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SBK REVIEW 2021 - BOOKMAKER RATING & SIGN UP BONUS

OUR OPINIONS ABOUT SBK

  • Always strong odds with SBK Price+
  • Strong social features including Tipster interaction
  • High-Quality betting app

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In this SBK review, we examine one bookmaker that definitely encapsulates a modern approach to the industry.

While many other operators have added a mobile app to their regular online sportsbooks, SBK launched differently.

They came into the industry as a betting app only. But that doesn’t mean that there is no history behind them.

They are powered by betting exchange Smarkets so have that excellent quality backing them up.

So for this SBK sports betting review, we are going to take a look at the different features that can be found in their services.

We dive into the SBK app to see how it operates and examine important things like odds and customer service.

Our SBK Review Rating:

Betting markets & odds quality: 9/10
Sign Up Bonus 10/10
Odds Comparison 10/10
In-Play Betting: 8/10
Extras & Features: 9/10
Payment Options: 8/10
Mobile App: 10/10
Customer Service: 9/10
Total Score: 9/10

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SBK Betting markets and odds quality

SBK Review

We kick off this SBK betting app review with a simple look at the quality of odds that are presented.

Because SBK is powered by the Smakarts award-winning betting exchange, then that tends to immediately tell us that punters will find value.

As with any betting exchange, there is no bookmaker’s margin to worry about in the odds that you take.

The truly remarkable thing about all of this is that the SBK betting app makes all of this transparent on the screen.

They boast that they offer some of the best odds and they back it up.

The SBK Price+ feature can be seen on a market.

Basically, if there is a green triangle next to odds, then that means SBK are giving their customers the best price possible.

But what exactly does the best price possible mean, when markets are always variable?

Again, because they have the trading power of Smarkets behind them, SBK’s Price+ compares their prices to other major bookmakers.

They compare their prices to SBK, SkyBet, Ladbrokes, William Hill, Unibet, Coral, Betway, BetVictor and Paddy Power.

So if SBK is offering the best price on the market compared to those top operators, then it will be marked with a green triangle.

If there’s no triangle, the transparency is there to see that it would be possible to get a better price elsewhere.

The SBK Price+ feature works across all sports and that is on both pre-match and in-play sports betting as well.

The comparisons take place before an event begins and the results of the comparison that are done are accurate to within one hour.

One final thing about this SBK bookmaker review is another part of the Price+ feature.

For a given fixture, say a Premier League football match, they will display the percentage of bets that have more favourable odds with SBK than their competitors.

For example, 97% of bets compared for Man Utd v Liverpool beat their competitors’ prices.

As it is an SBK betting app that we are talking about here, navigation around the platform is very nice.

It’s easy to scroll through via menus and links that are there. We will look at full user friendliness of the SBK app later in this bookmaker review.

There is a good selection of sports available on the SBK app, everything you would expect from football, cricket, golf, tennis, rugby union, rugby league, basketball, baseball, NFL, MMA and many more.

There is also horse racing available through the SBK app, which is going to be a big bonus for a lot of UK bettors.

It’s not just UK and Ireland horse racing either, it’s worldwide racecards that they bring to the table through their excellent app.

For the next part of this SBK review, we look into a little more depth at some of the markets available.



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Football betting at SBK

For an app, everything is remarkably well presented and very user-friendly in the SBK app.

There was plenty of excellent market coverage for football betting, from the likes of the Premier League and other top tier leagues and competitions in England.

The Champions League, Europa League and other major European domestic competitions were covered very well in the SBK app.

It was possible during quieter times on the European front to find plenty of football betting markets from across the world.

Naturally, when it comes to the number of markets and bets available, there are always going to be more found on the higher-profile fixtures.

There were, for example, over 100 bet options available pre-match on a Premier League fixture between Man City v Chelsea when we looked for this review.

The markets are presented clearly, with the different bet options like Anytime Goalscorer, Half Time Full Time and Correct Score all in their own little sections in the app.

