BetHard Review

 

About BetHard 

BetHard isn’t an online bookmaker that has been around for a long time in comparison to many other names. It established itself in 2014 and from that time on, it has created a very favourable impression in the online betting industry. One of the main reasons behind its rapid success is down to the experience of the owners. The people behind BetHard have accumulated a great working knowledge of the industry and have combined this with an impressive Scandinavian influence within the technology; as a result of this, they have ensured it is a well-run and well executed online bookmaking service. Now, it not only runs a very popular sportsbook, but also offers live betting and a very decent casino to boot.  It has a great reputation and in this BetHard review, we look at exactly why this is and how well-deserved this reputation is.

Market Offering

BetHard is relatively new, so to compete with the others it needs to ensure it offers a wide number of sports and markets. It does. It offers a very solid number of sports including most of the big hitters – except horse racing, that is. There are around 33 sports on offer in total. There are also a great number of minor sports on offer as well. BetHard’s coverage of football is very good and not only does it offer markets on all the popular leagues and competitions, but also a fair few of the less well-known too – such as Jamaican and even Rwandan football matches. There are approximately 130 different betting options on most popular matches, including Asian Handicaps, under/overs, special bets and most that you can think of.

Here is a full list of the sports on offer:

Football Tennis Basketball Ice Hockey Handball
Volleyball American Football Baseball Rugby League Golf
Snooker MMA Motor Racing Darts Cycling
Speedway Boxing Floorball Futsal Table Tennis
Winter Sports Water Polo Beach Volleyball Badminton Rugby Union
Trotting Bandy Aussie Rules Cricket Surfing
Pool Netball Gaelic Football

As well as this, it gives you the chance to bet on eSports such as: Call of Duty; Counter-Strike; League of Legends; Dota 2; Overwatch; Hearthstone and Warcraft 3.  On top of this, you are able to put wagers on specials such as: BBC Sports Personality; Denmark General Election; Eurovision; UK Politics; UK specials (such as the royal baby); US politics and various global events.

In-Play Betting

Live betting is so popular these days, that to compete with the best, you have to offer great live betting options. BetHard manages to compete well. In general BetHard normally offers around 50 games each day for in-play betting, each one of these coming with various betting options and markets. It also provides you with stats to help you make your winning in-play bets.

As with most online bookmakers, the most popular in-play betting is on football and with BetHard you can choose to bet on aspects of the game such as: half time results; next team to score; double  chance; match result; over/under goals; number of corners and also number of cards. Currently there is a lack of live streaming on offer, however, which is maybe an improvement that could be made further on.

Odds

If you look at top level football matches, then you will definitely be able to find some very strong odds. Because of the popularity of the Premier Leagues, you will find some of the best odds on these matches. BetHard has figured that this is the area of sport that generates the most turnover, so this is where it wishes to be the most competitive with regards to its odds. Typically, the odds for the Premier League stack together for a total book percentage of around 101.5% to 102%. In comparison, Italian football is around 103.5% to 104%… still competitive. The French League football is around 104.5% to 105%.

Looking towards tennis, the margins on tennis matches are incredibly small, so it provides bettors with fantastic value. For certain events, odds stack up at 101.5% to 102% for the win market. There are also great odds offered for set betting, handicap betting, over/under betting and more.

The odds available for Ice Hockey are also very competitive with odds from around 13 different countries with top international competitions as well. The compiled odds for NHL games tend to work out to roughly 103% to 103.5%, which is very competitive when you look at other ice hockey odds throughout the online sports betting industry.

Bonuses

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Welcome Bonus

BetHard offers more than just a Free Bet bonus on sign up. Aesthetically, the bonus is very pleasing to the eye. When you join BetHard, they will give you €125 extra to play on the sportsbook. Simply sign-up and they’ll offer a 125% deposit bonus up to €125 on the firs deposit you make. So, to get the maximum bonus you deposit €100 and you’ll have €225 to bet with. All you have to do is create your account; choose SPORTS BONUS when you make your first deposit and then start making your bets.

Having said this, there are several terms and conditions attached. Firstly, this is only open to residents of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Canada and Malta – so UK residents are not eligible for this. There is also quite a steep wagering requirement of 14-times attached. Also, bets on odds of lower than 2.0 will not count towards the requirements. In terms of welcome bonuses it’s not bad, and with better terms could be even better.

Combo Booster

If you manage to place a pre-match accumulator or combo bet and it wins, you get your winnings boosted by up to 10%, depending on the size of your combination bet. If your bet is 5-fold it’s boosted by 7%, 6-folds  are 10% and this increases in increments of 5% up to 10=folds+ which sees your winnings boosted by 30%.

