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What to Look for in a Good Online Sportsbook




There are many US states, where you can use a sportsbook to wager on your favorite sports and teams legally. As dozens of different betting sites are available, it can be challenging to choose which one is best.

Fortunately, that’s where we come in. Our experts have decades of sports betting experience, so read our list of top things to look out for when choosing an online sportsbook.

Differences between Sportsbooks

You’ll notice that there are a lot of similarities between sportsbooks, with most sites choosing to have the same layout. You’ll find a list of sports on the left, your bet slip on the right, and markets in the middle. However, the similarities tend to end there.

Every betting site has different welcome bonuses, promotions, markets, bet types, odds, and more. By choosing one sportsbook, you may get an excellent welcome bonus but be unable to wager on your favorite sports. Likewise, you could choose a betting site with tons of markets to bet on but a terrible mobile app. However, there are some things to look out for when choosing a sportsbook that will help you get the best quality platform.

Welcome Bonuses

Some online sportsbooks like Bovada offer a welcome bonus exclusive to new players. A welcome bonus gives you a boost when you register an account, such as a chance to play for free or make a profit. You usually need to fulfill terms and conditions like minimum deposits or minimum odds.

Below, we’ve listed some of the most popular types of welcome bonuses:

Deposit Match Bonus

With a deposit match bonus, a sportsbook will match your qualifying deposit up to a percentage with bonus funds. Many betting sites will provide deposit match bonuses as high as 100%, letting you effectively double your money. However, every deposit match bonus will have a limit. You can use your bonus funds like cash to wager on markets like moneylines, point spreads, and totals. Good sportsbooks will offer deposit match bonuses with high percentages.

Most deposit match bonuses will have wagering requirements, which tell you how many times you need to use your bonus funds before you can withdraw. The best online sportsbooks will provide these promotions with low wagering requirements, giving you a good chance of making a profit.

Risk-Free Bet

Rather than giving you funds for depositing, a risk-free bet will cover the losses of your qualifying bet. The sportsbook will set limits on this, such as a maximum bet and minimum odds, and if you meet the requirements, your wager will be protected.

If your bet wins, you will get your stake and profit back. However, the betting site will give you free bets equal to your stake if it loses. You can use these free bets for wagering and withdraw any profits. However, this does not include the value of the free bets.

No Deposit Bonus

Some sportsbooks will provide you with welcome bonuses you can use without needing a deposit. You just need to create an account or opt in and claim the promotion. You can get free bets and bonus funds, which you can use for betting. While there isn’t a minimum deposit, there may be other terms and conditions like minimum odds and time limits.

Markets Offered

The best online sportsbooks will provide markets for a wide variety of sports. Most operators will offer betting lines on the major leagues like the NFL and NBA, but you’ll also find smaller competitions like the NCAAF and NCAAB. In addition, sportsbooks will also cover niche sports like MMA and NASCAR.

Most sportsbooks provide between ten and 20 different sports and more competitions within those sports. You should look for a sportsbook near the top end of this scale to give yourself more options while wagering. However, if you are only interested in betting on popular sports, claiming a generous welcome bonus or having a great mobile platform may be more important.

Mobile Betting

There are many advantages of mobile betting, and plenty of sportsbooks provide mobile apps you can download from the iOS and Android app stores. You can use these mobile apps to access a sportsbook’s full range of features, including all its pre-game and in-play odds and customer support. You can bring your betting on the move as you can use betting apps anywhere you have a connection.

Good sportsbooks will either provide a fully optimized mobile app or a mobile browser site that uses HTML5 technology to work on any screen size.

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United States Debut for Evolution’s Crazy Coin Flip and Super Sic Bo




United States debut for Evolution’s Crazy Coin Flip, a unique slot game with live bonus round, and Super Sic Bo, a super-engaging live version of the ancient dice game

Evolution AB (Evolution) today announced the launch of its highly anticipated Crazy Coin Flip live slot and the coming soon launch of Super Sic Bo in the United States. Crazy Coin Flip is now streaming live to players in New Jersey from the company’s live casino studio in Atlantic City and Super Sic Bo will go live on December 7, streaming live to players in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Crazy Coin Flip combines the best of RNG slots and live casino into an exciting and memorable experience for the player. The game features three engaging and entertaining phases; a qualifying slot, an against-the-clock top-up slot and, finally, the live Coin Flip bonus round. This final live round offers all the excitement and suspense of a classic game show as multipliers are accumulated and the coin is flipped to determine whether the winning side is red or blue.

The Crazy Coin Flip launch marks the United States debut of this one-of-a-kind live slot, which has proven to be popular with online players from around the world.

In the hugely popular Super Sic Bo, just as in the original dice game, players bet on the outcome of a three standard-dice shake. To add an exciting twist, random multipliers of up to 1,000x are applied to a number of bet spots, giving the potential for large multiplied payouts.

