Signing Up/User Interface
The user interface has a functional theme designed around simplicity and functionality. The main betting menu runs clearly across the top of the page and presents a pleasingly simple layout to guide the visitor to their preferred betting option.
Simple, yet clear and unobtrusive graphics, accompany the sections making it also accessible for quick reference for the visually impaired.
The inclusion of American Football as a main betting section next to Cricket is interesting and progressive move for non-US punters to consider, as it offers coverage of both NFL and NCAA football. Handicap betting on spreads and total points further enhances this as a speciality section worth checking out. Display odds can be toggled to decimal or American odds.
All usual sports betting markets are covered and as noted above, the American Football section being an exciting addition to the normal fare offered by most Europe-centric alternatives.
The conventional football section does, however, also offer a comprehensive list of choices, which range from the English Premier League (including all other leagues and domestic cup competitions) through to less exalted and established betting markets such as Australia, Chile and Costa Rica. (Football betting continues to thrive and this website seems determined to stay ahead of the trend.)
Horseracing benefits from a clean and clear presentation, markets can be toggled to switch between shortest odds and longest prices, which is an interesting facility if assessing a more speculative approach appeals as method of attack.
Market movers and non-runners are clearly identified, which also adds to the overall quality of the experience.
However, only UK and Ireland racing is covered.
Betting slips are simple and easy to complete as singles or multiples. But forecast and tricast options are not clearly available as yet. Ante post betting covered comprehensively under the ‘future’ button, while the day’s results are also attainable form the submenu above the list of runners and riders.
Basketball, Darts and Tennis all offer specialist betting – the inclusion of hints about live TV coverage is also a handy prompt for viewing schedules. Ice Hockey is another specialist market that brings further appeal, as betting opportunities for all global organisations of the sport can be sourced from the submenu.
In play betting on football and other sports is updated in real time and, with speciality bets not available in other parts of the site, is worth checking. Match stats are covered in graphical displays for football betting, which is a nice touch and could be a handy predictor once the reliability has been monitored. As standard advice, problems with viewing may be affected by browser settings and browser upgrades (up to date versions of your preferred browser are recommend.)
Bonuses include: first time user joining incentives (currently £20.00 free bet on the first £10.00 staked), while deeper in-site options include: accumulator bonuses, Faller insurance, day’s betting incentives and American accumulator insurance – all of which are worth checking out. The usual terms and conditions apply.
Steaming And Content
Content is seemingly important but there are some plusses and minuses.
Horse racing streaming is available on a race-by-race basis to punters on the event but for other key sports it is more just a matter of promoting the TV channel where you can find coverage as there are no streams.
The site does not offer racing or football radio or sports audio commentary so most of the in-play events cannot be followed on site and another negative is a lack of football data analysis or score centre.
However, there is Timeform summary content for racing punters and ‘Betstars News’ is a nice site that has plenty up-to-date editorial which highlights betting opportunities.
Betstars is a brand that is going to grow. There seems little doubt about that. The operation is backed by a knowledgeable team that has put together a betting portal that not only seems to know the preferences of its current market, but has the potential to interest new players who are looking for opportunities to play on north American-orientated sports markets.
The site is a comfortable environment and, while other may currently be offering more attractive joining bonuses, there does appear to ongoing value to be found in speciality betting and accumulator booster options.
Generally a pleasing site and one that is sure to grow through investment as the company strengthens its position.
The casino section of the site can be a tad overwhelming on first glance but it does offer ‘gamers’ a wide variety of choice for a punt. Subject to a minimum first deposit, new Casino players will get a 200% match deposit bonus up to $500, plus up to 500 Free Spins on the site’s exclusive Progressive Jackpot game, Millionaires Island, with any winnings paid out as unrestricted cash.
The lack of sports streaming and audio radio is a shortcoming that does bring it down a notch.