Review: Egamingbets (EGB)
The betting markets variety depends on which game you’re betting on, but in general you’ll be offered the most interesting and profitable options for most matches (first to 10 kills, map winners, first blood).
Egaming bets odds are quite odd in comparison to competitors. In general, they offer lower odds for match favorites, but higher for underdogs. You can expect higher profits when betting on tight matches, but overall there isn’t much difference in margins.
Since EGB is a pure eSports platform, you’ll find every popular eSports title on offer with nearly all tournament matches covered, no matter how big or small. The games on offer are Dota 2, CS:GO, Starcraft 2, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Smite, World of Tanks and Heroes of the Storm.
EGB allows in-play betting on select matches with limited markets. What’s interesting is that you can bet on predicting heroes picks for Dota 2 in-play as well as pre-match. This is a feature unique to this title alone, and definitely not something any other competitor can offer.
EGB’s welcome offer is 100% up to $600, without a doubt the highest on the eSports market. The slight catch, is that it does not work as any other traditional bonus does. After you deposit, you will have to play and accumulate points in order to earn your bonus money. Every dollar wagered on matches results in 10 points, whereas 500 points are worth 1$.
If you were to claim a $100 bonus, you’d need to pre-emptively wager 50,000 points, which translates to $5000. Not only will earning points count towards clearing your bonus, but you can also use those points in the EGB cash shop. The cash shop is filled with various gaming products (headsets, keyboards, mice), merchandise (t-shirts, mugs) and even more real money.
The way the cash shop, points and bonus works is a fantastic opportunity for long term players. However, do make sure to carefully read through the terms and conditions before deciding to claim anything.
Seriousness and trustworthiness:
Egamingbets was launched in 2011, and although you’ll find mixed reviews from eSports fans, we haven’t seen any glaring issues with their reliability. The payments and withdrawals are just as safe as with any mainstream bookie, and the only thing we’d raise an eyebrow to is their licensing. EGB holds a license in Costa Rica, which is far from the most profound jurisdiction out there.
We were surprised to see a full support service at Egamingbets, because frankly enough the website could use some polish. Nonetheless, if you have any issues or questions you can resort to live chat, e-mail and phone support.
Egaming bets allows free, instant deposits via Neteller, VISA, Paysafecard, Bitcoin, QIWI, Webmoney, Yandex and SMS payments. Withdrawals are performed via similar methods, albeit with more exceptions. Your first withdrawal per month is free, but subsequent withdrawals are subject to a small fee. What we liked is that the minimum deposit is lower than $5, so any recreational player can put his betting skills to his test without much investment.
Design and navigation:
Egamingbets’s website design is mildly off-putting, purely because of their slight unprofessionalism. We liked the integrated live streams for various games as well as the chat feature where you can discuss with other players, but the site could definitely use more work towards improvement. Navigating is easy, but the matches are not as neatly categorized as you’d like. The good thing is you can filter per game. Moreover, we couldn’t find an interface to place accumulator bets – something which all regular bookies have.