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Betclic Review

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As a French-focused online bookmaker, Betclic holds a unique place in the industry. The website, which is owned and operated by Betclic Enterprises Limited, has actually been in operation since 2005 with its original roots in the UK. When the opportunity arose to try out a new market in earnest, the operations were refocused into the French sports gambling market. Since 2010, the website has been operating under the rules and regulations of the Malta Gaming Authority.

Betclic appears to be the perfect online gambling destination for the serious gambler who likes a little variety from their wagering dollars. Betclic customers get access to sports betting options from all over the world, horse race betting from France and other selected international racing markets and a popular poker room option.

Website/Software/Mobile Apps

Betclic’s website is built around a classic red/black/white color scheme. The site offers a minimum of advertising, preferring instead to use the website’s limited space to focus on betting markets and options. As far as functionality is concerned, players will encounter a banner menu list that features the available betting markets. Once the player gets to their desired landing page, guidance is provided by drop-down menus. The lack of clutter on the website makes it easy to use, but functionality would be improved if the drop-down menus were available from the home landing page.

Back in the day, the software platform was provided by a renowned software developer. The site included an online casino and sports betting module. With the move into France, the website was converted to a proprietary software platform. The platform is also available through the use of mobile devices that are compatible with the Android and iOS operating systems. It’s not clear if there is an available mobile app for easy access. Therein lies one of the problems with this website. It doesn’t include enough information to help keep things simple for new customers.

Bonuses

Unlike many of the major online bookmakers operating in Europe, Betclic does offer bonuses. However, the bonuses really amount to nothing more than a token reward for joining the website. For 2019, the overall welcome bonus offers new players a 100% matching bonus on their first real cash deposit of up to 30 euros. That’s correct. The bonus is capped at 30 euros. The bonus is awarded as a free bet. After the free bet has been used, any winnings minus the bonus amount becomes immediately available for withdrawal without a rollover requirement.

Beyond the current welcome bonus, it would appear that Betclic offers intermittent bonuses for each of the website’s betting areas (sports, horse racing and poker). Example: The current “2019” promo code gives the player a full sports rebate on their first losing bet of up to 100 euros, or an additional 250 euros to be used in the race book, or an additional 500 euros to be used in the poker room.

Available Betting Markets/Wagering Options

The process of selecting an online sports book demands that the bettor do so by comparing two or more sports books to each other. By comparison, Betclic would fall in the middle ground. There’s no denying the sports book puts a lot of focus on European soccer. It’s called playing to the audience. Soccer enthusiasts can expect to get access to soccer betting markets all over the world, including South America where soccer holds a place as the national pastime.

The good news is Betclic also provides access to betting markets in the US, Australia and Asia. From the US, players can wager on all major sports leagues, including the NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA and most major college sports. Players will also get access to betting markets like tennis, Aussie Rules Football, golf and a wide range of important sports events like the Euro and World Cup soccer events and America’s Super Bowl.

The available betting options include standard options like straight bets, teasers (some sports), future odds betting, live action betting and accumulators. By all appearances, the lines and betting odds look to be on par with the sports book’s industry leaders. With additional access to live streaming of important games and matches, players get the opportunity to both bet on certain games/matches and watch the games/matches on live TV. That makes live action betting a premium betting option.

Banking

As a smaller sports betting operation, little effort is made to provide a wide range of banking options. This is quite apparent by the fact there are currently less than 10 available banking options for deposits. The current available options include VISA, VISA Electron, MasterCard, paysafecare, PayPal, Ticket Premium, Skrill (Moneybookers), Neteller and bank wire upon request. The deposit limits are reasonable, and most monies are immediately credited to the player’s account. Bitcoin is not currently a viable banking option.

Withdrawal options are a bit more limited. VISA, bank wire, Neteller and Skrill are the primary options. By reputation, Betclic processes withdraw requests withinn a reasonable amount of time. For information about withdrawal and deposit limits by banking option, players should visit the website or contact customer service. Proof of identification will likely be required before withdrawals are processed.

Customer Service

Aside from a well-designed FAQ section, customer service contact is restricted to email and phone. Customer service representatives are available during extended business hours. After running a test on a customer service representative, it seems safe to say the department seems efficient and fairly well trained.

Conclusion

France is a fairly new sports betting market. As such, Betclic has successfully built a loyal customer following from French sports bettors. It also looks like Italian sports bettors are joining in the fray. The website has its appeal, and it gives players access to most of the preferred betting markets. While the website is certainly worthy of a recommendation, it doesn’t offer players much in the way of extra value in the form of nice bonuses. Horse racing fans would certainly enjoy the website’s horse racing betting options, especially if they enjoy betting on sports as a alternate betting option.

 

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