Along with that there is an indicator of how many bets are available within the section before you expand it.

There was a decent amount of futures available as well in the SBK football betting in terms of tournament winners.

All in all, things were highly impressive within the app for football betting from odds quality, bet variety and navigation.

Racing betting at SBK

On to another of the major UK sports betting markets, which of course is horse racing. There is plenty of that to enjoy in the SBK betting app.

There are cards from the UK and Ireland as well as from further abroad. You can filter to see races from a specific location.

Switching between races and indeed racecards are done from a simple menu. Selecting a race brings up the full card on the screen.

As anyone who has looked at the power of Smarkets before, the horse racing there is backed up tremendously by stats. On the SBK app, there are insights into the races to read.

There is the general info about the horse, such as form and jockey, with some text about their current form.

For races that are finished, you can see losing distances and a short text summing up the performance of a horse.

It’s all good, solid horse racing there from the likes of Japan, New Zealand and the USA.

Another nice touch for horse racing betting at SBK is that there is a dedicated Ante-Post section.

So it may be possible to look ahead to things like the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe or the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Esports

A very strong area that we found in this SBK review was the quality of the Esports section. There was great coverage on everything from CS: GO and Dota 2 from around the globe.

When we examined the sports for this bookmaker review, we found Premier Division matches from several different European leagues as well as markets from CS: GO that were scheduled for later in the same day.

Dipping into a Dota 2 match from Germany there was the winner market along with Map 1, Map 2 winners and a handicap market for Esports betting in there.

The amount of markets that can be seen, as well as other Esports staples like Starcraft 2, Overwatch and League of Legends, is going to totally depend on when you look at the section.

North American Sports

This modern home for sports betting also provides tremendous coverage of North American sports markets. They are the high profile leagues like the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL.

But with collegiate sports also being such a big thing in America, we saw good match betting opportunities from that level of sport as well. That was a good indicator that SBK go a little more in-depth.

We took a look at an NFL match to dive a little deeper into this. The coverage of markets was excellent.

Along with the match-winner market, there were Points Spreads, Over/Under, Quarter Results, HT/FT, Odd Or Even Score, Over/under Touchdowns and so much more.

It was pretty extensive and the same experience was had when taking a look at an MLB match and one from the NBA.

It should be noted that under the basketball section, it wasn’t just North American dominated, there was full coverage from major European action.

Novelty Markets

It is possible to go beyond sports betting at SBK as they offer some versions of novelty bets. They can be found under the Current Affairs menu listing.

When you visit a lot of bookmakers, it’s not uncommon to only see things like TV and Awards markets. But for this SBK review, we experienced plenty more than that.

There were different markets about the creation of a European Super League (football), to Gareth Southgate receiving a Knighthood, to World Cup hosts.

There was a Technology section, Nobel Prize and even very current-events related markets like the economy.

Summary

There are some very good features around the SBK sportsbook and the fact that it is only app-driven makes it quick and convenient to use.

It just has a modern feel about it and the design is wonderful.

Menus allow users to get around to the markets that they want, bet types are well organised within a single match.

Even the bet slip itself, which can be hidden behind a small button, is easy to use and manage.

We will examine further features later in this SBK review. But this summary of the sportsbook will ensure that the operator ranks highly for the quality that they are providing.

As a note, the SBK app is available on Android and iOS with users in the UK on Android, able to install through an apk option.

Odds Comparison/Betting Margins 10/10

odds comparison

The SBK Price+ feature is a very refreshing sight in the world of online betting. There are a lot of bookmakers who, through marketing, of course, boast about strong odds.

But the difference with SBK is that they back it up. Everything is very transparent when it comes to their odds because they basically just show you.

There are two sides to that of course.

Getting used to seeing the green triangles on SBK markets shows the number of odds where they aren’t being beaten, but there are times you can clearly see when they aren’t currently beating a competitor.