Cash Out

Cash out is pretty simple, you can cash out your bet during the match and quite while you’re ahead before the end of the game or you can save money on a losing bet. Simply place a pre-match or live bet, then go to ‘my bets’ and click on ‘cash out’. This is not available on forecast or tri-cast bets. There are more terms attached, so check them out first.

Security and Regulations

BetHard is currently licensed by the Curacao Egaming License Validation alongside the Malta Gaming authority. Therefore, should you have any disputes regarding the way you have been treated by these bookmakers then you can go to them to investigate further and make sure that they are acting within the strict guidelines set out by these governing bodies.

As well as being governed by these regulatory bodies, the site is also protected by SSL encryption technology to make sure that your personal and financial data is completely protected from outside parties and that it is safe from hacking. Furthermore, the site is linked to Gambling Therapy and Gamblers Anonymous so you can rest assured that it takes responsible gambling seriously. It can also set deposit limits or close down accounts if it feels you have a gambling problem.

Banking Options

When you choose to make your deposits and withdrawals then you are presented with the following banking options:

Method Deposit Withdrawal
Visa/Visa Debit
MasterCard
Neteller
Skrill
Paysafecard
Trustly
Zimpler

All deposits, with any banking method, are completely instant, so you can start your BetHard journey in an instant. There is currently a minimum deposit of €10. There are also no fees attached to any deposits or withdrawals except credit card deposits, which come with a 2.5% fee attached.

Withdrawals

When it comes to withdrawals, BetHard have some of the fastest times in the industry – in some instances, when players are using eWallets such as Neteller and Skrill, payments can be in your account within minutes of requesting the transaction. Aspects you need to be aware of though are that BetHard reserves the right to apply minimum withdrawal amounts depending on the payment method. It also reserves the right to limit the number of free pay-outs per customer within a specific time limit set by BetHard; it also reserves the right to charge an increased fee for transfers to banks outside the EU. Furthermore, although it doesn’t state maximum withdrawals, it does say that if you win €50,000 or more and choose to withdraw over a half of that sum at once, then it has the right to divide the payment into 10 separate instalments, paid with 10 percent every month for 10 months until you get the full amount.

In general the banking is fast, fantastic, safe and secure, but there are a few withdrawal clauses that are a little ‘fluffy’. It is much better for smaller wins than big wins.

The currencies currently accepted by the sportsbook are:  GBP, EUR, NOK, SEK and USD.

Customer Service

BetHard offer a great Customer Service department which is open 24 hours a day. You can contact the team via live chat or email at support@bethard.com although currently there is no phone number to contact them with.  The Live Chat option is easy to reach as there is always a tab at the bottom of the screen that opens up when clicked, making it easily accessible wherever you are on the site.

The agents are quick and helpful when responding to your queries and on the whole it offers a top service here.

There is also a very decent FAQ section which you can check out before you contact the customer services. Here you can find answers to such questions as: how to request a withdrawal; changing a password; closing your account; how to set a deposit limit and more. This is always a good area to check out before asking for further assistance.

User Experience

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At BetHard sportsbook, there’s plenty to keep you amused, with all the markets and the daily challenges and rewards you have access to. The website itself is available in a host of different languages, such as English, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian and German. The site looks clean, clear and concise and doesn’t look overly crowded or fussy. Its dark background with yellow links not only makes it eye catching but also very easy to follow.

All your main options are listed across the top of the site, allowing you to go to live betting, virtual sports, mobile and promotions as well as casino, live casino and card games. Along the side of the screen you can access all the sports that are on offer as well as the live betting and today’s events.

The site is responsive, smooth and easy to navigate, making for a great user experience for all.

Mobile Experience

There are many online bookmakers that simply make sure that they have optimised the website to work and look good when used on a mobile device. This is true of BetHard, as when visiting the site on your handheld device’s browser, it is a great user experience. However, on top if this, it has also invested in a highly technical and impressive mobile app that is downloadable on Android and iOS devices.

When playing on the BetHard mobile site, you can access thousands of markets across all different sports to wager on. It also allows you to use the live betting area and the banking is also very quick and easy. It has clearly had a lot of time and effort spent on it; this is a mobile app that is fast, intuitive and looks as good as it plays. This is definitely an area which scores BetHard top marks.

Conclusion

BetHard has what it takes to be one of the best online bookmakers in the industry, no doubt. It has masses of options for sports betting fans, as well as the opportunity to hit the casino if you want to try something a little different. The market offering is huge and the website still manages to look slick, concise and easy to use. The customer support is great – we love that it’s 24 hours; with the addition of phone contact it would be even better still. Banking is quick and secure, although the withdrawal conditions are a little fluffy in areas; the times are great and some of the best around. Also, the mobile offering is highly impressive. All in all, this is a great online bookmaker that shows lots of promise for the future.

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