Bethard has been operating in Europe since 2012 and launched in the UK in 2017. The sportsbook has already captured plenty of customer attention by teaming up with legendary footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović as brand ambassador. The brand is, however, about a lot more than fancy celebrity endorsements. Bethard offers a solid platform with great security, competitive odds and a wide range of markets.
What bonuses do Bethard offer?
Bethard offer a welcome bonus of up to £50 available to all new customers in the form of a 5% cash back bonus on all bets made though the site. For every £100 wagered, customers receive £5 cash bonus, and this can be claimed up to 10 times, for a bonus of up to £50.
While there are more generous deposit bonuses around, it should be noted that this is a rarity among bonuses, in that it is a genuine cash bonus with no wagering requirements whatsoever. The bonus is awarded through your Bethard account but is ‘real money’ rather than betting credits, meaning it is yours to withdraw if you want, though Bethard is doubtless counting on the fact that most punters will simply add it to their betting funds and spend it at the site.
As always, there are a few terms and conditions. This bonus only applies to new customers making an initial deposit of £20 or more, using certain payment methods (Skrill and Neteller do not count) and the bonus will expire after seven days. While the bonus is yours to keep and withdraw if you want, withdrawal of the initial funds that triggered the bonus is not allowed. Always check current terms and conditions on the website for any bonus you claim.
What sports are available to bet on?
Bethard currently list over 30 different sports on their website, and the different types of sports available are wide ranging. Offerings of course include popular European sports such as football, golf and tennis. There are also popular US sports, including American football, baseball and basketball, as well as other international sports, from Aussie-rules football to Gaelic football and Gaelic hurling. You can also bet on winter sports, eSports, motor sports and some more unusual or less well-known events such as chess, beach soccer, bandy and floorball.
Other events available include surfing, boxing, snooker and MMA events, meaning there really is something for almost everyone, no matter what their interests. The website lists all sports available to bet on down the right-hand side of the main screen, and clicking on any sport takes you to a screen listing events available to place a bet on, with the possibility to filter results by ‘popular’, ‘live’, ‘next 7 days’ or ‘all’.
- Over 30 sports available
What features does Bethard offer?
Bethard offer a number of user-friendly features that make this sportsbook appealing to a variety of customers. They offer competitive odds for both pre-match and in-play betting, and the interface is clear and easy to use, with quick links to all sports clearly displayed. A menu bar located on the top of the page makes it easy to access specific sections such as “Today’s events”, “Virtual sports” and “Live betting”.
Bethard have an impressive live betting section, with live scores and stats available during each match or event to guide your in-play betting decisions. They also offer live streaming of some events, although this feature is not as advanced as many of its competitors. There is live streaming for some events and not others, and it is not always obvious in advance which events are going to come with a live stream. There is, however, always a visualizer option, allowing bettors to see what is going on in any given event, showing the current score and other helpful information and statistics. There is also a cash-out feature, allowing customers to stop bets during live play.
There are several customer support options including live chat, email and Twitter, and Bethard support staff respond quickly and helpfully. Contact options are easily accessed from the support button at the top right of the homepage, and there is also an extensive and helpful customer FAQ, covering everything from account opening queries to how to request a withdrawal.
Bethard mobile review
Like most online sportsbooks, Bethard appreciates the importance of a fully integrated mobile experience for modern punters who like to do their sports betting on the go. However, like several other newer online betting platforms, they have decided not to bother with a downloadable mobile app. They have instead developed a responsive mobile version of their website that can be accessed via browser from any mobile device. The mobile version of the site is easy to navigate and simple to use, with all the same functionality of the main site.
It is of course a matter of preference, but many will argue that this is a better system than having to download an app that often does not have all the same functions as the main platform. A mobile site tends to directly replicate the main site in terms of functions, although the layout will be slightly different, and this is certainly the case with Bethard mobile.
Betting Veteran pays a visit
Betting Veteran paid a visit to Bethard and enjoyed his experience at the sportsbook. He found the website clear and easy to navigate, and he was able to easily register an account. He noted there were quite a lot of restricted countries, although thankfully his was not one of them. Payment methods were plentiful, though PayPal was missing, and there was a minimum funding requirement of just £10 to get started. Betting Veteran found it very easy to find all the events he wanted to bet on and easily accessed the live betting section to make in-play bets.
There is a lot more to the Bethard sportsbook than the celebrity endorsement that it has become known for since deciding to collaborate with Ibrahimović. The site offers competitive odds, a wide range of markets and an excellent live betting section, although more widely available live streaming of events would be welcome. vBethard offer a cash-out feature, a useful customer help section and a responsive mobile site. There are a few different funding options, and account set-up is quick and easy. The number and range of sports and events available to bet on rivals many of its bigger competitors, and the intuitive and simple layout of the site makes it very easy for sports fans to find everything they need quickly from the home page with just a few clicks. There are a few disadvantages, including the fact that the site is not available in many jurisdictions, but for those sports fans living in countries that do have access, this is a great sportsbook to consider.
Betting Veteran likes:
- Very easy-to-navigate interface
- Cash bonus, available for instant withdrawal
- Good live betting section
Betting Veteran dislikes:
- Live streaming only available on some events
- No PayPal option available for deposits
- Long list of restricted countries