Sportbet Casino Review
Sportbet Casino is an online casino established in 1997 with games supplied by Digital Gaming Solutions and Realtime Gaming. It is operated by 5Dimes Group and is registered under the jurisdiction of Costa Rica. Last updated: March 23, 2016.
Review of Sportbet Casino
Based in Costa Rica and part of the reputable 5Dimes Group, Sportbet Casino incorporates the excitement of sports betting and online casino gaming. They offer a variety of bonuses and promotions in both their online casino and sport betting options, and offer games developed by Digital Gaming Solutions and Realtime Gaming in their casino. However we became aware in early 2016 of attempts by U.S. government departments to seize the group's funds and cease its operations. We therefore recommend that players avoid this casino.
Warning - under investigation by U.S. Authorities
Sportbet Casino is part of the experienced and generally well-regarded 5Dimes Group, which is currently under investigation by U.S. authorities for laundering money through the use of Amazon gift cards for player deposits and withdrawals. The federal authorities are attempting to seize funds belonging to the operator and shut down its sites. We therefore recommend that players avoid Sportbet Casino as its related sites until the situation is resolved one way or another.
Games and Sports Betting
Sportbet offers an unusual structure for their online casino operations. They actually offer several different casinos via the one site - the Grand Casino featuring RTG games, Bonus Casino and Match Play Casino with a different set of games developed by DGS, and a Live Dealer Casino. The difference between the casinos also extends to the types of promotions that may be claimed, and some of the games have different payout settings depending on which casino you play in.
Sportbet's online casino offers several table games and more. Some examples of these games are Blackjack, Baccarat, Craps, Roulette, a variety of slots and Video Pokers. All of these games are also available at Sportbet's free casino which is available in a flash version. Both the free version and the paid version have games developed by Digital Gaming Solutions, and feature decent graphics and sound quality, although it must be said that they are not outstanding in this day and age. The overall selection of games is smaller than what you would normally see at a dedicated online casino.
However with the recent addition of Sportbet's Grand Casino, it now offers a dedicated online casino option with a full suite of RTG games. RTG casinos are best known for their slot machines so as you would expect there is an extensive range to pick from here. This includes several progressive jackpots which could see you take home a six or seven figure win.
The interesting thing is that depending on which casino you pick (the Bonus Casino being the best), Sportbet have improved payout ratios with just about the best odds you can get for playing casino games online. For example, roulette in the Bonus Casino pays 36.62x on a single winning number, as opposed to the standard 35x, and there are many variations of blackjack available featuring player-friendly rules such as late surrender.
Sportbet also offers betting options on almost any sports available in the world, including NASCAR, basketball, hockey, boxing, tennis, football, baseball, horses, and golf.
Deposit, Withdrawals and Customer Service
You can use your credit card for your deposits to the casino, or use other deposit options including Neteller, and Moneybookers. Withdrawals are handled daily, although fees are charged even on e-wallet services like Neteller and Moneybooker. There are certain times of the week where they will process free withdrawals, but you are entitled to only 1 free withdrawal per month.
Perhaps the worst thing about this casino is the disappointing conversation we had with customer support when attempting to help a player who had contacted us for assistance in self-excluding from the casino. The end result was that they would close a player's account if asked, but would also reopen it immediately if asked later. While sounding great in theory, recommending that a gambling addict exercise his "free will" and "work on his addictions integrally" is simply not good enough.
Sportbet is an interesting proposition mainly for U.S. based players. Their "Bonus Casino" has some of the best odds you will find for casino games online, and if table games aren't your cup of tea then you can play RTG games in the Grand Casino. Sportbet has a history of paying players promptly and without fuss, however the withdrawal fees and the complete lack of a responsible gambling policy are disappointing. All in all, it is worth a look for Americans who like to bet on sports and dabble in a bit of casino action on the side.
Sportbet Casino Jackpots
These are the current progressive jackpots at Sportbet Casino as recorded by our casino jackpots tracker. Click a jackpot name to view detailed statistics, jackpot graphs, and win records.
|Shopping Spree II||$388,266|
|Jackpot Cleopatra's Gold||$378,917|
|Spirit of the Inca Grand||$288,605|