BookMaker Sports Book Review

Bookmaker is one of the most renowned online betting sites in online gambling history. The sports book’s roots go back to 1985, long before the proliferation of online wagering. They began taking bets offshore via phone lines and launched their first online website in 2000.

Today, Bookmaker is based out of Costa Rica. They accept players from every country in the world, including those in the United States. Though most of their clients are from the United States, they have a strong global presence. Besides their sports book offerings, Bookmaker offers an online poker room, racebook and casino.

While hundreds of online sports books have risen and fallen in the nearly 20 years Bookmaker has been operating; the company has weathered the storm better than anyone. Those that wagered online from 2000 to 2006 will probably remember BetCRIS.com as an excellent option for gamblers. This was the domain Bookmaker operated at until 2007, not long after the US government passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Prohibition Act (UIGEA).

This law, along with the 1961 Wire Act has been the basis for criminalizing offshore betting operators for offering sports betting to United States citizens. While many sports books and other gambling sites left the United States altogether, BetCRIS and Bookmaker decided to stay but split into two brands.

In 2007, BetCRIS shifted to a non-US, Latin American focus and is still operating today. The betting company purchased the domain Bookmaker.com for their English language and US operations.

A few years later, they purchased the Bookmaker.eu domain name, where they continue to operate to this day.

Bookmaker has an unblemished reputation across the industry. They have paid players consistently for decades. They did NOT miss a beat even when the DOJ targeted their business and seized some of their payment processors.
Bookmaker is one of the few US-facing sports books to offer a VIP Rewards program. Bettors will earn BetPoints for all of their sports wagering, along with casino and poker play. As customers bet more, they will gain levels in the VIP program and earn more BetPoints.

Players can redeem their BetPoints for various rewards, such as cash back directly into their accounts, gift cards, airline miles and free withdrawals. Depending on the type of bet and amount wagered, players receive 1 or 2 points per wager. Straight bets, for example, are worth 1 BetPoint. The points do expire. Players will lose a status level after eight months of inactivity. BetPoints are zeroed after 12 months of no play.

Most of their clients are based in North America, predominantly from the United States. Bookmaker has many sports to offer, along with an expansive list of markets. Straight wagers, parlays, teasers and if-bets and reverses are available for about every sport. The majority of their markets focus on US sports, like the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB, along with college basketball and football. However, their list of worldwide leagues rivals the best sports books online.
Bookmaker has odds on just about every soccer league in the world, including South American and Asian markets, and have odds on European basketball as well. Auto racing, mixed martial arts, rugby, golf, cricket, and tennis are also covered.

While their list of markets is not nearly as expansive as other US-facing sports books such as ” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>5Dimes, they offer futures for just about every sport and a host of team and player props for more popular markets, such as the NFL. Quarter lines, halftime lines, and alternative lines are mainstays for highly-bet markets.

Live betting is also offered, and they do NOT disappoint in this regard either. Their live betting platform is pretty advanced for the US market and includes a host of props. Updated minute-by-minute as contests happen live. They do NOT offer live betting on every game. However, have dozens of games every day that you can view on their live betting calendar.

Those who enjoy betting parlays and teasers are better off going with another book, in my opinion. Their NFL teaser odds are NOT great, and parlay odds are nothing special either. Even their player and team props are much sharper than competing sports books. It is extremely tough to catch Bookmaker napping when it comes to any market.

With that said, Bookmaker’s one massive advantage is how quickly they post their odds. Their NFL lines for the next week are out by Sunday evening at the latest, much faster than any other US-facing site. This is important for bettors who want a jump on the early lines before the market moves. They also have overnight lines for NBA, NHL, MLB and college sports.

Their support staff is yet again another positive. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year, Bookmaker has dedicated phone lines for customer support, sports book wager, new account setup, mobile betting, and tech support.

Of course, they also offer email support and have a fax number. Also, they have an easy to locate live chat support which has a link on just about every page. Live chat support truly is available 24/7, and it is rare to have to wait more than 30 seconds for an operator to respond.

Overall, their support staff is one of the elite groups in the sports betting industry worldwide, not just in US markets.