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When it comes to online casinos and sportsbooks, it’s fair to say that we have plenty of choice. With a number of apps and websites, it’s hard for new platforms to make an impression. Yet, this is something that Fansbet has done and we’re happy to be bringing you our review today.
Owned by Rush Partners, their history goes back to 2016, so the whole company is a fairly new one. However, we can be confident in their foundations since they actually have seven different brands operating with over 50 employees. In terms of Fansbet, the bookmaker in this review, Viral Interactive Limited provides the power; this is another young, up and coming business.
Why should you choose Fansbet? What makes them different from everybody else? Well, the name actually gives it away because it’s all about the fans. During the sign-up process, users can donate money to the fan club of their choice. Therefore, even when bets are lost, a percentage goes to your club’s fan association. We’ll go into more detail on this a little later, but now’s the time to dig deeper into this new betting platform.
After loading the website, the first thing you’re likely to do is create an account so this is where we’ll start. As you would expect, they will ask for a contact number, username and password, and an email address. From here, you’re asked about your team and where you want your donations to go. Depending on the club, you might find that there’s more than one fan club. Normally, the money will be split evenly between these groups. For example, both ‘Leazes Flags’ and ‘True Faith’ are available for Newcastle United.
Before you can look at your account, you’ll need to provide some personal information including your address and name. As is the case with every bookmaker now, all users need to provide some form of documentation in order to verify the account. While some choose a passport, others will go with a bank statement, utility bill, or driver’s license. Although this may seem a nuisance at the time, we appreciate this security measure because it does help the industry. Without providing this identification, you will not be able to bet, deposit, or withdraw.
How does Fansbet entice new bettors to the platform? After making a deposit of at least €20, you can actually claim 5% back in cashback. There is a limit to this offer, but you would have to deposit €400 and get €20 to reach this limit. In terms of the qualifying bet, the maximum is €100 and the odds for the bet need to be at least 1.75.
With cashback in general, it’s possible to keep an eye on how things are going through your account; it’s all based on your turnover. After the first 30 days have passed, any amount you earn under €20 will go into your account.
User Experience – Desktop vs Mobile
In the past, we’ve come across a handful of bookmakers where the aesthetics and design have put us off recommending it to others. Therefore, it’s always worthwhile including the user experience in our reviews. As an SB Tech platform, Fansbet has got this aspect right and we’re sure you’ll agree after loading the website. It feels similar to other websites, but the unique black, grey, and green colours are easy on the eye.
If ever you get lost or need to find something quickly, there’s a search box and this is always appreciated with betting sites. In our opinion, Fansbet doesn’t look cluttered at all and this is a problem that some websites have. Everything has a place and the whole effort has been branded nicely.
For those who prefer to bet on a mobile device, the website is accessible via your browser. We wish we could say otherwise, but there’s no app on either operating system just yet. Despite the lack of an app, the website still looks clean and works quickly on mobile, so we don’t think the brand is held back at all in this regard.
Payment and Banking
Like most other platforms, Fansbet has a number of banking methods with the most popular being Visa and MasterCard. Just in case you need another option, it’s available with Skrill, Trustly, and Neteller. Compared to other platforms, the high minimum withdrawal may put some people off at €30.
On a positive note, it’s possible to withdraw to the majority of depositing methods and there are no fees whatsoever. You cannot withdraw to Safety Pay, Paysafecard, Crypto Go, or EPS. In terms of timings, Fansbet suggest the following;
- E-Wallet – 2 days
- Debit cards – 5 days
- Bank wire – 7 days
However, this is mostly just to cover their own back and delayed payments because we received all payments well within the timeframe (our debit card withdrawal came back after just two days!).
At this point, we should note that you will find a wider range of sports with other betting websites. However, we believe that Fansbet will work for the average bettor. The main two, like with most websites, are clearly horse racing and football. This being said, you will find darts, rugby, e-sports, cricket, golf, and others. In fact, we also found novelty sports and those you don’t see too often including volleyball, futsal, table tennis, and others.
