Bethard sportsbook hasn’t been around for long, but they seem to have created quite the impression with European bettors. Although Bethard was founded in 2014, the forces that be behind the operation have significant experience in the betting industry and with a Scandinavian influence in the technology and the way the service is run, they have quickly become popular. Bethard runs a sportsbook, offer live betting and a casino and the service is licensed in Malta. They have a good reputation, and in this review we assess their service, concluding whether the hype is justified. Read on for info on the website, the sports on offer, the quality of odds and much more.
A black, yellow and white colour scheme has been utilized by Bethard sportsbook and the site has been designed to a high level. Why do we say that? Because although they have adopted the standard three column layout, there are sharp graphics, quick loading pages and sufficient spacing between the odds and different events to make it easy to navigate around for bettors.
The available sports are located on the left side, and when selecting a desired discipline, a drop-down list appears with the matches/games from the different countries. Bettors have the ability to access quick links at the top of the page (which guide players to the most popular/upcoming markets). There is a statistics section which is powered by BetRadar.
Bethard sportsbook has made the website available in English, Finnish, German, Norwegian and Swedish. The odds can be displayed in decimal, fractional or American style (users can change this in the upper-right corner of the homepage).
Anyone for a Freebie?
Bethard sportsbook doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the size of their sign-up bonus. They offer a strong promotion for new customers, giving new clients a 100% deposit up to a maximum of £50 (or equivalent currency). Clients need to make their first deposit (€100 will unlock the maximum bonus) and the concession will appear in a users’ account. There are of course strings attached to the sign-up bonus, and customers have to turn over the bonus 14 times at minimum odds of 2.0.
Interestingly, bets on baseball and American football do not count towards the rollover requirement, and as is industry standard, Neteller/Skrill and Paysafecard deposits do not qualify for the bonus (this prevents bonus abuse). The bonus is available to clients from Sweden, Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Canada, and Malta. Bettors in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland are eligible for a 100% bonus up to €50, where the same rollover requirements apply.
Bethard sportsbook has compiled a solid list of sports for bettors to choose from. The big hitters such as football, basketball, baseball, tennis, American football etc. are all covered (there is no horse racing, however), and a few minor sports such as surfing, bandy and table tennis also have odds available for clients to wager on.
The football coverage at Bethard is decent, with all of the established football nations as well as some less heralded ones getting coverage. There are odds for games from Israel to Jamaica to Rwanda.
When looking at the odds for the top-level football matches, strong odds for bettors were found. The English Premier League is the competition that is the richest and has the most exposure around the world. It generates the most turnover and due to the extensive coverage and knowledge about the teams and players, the odds are usually the most competitive for matches in the league. This philosophy is adopted by Bethard sportsbook and their odds for the Premier League typically compile to a total book percentage of 101.5-102%. Italian football is compiled to around 103.5-104% which is still very competitive and the French league works out to 104.5-105%.
In addition to the 1X2 odds, Bethard typically offers an extensive range of additional bet types. These include Over/Under on goals (usually from 0.5 to 7.5 goals), First/Last Booking, Total Corners, 1st Free Kick, Last Free Kick, Handicap, Asian Handicap and much more. Naturally, the margins for Asian Handicaps are smaller than for First Goalscorer as there are few outcomes.
Bethard have devoted plenty of resources to their tennis coverage and provide odds for matches from around the globe. The margins on the tennis matches are very small and that makes for exceptional value for bettors. Looking at the matches at Indian Wells, the odds compiled to 101.5-102% for the win market. Extra bets included Set Betting, Over/Under games, Handicap betting and more.
Other sports that have been attributed plenty of resources include ice hockey. There are odds from 13 different countries around the world as well as international competitions. Games in the NHL work out to 103-103.5% – very competitive when compared to ice hockey odds industry-wide.
As a bookmaker with a Swedish influence, it comes as no surprise that Bethard sportsbook offers floorball action, as well as handball and e-sports.
There is an extensive list of restricted countries whose residents are unable to use the Bethard website. As such, only clients from the following countries are able to open a Bethard sportsbook account; Austria, Canada, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Bethard claims to have the best interest of their players at heart and as such provide the fastest, safest and best payment methods in the industry (their words!). As mentioned, the staff are on hand from 9am-1am CET to ensure that payments are processed quickly and efficiently. Bethard is serious about regulations and security and will perform an identity check on customers before they make their first withdrawal. The following payment methods are available:
Credit card transactions incur a 2.5% safeguard fee, and there is no fee for the other methods.
Customers are able to make payments in the following currencies: Canadian Dollar, Euro, Swiss Franc, Norwegian Krona, Swedish Krona.
Bethard are proud to announce that they have a 24-hour customer service. That customer support can be reached via live chat or e-mail (email@example.com). The live chat can be opened simply by clicking on the icon on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. Representatives answer quickly and are helpful in responding to queries and concerns. When clicking on the support button on the menu bar, customers are also given the chance to view an FAQ section before they speak with a representative. The FAQ only covers the basic info and could definitely be expanded upon further.
Most bookmakers nowadays stick to having a mobile-optimized website that automatically loads when visited from a handheld device. Bethard sportsbook has invested in the technology that allows them to offer a fast loading, fully functional sportsbook, casino and live casino that can be accessible from any smartphone, but they have also developed downloadable mobile apps for both Android and iOS devices. On the mobile app, customers can bet on thousands of markets across a range of sports from around the world. They can also bet live in play on endless events and can deposit and withdraw quickly. The firm have clearly spent plenty of time and resources on developing the app as it is intuitive, fast loading and looks cool. The mobile webpage also gets a big thumbs up too.
There are obviously sharp minds behind the Bethard sportsbook operation. They lack a few of the sports and extras offered by the big firms but are a new firm and will only continue to grow. Highly recommended.