We constantly hear of brand new sportsbooks as it seems that a new online sportsbook opens every month. Here at OSGA we never give a 'thumbs up' to any new sportsbook until they have succesfully made it through at least one football and baseball season. In today's online gambling climate, it is very easy for a rougue operator to open a new sportsbook, run into problems and shut down, stiffing players in the process. Before playing at ANY new sportsbook, keep in mind that longevity in the online gambling arena does carry a good deal of weight.
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For the past 20+ years, OSGA has been compiling your feedback, independent research, phone calls, tips and inside sources to build and maintain the industry's most reliable list of top online sportsbooks. We use our vast experience in the industry to rate every sportsbook that we hear of, even if they have only been around for 6 months. However, there is a growing trend, especially in Costa Rica, for a brand new operation to be nothing more than a backend service provider and a guy with a list and a good sales pitch. Read the article from our own Hartley Henderson that outlines this growing and troubling trend in the online sports betting industry.
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XBet came onto the sportsbook scene quickly and has proven to be solid, having completed a 3rd football season. As a newer shop we did get the chance to visit in 2017 and they are impressive. Last year they made a big push for new players and did an excellent job growing the business. Based in Costa Rica, XBet.ag features great cash and free play bonuses and special promotions. They are well backed and have experienced sports betting clerks and managers in place throughout the organization.
They started in 2015 and have done an excellent job of growing their sportsbook. BetNow is incorporated on the island of Curacao, with top notch clerks and experienced upper level management. Since they opened we have not had one single complaint filed despite their excellent growth into a mid-size shop. They have great software and an advanced mobile betting platform as well as a lifetime VIP bonus!
This site is running out of Costa Rica and refuses to answer any inquiries on players. They use a Price-per-Head provider for almost all service and even that provider won't respond to complaints.
FEBRUARY 2019 UPDATE: Currently they are stiffing two players out of a combined $2800.
This site appears to be running out of Costa Rica, but they have a license from Curacao. We had some initial positive reports on this operation, but had several slow pay complaints in 2016, which have continued in 2017. They also refuse to respond to complaints, citing player privacy, even though our complaint form requires player information.
JULY 2018 UPDATE: With open slow pay complaints, prior complaints are being satisfied with payments of $50 per month!! RealBet is no longer licensed in Curacao and is basically running rouge in Costa Rica.
This site started late in 2017. They are obviously another price-per-head operation that is running with little actual staff. There is no email address or any contact information on the Wager305 website. We have received a serious no pay complaint of just $220 on this place in March 2018. April 2018 UPDATE: Offline - Out of Business.
This site started in July of 2017. They are obviously taking a shot at unsuspecting players who are aware of industry giant Bet365, but are unable to play there from the States. Players being contacted are told that this place is a U.S. offshoot of the indstry leader, which is a flat-out lie. 'Andrew' is the person making contact to players. If it's the same guy, his last now-defunct stiff shop was BetUSGame. April 2018 UPDATE: Currently offline - Out of Business.
This is another sportsbook that we had not heard of until last football season was about to start. Emails received by our staff were blatanly misleading. It is hard to believe they are still around in 2018. They are powered by BTG Gaming which supplies services to many smaller books, many of which are questionable at best.
This new outfit started back in June 2016 and appeared OK through most of the football season. However, the obvious PPH model and domain registration of just one year leads us to think this is yet another fly-by-night outfit in Costa Rica.
JAN 2018 UPDATE: There is currently a non-payment complaint against this sportsbook and though they have responded to one email, it does not appear that they will be paying a 5K outstanding debt to a player..