BetStars Sports Book in a nutshell
BetStars is an online sports book that was opened by the PokerStars network in December 2015, with a full roll-out over the first few months of 2016. The PokerStars group of companies is owned by the Canadian company Amaya – the biggest company in the world when it comes to online gambling.
PokerStars has been long-established as the largest poker network on the internet, having been around since 2001. In recent years, and after the company’s mega-million purchase by the Amaya group, PokerStars has begun to branch out beyond poker. In early 2015 the PokerStars Casino was launched, followed by the site’s sports book, BetStars. After a limited roll out at the end of 2015, the site was opened to most jurisdictions in the early months of 2016.
This review will go through all you need to know about PokerStars’ sports book BetStars.
What’s the look and feel of BetStars Sports Book?
Players who have played at PokerStars or the PokerStars Casino should be familiar with the BetStars branding – reds and blacks with the odd touch of green.
The sports book site takes a dynamic yet simplistic approach, with the emphasis on horse racing, football and in-play events. Information about each individual market is kept down to a minimum – just the odds for each combatant winning, or for a tie. You have to click view via the event link to find out more detailed information.
You can keep a check on most of the current live events. The odds are constantly updated, and flash red (if they go down) or green (if they go up) when they change.
All other markets can be reached via the menus. It’s a basic yet elegant approach that works well.
Part of the Stars Group, Betstars offers the same top-notch site design and player experience as its sister sites, PokerStars and PokerStars Casino.
Betstars is a dream to use as it organises its many available betting options clearly
What games are available at BetStars Sports Book?
The site has options for the following markets:
- American Football
- Aussie Rules
- Beach Volleyball
- Horse Racing
- Ice Hockey
- Motorbike Racing
- Rugby League
- Rugby Union
- Table Tennis
- Water Polo
Cash-out is available, as well as the opportunity to bet on events in play.
All software is provided in house by Amaya.
The site has a mobile-optimised version for smart phones and tablets.
Live support is not available.
Can I play at BetStars Sports Book on mobile?
Players can enjoy making Betstars sports bets from their browser or via the dedicated mobile app.
What promotions are available at BetStars Sports Book?
Open an account at BetStars and you’ll receive three free bets, each worth £10 (or your currency equivalent). All you need to do to qualify for these three free bets is to place a £10 bet at odds of 1/2 (1.50) or greater on any market. This offer ONLY applies to your first ever sports bet with BetStars.
Your three free bets will be credited to your account within forty-eight hours of your qualifying bet being placed. You cannot use free bets, cashed-out bets or void bets as your qualifying bet. Your free bets expire seven days after they have been credited to your account. When you use your free bet, your free bet stake is not returned – just any winnings you may make.
The site runs a number of other promos. You can win enhanced odds and free bets by using the ‘Spin & Bet’ game. Note that ‘Spin & Bet’ is only available on specific markets, and any bets made via ‘Spin & Bet’ cannot be cashed out.
Watch BetStars’ promotion page for specific deals that may interest you. Such offers usually include special free bet deals for major events (such as the French Open or the UEFA European Championships), and insurance on your accumulators which pays you back if only one of your selections fails.
The sites accepts a number of payout options that you are free to use to to fund your sports betting. These include Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards, PayPal, Neteller, Skrill, Paysafecard (which now inlcudes Ukash), Instadebit, ClickandBuy, WebMoney and Entropay. You can also transfer directly from your bank account.
The minimum deposit accepted is £10. The maximum depends upon your chosen payment method. All deposits are processed instantly.
You can withdraw via Visa, Entropay, Neteller, PayPal, Skrill or a direct bank transfer. The minimum withdrawal is £10. Withdrawals take between twenty-four hours and five days, depending upon which withdrawal method you choose.
Does BetStars Sports Book have a VIP Programme or Loyalty Scheme?
Like the rest of the Stars sites, Betstars operates the Stars Rewards program. Players can look forward to receiving perks that are tailored to their style and gameplay.
What are the pros & cons of BetStars Sports Book?
Betstars is an excellent example of site design in a sports betting product. The Stars Group has once again given us a world-class product that’s easy to navigate and its helpful how-to guides and FAQs are invaluable to new players.
- Plenty of markets available
- 3x £10 free bets after your first £10 bet
- In-play and cash-out available
- Accepts PayPal
- No live streaming
The final verdict
Even though a latecomer to the ever-growing sports betting market, you should really have faith that BetStars know what it is doing, given the success of PokerStars and to a lesser extent, the PokerStars Casino.
Signs are positive then – a good range of markets and a site that is purely as functional as it needs to be. The range of promotional options cannot be sniffed at either, especially as you only have to bet a tenner to get the same back, three-fold, as free bets.
BetStars is a definite new star in the expanding sports betting galaxy.