GTBets Sportsbook Review
GTBets sportsbook opened its doors in 2011, providing a sportsbook, racebook, and casino service to customers from all over the world. GTBets holds a gaming license issued by the Curacao Gaming Control Board.
This site is one of very few Web-based sportsbook/casino combination properties that still accept new memberships and cash wagers from customers in the United States. GTBets does business exclusively in the US dollar, and provides software and customer service in the English language only.
GTBets gets a lot of things right. The site is easy on the eyes, designed intuitively, and is stuffed with cool bonus offers for gamblers of all stripes. This review focuses on the site’s sportsbook options, but know that bonuses aimed at casino gamblers and race bettors are also available.
Below, you’ll find details on the site’s layout, bonus offers, cashier department, and customer service options.
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GTBets Sportsbook Layout
If you’re used to greyscale sites with tiny text and clunky navigation, GTBets is going to be a nice experience for you. The site uses a blue and orange color scheme for backgrounds and other features that makes text easier to read and produces less eye strain. I also appreciate the main navigation bar at the top of every page of the site, which separates the site into two groups of pages. One group goes to betting options and the cashier page; the other group of links goes to important information on promotions, withdrawals and deposits, etc.
I think it’s also worth pointing out that GTBets is one of very few sportsbook sites I’ve reviewed that have attached a customer service widget to the top of every page. It’s not exactly a ground-breaking design choice, but it makes getting answers to questions really convenient.
The design philosophy appears to be: “make it functional, then make it beautiful.” It’s easy to navigate between the various sports betting markets available on the sportsbook page. I do find the bet slip to be a bit “busy” – the site lays out all available wagers when you click on a market, rather than separating them with tabs or text fields. This is one slightly-lazy design choice in a field of otherwise good ones.
Live Betting Options
Though the site has only been around since 2011, they have an impressive list of live betting options at GT Bets. No, the list of available live betting markets doesn’t rival the big UK books (yet), but it is at least as good as the best US-facing sportsbook sites.
On the day of this review, live bettors could pick from basketball, soccer, baseball, and tennis events in the site’s live betting schedule. That’s identical to the selection currently available at the two big US books, BetOnline and Bovada.
Just remember though – there’s a standard order for increased juice on live betting. You’re going to pay as much as -125 to make a live wager, and you’ll face betting limits of $500 on sides and $250 on totals. This isn’t out of the ordinary for online sportsbooks, though.
Odds & Markets
Though GTBets lacks a live poker room, it is considered a combination betting site. It’s clear to me that the site’s sports betting options are the main feature. I say that because the casino and racebook seem added on after-the-fact, with a ton of marketing attention being paid to sports bettors and the design features they appreciate.
In reading reviews of the site to prepare to write this one, I found lots of people complaining that GTBets focuses heavily on NFL football, perhaps at the cost of attention paid to other markets. I’m not sure that’s true today, though they are pushing the NFL really hard right, mostly because the season is about to start and speculation is at its annual fever-pitch.
Here’s everyday betting markets featured at GTBets:
- American Football
- Auto Racing
- Canadian League Football
- College Football
If you’re used to betting at the major Euro-based books like William Hill, you’ll think this is a short list, and one that’s heavily focused on US sports. Remember, though, that GTBets is mainly interested in business from US and Canadian customers. Through that frame, the list above is pretty lengthy. It includes some futures wagering, and a couple of sports that can be considered niche in any market.
If I were to point out any one market that proves GTBets isn’t just an NFL betting site, it’d be international soccer. I was very impressed at the variety of leagues and playing styles available for bets at this site – all major leagues and markets are covered, as are some minor soccer areas, like Oceania.
As for the wager types currently available? Here’s a list:
- 1st 5 innings
- Half Times
- If bets
- Live action
- Mobile bets
- Point buys/sells
- Round robins
- Straight wagers
Current & Recurring Promos at GT Bets
- Sign-Up Bonus
First-time depositors to the sportsbook can earn a 100% deposit match bonus worth as much as $250. The bonus is triggered with any first deposit of $35 or more.This signup bonus is 100% cash – not a free play bonus, as has become the standard in the industry. The site will also offer you a 50% deposit match cash bonus up to $500 for larger deposits – contact customer service for more details. This bonus has a 10x wagering requirement, which you can earn through bets on sports, horse races, or (most) casino games.
The site DOES NOT place restrictions on wagers in order to qualify – you can wager on spreads, totals, parlays, and exotic, and on all sports markets. There is no maximum period of time that the player has to wait until they are eligible for a withdrawal, they merely have to meet the wagering requirement
- Reload Bonus
All depositing customers are eligible for a 5% deposit match bonus worth up to $50 on every deposit after their initial one for the lifetime of their account. All reload bonuses require a 5x point rollover.
- Favorite Teams
Select two teams in each of the following leagues (NFL, College Football, NBA and College Basketball) and you’ll earn a free half-point when you bet on those teams (spreads and totals) for the entire regular season. This is an awesome bonus that I haven’t found at any other US-facing sportsbook. Big props to GTBets for this promotions.
- Referral Bonus
When you refer a friend, you can earn 20% of their first qualifying deposit up to a maximum amount of $250. Your friend’s deposit must be at least $100 to qualify, and all referral bonuses require a 4x wager rollover.
Be sure to read the terms and conditions listed on this page. I really appreciate that GTBets put all their bonus information in one easy-to-read location.
Deposit & Withdrawal Methods
GTBets offers six different deposit methods:
- VISA / MasterCard deposits are available without fees. Minimum deposit is $35.
- Gift Cards deposits are also available without fees. The deposit range is $35 – $1,000.
- Direct Cash is a payment system that requires a $10 fee. Deposit range is $100 – $2,000.
- Skrill deposits are fee-free. You can deposit as little as $35. No North American players.
- Neteller deposits are fee-free, too. No North American players.
Customers at GTBets have five available withdrawal methods:
- Bank Wire payouts require a $60 fee. Withdrawal range: $100 – $2,000.
- DirectCash payouts require a $50 fee. Withdrawal range: $300-$600.
- Back2Card payouts require a $15 fee. Withdrawal range: $50-$2,500
- Skrill withdrawals require Skrill deposits and a $50 fee. Withdrawal range: $50 – $2,000.
- Neteller withdrawals require Neteller deposits and a $50 fee. Withdrawal range: $50 – $2,000.
You can contact GTBets’ customer support staff via:
- Email: support@GTbets.eu
- Toll-free Phone: 1-800-509-4847
- Live chat: click here
I’m not going to lie – I’d like it if GTBets added a poker room or some other skill games to the mix. It’s odd to see a combo sportsbook with so few gaming options. That said, this relative newcomer has built a solid interface and set of promotional offers to rival anything available to North American customers at other sites.
If you live in the United States or Canada and you want to place bets on pro US sports and international soccer (or play a little blackjack on the side), you need to give GTBets a good long look. Their layout is attractive and intuitive, they have a decent selection of deposit and withdrawal options, and their bonus offers are quickly becoming the best in the US-facing marketplace.