Founded in 1998 by Mark Blanford, sportingbet quickly rose to become one of the world’s best known online gaming operators. The company listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2001 and currently serves over two million customers across Europe, Australasia, North America, South America and South Africa.
As an online sports betting operator, sportingbet manages web sites in 21 languages and accepts wagers in 20 currencies. English is the primary language used and betting is denominated primarily in U.K. Pounds and/or Euros. Each day, more than 8,000 different betting markets are offered.
Anyone signing up newly at Sportingbet.com can take advantage of a number of generous bonuses by using the promotion code SXXX. In the Sportsbook section of the web site, this code qualifies the new customer for a Free Bet of up to £50. All that’s required is registration and an initial deposit of at least £10. Then, the very first wager made between £10 and £50 will be matched by a Free Bet of equal value.
There are a few rules and restrictions, of course. To begin, the initiating wager must be made at odds of 1/2 or greater to qualify. The full amount of the Free Bet will be credited to the customer’s account within 48 hours of settlement of the initial wager. Then, the Free Bet itself must be placed within seven days of receiving it, else it will expire.
Although Free Bets can be placed on any sports markets, the wager can only be placed on singles, not accumulators or other multiple-part bets. Note, too, that Free Bet bonuses are credited as “winnings-only,” meaning the stake is not returned.
Once the new player has received and used the Sports bonus, a separate promotion code, FIRST1000, can be used to sign up with Sportingbet’s card room known as paradise Poker. It provides access to a huge €1,000 first deposit bonus. The same username and password used for Sports can be used for Poker, and funds from the Sports betting account can be transferred to the Poker account.
To qualify for the big bonus, the initial funds transfer must be between €5 and €500. This amount will be matched 200%, with the bonus funds added to a special “pending bonus account.” Cash from this account will be released at a rate €10 for every 200 Frequent Poker Player points earned. The full bonus amount must be claimed within 60 days after registering, otherwise it will expire.
Another fine bonus for new players is the Sportingbet Mobile £5 Free Bet. No code is required for this one. Simply sign up at Sportingbet Mobile and place any £5 wager to receive a £5 Free Bet that can be used either online or via the new mobile account.
One restriction is that the first Mobile bet made must be at odds of 1/2 or greater to qualify. Both single bets and accumulators are permitted, as long as each leg of the accumulator meets the minimum odds requirement. The Free Bet is available for up to 14 days after it has been awarded, whereupon it will expire.
For players’ convenience, a number of payment methods are available for establishing an account with Sportigbet.com. They include major credit and debit cards such as Visa and MasterCard as well as ecommerce financial services like NETeller, Click2Pay, Moneybookers, MoneyTransfers and PaySafeCard, to name a few.