betting Limits
Minimum wagers are $1. Maximums are pretty low, particularly on secondary and tertiary events. You can request higher limits, which are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If you’re a professional or running a hot hand, don’t expect a ton of wiggle room.
GTbets does a solid job of providing international sports lines from basketball to soccer, rugby, hockey, and e-sports. While the norm in modern sportsbooks, GTbets has unique fantasy football wagering.
GTbets has unique fantasy football wagering.
Many people enjoy managing their fantasy team, but sometimes it isn’t enough to just beat your buddies. On any given week, you can wager on which notable NFL player (think Antonio Brown or Brandin Cooks) will score more fantasy points, or if Tom Brady can outscore Drew Brees. The juice on these bets – as is sometimes the case on more exotic props – is -120 rather than -110.
Not concerned about how quickly lines get posted? GTbets is among the slower sites, but those who are into football betting on Saturday or Sunday have nothing to worry about.
However, they do not have the following week’s lines up on Sunday evening, and teams that are involved in Sunday or Monday night games seem to have a delay of 24 hours of before getting their next spread. This is important for those who are trying to get the best side of a line right when it goes up, or parlay an early-week basketball number with a Sunday NFL spread. But for most bettors, it is an unimportant detail.
Point spreads at GTBets tend to be slightly shaded towards the public. This is a two-way street.
Point spreads at GTBets tend to be slightly shaded towards the public. This is a two-way street. Management understands that the majority of their customers aren’t professionals, and the public likes to bet on star players and marquee teams. Bettors may pay a small price – whether it be on the spread or juice – to bet on the Patriots, but can see some benefit if they backteams like the Titans. Generally, GTBets will adjust up to -120/+120 before shifting spreads.
As expected, bets are settled promptly after the end of games and events.
GTBets is particularly well-laid out for live betting, and both laptop and mobile platforms are nearly identical to the regular platform. The first betting lines that pop up are for ongoing games (or those about to start), and while the in-play betting menu is extensive, it’s inconsistent. A ton of college basketball is available in live betting, and the NFL is covered completely. However, NHL and NBA games are hit and miss, and soccer is mostly limited to the marquee matches.
The juice on live wagering isn’t always the same, running from -120 to -125, which starts to get expensive and makes positive ROIs more difficult.
GTbets Mobile Betting Experience
The GTBets mobile platform is excellent. Upon logging in, your balance is clearly displayed, and large icons can take you to sports, casino, horses, cashier, rewards, or account information quickly..
Once in any of the sports sections, the app functions the same as on your home computer. GTBets does a great job of allowing customers to navigate their site easily. They might have the smoothest and easiest to use mobile platform. And though the live betting options are more inconsistent than we’d like, that is an easy fix. For those on the run, the mobile experience at GTBets is a huge plus.
Secondary Offerings: Casino and Racebook
GTbets has a casino and racebook, but they are not the sites’ priorities. It’s nice that they offer some casino and horse racing options for those looking to dabble, but they’re best for a short escape or an occasional race when you have a tip.
Daily free rolls are, however, available.
The casino is acceptable for an occasional foray into slots or video poker betting games, but it pales in comparison to other sites, and some games even require a download. There are zero live dealer games, and very limited tournament play. Daily free rolls are, however, available.
For horse racing betting enthusiasts, the 15% rebate is enticing, but GTBets does have a few unfortunate restrictions. Even at the largest tracks, you can’t bet more than $500 on individual plays, and exotic wagers have smaller maximums. GTBets also caps the potential payouts on the most lucrative exotic bets, but don’t offer Pick 5 or Pick 6 wagering.
To the sites’ credit, they will pay out full pools on Pick 4 winners (minus the takeout when nobody has the correct combination on track) but that’s extremely rare. Furthermore, they don’t allow any fifty-cent super exotic wagers.
GTbets’ Customer Service
The reps at GTBets are perfectly lovely to talk or chat with, but it’s baffling why the live chat doesn’t operate from 4:00am to 10:00am (EST). The email support is standard and workable, but – like most sites – if you have questions, it’s best to call the GTbets phone number.
Chat responses are professional, but not overly fast. GTBets’ customer service will help you get the information you want, but sometimes it takes asking the same question multiple times, or being very specific in your question, to get them off-script.
Their chat function indicates that a transcript of the discussion can be e-mailed to yourself, several of our attempts failed.
The Bottom Line
GTBets acts differently than a lot of sites, and that’s both positive and negative. Not paying a penalty for credit card deposits is great. Getting extra half-points on favorite teams is a serious perk. Significant cash back for casino and racebook losses is awesome. The mobile site is top notch.
That said, there should be more NBA games in live wagering. There’s no poker room or Pick 6’s for horse racing bettors. Low maximum wagers and slower lines may be issues for some bettors, but are you one of them?
If you want a reputable and professional sportsbook – and none of our niche critiques apply to you – your experience at GTBets will be a positive one. If you are a pro, and care about the details we noted, you may be happier elsewhere.