BetOnline Sportsbook Review
BetOnline has pretty deep roots in the online bookmaking business. Open since 2001 (then under the name BestLineSports) this US-facing sports betting website made a name for itself by hosting discounted lines, -108 compared to the industry standard of -110.
Within just five years, BestLineSports exploded in popularity, unfortunately dropped the -108 promotion, and started doing business around the world as BetOnline. However, they have made up for it with great bonuses and added coverage for major sports and even the most obscure ones. They’re still a website worth checking out if you’re shopping for multiple sportsbooks.
At the time of this review, BetOnline accepts wagers on 18 different categories of sporting event. The “big five” are, of course, available – that’s wagers on the four major US pro sports as well as European soccer league coverage.
Also available, wagers on sports like auto racing, MMA, and tennis. Though BetOnline doesn’t cover quite as many markets as the big bookmakers in the UK, they offer wagers in enough markets so that most sports bettors will be happy with the propositions available.
BetOnline.AG Bonuses & Promotions
One thing that’s easy to predict about BetOnline’s business practices – a solid welcome bonus offer will be available at all times. Ever since BetOnline opened for business offering reduced juice to all sports bettors, they’ve made a name for themselves attracting potential customers with bonuses and promotions.
Currently, new depositors at BetOnline can opt-in to a 25% deposit match offer, paying out up to $1,000 in free wagers. Reading the terms and conditions is important before signing up for any bookmaker or casino promotion, but even after looking that over, the deal looks pretty good. The rollover is just 6x, one of the lowest such requirements in the industry.
But the deposit match isn’t the only promotion available to customers – the site also offers occasional reload-based bonuses for customers that add funds to an existing account, as well as what the site calls a “Lifetime Bonus Guarantee.” Participating customers can earn that same 25% freeplay deal for all deposits that meet certain requirements, available in the cashier section of the BetOnline website.
Banking Options and Withdrawal Methods
BetOnline’s betting limits vary from sport to sport. For example, customers wagering on NCAA football must wager between $1 and $15,000, depending on what type of bet they’re placing and how they’re placing it, online or on the phone. NFL bettors can lay between $1 and $25,000, again depending on the wager specifics. Loyal customers and VIPs can have their maximum wager expanded on a case-by-case basis.
The following methods are accepted at BetOnline for deposit payments:
- All Major Credit Cards
- Wire Transfer (MoneyGram/Western Union)
- Bank wire
- Cashier’s Check by Mail
- Book-to-book Transfer
- UseMy Funds
- Money Order by Mail
The list of available deposit methods is much shorter. At the time of this review, customers at BetOnline can make deposits using the following methods:
- Wire Transfer (Western Union/MoneyGram)
- Bank Wire
- Cashier’s Check by Mail
The main difference between the various deposit and withdrawal methods above is the cost in fees and (in some cases) the time required before the money moves to or from a player’s account.
This depends somewhat on where in the world a customer lives – Americans who wager on sports at BetOnline face a maximum withdrawal of $800 for MoneyGram, while customers in other parts of the world can withdraw more. American customers who want access to more of their account funds should consider withdrawing via a bank wire. Yes, the funds take at least 10 days to hit your account, but they’re maxed out at $2,500 rather than $800.
See the cashier page on BetOnline’s website for more specific details on fees and transfer times.
BetOnline advertises that customers can access customer service and place bets on the phone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The contact details currently listed on the website are as follows:
Customer Service: 1-888-426-3661
Customers in different parts of the world may need to use different numbers – if this is the case, the information is available on the BetOnline website, under the Contact Us link.
BetOnline has a few things going for it – mobile features make the service more accessible for customers who want to place bets and control their account from their smartphone or tablet, the site accepts customers from America, and the service has a pretty generous bonus and promotional schedule.
BetOnline is a good bookmaker for customers to use if they have difficulty accessing the bigger European sportsbooks, particularly bettors in America looking for big bonuses and easy access to pro and college-level American sports wagers.