Real Deal Bet…sounds a little bit like a bookmaker named after a Hall of Fame boxer. But that can’t be the case can it? It certainly can, as bettors will find when they log on to the website and see the face of the former 5-time champion of the world, Evander Holyfield. Realdealbet.com was launched in 2015, is owned by Zapzap Marketing Ltdand is licensed out of Curacao. The company behind the website state that they teamed up with Evander Holyfield to create the site, but in reality, they probably licensed his name and pay him a percentage of profits for the increased revenue that his name will bring in.
Real Deal Bet have played it safe with their site, utilizing the standard three column layout that has been adopted by the overwhelming majority of popular betting websites around the world. The site features the list of sports down the left hand side of the page, the most popular bets and live events in the centre of the page and the betting slip, and promotions on the right hand side of the page. Users can flick between sports, live betting, casino, virtual racing etc. at the top of the page. A black and gold theme is used, the graphics are slick and the text is well sized.
When clicking on a sport on the left hand side of the page, a dropdown menu appears. All of the submarkets are organized by country, so users can quickly find their selection. Alternatively, there is a search bar at the top of the page, where bettors can immediately access their desired market.
Overall the interface is very good. The navigation is intuitive, market odds are displayed in a concise manner and navigation back and forth between fixture odds is very easy. The betting slip functionality is as good as you could possibly ask for.
New customers can receive a fairly lucrative looking offer in the form of a €100 welcome bonus. What do bettors have to do to obtain this bonus? Apparently just used the bonus code RBD100 when depositing for the first time into their bookie accounts. The bonus can be matched up to €100 and becomes active once the first bet is placed (the full €100 would have to be wagered before the bonus is active).
Now comes the catch (that is becoming ubiquitous in the gambling industry to stop bonus abuse). There is an 8x deposit rollover requirement (including deposit and bonus). Therefore a user who claims the maximum bonus would need to stake €1,600 in order for their initial cash to be withdrawable. Customers have to satisfy the bonus rollover requirements within 90 days, otherwise they will lose their full bonus balance (pretty harsh). Furthermore, each bet can only contribute 50% towards the rollover requirements (so a €100 bet would only qualify €50 towards the
There are a few countries where the bettors are seen as especially high risk in terms of bonus abuse:
With players from these countries having to turn over their bonus and deposit 12 times. Ukrainian and Polish bettors are banned completely from the bonus scheme.
Sports Markets & Odds
A total of 28 different sports are on offer for bettors to get their teeth into. This is just a reasonable number, but covers all of the staple sports such as football, ice hockey, tennis, golf etc. There is a small section for e-sports, but apart from that, no niche events are covered. Horse racing and greyhound racing are omitted – implying that the bookmaker is primarily focused on the Central European market. With Evander Holyfield as the ambassador, it would be expected that there would be a focus on the boxing markets. Admittedly there are odds for a wide range of boxing events (not just the major fights), but there is a lack of extra markets for each contest (little in the way of KO markets, round betting etc.)
Each sport has a decent spread of markets from around the world. Football bettors can access games in all the major countries, and can also have a bet on matches in lesser known footballing nations such as Indonesia and Oman. In the big leagues, in addition to the 1X2 market, there are usually 110-120 extra markets/betting opportunities. At face value, this is a large number, but in the current climate where bettors are spoilt for choice, it is just average (for instance BetVictor have 160-180 additional markets).
Real Deal Bet’s odds are just okay. Looking at a cross section of sports (the top leagues of each disciplines), the following book percentages were observed:
Football – 106.2%
Tennis – 108.5-109.5%
Basketball – 105.5%
E-sports – 110-111%
(The closer to 100% the book is, the more competitive the odds are). These odds are reasonable, but are not market leading by any means.
There are a wide array of currencies that can be used by bettors to fund their accounts:
British Pounds (£), US Dollars ($), Euros (€), Australian Dollars (AUD), Russian rubbles (RUB), Canadian Dollars (CAD), Danish Krone (DKK), Hong Kong Dollars (HKD), Japanese Yen (¥), Malaysian Ringgit (RM), Norwegian Krone (NOK), Poland Zloty (PLN), Chinese Renminbi (RMB), Swedish Krone (SEK), Vietnamese Dong (VND),Taiwan Dollar (TWD), Turkish Lira (TRY), Singapore Dollars (SGD) and South African Rand (ZAR).
There are several ways for customers to deposit funds into their betting accounts:
Visa debit/credit cards
The minimum payment using all of these services is €10, and all of the transactions are free.
Unfortunately Real Deal Bet have imposed restrictions on opening accounts to bettors of a number of different countries:
Afghanistan, Angola, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, France and its outlying territories, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guyana, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Syria, Turkey, UK, USA, Yemen.
The list is quite long, but in most instances, the site is just adhering to the laws of each of the countries.
Languages / Customer Support
The website can be viewed in English, Russian, Swedish and Brazilian Portuguese. Customer service is very good. Representatives can be reached 24/7 via phone, e-mail or live chat. The employees are fast to respond to questions and try to be helpful.
Real Deal Bet do not have a mobile betting app, but their website automatically translates to a mobile compatible version when viewed on a handheld device. The homepage is a little cluttered, but the app is incredibly responsive, and different markets can be accessed very quickly.
For a new bookmaker, Real Deal Bet is pretty solid. They have a reasonable amount of markets, okay odds and at face value, an attractive sign up bonus (although the rollover requirements are stringent). Whilst on a general level, they cannot compete with the odds of the major firms, there will be the occasional opportunity for bettors to get some value odds with this company. The firm seems legitimate and an account is worth having in a punters’ arsenal.