- Big and well loved brand throughout Europe, massive range of bets
- 40,000 streamed matches per year, in-play and BetUP (challenge) betting
- Always have new promos for players, € / £25 free bet to start you off
Detailed Review of the Unibet Sportsbook for 2017
Unibet are not the first name that would come to mind when you think of innovations for sports betting. By the time you finish this review you will realise that this huge European (and UK) online bookmaker has been behind several innovations recently. These cover apps, types of betting and also some creativity in the betting bonuses and player promotions on offer.
Football (soccer) is the main focus. You’ll find the full range of bets on the main European leagues, plus some extras that are not available elsewhere (for example access to the Supertoto and Superscore + an app where you can go heads-up and challenge others). Clicking the ‘all sports’ link in the left hand menu shows a huge list of betting opportunities.
Unibet use the #luckisnocoincidence hashtag – this applies to the teams of course, though if you are smart about your choice of sportsbook, then it could easy apply to you as well. Uniber did not grow to be one of the biggest European bookmaking brands due to luck - you can find out how their bets, promos and apps combined to make this a giant sized online sportsbook over at www.unibet.com
Unibet Sportsbook Design and Usability
I have already praised the layout of the main betting app (see my Unibet Sportsbetting App Review for more), so this section will focus on the interface as accessed from a browser on your PC or Mac.
Your focus will need to be on the left hand column – as the main ‘body’ of the sports area is crowded with 3 columns (all in the distinctive green and white) which show the different horse racing, football and other sports which are next to kick off. At the top of that left hand column you’ll find the heading ‘Popular’ – clicking on your sport here will bring instant relief from the overload of offers.
For example, clicking on ‘Champions League’ (in weeks where the matches are running), brings a single listing, with tabs at the top to sort the matches. Clicking on an individual match brings a new list, with the most popular bets at the top (outrights, double chance, both to score, HT / FT). Below this there are a list of the less common markets – player specials, goalscorers and so on. These are just titles, clicking on each reveals the odds / bets available.
I like this layout, though it is a shame that the first impression is of a screen full of crazy sports and teams you have never heard of!
Betting Coverage on the Unibet Sportsbook
A bookie of this size is able to cover all the major European and US sports and leagues – and add in many extras which you might not even have known you can bet on. WWF and MMA are included, as are politics and TV / Celeb bets.
Football is deep as well as detailed. Sure the EPL, Champions League and La Liga make all the headlines – though you’ll be able to bet on cups, leagues and specials from all over the world at Unibet. The number of betting options for each of the bigger matches is huge (and that is before we even get to the in-play and Supertoto type options).
Horse racing follows the major UK and Irish tracks, with extras offered from South Africa to fill in those quiet periods earlier in the day. I do not get the impression that this is as big a focus area as at some of the ‘high street bookies’ type sites, though there are still plenty of betting opportunities.
The next tier down in terms of popularity sees Unibet very strong. These include the US sports (NFL, MLB and so on), cricket, golf and tennis. Again, Unibet are both deep and detailed – offering many different types of bets and covering a surprisingly number of leagues.
If you are into niche sports, then I certainly recommend checking that ‘all sports’ list. This includes some games I have never heard of – let alone bet on. If anyone knows that ‘floorball’ is then please send answers on the back of a postcard…
Live Betting and Live Streaming at the Unibet Sportsbook
These go hand in hand, and Unibet were early adopters of both. If you bet on a match, then you get to watch the live stream. This includes some big games, and makes a great way to watch and increase your engagement at the same time. There are live betting options covering football (soccer), tennis, golf and basketball. Again the range of matches is excellent.
If your match is not streamed, then you can keep up to date with the ‘live score’ option in the top menu. This brings up a new window with a very detailed (and customizable) scorecard.
BetUP and other Specials
BetUp is a new innovation, this is an app which uses a pool betting concept to allow bets on specific actions while matches are in play. For example, you can bet on what actions will happen during a specific 3 minutes of the match. Your choices will be pooled with everyone else, and you’ll win if you are right. If you are better at reading the flow of games than most people – this could potentially turn into a profitable option!
Bonuses and Player Promotions at the Unibet Sports Betting Site
Unibet advertise that your first bet is 100% risk free up to €25. While this is correct, as usual there are some terms and conditions to take into account. If you lose, then the cash is refunded and you continue to enjoy the betting. If you win, then you will need to roll over your profits from this bet 5x before it can be withdrawn. This risk-free bet can be used for pre-match and live betting.
One promo which I am happy to report has returned for the 2016 / 2017 soccer season is the 90+ offer. If your bet gets ruined by a goal in injury time (not extra time / penalties) then you get your money back. This is for Premier League, Champions League and La Liga matches. This has a lot of value, and if your current bookie does not offer it, then I would recommend that you seriously consider switching.
Even without the extra benefits of 40,000 live streamed events each year – Unibet look after their regulars very well. You can also benefit from other offers from around the site. Keep an eye on the Unibet homepage to make sure that you don’t miss out!
Deposits and Withdrawals at Unibet
Your easiest option in most countries (UK and Ireland especially) is to use your debit card for deposits. This is quick and easy – the same as making any online purchase. Credit cards also work, as well as some prepaid cards (PaySafeCard, UKash). Popular eWallets like Skrill and Neteller are also good options.
The standard withdrawal policy is to use the same method which you deposited with. Bank transfers work best when your deposit was with a credit card which can’t accept these. You can find a very detailed sportsbook deposit methods FAQ here at HighTechGambling.com for more info.
Unibet Online Bookmakers – Overall Impressions + Next Steps
BetUp, In-play with live streaming of 40,000 events a year, supertoto, a list of betting opportunities which includes sports you have never even heard of – and a crisp and clean betting interface. I think that the Unibet sportsbook puts a lot of the big high-street brands to shames.
Check out the latest promotions and specials over at www.unibet.com now!
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