Goldenbahis is an online e-gaming operation authorised by the Government of Curaçao. Its E-gaming Licensing and Supervision is provided by Antillephone N.V. It’s a new site, established as recently as 2017.
It is a site that focuses initially on the Turkish market although with an English translation toggle there is a clear desire to engage with a wider English-speaking audience and beyond. A clever use of bonuses makes this relatively new site an attractive proposition for new members, albeit only Turkish members can benefit from these.
It leads with its impressive online bookmaker although sitting enticingly just behind the numerous sports markets is a Casino packed full of goodies for the punter. While the bonuses on offer to Turkish members are not available to those from other countries, this should not deter overseas bettors as there is plenty of value and entertainment on offer throughout the site.
There are numerous sports to bet on, as well as lots of pre-event markets, in-play markets, live action, virtual reality sports and a poker platform. In keeping with all good betting sites, any bet is only a single-click away with the site being smartphone, tablet and desktop friendly, while live chat support and email support facilities are available to clear up any queries.
Simplicity is the Key
The beauty of Goldenbahis lies in its simplicity. It does the simple things and does them well. The bookmaker layout is free of many of the thrills and gimmicks of others but what it does offer is a format that is neat, tidy and user-friendly. There is no necessity to familiarise yourself with the layout before getting stuck into the betting; it’s already there for you in a logical, easy-to-understand and understated style.
Neatly aligned at the top of the page are the site’s main categories. In addition to the bookie, there is a tab for live bets, live casino, casino games, poker games, live bingo and virtual sports. Each one takes you to an equally simple and intuitive page where the site’s basic theme is adapted to accommodate the specific requirements of each betting category. Again, it works because it’s unfussy, uncomplicated and does exactly what it says.
The bookmaker page has a clear focus on football – logical enough given it’s by some way the world’s top-grossing betting sport – but also covers just about every sport conceivable that punters may wish to have a bet on.
A sidebar down the left side of the page offers a one-click route to any ‘live’ events, sorted by category, with soccer, basketball, ice hockey, volleyball and futsal among the sports listed; the number of live events available made clear at a glance. A click on any of the sports listed then opens a game-by-game list and gives a live summary of the state of play in each match. A further click opens a full page and offers the all betting info the punter needs if he or she wishes to place a live bet. This includes a very informative and clear analysis of the event’s stats and other vital information, like head-to-heads, and live text commentary. To carry on the intuitive theme, each of the live sports is at this juncture granted a tab along the top of the page; each sport and each individual bet presented to the punter in the same standardised format.
Returning to the left side-bar, after the listing of live sports, there is a section that lists all the main domestic leagues in Europe, in addition to the Champions and Europa Leagues. One click then opens up the page and takes the punter to a full screen crammed full of a variety of bets relating to that particular competition. With the bettor’s betting slip neatly set in the top right corner of the page, it takes just a single click to place a bet.
Below the listing of soccer’s biggest and best competitions, there is a further section that lists all of the markets available on the site sport-by-sport; each clearly stating the number of current markets for each sport. At the time of this review, there were nearly 90,000 markets available from sports as obscure as Aussie rules football and floorball. Again, each sport is a single click away from opening a full page, which then offers a plethora of stats, odds and other data to enhance your betting experience.
The sidebar also offers the facility to save your favourite markets and a useful search facility.
Today and Tomorrow
The main chunk of the bookie’s home page is dominated by three sections: today’s events, upcoming events and a live overview.
The day’s events are offered to the punter on a sport-by-sport basis and one click will take you to an exhaustive list of the day’s matches of your chosen sport. Once there you are offered the usual array of odds and stats with, again, your bet just a single click away.
Below the day’s events is a listing of ‘upcoming events’, whereby the matches are listed – odds, stats and all – and below is a similarly detailed listing that takes the punter through, line-by-line, the events that are available on that particular day for live betting.
It’s simple, clear and intuitive. The bells and whistles are not there and are not needed.
The sidebar on the right of the home screen is, as mentioned earlier, home for the betting slip; a neat box that summarises your bets and of course allows you to tweak the value of your stake. Underneath it is one of the site’s big selling points… Virtual Football.
For those who like to bet on virtual sports, the opportunity is always there to watch and bet on what resembles an online FIFA 17 competition. One click on any of the matches listed takes you to a full screen where you can bet on the games as they occur simultaneously.
The simple and effective layout is applied consistently throughout and offers a pleasing, uncomplicated experience for the bettor.
Its usability is plain for all to see, the intuitiveness we’ve already described at its heart, and there is a cohesion and simplicity about Goldenbahis that is relatively rare on a new site in this genre. Navigation is straightforward and logical and even for those who don’t frequent bookies regularly, there is a clear and easy-to-follow route to all of the goodies the site has to offer.
If betting on the go is your thing Goldenbahis have it covered. In keeping with most betting sites, their site is compatible with all the latest Android mobile phones, Android tablets, iPhones and iPads. By simply entering goldenbahis54.com into your mobile browser you will be offered the choice of mobile or desktop, with the mobile platform being optimised for a smooth mobile betting experience. To date, there is no Android or iOS app available but given the very neat optimisation for mobile and tablets across the board, this presents very few problems.
The Technical Stuff
In terms of bonuses, new players based in Turkey are eligible for what the site describes as a Welcome Bonus. Typically, these can be used to place single bets at odds of 1/12.00+1001.001.00-1.00 or greater, or multiples or combination bets with combined odds of 9/101.90-1110.90-1.110.90 , although these do occasionally vary, and one should always check the Welcome Bonus Terms and Conditions. Generally, it is a case of the player making a deposit and then asking Customer Support for their bonus before making any bet. It also offers a daily cashback for the Turkish bettor.
And therein lies another strength of Goldenbahis: the way it engages with the punters. If you need to contact them for any reason, there is a facility to do so 24/7 by either Live Chat or Email Support. To ‘live chat’ with one of their customer support team simply click on the icon in the bottom right-hand corner of any page, where you’ll be given direct access to an advisor who will deal with almost any type of query. Alternatively, if you prefer to use email then go to the Contact Us page. On that page, you will find different contacts for Member Support, Membership Approval, General Information, Advertising and Complaints.
The odds on the site are presented in the digital format used by most European bookies and, as you would expect with a relatively new site, are very competitive compared to many of their rivals. As ever, it is a question of seeking out, through a modest amount of research, where the value lies but, without question, there is value waiting to be discovered on Goldenbahis.
Cash out is also of a speed well within acceptable limits for a bookmaker and is considered ‘normal’ on the scale of very-fast to very-slow.
Goldenbahis lacks kudos right now only because it is relatively new, and its reputation is still to be earned. Yet a close look reveals a site that has been cleverly designed and is presented in a simple, easy-to-understand format, but which still understatedly contains all the trappings of the bigger, more exclusive betting sites. It offers a perfect online betting platform for any Turkish players looking to enjoy a great range of great sports bets while claiming a welcome bonus and a daily cashback, but for players worldwide it offers a pleasant and cohesive betting experience.