Guts Review

 

About Guts 

As an online sportsbook, Guts first made its mark in the industry back in May 2013, as a part of the world famous Gaming Innovation Group (GiG). It was originally brought out as a casino brand, which was widely recognised and lauded for its masses of games and providers alongside great technology and cutting edge graphics; this ensured it acquired a large customer base from the get go. To build on this impressive success, the sportsbook was developed and as such it is the hope that the sportsbook is as well received as the casino. In this Guts sportsbook review, we take a look to see if it deserves the praise and success given to its casino counterpart.

Market Offering

There are masses of sports on which you can place your bets on at Guts, with 27 in total as well as other non-sporting events on top of this. The products range from the biggest sports betting markets such as football, all the way to the less obvious sports such as Floorball and Futsal. Take football, for example, you can bet on pretty much any competition or cup you want, from English amateur football to Premier League. In fact, with the top fixtures, there are well over 100 bet types to choose from.

The fact that this is a sportsbook founded by a Scandinavian company is evident in the breadth and choice of its markets, as you can find a more Scandinavian selection of sports such as Ice Hockey, whereas the popular UK sport of horse racing isn’t represented at this bookmaker. However, it does have thousands of markets to choose from. The most popular and biggest market variety of sports is:

FootballIce HockeyTennisBasketballHandball
VolleyballRugbyGolfBaseballDarts

However, it also offers others such as:

Alpine SkiingAmerican FootballAustralian RulesBadminton
BandyBoxingCricketCross Country
CyclingFloorballFutsalGolf
Motor SportsSki JumpingSnookerWater Polo

As well as this, it offers various eSports to bet on such as: Counter-Strike; League of Legends; Dota; Overwatch and StarCraft.  Furthermore, you can also place bets on political events, entertainment events and society events such as the gender of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third baby, or even what they’ll name it.

In-Play Betting

This is a sportsbook that benefits from a great in-play market and offers some very innovative in-play betting options. Guts sportsbook has a great live score centre which is powered by Betradar and allows you to keep track of all the sports that are in play and keep an eye on the current status of all games. There is also a very decent in-play ticker that lets you see events in the live fixtures unfold as it actually happens. Although there is currently no live stream, this allows you to know when your team is attacking, when it’s defending, when there’s a yellow or red card etc.

As well as this addition, if you click on the exclamation mark in the top corner, you have access to even more information. From this tab, you can find out information such as the location of the game, the condition of the pitch and even how the weather’s faring.

Odds

When it comes to the odds offered on its variety of markets, Guts offers prices that are just above average when comparing to other sites. With football, in general, it hovers somewhere between 106% to 107% so this sees the site as just over the odds compared to others.  Looking at tennis odds, this is slightly improved, on around 107% to 107.5% compared to competitors.

Because of its origins, Guts tends to use decimal odds (European). Because of this, round off errors don’t happen very often when converting them to the fractional odds favoured by the UK.

Bonuses

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Welcome Bonus

The Guts sportsbook bonus when you join consists of getting a £10 money back guarantee if your first bet loses. Simply register and place your first bet of £10 or more on any market, with odds of 4/5 (1.8) or more. Then, if your bet loses, they will put a £10 bonus-back into your account.

You do need to be aware, however, of the terms attached to this offer. Firstly, if you deposit via Neteller, Skrill, Skrill 1-Tap or Paysafecard, then you won’t qualify for the offer; the bonus added to your account, should you lose, is subject to a 4-times playthrough, with minimum odds of 4/5 before you can withdraw. You must also wager the £10 bonus-back as a single bet within 14 days of receipt.

When it comes to welcome bonuses, this is a pretty decent bonus because you can place your first bet safe in the knowledge that you really don’t have anything to lose.

The Sunday Saver –Added Cover

You can avoid the bubble bursting last minute goal with this in-play offer. If you opt-in and bet in-play on any match from the Premier League, Spanish Primera Division, Italian Serie A or German Bundesliga on Sunday and if there is a goal after the 86th minute of the match, then Guts will refund your first losing in-play bet as an in-play bonus of up to £10.

Even if the team that you have backed were already losing and they concede another goal, then your bet will still be refunded. You do need to opt-in to benefit from this promotion.

Cash Out and Still Make Money

Guts sportsbook has introduced an offer that allows you to cash out your bets on any in-play market placed on football, tennis, ice hockey and basketball in the live bet section.

Simply place a bet on an in-play match in the live betting section; if you want to cash out your bet before the end of the match, simply hit the cash out tab; then, pick your ongoing bet, check the win amount and then cash out.

