Holiganbet Sports Review
Holiganbet Sports is a Turkish bookmaker evading authorities and providing a full and comprehensive bookmaker and casino service to their clients. They specialise in football and have plenty of live betting options for customers.
Licensed out of Curacao, the firm provides betting on a range of sports. Is this a bookmaker bettors should rate positively? What are the benefits of signing up for an account with Holiganbet? Who can even register? Got questions? We have answers. Read on.
- US Players: No
- Site founded: 2014
- License: Curacao
- Bonus: (T&C Apply) None
- Bonus Rollover: N/A
- Last Updated: 24/09/2018
- Mobile Compatible: Yes
- Payment Methods: Limitless Express Transfer, Ecopayz, Quick Transfer, QR Code, Paypal, Akbank Reference, Cepbank, Token, Bitcoin, Otopaykart
- Excellent odds on football
- Accepts Bitcoin deposits
- Great coverage of e-sports betting
- Specialists in football betting
- Stylish website on desktop and mobile
- Site available in several languages
- US bettors not accepted
- Many countries excluded from signup bonus
Holiganbet’s website is user-friendly and is in the mold of other Turkish-facing betting sites. The content spans the full width of the page, enabling the firm to include a good amount of information, odds, and other content without the screen seeming cluttered or overpopulated. When viewing in ‘Classic’ mode, the standard three column format is adopted, with sports down the left-hand side of the page, odds in the middle and the bet slip is on the right. The fundamental difference when switching to the ‘Modern’ view is that the column on the left-hand side is moved to a horizontal menu bar in the middle of the page. Although bookmakers are increasingly offering this choice, whether it is necessary is definitely a question for debate, as the modern style page isn’t as easy to navigate around, nor to view the sports on offer and the markets.
There is a nice feature on the site where players can set favourite games that they have an interest in, or want to keep abreast of. To do this, they click on the star next to the game so that the icon lights up. Then instead of having to navigate through the pages back to the match or competition, bettors can simply click on the star in the upper right-hand corner of the page and it will present all of those matches that have been added to favourites.
Holiganbet sports have ensured that their betting site is user-friendly and they offer their service in Turkish, English, Portuguese, Chinese, Italian, German and Swedish. Furthermore, users can view the odds in their desired formats, and have the choice of decimal, fractional, American, Hong Kong, Malay or Indo.
Clients can opt-in to find out about upcoming promotions and bonuses via internal messages, push notifications, phone calls, e-mail, or SMS. Interestingly, the promotions only show up when viewing the website in the Turkish language. This is because the promotions are shown on banners that have been created for Holiganbet sports’ main market – the Turkish. There are a variety of different bonuses and these vary based upon what payment method customers choose.
Holiganbet sports’ odds on top-flight football matches are nothing short of outstanding. The pinnacle of footballing competition is the FIFA World Cup. At the time of review, the semi-finals were just about to commence. For both the France v Belgium and England v Croatia games, the odds compiled to a total book percentage of 101.2% – industry-leading margins. A total book percentage of 100% would indicate that there is no inbuilt profit margin for the layers, so getting so close to that number is beneficial for bettors. The low margins are not just confined to the 1X2 betting; the Asian handicap market works out to 101% and the over/under total goals works out to the same. With such high turnover on these major games, Holiganbet sports can afford to take a smaller cut from each bet. Luckily for bettors, most matches in established leagues around the world are priced up to these low margins, which is great for bettors.
Nowadays, many bettors like to bet in-play. The advantage of this is that individuals can view a game and see how it is unfolding and where the momentum is before they make their betting decisions. Due to the nature of live betting, odds are continuingly shifting and it is difficult to be as accurate when it comes to compiling odds, so the margins are usually a little greater. Games that have total book percentages of 101.5% pre-match usually work out to around 106% in-play. These odds are still very competitive, and many bookies will price up their pre-match fayre with the latter margins.
For live betting punters, there is plenty of choice for most football matches. In addition to the 1X2, Asian handicap and total goals (over/under), there is also the option to wager on double chance, draw no bet, correct score, both teams to score and much more.
Is the excellent variety of competitions and market-leading odds confined purely to the football? Well not quite, but the other sports don’t have quite the coverage, nor competitiveness. Take baseball for example – the staple summer sport in the USA. The moneyline odds for the matches during mid-season worked out to around 108% which is slightly below the industry average of 106-107%. There are around 40 extra bet types for each game which is a decent offering, with the run line and first team to score bets being popular. The odds for tennis are better, with matches at Wimbledon sitting around the industry standard of 105%. Those same margins were replicated on NFL betting, although admittedly the prices were compiled two months before the season commenced and as such, there is room for them to compress further.
No bookmaker worth their salt is ignoring the popularity of e-sports, and Holiganbet sports have shrewdly allocated resources to price up a number of different games such as Dota 2, League Of Legends, Counter-Strike: GO, Call Of Duty, Hearthstone and StarCraft2. League Of Legends is the most popular with bettors and they are able to breakdown matches by different countries, with competitions in America, Brazil, China, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, and Vietnam. Matches are worked out on a total book basis of 108% which is reasonable considering professional knowledge of e-sports is still fairly limited.
Although Holiganbet sports has a wide array of sports priced up, they are definitely a football-centric bookmaker. It is not to say that the offerings for other sports are bad, but the football betting is exceptional and really stands out.
Funds can be deposited into a Holiganbet sports account through a variety of methods: Limitless Express Transfer, Ecopayz, Quick Transfer, QR Code, Akbank Reference, Cepbank, Token, Paypal, Bitcoin, and Otopaykart methods. Customers can only fund their account in Turkish Lira at present.
Holiganbet sports provides a comprehensive 24/7 customer service for clients. They can e-mail the bookmaker at email@example.com or can access the Live Chat function on the main homepage. There is also an FAQ section but it only answers basic and non-sport specific questions, so most of the time clients will need to reach out to a member of staff.
Bettors who try to reach the Holigan sports website from the USA will, unfortunately, be greeted with a big fat forbidden message, so the bookie isn’t available to residents of America. Individuals from all other major countries (and most small ones too!) are accepted. The only downside is that the registration e-mail comes in Turkish, regardless where the new customer is from.
Having a user-friendly and functional mobile app or optimized website is essential in today’s age of betting. Many gamblers like to strike wagers on the move and Holiganbet have spent the time to ensure that they have a website that makes it extremely easy for bettors to access their desired markets and place bets quickly.
The upper portion of the mobile website shows a number of scrolling banners that give information on promotions, sports on offer and much more. Beneath is a horizontal menu bar that lists all the sports and then the rest of the page is populated by the upcoming matches and live action. Customers can quickly switch between languages and odds formats at the bottom of the page. Although Holiganbet sports have to condense all of the information from the desktop website into one column on a mobile phone sized screen, they do a great job of designing the site so that everything is easy to digest. The pages load quickly and everything looks great.
A great bookmaker for football lovers, and one of Turkey’s top betting sites.