Once again, this is all backed up through the technology and support from the Smarkets Exchange.

It’s all automatic so you just have to watch the prices yourself and make your calls.

Simply because of the presence of the SBK Price+ feature, that is something that rates very highly when it comes to the odds on offer.



SBK sign up bonus, free bets & current promotions 10/10

bonus offers

There is an SBK welcome bonus that new customers are able to consider when signing up for a new account with them. This, of course, is done straight through the app.

The SBK welcome offer has a unique angle too. It is a £20 risk-free bet offer, but it is not limited to only the first bet on the account. So this is where it differs.

If you lost £5 with your first bet, £6 and then £9 with your next for example, they will still pay the full £20 back in cash.

FIRST £20 REFUNDED IN CASH, NO BET LIMIT

Key Terms: New customers only. Deposit £20 using card or Trustly. Up to your first £20 of losses will be refunded as CASH within 24 hours of qualifying bet having been settled. T&Cs apply

Note that there are key deposit restrictions. Users making their first deposit by Skrill, Neteller, PayPal or a virtual/prepaid card will not qualify for this promotion.

How to get the SBK welcome bonus

Follow the link to reach the SBK sign up bonus
Install the app
Enter the registration details
Make a deposit of a minimum of £20
SBK will then credit £20 of your first losses back as CASH

Again, the key difference with this is that the promotion is not just limited to the first bet.

While PayPal is NOT eligible for the Welcome Offer, customers can use it afterwards as normal.

New Customer Offer, Full T&C’s Apply, 18+ Please Gamble Responsibly. www.begambleaware.org.



In-play betting 8/10

in play betting

With a modern betting app in focus here, we next take a look at the in-play betting opportunities that it affords players.

One of the great features of having mobile betting is that punters can bet anywhere at any time.

So for the next part of this SBK review we are taking a look into the in-play betting opportunities.

There is no difference in terms of the layout or display when looking between the live opportunities to pre-match events.

The layouts of markets are just the same and notably the indicators of the best prices are there as well.

Everything about the app is just very clean and intuitive and leads towards some efficient in-play betting opportunities for punters.

With an eye on that, we examine one of the biggest in-play areas of the SBK sportsbook.

In-Play Football

There were plenty of markets available during a live match from the English Championship that we looked at for that review.

There are over 80+ betting opportunities to scour through for that particular feature.

Markets such as Totals, Double Chance, Match Result & BTTS, Next Goal Soccer etc were all there.

You can see the change of odds as they shift due to in-game circumstances clearly. Price changes are indicated by colour.

Another feature of the live in play football betting at SBK is their rapid markets.

Those are short time related areas in which punters can play at what might happen in that small window of time, such as a corner in the next five minutes.

There are statistics to help follow a live in-play game. Those are key indicators of match action like a corner, attacking play, shots on target etc.



Extras & features of SBK 9/10

Extras & features

We seriously have to put the SBK Price+ feature into focus once again, because it offers punters so much. It seems like such a basic tool, which makes it all that much better.

It’s simply a confirmation that in cutting out the bookmaker margin, it’s possible to snap up some of the industry best odds that are available.

For reference, the SBK odds are compared to Bet365, SkyBet, Ladbrokes, William Hill, Unibet, Coral, Betway, BetVictor and Paddy Power in the UK.

Those are some of the industry’s heavyweights as well.

SBK Tips

Browse through a market, let’s stay with a football match for the purposes of this, and there are tips available. This is part of another great feature of the modern SBK betting app, the tipsters.

In going through the registration process for an SBK account, at the end, there is a chance to select an SBK username.

This is basically the id that other users will see in the app.

You can define your own bio and put a picture in it if you like. This is a tipster profile and then the social aspect of SBK kicks in big time.

Players can follow other tipsters as well as being followed themselves.

Tips made by the tipsters appear next to the markets of a football match, so you can see what other punters are thinking might happen in a fixture.