This means that if you feel the game is headed for the wrong result, you can check out and still get your profit. However, be aware that you can’t use this with bonus funds or on the Draw No Bet market.

Security and Regulations

As you can imagine, being part of the impressive GiG brand, this is a well licensed and regulated sportsbook. This is proved by the fact that it offers data and financial protection by utilising the very best and highest spec SSL encryption. Furthermore, it has an RNG certification, which is evidence that everything that this site offers has been tested thoroughly by third parties. You can therefore expect a safe, secure and very fair online gambling experience.

On top of this, in order to ensure that it is fully compliant with the betting regulations in the UK with regards to fair play, it has been licensed by the UK Gambling Commission. However, not only this, but it has also been licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority, which is another regulatory body that ensures complete fairness, honesty and transparency. As well as this, should you have any reason to lodge a complaint, it will be audited by the highly regarded Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS).

Banking Options

As far as making deposits and withdrawals goes, Guts has all the main payment methods that you would expect. We have listed all the banking options below:

MethodDepositWithdraw
Visa / Visa Debit
MasterCard
Neteller
Paysafecard
Skrill
Skrill 1-Tap
Web Money
Euteller
Ecopayz
Bank Transfer

With deposits, all of them are immediate, so you can get betting instantly. However, you need to be aware that it does charge a fee for some payment types. All credit cards have a 2.50% fee attached and using Euteller has a £1.50 fee attached for deposits. Most methods have a £10 minimum deposit, except Ecopayz, which has a minimum of just £5. The maximum varies-  a £200 max on Paysafecard; a £1,000 max with Euteller; the rest have a maximum deposit of £5,000 per transaction.

The withdrawals tend to take between 1-3 days to process, which is generally quite decent compared to other sportsbooks. Also, Guts sportsbook attach a fee of £2.50  to all withdrawals, no matter what method. The minimum you can withdraw at any one time is £20. However, it is wise to build up a big pot before withdrawing to minimise the fees.

The currencies currently accepted by Guts sportsbook are:  GBP, USD, AUD, CAD, SEK, NOK, NZD and DKK.

Customer Service

The customer support at Guts sportsbook is great; it has a dynamic team that is quick and eager to help out.  You can contact the team via live chat or email. Obviously, if you want a quicker reply, then live chat is the best option. This service is available around the clock, 7 days a week and allows you to speak to a representative in a matter or moments.

When using the Customer Service agents we found them to be professional, friendly, knowledgeable. They were capable of answering our queries with minimal troubles. The agents always answered the live chat  immediately and responded to the emails within 24 hours or less.

The FAQ section is not as focused towards the sportsbook as it could be; hopefully this is an area that Guts sportsbook will improve in time.

User Experience

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Guts sportsbook has a very strong betting platform which makes it stand out from its competitors. The site has a distinct and characteristic blend of black, white and red which looks smart and edgy. As soon as you enter the site, it gives you the option of a host of bets ready and waiting for you to pick them. There is also a very decent combination of live and ante-post markets. There are also accumulator bets available on the right hand side. With this site, diversity is key.

To navigate and find the sport you want, simply go to the sidebar on the left of the display; here you’ll see all sports listed from A to Z. Then, if you want the in-play market,  you’ll find it next to Sports at the top of the screen. There is also a search function so you can locate specific sports or markets.

To make it even more simple, there’s also a group of quick links that will take you to the biggest betting leagues. Furthermore, the site offers an independent statistic pop up, which offers some interesting and important data when choosing your bet.  Finally, if you do need assistance, then head to the bottom of the screen; from there you can access the live chat.

Mobile Experience

The Guts sportsbook mobile site is equally as impressive as the desktop site. It allows you easy access and navigate to any sport or market that you require. The design also works very well on the mobile platform. To use it, you don’t need to fill-up your phone’s memory by downloading any app; you can simply open it up in your web browser on any iOS, Android or Windows device. This app allows you to take advantage of every feature the desktop site offers from anywhere you like. It’s a great mobile sportsbook from Guts.

Conclusion

Guts sportsbook may be new to the industry, but it’s fair to say that it offers a pretty decent service with a great number of betting options and above average odds and prices. There are some improvements that Guts could make, such as the inclusion of horse racing and greyhound racing for the UK market, maybe the inclusion of PayPal as a payment option and not attaching fees to the deposits and withdrawals, but that doesn’t detract from all of its positives. It looks great; the desktop and mobile interface is aesthetically pleasing and easy to use. The customer service is fantastic, the markets and sports coverage are impressive and it’s completely safe and regulated. This is great and it’s only going to get even better.

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