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SportbetUSA

Online sportsbooks are popping up almost as often as new reality TV shows, so how do you know where to bet? You don’t want to lay a wager with a site that might not be around next week or won’t answer your phone calls. The best way to avoid those kinds of problems is to use an established sportsbook with a proven track record, like sportingbetUSA.

sportingbetUSA (www.sportingbetusa.com) has been live since 1996 and is a subsidiary of sportingbet.com, one of the most successful sportsbooks on the net. sportingbet has offices in London, Sydney, and Costa Rica and is traded on the London Stock Exchange, which gives you some idea of how serious this operation is. The company holds a gaming license from Alderney, and takes approximately $300 million in bets a year. All of that means you’re dealing with a company that knows what it’s doing and has been around long enough to get it right.

Bettors will enjoy the recent software upgrades and an improved betting interface at sportingbetUSA, and several other new features including higher betting limits, progressive parlays, cross-sport parlays, 7-point basketball- and 10-point football sweetheart teasers, no more circled games, online withdrawals, and one-time only authorizations on deposits of $1,000 or more.

Live lines and an excellent selection of games are key to a good sportsbook, and sportingbetUSA doesn’t disappoint. The focus is on American sports but you also have a choice of European soccer, other sports (Formula 1, golf, tennis), and futures. Choose a sport from one of the drop-down menus and get all the betting info you need. According to Peter Higgins, general manager at sportingbetUSA, straights and parlays are the most popular bets but never rule anything out – especially if you’ve got a hot tip.

Minimum wagering limits on the site are $10 and $50 over the phone; the maximum online wager varies from sport to sport but can go as high as $5,000 for NFL games. Major-league punters will be happy to know there’s no limit on phone wagers. You can place an online wager any time, and telephone wagers from 10 a.m. EST until the last professional game goes off the board - except during the NFL season, when you can place a phone bet 24 hours a day.

sportingbetUSA has more to offer than just the sportsbook, namely its own online casino. Peter Higgins (sportingbetUSA Operations Manager) says that the casino was added to the site because of customer requests, and that 30 percent of users spend some time playing the real-money and play-for-fun download or no-download games.

The no-download Java casino games are pretty much what you’d expect: rudimentary, to be blund. If you’re going to play at a no-download casino, Flash games are the way to go. The 24 download games are a little better, but not much. Graphics are basic, things look like they’re out of focus, card movement is jerky, and casino features are minimalist.

The real problem with the casino is that it looks dated compared to some other casinos out there. sportingbet.com is using leading-edge software from Boss Media for its casino and the sooner sportingbetUSA switches to the same Boss platform the better.

Several excellent promotions more than make up for the casino graphical shortcomings, however. They’re changed on a regular basis, so check the site to see what’s currently being offered. At the time this article was written, there was a 10 percent sign-up bonus, a $2,000 daily giveaway, a 5 percent reload bonus, and two baseball promos.

sportingbetUSA’s most popular promotion is the ongoing Tell-A-Friend program that offers customers 10 percent of whatever the friend they refer deposits. Some people are making serious cash off the promotion, notes Higgins, mostly because there’s no limit on the number of times you’re credited. If 10 friends deposit $50, then you’re up $50; if it’s 100 people at $50, then you get an extra $500 in your account.

There’s a good selection of deposit and withdrawal options at sportingbetUSA. Both are free, but there is a $20 minimum on deposits. You can use Visa or MasterCard, with a maximum daily deposit limit of $1,000 and a monthly online limit of $6,000. That limit can be upped to $10,000 if you fill out the necessary paperwork. Western Union, PayPal, and bank wire are also available deposit methods.

Prompt payouts are important to the people at sportingbetUSA, and Higgins takes pride in the fact that withdrawals are processed within 48 hours and guaranteed. “Our figures are publicly quoted, and we keep more in the bank than our payouts. With us, you sweat on the game and not your payout.” Now that’s what you want to hear from the man in charge.

sportingbetUSA brings together everything you expect from a sportsbook – a wide selection of betting options and live lines, a good wagering interface, timely payouts, and excellent promotions – and combines that with a solid reputation, years of experience, and a growing international presence to create one of the premier sportsbooks on the Net. And you can count on sportingbetUSA being around long after most of the newcomers to the sportsbook business have gone off the air.
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