PariMatch Sports is a bookmaker with 15 years experience in the industry. They are licensed by Curacao, but their primary market is in Eastern Europe, with offices now operating in Russia, Belarus, Moldova and Georgia. PariMatch are no longer able to accept UK registrations due to the changing gambling laws in the UK which now require all firms to be licensed by the UK Gambling Commission if they wish to offer their services to residents of the country.
Focusing solely on sports betting, with both pre-match and live odds available, PariMatch shun the standard practice of most bookmakers to include a casino and games section. In this review, we look at all aspects of PariMatch Sports, from the functionality of their website, to the depth of their markets and competitiveness of their odds.
Users immediately land onto the sportsbook homepage which incorporates an orange, black, grey and white colour scheme. The text and graphics could not be described as state of the art, but everything is put together well enough.
The site layout follows the typical modern day bookmaker setup. On the left hand side of the page is the menu, with access to the results page, live results, rules and statistics. Users can view either a standard or advanced statistics section, with most of the sports covered. Although they do not use the standard skin, the statistics section is powered by industry giant BetRadar. Beneath is the list of different events and sports on offer. The centre of the page is dedicated to live betting and upcoming events and further links can be found on the right hand side of the page.
It is clear that the PariMatch website has been translated into English by an employee who does not speak the language as their mother tongue. It is always off-putting to see poorly constructed sentences and grammatical mistakes and it can make the terms and conditions etc. difficult to understand. Another flaw of the website is that although the homepage is translated into English, some of the other pages and graphics remain in Russian and there is no way to translate the text. The layout of the odds for matches is poor. The way the prices are presented is very confusing and unprofessional. Factor in the poor language translation and it can make the process of striking a bet a difficult one.
Parimatch do offer a mobile version of their website in a downloadable format. Customers can install an iOS, Android or Java app from the main site, giving them access to all the functionality of the service when on the move.
The website can be viewed in English, Russian, Germany, Greek, Spanish and Georgian.
Parimatch have 22 legitimate sports, e-sports, virtual sports and entertainment betting. In terms of countries covered, the football coverage is decent, with odds for matches from 34 countries around the world on top of international competition. The English action goes down to the Ryman Premier League – the 7th tier.
The number of additional bet types for football is disappointing. For English Premier League matches, there are 1X2, Asian handicap, over/under, over/under for each team and 1X2 first half betting odds. There are also a number of other different betting options including correct score etc. but the variety is nowhere near as big as any of the major and most of the smaller firms in operation.
Basketball betting encompasses most of the leagues from around the world, with odds on matches from Cyprus to Indonesia. Most typically, there will be prices for the Asian handicap, total points, 1X2, and individual totals. Considering that the lion’s share of Parimatch’s business emanates from Eastern Europe, the ice hockey depth is inadequate. Odds can be found for matches from the USA, Canada and some of the European leagues, but more could be expected in terms of countries covered and extra bet types.
The competitiveness of odds can be a major determining factor which influences which bookmaker a punter chooses to use. To work out how generous a firm is being with their prices, the total book percentage is calculated. This is the sum of all of the odds available in an event, when converted to, and as expressed as, percentages. A total book of 100% would indicate that the firm had no inbuilt profit margin and getting as close to this figure as possible, is most desirable.
Looking at the matches for the English Premier League, the 1X2 markets usually work to around 105.3% and the Asian handicaps around 105.4%. The 1X2 odds are definitely competitive without being market leading. The Asian handicap odds could be a little more generous – the book percentages are normally smaller for this type of bet than the 1X2 (due to fewer number of outcomes)
Basketball moneyline margins aren’t fantastic, but again are broadly in line with the majority of firms in the industry at around 107%. The 1X2 basketball prices (a less popular bet), compile to 111%.
The odds for ice hockey (a popular sport in Eastern Europe), equate to total books of around 105.3% for the Asian handicap lines. The 1X2 are again a little higher at 107%, but again these odds are fair.
The information regarding the sign up bonus is in Russian and cannot be translated. However, after contacting customer support, the concession was found to be 100% bonus up to a maximum of $10. This bonus amount had to be turned over 10 times at odds of 1.50 or higher for each selection. In all honest, the concession is barely worth bothering with.
Parimatch have an good list of payment options for their customers, and no commission is charged for any of the payment types.
When clicking on the Customer Support link, users are directed to a page with a contact form which can be used to send any queries to the Parimatch team. They are operational 24/7 and in addition to the form, there are several telephone numbers:
Russia – 8-800-100-9248
Belarus – 8-820-0011-0260
Moldova – 0-800-600-20
And email addresses:
Customer support does converse in English, although it is not always perfect.
Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot to recommend Parimatch to punters, especially those who speak English as their first language. The site is clearly designed for Eastern European bettors, with all of the customer support telephone lines located in countries around the region. The sub markets for each sport are poorly put together and finding a specific bet can be an arduous task. In fairness, the odds are reasonable, but they are not generous enough to compensate for the pitfalls of the website. Furthermore, UK based customers can no longer use the service.