Rule the Social scene

Building on from the social tipster scene at SBK you could therefore follow the biggest winning tipsters.

It’s possible to find the in-form tipsters because the performances of the tipsters at SBK can be tracked.

That includes yourself of course and punters can back your posted tip once they have found and followed you.

So it’s possible on the social side of things, to compete against friends and become a betting tipster legend in your own circle.

You can earn big bragging rights basically and this is an excellent, fun side of the SBK app.

Auto Acca

In response to being approached by a customer about such a thing, SBK has an Auto Acca tool available.

This is a great indicator of how innovative they are. The Auto Acca feature takes out the work of building such a bet.

You tell the tool how many selections that you would like in your accumulator, three, four or five and then you activate the generator.

The Auto Acca tool at SBK will return selections for the accumulator you.

There is then the option to either get a stake down on that computer-generated acca, or you can swipe again to let it come up with a different one that you are happier with.

Cash Out

The SBK betting app does feature the cash out option with the sports markets in there.

The bets that are eligible for a cash out price can be found in the betting slip, which itself can be raised from the button on the bottom menu of the app.

Visit the “open Bets” tab to see all open bets.

The option to cash out an active bet will allow you to settle that bet before the conclusion of the event that it has been placed on.

Always wait for a confirmation that the cash out has actually happened.



SBK payment options - deposit and withdrawal methods 8/10

payment

There are numerous ways to fund an SBK account, all of the management is done directly through the app.

After going through the registration at SBK and accepting all of their terms and conditions, there will be an option there to make a payment to your account for the first time.

Note, however, that there are clear deposit restrictions on the SBK Welcome bonus which is open to new users making their first deposit by card, bank transfer or Trustly only.

There is a £10 minimum deposit amount on most of the SBK payment methods, aside from Trustly which has a £40 minimum and PayPal which is at a £20 minimum.

SBK won’t charge a fee for any deposits. Check first with your financial institution to see if they do.

All of the deposit methods at SBK are Instant apart from a Bank Transfer which can take between 3 and 5 days.

At this point, it’s worth mentioning in this SBK review that the funds which are deposited are held by Smarkets (Clients) Limited, basically a separate account just to hold funds submitted by customers.

This is a common thing and the UK Gambling Commission, which SBK are licensed, regard this practice as high customer protection.

How to make an SBK withdrawal

When it comes time to make an SBK withdrawal, the funds that are being pulled out should go back to the funding source. So ensure that everything is current and verified.

Most of the withdrawal methods at SBK have a £10 minimum except for £40 for Turstly and £20 for a Bank Transfer.

Also, note that for some cards the withdrawal amount will be limited to the deposit amount in some instances.

Visit your SBK account management in the app and select the amount to withdraw and the place where the money is going.



User-friendliness of the SBK website 9/10

User-friendliness

Now for the next part of this SBK review, we dig a little deeper into the workings of the App.

To get the app, if you just land on the main SBK page on a mobile browser, there will be links on the page to get the app that you need.

That’s from the App Store, Google Play (depending on location) and the APK for Android devices.

The SBK betting app was all designed and built in-house, so they are completely behind his intuitive and easy to use platform.

It was a uniquely bold move to put out just the app without any presence online of a sportsbook.

As mentioned before, the mobile betting app for bookmakers has generally been an add-on to existing services.

But SBK are all-in on the App and that is something that helps to deliver such an excellent product.

First of all, the theme looks very slick, based on a black, green and white scheme.

The legibility is excellent, the text is wonderfully clear and easy to read.

When you click on an event, say a football match, the different sections for different markets are clear to spot.

For example, on a match page, there is the Winner market with the betting options for that.

Then a small gap to another market, say Both Teams To Score which can be expanded. Then another small gap to the Draw No Bet market and so on.

It’s very intuitive and clean. Indicators of those SBK Price+ values are easy to see, as well as overall details about how many bets on the game that SBK are best priced on.

