BookMaker Sportsbook Review for 2020

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Pros
  • Best sportsbook for large players — huge betting limits ($50,000 on NFL sides)
  • Among the earliest sportsbooks to post odds
  • BetPoints rewards program — each wager earns points, redeemable for cash bonuses

Cons:
  • Outdated user interface
  • Sign-up bonuses among the lowest in the industry
  • Professional bettors (i.e., sharps) may have their BetPoints rewards program revoked

Overview
Founded:  1985, Costa Rica
Email:  cs@BookMaker.eu
Countries Served:  BookMaker primarily serves the North American betting market (United States, Canada and Mexico), but is available to residents of all countries except for France, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom
Telephone:  1-877-827-3978

Bonuses and Promotions
BookMaker, for better or worse, understands its audience.  It has extremely large betting limits, which attracts the biggest high rollers in the world.  The upshot is that BookMaker’s clients are much less concerned with sign-up bonuses and promotions, so BookMaker doesn’t compete with, say, BetNow or Bovada on that level.  Still, BookMaker does offer a 100% cryptocurrency cash sign-up bonus (but only up to $300) to its new clients, with a 30x rollover required.  If one deposits with a credit/debit card, or via a person-to-person money transfer, then BookMaker offers a modest 15% cash welcome bonus (up to $600) to its new clients, with a 5x rollover required.  Moreover, only residents of the United States or Canada are eligible for these sign-up bonuses.

BookMaker makes up for its relatively poor sign-up bonus by having a nice loyalty program for its players.  There are three tier levels within its BetPoints rewards program:  Gold, Platinum and Diamond.  The higher the tier, the bigger the bonuses and rewards you can claim.  But even at the lowest (Gold) level, the reload bonus is a nice perk.  When you reload with a cryptocurrency deposit, you can get a 15% cash bonus (up to $600), with an 8x rollover; for other deposits, it’s a 10% cash bonus (up to $400), with a 4x rollover.  But professional bettors (i.e., sharps) need to beware:  their BetPoints rewards program may be revoked.

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Deposits and Withdrawals
BookMaker accepts credit cards, person-to-person, and cryptocurrency (including Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, Ethereum and Dash).  While there is a maximum deposit limit with credit cards ($2,500, also subject to fees) and person-to-person ($500), BookMaker has NO LIMITS on cryptocurrency deposits, and will reimburse all crypto fees.  If you want to deposit a million dollars via Bitcoin or Bitcoin Cash (or any of its other accepted cryptos), you can do it at BookMaker!  And crypto withdrawals are also convenient, as you can withdraw up to $50,000 (five total withdrawals of $10,000 max) a week.  BookMaker also offers withdrawals by cashier’s checks ($3,000 max) and person-to-person ($350 max).
 
Odds
BookMaker’s odds are industry-standard at -110.  BookMaker is also among the earliest to release its lines (along with sportsbooks like BetOnline).  This fact, along with its huge betting limits, attracts a lot of professional bettors.  The result is that BookMaker’s odds are quite sharp.  However, unlike other books that post early and have unique odds (e.g., BetOnline), BookMaker’s odds will be more in line with the other major sportsbooks — primarily because other major sportsbooks will actually copy BookMaker’s sharp odds!  Taken together, the #1 reason to join BookMaker is to bet really BIG!

User Interface and Mobile Betting
BookMaker’s user interface is slightly outdated.  And it does incorporate pop-up ads from time-to-time, which can also be annoying.  If you’re used to betting through a great interface, like Bovada’s, then you’ll be disappointed with BookMaker’s site.  For example, BookMaker doesn’t feature the most popular games, or the games about to start, on its main sportsbook page.  Instead, you can access such games by clicking on a tab on the left navigation bar.  There’s also no search bar to quickly bring up a game’s odds, as at Bovada or GTBets.  BookMaker’s mobile betting platform is decent, and compatible with iOS and Android.

Betting Limits
This is the category where BookMaker shines.  Most bettors will not even sniff BookMaker’s high limits, which are as high as $50,000 on an NFL side, and $20,000 on a college football side, on game day.  Other sports have lower limits, in comparison, but are still high compared to the rest of the marketplace.  For example, NBA and baseball sides cap at $10,000, while the max for college basketball and NHL is $5,000.  But if you want to bet more than these stated limits, you can arrange it with the approval of BookMaker’s management.

Live Sports Betting
BookMaker has an extensive menu of live sports betting offerings.  Odds are continually updated throughout the game, so you can place your wagers while you watch.  And wagers are graded, and account balances credited, in real time.  Moreover, its live betting platform is straightforward and simple to use.

Additional and/or Unique Offerings
BookMaker offers a casino and racebook (but not a poker room).  BookMaker’s racebook is full-service, and offers a nice cash rebate, up to 8% of losing wagers.  And clients are also able to bet on the big horse races, like the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup, earlier in the week, as opposed to only on race day.  Unfortunately, its casino is merely functional, and doesn’t have the great graphics found at its competitors.  BookMaker’s selection of “fun” prop bets also doesn’t compare to the offerings at books like MyBookie or Bovada.

Customer Service
BookMaker has 24/7 customer service available via live chat, email (cs@BookMaker.eu) and telephone (1-877-827-3978).  Even better:  it has dedicated phone numbers for sportsbook wagering (1-888-218-4629), racebook wagering (1-877-833-0813), casino (1-877-278-4080) and Bitcoin issues (1-855-535-4947).  And another nice feature is that BookMaker has Chinese language customer service, in addition to English and Spanish.
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