Expekt sports is a firm who have been in operation since 1999. The company have over 1 million registered users from all around the world and they are licensed in both Malta and Gibraltar (licensed by the UK Gambling Commission). They were taken over by the well-known Betclic Everest Group and are trying to innovate in order to compete with the elite of the sportsbook world. Do they succeed? Lets take a look.
Expekt sports deliver nothing new when it come to their website design, but it is functional, easy to navigate around and has a few nice extras which can enhance the bettors experience. Designed in an orange, black and white colour theme, the site can be viewed in Czech, German, Finnish, English, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish and Swedish. The company utilise the services of Betradar, the leading sports statistics company in the world, and customers can access the wealth of information offered by Betradar by clicking on the statistics link on the horizontal menu bar (alternatively, clients can access statistics pertinent to a particular game/match by clicking on the e icon next to the odds).
As with most sportsbooks, the list of events is down the left-hand side of the page, the popular events and upcoming matches are in the centre and the bet slip is on the right-hand side. Everything loads quickly and although there isn’t anything original about the site, it works well.
Concessions & Promotions
Unfortunately, Expekt sports do not currently provide a sign-up bonus for customers. This is surprising. Although there is no generic sign up bonus, they do provide regular ad hoc concessions and bonuses on a variety of sports. For instance, at the time of review, the sportsbook are offering a bonus of up to €25 on the French Open tennis. For every 5 bets the customers place during the tournament, they receive a €5 bonus. Once the customer has received €20 in bonuses, they get a further €5.
The lack of the sign-up bonus is compensated for by the VIP program that Expekt offer. VIP customers can access great rewards and bonuses, get invites to sporting events, obtain faster cash outs and much more when becoming a VIP player. Obviously these services are reserved for the high-rollers who bring a lot of business to the firm, but all the same, it is still a nice touch.
Sports Markets & Odds
At the time of review, there were just over 22,000 different bets available on the Expekt sports website, and 20,700 of those bets were football related, showing how dominant the beautiful game is with many bookmakers. In addition to football, Expekt offer tennis, ice hockey, basketball, cricket, Aussie rules football, formula one, rink hockey and much more.
As football is the main sport at Expekt, it makes sense to look at how competitive the odds and what markets are available to clients. There is a fantastic list of different countries and leagues for bettors to wager on. As well as all of the major leagues such as the English Premier League and Spain’s La Liga, Expekt offer betting from Honduras, India, Bahrain, Estonia and Indonesia. In many countries, as well as the top leagues, they also have lower divisions, and there is emphasis on the Scandinavian competitions. The odds for the top leagues are just reasonable, with matches in the English Premier League compiling to 105.5%. This is about average. For the Swedish Division Two action, the odds are a little more in the favour of Expekt, working out to 110.5%. The number of markets for each match is strong – with over 80 additional bet types for match on top of the 1X2. Clients can bet on over/under, half-time/full-time, both teams to score, half betting etc.
On top of conventional football betting, Expekt sports have teamed up with the pool betting company Colossus and have integrated the system onto their website. Clients can try and guess the correct scores in a number of different matches and stand the chance to win £10,000,000 if they are successful. Many players who like staking small will be attracted by the chance to win large sums of money, and it is a nice touch for Expekt users to be able to pay for the Colossus through their accounts.
Odds for the top competition in some other sports are:
Overall the odds offered by Expekt are fair, but not market leading. There is a decent number of sports available and a solid amount of additional markets for each event.
Expekt sports have a wide reach when it comes to their customer base, and they try to facilitate as many currencies as possible on their website:
New Zealand Dollar
Want to fund your Expekt account? There are a variety of methods that can be used:
Credit Cards: Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard, Maestro or Entropay
Electronic wallet: Skrill or Neteller
Bank transfer: Trustly, Przelewy24 or Dotpay
The minimum payment for all deposit types is £10.
Players from the following countries are unable to sign up for an account with Expekt:
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Cuba, Curacao, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guernsey, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, USA, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
There is nothing more frustrating than having a question regarding a bet that has been placed, or wanting clarification on rules and not being able to get the answers quickly. Luckily Expekt have a comprehensive customer services department and a decent FAQ and rules section on their website. Players can get in touch with Expekt via an online contact form, through live chat, or via e-mail (email@example.com). Customer services are manned from 10:00 to 23:00 CET. The employees are quick to answer questions and are very knowledgeable.
Betting On The Move
Expekt sports have an app that can be downloaded in the Apple store (for iOS) and they also have a mobile optimised website. On the mobile app, the list of sports is located on the menu bar across the top of the page. Customers can perform all the activities they can on the desktop site, such as betting on live events, cash out and playing the Colossus. The downloadable app is also very slick and has great functionality, enabling bettors to quickly access their desired markets while on the move.
Expekt offer mobile clients the opportunity to get a risk-free bet for their first wager. All they need to do is download the app, place a bet on an event with €5 stake and minimum odds of 1/21.50-2000.50-2.000.50 . If the bet loses, then Expekt will refund the stake up to a maximum of €10. In order to be able to withdraw the funds as cash, the player must bet the bonus through at least 6 times, with minimum odds of 1/12.00+1001.001.00-1.00 .
Expekt sports are the Nicky Butt of the sportsbook world. Solid but unspectacular. They do a job. Everything they offer from sports to depth of markets are decent, but not market leading. They do have an attractive VIP program and good range of events, so for the higher rollers, it is worth signing up for an account.