The Greek Sportsbook is an online bookmaker which has been the subject of a number of good reports. Founded in 1996, they are located in Jamaica and are licenced out of Antigua and Barbados. With a sportsbook, casino and poker room, The Greek cater for both the sports betting punter, and also those who like to play table games online. In this article we focus on the bookie side of things, assessing The Greek’s website, number and depth of markets, competitiveness of odds and more.
The website has a professional and classy feel. The landing page gives details of promotions and competitions, as well as reviews about the service. Customers can access the sportsbook by clicking on the link on the menu bar at the top of the page.
As is commonplace with most online bookmakers, the list of sports can be found on the left hand side of the page. The centre of the page is devoted to upcoming events and competitions, and the right hand side hosts the bet slip. The Greek allow a number of different bets, with options such as straight, parlay, if bets and teasers all on the bet slip.
Towards the top of the page is a search bar which helps bettors access their desired markets quickly. There is the option to do a custom search, or alternatively they can be redirected to events starting within the next hour, or matches already in play.
To see the odds for different events, bettors must be logged in. However, The Greek Sportsbook offers potential customers the chance to browse around the site by entering ‘guest’ for both the username and password.
The Greek do have a web app for bettors who wish to access the site on their mobile, although it does not automatically load when the site is visited from a handheld device. Instead, customers must manually go to m.thegreek.com. The app is easy to navigate around and all of the same functions as the desktop version, can be performed.
The website can only be viewed in English.
In total, The Greek Sportsbook has 23 different sports, entertainment, politics and other events. There is quite a diverse range of sports on offer with Olympic events, lacrosse, curling, cricket and darts all featured.
The Greek’s primary market seems to be North America, as evidenced by the top four sports on the list – American football, baseball, basketball and ice hockey. As a result, their services are not so football centric as many bookmakers. There are domestic matches from a total of 18 different countries, and odds for international and European competitions. Most firms tend to have 20+ countries covered. The English action goes as low as the Conference (again the majority of operators will provide prices for some of the lower non-league fare). There are a very limited number of additional bet types for football matches – just the Asian handicap, 1X2, over/under and individual team over/under markets.
There odds for basketball games from 6 European countries, but the focus is on the Northern American action, with prices for the NBA, NCAA and WNCAA. Each match has moneyline odds, handicaps for each quarter, total points and individual team points. There is also a separate section where there are several ‘proposition’ bets – basically specials bets such as assists made by a player, total points scored by a player etc.
The ice hockey coverage focuses solely on the NCAA and NHL action in North America. This is disappointing for punters who like to wager on the European action. Again there are odds for the Asian handicap, moneyline, total points, over/under etc. and the compilers also create proposition bets.
There is a horse racing section, but unfortunately it only offers US action – no English, Irish or Dubai cards.
The competitiveness of odds is an important factor which can influence which bookmaker punters choose to bet with. How generous the odds are can be assessed by computing the total book percentages. This figure is calculated by converting all odds to percentages and adding them together, and a book with no inbuilt profit for the bookmakers would equate to 100%. The closer to that figure, the better for punters.
Across the board, the odds are definitely reasonably competitive.
The English Premier League Asian handicap (spread) books work to 103.5-104%. While this isn’t market leading for this particular bet type, The Greek certainly aren’t being greedy with their take.
The pre-season baseball moneyline odds compiled to 104.3%.
Book percentages for the NBA tend to sit around 104% for the moneyline, and 104.5-105% for the Asian handicap (spread).
Tennis odds tend to work to slightly less generous books, coming in at 106.5-107%, which is around the industry standard.
There are two sign up bonuses that customers can choose from – a 100% cash bonus up to $100, or a 25% cash bonus up to $1000. With the 100% bonus, 25% of the cash is unlocked each time the original deposit it rolled over once. Alternatively, the 25% bonus sees the money instantly credited to the customers balance, but requires them to turnover the deposit plus bonus amount 4 times before it can be withdrawn.
Customers from; Armenia, Belarus, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam are not eligible for the first deposit bonus
Bettors can fund their account through a variety of different methods:
The Greek is certainly comprehensive when it comes to customer services. They have a total of 15 different toll free numbers so that clients from around the world, which is convenient and cheap for bettors. Alternatively, there is an email address – firstname.lastname@example.org, or those wishing to write in can do so, addressing their correspondence to:
#1 Mangrove Way,
Customer services are available 24/7
The Greek Sportsbook is clearly a well-established and successful bookmaker. Their website is well organised, their customer services are comprehensive and the overall feel is that they know what they are doing. They are also transparent, offering their staking limits for different sports and events on the site.
The Greek are an excellent firm for those who like to bet on North American sports. They have comprehensive coverage of the US action, and while their bet types (moneyline, spread etc.) favour the more serious punter, they do also have ‘proposition’ bets that can give the recreational punter some fun.
With fair odds and a trustworthy service, The Greek Sportsbook gets the thumbs up.