“Evolution revolutionized the live casino market worldwide by creating the live game shows category with Dream Catcher in 2017 and following it up with many more innovative and entertaining game show titles over the years,” the North America Chief Executive Officer for Evolution, Jacob Claesson, said. “Crazy Coin Flip is a unique first; an innovative live slot game that builds in the live game show experience and we are so excited to bring it to our United States audience for the first time.

“What’s more, the addition of Super Sic Bo greatly enhances the diversity of our unrivalled product portfolio in the United States. The simplicity of the gameplay combined with the engaging use of multipliers creates an authentic game, appealing to a wide range of players.”

Crazy Coin Flip launched with multiple operators in New Jersey on December 4 and Super Sic Bo is due to launch in Pennsylvania and West Virginia on December 7. Both games are due to go live in additional states during 2024.

For trade press and media enquiries, please contact: Daniel Tweedie, Head of Marketing, at Press@ Evolution .com.

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Compliance Updates

GLI Named Approved Data Standards Auditing Body by IBIA




Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has been named an approved auditing body for International Betting Integrity Association’s (IBIA) Data Standards. Sports data providers wishing to be audited for the IBIA Data Standards and its kitemark will now be able to utilize GLI’s unparalleled expertise and global network of testing locations, streamlining the product auditing process and ensuring seamless compliance with IBIA standards.

This milestone underscores GLI’s commitment to excellence in gaming compliance and further solidifies its position as a trusted industry leader.

IBIA’s Data Standards process was launched in 2020. The association, which represents many of the leading regulated sports betting operators in the world, established the Standards in response to concerns about the adverse impact of the manipulation of data and the related corruption of betting markets. IBIA believes that the Data Standards are an effective means of protecting the integrity of sport, its data, betting markets generated by that data and consumers enjoying those products. Leading global data providers Stats Perform, Sportradar and GRID are all currently accredited.

IBIA CEO Khalid Ali said: “GLI is a globally recognized leader in its field, and IBIA welcomes the company’s desire to gain accreditation as an auditing body for the Data Standards. It recognizes the importance of the Data Standards and to maintaining the integrity of the processes underpinning the creation of the sports betting market. We look forward to working with GLI, which becomes one of only two companies that are accredited to provide auditing services for the IBIA Data Standards.”

Joseph Bunevith, VP of Government and Regulatory Affairs at GLI, said: “We are grateful for the opportunity to embark on this promising partnership, and we are thankful to IBIA for placing their trust and confidence in GLI. GLI’s testing, auditing, and depth of knowledge in sports betting is second to none, and we expect this relationship to foster great outcomes for the global sports betting industry.”

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Playtech Opens the Eagerly Awaited Third State-of-the-Art Live Casino Facility in Pennsylvania




Playtech has opened its third and latest state-of-the-art Live Studio in the US. The highly anticipated studio, which officially soft launched on November 28, will soon continue to run operations 24/7, marking a significant milestone for Playtech Live as it conquers its third US state, completing the tri-state iGaming project.

Located in Pennsylvania, the new Live Studio offers an exceptional Live Casino experience, allowing players to indulge in the thrill and excitement of VIP Blackjack and Roulette games. With an unwavering commitment to delivering unmatched gambling opportunities, Playtech Live has exciting plans to expand its game offerings to further cater to the diverse preferences and interests of esteemed players in the near future.

The launch of the long-awaited Pennsylvania Live Studio continues to showcase the Playtech Live team’s dedication to innovation and its belief in creating dynamic, immersive, and state-of-the-art online casino experiences. This studio is a testament to Playtech’s commitment to driving the evolution of the iGaming industry by bringing cutting-edge technology and highly engaging content to players worldwide.

As a leader in the Live Casino market, the Playtech Live team has taken great pride in expanding its footprint within the US, solidifying its presence in three key states for iGaming. The continuously growing team in the US is consistently delivering these key milestones and the newly opened Pennsylvania Live Studio is a testament to Playtech’s position as the go-to provider for Live Casino solutions further strengthening its partnerships with leading online operators across the US.

Edo Haitin, CEO of Playtech Live, said: “I am very proud of this significant achievement for Playtech Live as we open our Pennsylvania Live Studio. This achievement is a testament to the outstanding dedication and expertise of our team, as well as our commitment to delivering exceptional Live Casino experiences to players worldwide. We are thrilled to complete the tri-state iGaming expansion and conquer yet another key territory. The launch of our state-of-the-art studio represents an exciting new chapter in our growth, showcasing our commitment to driving innovation within the industry with our dedicated focus on crafting customised gameplay experiences for the American market. We remain committed to delivering players of Pennsylvania an extraordinary online gaming experience.”

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