Fansbet hold their own against competitors and we found the pricing to be strong. During our testing, we did find some markets that were a little off and some that were quite far away. In horse racing and multi-sport bets, we found that the longer-priced bets were hit and miss. With the larger, popular markets, there were no problems at all.
Most bookmakers seem to offer unique markets these days, and Fansbet have their very own ‘Fan Boosts’. Changing daily, you can sort the list into countries and view special boosts taking place that day. Football is the clear favourite, but we saw NFL specials on a Sunday and others too.
For immediate help, the live chat is a brilliant feature and is available whenever you need it. If you want more personal assistance, this can be achieved with the email address. Customer support needs two things; prompt responses and knowledgeable responses. We found that Fansbet had both.
Responsible Gambling Support
Responsible gambling is a buzzword right now in the betting niche, and Fansbet have taken this seriously. First and foremost, this starts with the requirement of documentation before even placing a bet. After this, they provide some fantastic resources explaining their role in the industry and how those who need help can get it. For instance, they’re linked directly with Gambling Therapy, Help Guide, and Gamblers Anonymous.
When users feel as though they have a problem that’s getting out of control, they can take steps to stop themselves from betting. This includes setting up loss limits, deposit limits, session limits, wagering limits, and more. Not only can users reach out for self-exclusion, Fansbet actually have a program where they contact those who may need it (even if they haven’t acted themselves).
We mentioned earlier that a percentage of each losing stake will go towards the fan associations of football clubs. How does this work? Well, Fansbet have a policy which sees half of all net profits go back to the clubs of their users. Per bet, there’s a maximum of €20 but it’s a policy that we appreciate because betting sometimes gets a negative reputation and some say it takes away from the game; Fansbet are, quite literally, doing the opposite.
If you bet €10 on your team, any other betting site would make €10 if they went on to lose. With Fansbet, they keep €5 and send the other €5 to the fan club of your choice. Every single time you lose a bet, you don’t have to feel so bad because you’re actually donating half of your stake to your club. For those who are heavily involved in their clubs, this makes it all worthwhile and we think it’s an incredibly generous feature for Fansbet to introduce. Let’s not forget, these fan clubs often do lots for the local community.
With the website itself, it works well, and we think the horse racing section contains more than enough information even for those who don’t follow the sport too closely. Alongside the basic form guide, you get details on previous odds and more. For more serious bettors, you may need a more in-depth race card from a third party.
Not too long ago, they also launched Fansbet Fantasy which rewards players with cash prizes in a fantasy football game. For those who have never played fantasy football previously, you pick players to form your team and then earn points depending on their real-life performance.
Just in case this wasn’t enough, they also run Fansbet Jackpots. If you can correctly guess the result of a group of football matches, you win the jackpot. Considering this is a betting website, you can even back your selections with an accumulator. Whether you play alone or with friends, it makes weekend football a little more exciting (even though it doesn’t need it!). What makes it all worthwhile is that the Correct Score 6 offers €1 million to whoever can guess six correct scores.
On the website, Fansbet currently offer an ‘acca boost’ which will be applied automatically when you make at least four selections in a betting slip. However, there is a small caveat because each selection needs to have odds of greater than 1.2. Furthermore, you cannot earn more than €10,000 in ‘additional’ winnings. While a four-fold accumulator will get a 5% bonus, those brave enough to make 15 selections and win will earn a 100% bonus.
Should You Try Fansbet?
We’ve gone through every important area of the service, and this is the last question that remains. For us, Fansbet is an impressive service given its young life. Most betting platforms want to make as much profit as possible, but Fansbet are doing things differently. Even though every service wants to leave their impression, not many can actually do it; we think Fansbet has a chance by donating half their profits to fan clubs.
Even if they didn’t do this, we would probably still recommend trying Fansbet for all the features we’ve discussed, clean appearance, and growing markets!