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SportsBet.io is one of an emerging number of Bitcoin-friendly online gambling sites; indeed they’ll only deal in the popular cryptocurrency. Their modern outlook is also reflected in their site’s design, which is made using the latest web standards so it looks good whether you’re on a smartphone, tablet or your 32-inch gaming monitor. Likewise, they’re also dipping a toe into the waters of esports betting, covering the ‘big three’ titles: Counter-Strike, DotA 2 and League of Legends. Show more.
SportsBet.io’s streamlined design makes it easy to take a look at a range of esports fixtures; regardless of the device that you’re using, the site should adapt accordingly and load new content rapidly. Their web focus mean that there’s no app available on any platform, so you don’t need to go through another tedious install to try out their service.
The company is licensed by Curaçao Gaming, and welcomes players from around the world (apart from Croatia, oddly) – as long as you can speak English, as no other language options are available.
Esports betting is one of the ‘featured sports’ at the SportsBet.io website. Simply select ‘e-Sport’ from the menu on the left, and then you can click through to one of three titles: CS:GO, DotA and LoL. (StarCraft is also listed, but has no matches at the time of writing). You can also choose to stay on the broader ‘e-Sport’ view, which shows all of the upcoming matches on one page – nice for the equal-opportunity bettor.
As well as map and match winners, it’s also possible to take more specific bets. In Counter-Strike, for example, you can bet on who will take the first frag, who will be forced onto the first eco round (confusingly called ‘first pistol round’ on the site) and whether or not there will be overtime. In Dota 2, there are options for the first Barracks and the first Tower to fall; in LoL you can bet on who will take the first Inhibitor, Tower or Baron. Live betting is also possible.
SportsBet.io offer a live chat function for support, accessible via the (easily-missed) speech bubble in the lower right corner of the screen. You can also get in touch via email, Twitter or Facebook.
SportsBet.io is fully licensed by Curacao, and has a strong reputation among Bitcoin gamblers as we can see from this thread on BitcoinTalk.org. As all transactions are performed via Bitcoin, you don’t have to wait a long time for banks and other financial institutions to move their lumbering pecuniary machinery. Show less.
Sadly, there are no promotions available for esports punters at the time of writing, but you can participate in the site’s monthly leaderboards. You can see all promotions on offer very simply, by clicking on the green-ringed Promotions link in the site’s header. This section will be updated once Sportsbet.io bonuses become available.