Old-time sportsbooks tend to have a funny effect on the Betting Veteran. He loves them, because he is an old-time gambler. When he sniffs one out, he is willing to ignore their faults to a degree. Real recognises real, after all. The Betting Veteran is as real as it gets when it comes to the sportsbook industry. With that being said, will he be willing to ignore any potential faults with 5Dimes, an old-time online sportsbook?
5Dimes are touted as a sportsbook that offers a large number of markets. Over 1,000 per day, they say on their website. Being around since 1999, they are definitely a sportsbook that has been around since almost the start of the online gambling revolution. The important thing to find out is if they have been able to keep up with the times. Well, have they?
What bonuses do 5Dimes offer?
The 5Dimes welcome bonus is structured in a strange way.
When you make a deposit, the minimum deposit to get a reward is $100 and the maximum amount is $2,000.
The first part of the deposit is a 50% matched bet up to the first $400 that you deposit.
This gives a maximum bonus of $200 when you deposit $400.
Once you have hit the $400 threshold, all of the remaining deposit up to the maximum $2,000 will be a 20% matched bet.
So for the first $400, you will receive $200 as a matched bet, and for the remaining $1,600, you will receive $320 as a matched bet.
This means that for a $2,000 deposit, you will receive $520 as a matched bet, which works out at 26% altogether.
The bonus is not delivered to your account instantly either. First, you will need to get in touch with 5Dimes to manually approve your deposit. Once you have done this, they will confirm your bonus and it will be awarded as follows. For every time you wager the amount you initially deposited, you will receive 10% of the bonus amount. So when you wager $2,000 for the first time, you will receive $52 into your account to use however you please. It will keep rewarding you with 10% increments every time you wager $2,000 until the whole bonus has been awarded. This means that it has a 10 times wagering requirement for just the deposit in order to receive the bonus.
5Dimes also have a bonus on offer for all subsequent deposits. This has a minimum deposit of $100 and a maximum deposit of $2,500 to be triggered. For the first $249 deposited, you will receive a bonus of $40. After that, it will be 20% of your deposit. This works in the same way as the welcome bonus in that your bonus will be awarded to you every time you deposit your initial amount. The difference this time is that you will receive 20% for every full deposit, giving this bonus a five times wagering requirement.
What sports are available to bet on?
5Dimes regularly get touted as offering the highest number of markets in the industry. However, they only have nine sports on offer to players, which is really quite a small amount. Such a small number of sports on offer to gamblers makes 5Dimes definitely one of the least appealing sites out there if a choice of sports and range of markets is what you truly desire.
- In total, 5Dimes have nine sports available
- They have 11 different wagering markets though, if you include futures and politics
What features do 5Dimes offer?
One of the best features that 5Dimes have is their stats centre. It offers significantly more information than any other online sportsbook out there. They have everything from databases to game logs in their stats centre. If you are the kind of gambler who uses stats to form their wagers, then 5Dimes definitely offer a large amount of stats for you to use.
5Dimes mobile review
The 5Dimes mobile site instantly shows that they have not been able to keep up with the times. The whole site looks as though it is stuck in 1999. From the poor-quality logo design to the header that looks like it was made with WordArt, this is not a website that looks good. This is no reason to think that it is not good quality though. There are plenty of sites out there that are not aesthetically pleasing but still work better than a site that has all of the bells and whistles. So, is 5Dimes one of those?
In short, no. 5Dimes can only be described as a nightmare to navigate. It feels like you are trying to log into a spreadsheet when using 5Dimes. Finding the sports that you want takes more time than it should, and placing a bet requires an inordinate amount of scrolling and then requires your password to be entered again, for every single bet.
Overall, the 5Dimes mobile site is a nightmare to use. It makes betting a difficult task to carry out. Every action feels like work, and it has not been optimised for mobile use.
Betting Veteran pays a visit
The Betting Veteran almost had a heart attack when he entered the 5Dimes website. It was just like entering one of the old-style online sportsbooks from way back when he first started using his skills online. While it did bring back some good memories, it also reminded him why he prefers the more up-to-date software and platforms that sportsbooks use today. The 5Dimes site would have been cutting edge in 1999, but today it just looks tired and causes a lot more hassle than it is worth when using it.
5Dimes is one of the most annoying sites around. With just a few small tweaks, they would easily be the best online sportsbook out there, and by some distance as well. However, because there are a few key areas where they are really lagging behind, they are an average-at-best sportsbook. Their choice of sports, or at least navigation to their choice of sports, is very poor. The site design is appalling, and apart from their stats centre, they do not offer much to players in terms of their features.
However, in their defence, being cutting edge is not what they are about. Their aim is to offer as many different markets as possible and to offer markets that other sportsbooks do not. If you can put up with the dated software they use, then there is a very good sportsbook hiding at 5Dimes. It may be too much for some people to find though.
- 5Dimes offer a regular bonus to players
- There are a lot of markets on offer
- Their stats offerings are the best on the market by far
- There are not many features on offer to players
- The site is incredibly outdated
- They do not offer many different sports