Yep here we go again another black and grey, dismal boring site with a few splashes of colour to stop slitting your wrists. Harsh maybe but why can’t there be a little bit of originality in a bookies website? Anyway some like the dark so let’s get on with this Bethard review.
It’s a little difficult not to laugh when saying their name I mean Bethard what’s that all about? They are marketing themselves as a bit of a thug’s choice. Sayings like a ‘badass sports deposit bonus’ and the ‘toughest offers’ for its player’s. Sorry but this has to be a joke. Right? Apparently not.
So the site is mainly directed toward Scandinavia, Germany and Canada the ‘badass sports deposit bonus’ is only valid if you are from Canada, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Czech Republic, Switzerland or Germany. So everywhere else must be soft. Oh yes and you can’t get the bonus if you use Neteller or Skrill.
So what is this ‘badass sports deposit bonus’ well it’s a Bethard bonus in the form of 100% of your deposit up to €100. There are wagering requirements of seven times deposit and bonus. American football and baseball bets don’t count either.
The number of sports available to gamble on at Bethard is one of the better points of the site. There are over 30 different sports that have markets available. Of course football is top of the list. Every country in the world that has a football league is represented here. Even countries that it is expressly forbidden to gamble in have their football leagues in the list. There are hundreds of markets to bet on and the choice puts Bethards up there with the biggest bookies.
Ice hockey is another firm favorite with almost every country that plays the game also represented. And in case you didn’t know a lot of countries play ice hockey including some desert countries. Most of the top games have around a hundred markets to gamble on so you can get your kicks from the ice. There are a host of other sports that are not so popular but still have a choice of markets and then there’s the specials. Bafta’s, Oscars, European and American politics can all be backed. You can definitely say that there is plenty of action.
The odds are not too bad. They are firmly middle of the road. The claim to have some of the best odds but to be honest they are nothing special.
Again the Bethard live betting works but not well enough there is nothing for it to stand from the crowd. The same goes for the Bethard mobile app. A download is not required as the site is written in HTML5. But it’s just not very good. It works but doesn’t have any kind of pop to it. The real problem is this site is virtualy the same as every other site that has been put online in the last three years. Almost identical. You need to be very careful that you are not duplicating accounts because you really can’t tell one site for another. Underwhelming is the key word for this site.
Bethard have licenses from both the MGA and Curacao. They run a casino and games suite as well with the licenses for the different aspects of the site. These licenses cover the many other casinos that are run by the group as well. It’s a bit confusing to say the least. But they are covered but how well they are overseen is another matter. The Maltese authority are issueing gambling licenses like they are going out of fashion. It’s hard to know how they can keep track on all of these new companies.
Bethard are a very young sports book and customer reviews are a bit thin on the ground so it’s hard to get a real idea of who they really are and what they are about. Only time will tell customers will start to post on the forums soon enough.
Bethard have possibly one of the poorest selctions available in the gambling industry. There are American sites with better choice but there you go. You can deposit with Trustly, Visa, MasterCard, Paysafecard, Skrill, Neteller and Zimpler. That’s it folks. They claim to have the fastest payouts in the industry but the reality is they’re OK.
The sports book at Bethard seems as if its playing second fiddle to the casino. There are three or four software developers used and the games are actually not bad. The sports book needs to reinvent itself. It need a personality if it is going to survive. No online punter that’s has been sports betting for a number of years is going to look twice at Bethard. Templating a site is a recipe for disaster yes software is much the same for most areas in the gambling industry.
Customer built sites cost a fortune granted but you can customize the off the shelf stuff. I mean at least choose a colour, black and grey is everywhere and it is depressing. The simple fact of the matter is it doesn’t count how good the bookie may be if the site is underwhelming then nobody will join. The thing is Bethard have a number of online casinos and they seem to be doing ok. But their approach to sports betting is very blinkered. Their marketing strategy of going for the tough guy image may well work. It may be a little tongue in cheek who knows. What stands out a mile is there is nothing original about anything they do. Nothing makes them stand out from the crowd.
So the bottom line is unless Bethard suddenly have the best odds available then they are just going to fade into obscurity.