The SBK bet slip is opened through an icon on the bottom menu, which looks like a ticket. It will display the number of bets that it holds, even when not open.

Also along the bottom of the SBK betting app is a Home Button, a Search & Menu and access to your Account/Funds.

Live bets can be switched over too when you click through to a particular sport. Options available for a sport are ‘Live’, ‘Today’ and ‘Competitions’ so there are good different ways to get around the app and find the markets you want.

In summary, the clarity and ease of use of the SBK are just brilliant.

Just using the app from the first time that you load it, you can tell that a lot has gone into making this a very impressive sports betting app.



Is the SBK App legitimate?

The SBK App is powered by Smarkets, who have had a strong online betting presence before the launching of the SBK App in 2019.

So there is a trusted and respected presence behind the services, making the SBK App legitimate. SBK is fully regulated by the Gambling Commission and the Malta Gaming Authority.

What is the minimum deposit at SBK?

The most common minimum deposit amount at SBK is a £10 amount. There are a couple of exceptions, so is, at the time of writing, Turstly bank processing and PayPal.

All of the payment methods at SBK, along with their respective processing times and daily limits are clearly listed on their help pages.

So it’s well worth double-checking before making the first deposit on your account to know where you stand.

What is the SBK Price+

The SBK Price+ is arguably the strongest feature of the SBK App. Unlike most bookmakers who simply say they have the best odds, SBK backs up the claim by actually showing customers.

SBK list the percentage of overall bets within a football match for example, that they have the best prices for (compared with several of the leading bookmakers).

Any quotes in the sportsbook that is marked with a green triangle signify that the SBK Price is the strongest.

How to get the SBK App

The Apple Store, Google Play and the links to the SBK App are available directly on their site.

That means you can just follow a link to SBK on a mobile browser and click on the relevant app link for your device. An APK is available for Android users as well.

For search terms within Apple look for SBR Sportsbook by Smarkets.

How do I register for SBK Tips?

The tipster feature of the SBK App is something that does make the app stand out from a lot of the big competitors.

It is a very socially targeted part of the app where you can, for example, compete against friends on a leaderboard.

That would be putting your betting tip skills against one another. You can show off your tips on your quest to become a legend!

When you are going through the initial registration process, there is a chance to create your Tipster username there to get started.

SBK Customer Service & Support, Security & Reliability 9/10

CustomerService

SBK works to ensure that all of your account information and funds are safe and secure. They boast both SSL and TLS protocols on their website.

So the security is there, along with the aforementioned holding of funds by Smarkets (Clients) Limited which basically means that all funds are legally separate from SBK and controlled by an independent Trust Deed.

In terms of help and support that can be accessed through the betting app of course.

There is quite a good knowledge base to look through. You can filter through topics or dive straight into a search.

There are direct ways to get in touch with the SBK support.

There is an SBK live chat if you are logged into the app and that’s available 24/7.

Alternate methods are telephone support, email, regular mail or through their Twitter.

As can be seen through their modern feature of having customers as Tipsters on the site in a social setting, they have a good special media presence themselves. SBK are on Twitter and Facebook



Our SBK review rating: 9 / 10

There is really not a bad point to pick up on in this SBK betting app review, because it is excellent in all aspects.

Innovative features like their Auto Acca, Tips and Price+ strengthen a very good platform that is easy to use and navigate.

They have built the app from the ground up themselves, so it’s just quality all the way.

Menus are easily accessible, so getting to bets is efficient. The bet slip itself handles very well and the layout is superb.

So it is, uniquely, just a betting app that we have to review. There’s no web-based sportsbook.

A visit to their site will only provide basics about what and who they are and basically give you the links to the app to get started.

In summary, SBK ranks very highly with us.

There is a superb betting platform in place, modern, innovative and very user friendly. It’s all topped off with extremely good market odds, backed by the power of Smarkets.