LuckyBet89 sportsbook is an Asian online sports betting operator. Its website is available in English and Simplified Chinese but its primary language, in line with its target market, is Indonesian. The site has been up and running since 2011 and so has now established itself in the online betting market.
In addition to its sportsbook, LuckyBet89 also offers the Asian punter a casino, live dealer games, live in-play betting and a lottery. It utilizes Amaya and AG Gaming software and so has a solid base from which to offer its various services, which includes a mobile casino.
It offers attractive bonuses to attract new punters, who can claim 100% on their first deposit. While is it very much an Asian online gambling site, bettors from overseas are welcome to play their live dealer games. This doesn’t, however, extend to the site’s bookmaker.
LuckyBet89 sees its live casino as its raison d’etre but with its sportsbook a close second. A single click on the homepage takes you, if you are lucky, through to the sportsbook but not perhaps as quickly and consistently as you would like. Maintenance issues at the time of this review meant it was not only their live casinos that offered a game of chance.
Once the sportsbook has been located – and assuming the site plays nice – you are greeted with a page that, while not unpleasant on the eye, is not as aesthetically as pleasing as it could be. Its configuration is a little confusing in that it has a left sidebar, a main body, and a space for a narrow right sidebar that is used for precisely nothing. In terms of content, however, it does deliver.
The left sidebar is headed by a basic betting slip and then lists the sports and competitions that are available to bet on – each one usefully noting the number of markets available. It leads with their number one sport, soccer, for which there were over 6,400 markets available at the time of writing. It offers no less than ten different categories of bet, each one with a large array of additional options available. As well as the more common bets they offer the punter Double Chance bets, Mixed Parlay and a wide range of Specials. So numerous are the bets on offer, you name it and you’re likely to find it; all just a single click away that fills the whole screen with the various betting options.
While the rest of the sports on the list offer nothing like the variations that accompany soccer, all have bets under the categories All Market and Outright while many offer those who love an accumulator that opportunity under the Mix Parlay option.
The links generally work okay and each one takes you to where you expect to go (not as obvious as it sounds). In terms of presentation, the LuckyBet89 sportsbook is acceptable even if color-wise it takes the punter through the full spectrum of the rainbow, with some of the configurations a little confusing.
The main body of the sportsbook homepage is also soccer orientated, although all live events for every sport (and some non-sports such as Fantasy Soccer and shooter-type games) are listed. Its main focus is in-play betting and, listed under the heading of the various competitions and leagues, games are listed with an array of odds, together with how much time has elapsed in the match and the live score.
There is no live text or live stream facilities on LuckyBet89 sportsbook but the main page updates automatically every 20 seconds, so the full live betting experience remains, albeit without the bells and whistles of some of the more sophisticated and hi-tech betting sites.
The variety of bets and odds aligned with each match are theoretically just one click away for the punter but technical issues with the site prevented us (at the time of this review) to test out how well this works. The plan is to click on the live odds, which then sends your bet to the betting slip, and once you’ve added the value of your stake the bet is live. And, if it works, there are most definitely some juicy looking odds on offer, with almost every betting strategy catered for.
In general, the site’s odds are competitive and there is value to be had with a modicum of research, especially in some of the live betting markets in the more obscure, lesser-known events.
The live markets have a very Asian feel (understandably) and LuckyBet89 sportsbook certainly loves their spot-bets. Bets such as the score in a specified 15-minute spell of a game and the number of corners in a match are typical of their offerings, and each with a variety of additional options.
The number of live markets available is quite extraordinary and even the most obscure matches and competitions are offered to the punter with the aforementioned variety of betting choices.
For reference, the main body of the home page is taken up with detailed listings of the live matches and events, all of which are listed against a pink background, but beneath is another listing of the pending matches and events for that same day, this time with a blue background.
The Technical Bit
LuckyBet89 sportsbook, despite its technical issues at the time of this review, is reasonably well designed and generally has not an unpleasant feel. It renders neatly on all the latest Android mobile phones, Android tablets, iPhones and iPads and, despite not having produced Android and iOS apps, it offers a pleasing experience to the punter on the go.
LuckyBet89 uses a number of different software providers for their various products. They have licenses with Amaya, AG Gaming, Asia Live Technology, HoGaming, and Start Live Casino software. The software being used is available in English, Indonesian, and Simplified Chinese.
LuckyBet89 sportsbook offers a bonus to all new players who sign up – a 100% match deposit offer – but disappointingly there are no regular bonus deals available. Sporadically there are some available but there are invariably terms and conditions attached and it is advisable to read these before making your first deposit.
Cash-out on LuckyBet89 is an automated process so unless there are queries, IT issues or outstanding documents, this should be generally at the speedy end of the scale with payouts processed within 24 hours for Indonesian punters.
It’s worth noting that the available banking options are far from ideal. Players can deposit and withdraw using bank wire transfer, HSBC, MasterCard, Visa and four native Indonesian banks but the options are not as wide and varied as with many other sites.
In terms of the currencies you can play in, the only one accepted is Indonesian Rupiahs.
Customer liaison is dealt with via live chat facility that aims to deal with most queries and questions at the first point of contact, all minus the need for prolonged email conversations. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and, alternatively, if you have any questions or queries you can contact the support team via email, telephone, Skype, and WhatsApp. There are also some helpful FAQs. The customer support is available in English, Indonesian, and Simplified Chinese.
LuckyBet is really all about its live casinos and makes no secret of the fact, but its sportsbook – when the system is not beset by gremlins – does meet most of the basic requirements of your average punter. It’s not subtle but it doesn’t intend to be and instead just offers the bettor options by the hundred. Unlike many other bookmakers, it doesn’t offer much in the way of stats and data to help you decide on your bet and in that regard, it’s very ‘old school’ but what it does is offer you bets at decent odds.
The 100% match bonus on your first deposit is more than attractive but it sadly doesn’t follow this up with too much by the way of extra bonuses, at least not on a consistent basis.
Everything on LuckyBet89 sportsbook is mobile compatible, so betting can be done on an iPhone, iPad, or Android device but where it lets itself down a little is its limited number of banking methods.
Its design may not be the most sophisticated, but the bottom line is it does the job.