Betcris Sportsbook Review
Betcris sportsbook is an online sportsbook that offers clients the opportunity to strike wagers on a variety of different events. Betcris stands for Bet Costa Rica International Sports (CRIS) and the firm have been recognized as an established sportsbook since 1985. In addition to the sportsbook, clients can bet on horse racing, casino, poker, and bingo. Although they serve most countries around the world, Betcris sportsbook focuses primarily on the Central and South American market, with the company having physical locations in Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic. The firm has decided to hang in Malta and they have been regulated by the Malta Gaming authority since 2011. At first glance, Betcris sportsbook seems like a pro outfit – an established bookmaker with years of experience in the industry. In this review, we assess whether that assumption can be proved correct, analysing all aspects of Betcris’ service.
The Desktop View
Betcris sportsbook has done a competent job with their website. It almost looks slightly Asian in appearance. The main sportsbook lists the sports down the left-hand side, and when users click on their desired discipline, the list of leagues and events will show up. In the centre of the page, there are odds for upcoming matches, and on display are odds of the 1X2, Asian handicap and Over/Under. The number of additional bet types are displayed next to the odds, with the number of extra betting options listed. There is the option for bettors to switch to the ‘classic view’ which is the American way of displaying markets, but it is outdated and not nearly as user friendly. Clients can view their open bets, look at their betting history, check out their promotions and access the live chat in the upper-right corner of the screen.
The website can be viewed in a variety of languages; English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai, Cambodian, Vietnamese and Russian. The odds can be viewed in American, decimal, Hong Kong, Indonesian and Malaysian formats. Customers can deposit in US Dollars and Euros.
Betcris Sportsbook Freebies
Betcris sportsbook offers a 15% sign up bonus for new customers which would be considered modest in the context of other sportsbooks in the industry. Naturally there are terms and conditions attached to the bonus. The minimum deposit needs to be $50 and the maximum bonus that a customer can obtain is $500. Clients can use all deposit methods except for Moneybookers in order to qualify for the bonus. There is a 5-times deposit + bonus rollover requirement before any withdrawal can be made.
In addition to the sign-up bonus, Betcris sportsbook also offers a ‘reduced juice’ program that rewards customers for playing regularly. The more often a client bets and the larger the stakes, the lower margins they can obtain. The lowest books will have -106 odds each side (which compile to just shy of 103%). Unfortunately, the reduced juice program is not available for customers residing in the Dominican Republic or Venezuela.
What Sports Are On Offer?
Betcris sportsbook sticks to the staple diet of bettors and focus only on the mainstream sports. Their list of disciplines includes soccer, baseball, football, tennis, basketball, e-sports, MMA, boxing, hockey, motor racing, cricket, cycling, Aussie rules football, entertainment and rugby.
Betcris sportsbook only displays the leagues and competitions for which there is upcoming action. Their football odds are very strong indeed, with low margins noted across a variety of different matches. For instance, looking at the world cup qualifying match between Sweden and Bulgaria, the 1X2 odds compiled to just 102.5% (100% would represent a book which would include no inbuilt margin for the odds makers, so the closer to that figure, the better for bettors). The Asian handicap for the match was a little less generous at 104.5%, and the Over/Under came in at 104% – still respectable figures. In addition to the main three bet types, customers are also able to strike wagers on alternative handicaps and goal lines as well as prop bets etc.
Baseball is a big betting sport, and Betcris have plenty of coverage, with most of the action coming from the USA’s Major League Baseball. The moneyline for most matches sits around 103.5, while the handicap/spread is again slightly bigger with 104-104.5% margins noted. While the MLB is the main betting arena, Betcris do provide odds for games in Mexico, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
Betcris sportsbook also provides a racebook with all of the action from the USA. For each market, customers can strike wagers on singles and all of the multiple and combination bets.
Clients have several ways of contacting Betcris’ customer services department who are available 24/7.
E-mail (online e-mail form)
Mexico – 001 (880) 873-5811
Peru – 00 (511) 707-1250
Canada – 1 (866) 238-2747
Letter – Villa Seminia, 8 Sir Temi Zammit Avenue Ta´Xbiex XBX 1011 Malta
Betcris provide an FAQ section which offers answer to the twenty or so most common enquiries made by bettors. For those questions that cannot be answered by the FAQ’s, there is a link to send the Betcris sportsbook team customer questions.
Players from most countries are allowed accounts with Betcris, with a few notable exceptions. Bettors from the USA, UK, Netherlands and Sweden are all unfortunately banned from using the site.
Deposits & Withdrawals
There are a large number of methods to deposit funds into Betcris accounts:
- Visa – Min/Max $24/$999 – Deposit online or over the phone. Maximum allowed $1000 daily, $2000 weekly, $4000 monthly.
- Mastercard – Min/Max $24/$999 Deposit online or over the phone. Maximum allowed $1000 daily, $2000 weekly, $4000 monthly.
- Paysafecard – Min $1/Max $1000.
- Pago – Min -$15/Max $1000.
- Moneybookers – Min $100/Max $10,000.
- Neteller – Min $25/Max $10,000.
- EcoPayz – Min $25/Max $1000.
- AstroPay Card – Min $24/Max $1000.
- Betcris – Min $10/Max $9999 – deposit in cash in any of Betcris’ local shops in Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Venezuela or Dominican Republic.
- Criscard – Min $1/Max $5000 – prepaid card.
- Bank wire – Min $2500.
- Betcris – Min $10/Max $9999 – Withdraw in cash in any of Betcris’ local shops in Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Venezuala or Dominican Republic.
- Skrill – Min $25/Max $25,000. For any transaction under $8000 there is a $25 fee.
- EcoPayz – Min $100/Max $1000. Free.
- Bank draft – Min $100/Max $3000. Cheques sent out via regular mail may take up to 30 days to arrive. $65 fee per draft.
Customers must play through 100% of the deposit in order to request a payout. Deposits made on Betcris locations do not apply. Customers who request a payout on amounts over 1700 EUR will be required to send a copy of their Photo ID as well as a utility bill as proof of address, before any payment is sent.
The Betcris sportsbook mobile homepage doesn’t beat around the bush. Bettors are immediately presented with the sign-up form in the centre of the page. Alternatively, they can log in using the button in the upper-right corner of the screen. Scrolling down the page, there are promotions etc. on the page and links to the company’s Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and Twitter pages (they are on point with their social media marketing). Once logged in, everything is intuitive and it is easy to navigate around the different sports and events and add them to the bet slip. The mobile website can be viewed in all of the same languages as the desktop site and there are video commercials available to entice new sign ups. Users can view the website from iOS, Android and Windows devices.
Betcris Sportsbook Verdict
Betcris sportsbook doesn’t have too many options for bettors, but their odds are strong and they are an established firm. A bookmaker for the high stakes bettor.
|Bonus||15% up to $500|
pros & cons
- Low margins on football
- 24/7 customer service
- Large choice of deposit options
- Limited range of sports