Digibet Sports is an online bookmaker, owned by Digibet Ltd. and licenced and operated out of Gibraltar. In addition to their online activities, they also have over 150 betting shops in German and English speaking regions. To complement their bookmaker, Digibet offer a live casino, games and betting on horse racing (they currently have a partnership with UK course Kempton Park). In this article we take a look at how their services stack up against their rivals, and decide whether it is worthwhile for bettors to have Digibet Sports account in their punting armoury.
The website is nestled on the left hand side of the screen, with quite a large vacant area on the right. It would make more sense and would look better if it were centralised. The homepage has a list of the most popular sports down the left hand side, with promotions and information regarding Digibet’s services covering the middle and the right.
When selecting sports, customers are greeted with an unusual layout for an online bookmaker. The events on offer are broken down into today, tomorrow, all and long-term. When selecting a sport, there is a search tool which enables customers to find their desired country and league. There is also a feature where bettors can filter out teams based on their odds. For each match/game, Digibet offer statistics. Powered by Betradar, most events are covered and users are able to see fairly detailed data pertaining to each team in a contest.
Digibet Sports do not currently offer a mobile app or even an optimised web app for customers trying to access the bookmaker while on the move. This is poor and needs addressing.
The website can be viewed in English, German or Turkish.
There are a total of 20 different sports on offer, with major sports such as football, baseball, ice hockey, basketball, handball etc. all covered.
Football is naturally the most popular sport. The extra bet types for each game are presented in a long list, with abbreviations and shorthand titles. For the beginner, this could be quite difficult to understand, and the lay-out could definitely do with some updating. There are odds for handicap betting, total goals, time of the first goal etc.
There is a fairly extensive horse racing section which actually also covers greyhound racing. There is horse racing from the Great Britain and Ireland, South Africa, France, Italy, Holland, Macau, Singapore and Australia and the greyhound action comes from Great Britain and Ireland. Unfortunately customers are only able to bet at the Starting Price (SP) which will off put many who like to know the odds of their selections when they bet. Although there appears to be the option to place a bet at fixed odds and previous prices are available, the button has been disabled.
The competitiveness of odds is determined by total book percentage. This figure is calculated by converting all odds in an event into percentages, and adding them together. A book with no inbuilt profit margin for the bookmaker would equate to 100% and therefore the closer to that figure the better for punters.
UEFA Champions League football matches work to 105-105.5%, which is fair without being anything spectacular. Similar odds could be found for English Premier League matches, but matches in the lower leagues such as the English Championship were compiled to less generous books, coming in at around 108-108.5%.
Even for the top tennis matches, the odds aren’t great. A Nadal v Ferrer ATP Monte Carlo Masters match compiled to 110%, which is not competitive. The top basketball league, the NBA, offers slightly better percentages, with the matches working to 107.5%. The NHL ice hockey matches work to 107-108.5%, which is around industry standard.
Digibet offer a modest 100% sign up bonus up to a maximum of 20 Euro. This offer is only available to customers living and residing in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. For those who are eligible for the bonus, the terms are fairly strict. The deposit must be rolled over once and the bonus amount 5 times before it is withdrawable. The bets must be struck on sports or horse racing and the selections must have minimum odds of 2.10. Regardless of bet size, the maximum that any one wager can contribute is 20 Euro.
There are several different ways of contacting Digibet:
Customers can deposit into their Digibet Sports account in different ways.
There are different minimum deposits amounts depending on which method is used, with a range from 5-30 Euro.
Digibet have plenty of room for improvement. Their website really needs a revamp and could be quite confusing for a new punter to try and navigate around. It can also be slow to load and there is no mobile website which is really surprising as even the smallest of bookmakers seem to have their business optimised for mobile use.
The number of markets are just fair and the odds for sports such as tennis are noncompetitive. On the plus side, Digibet Sports have an expansive horse racing section in terms of their geographical coverage. With that being said, many punters will be off put by the fact that they are unable to place bets at fixed odds, especially on the UK action. Furthermore, there are no concessions on the horse racing, such as Best Odds Guaranteed (generally offered by most bookmakers nowadays). This is an established company, but they need a makeover to catch up with the rest of the industry.