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When a new ownership group took over Top Bet in 2011, they promised good things were in store for their customers and they have certainly delivered, making Top Bet one of the most highly regarded online sportsbooks in a very short time.
Top Bet had been part of the FutureBet/GameTech family prior to being bought by the new group and FutureTech didn't have the best reputation in the industry. The new owners quickly distanced themselves from the old group and brought in some well-respected people from within the online sports betting scene. Top Bet is handling payment processing completely different, which was one of the biggest problems with the previous owners. The company, which is licensed to operate by the government of Curacao, welcomes players from the United States and has a solid track record accepting credit card deposits.
- Better credit card acceptance rate than the industry average
- Free bets every week
- Special higher parlay card payouts
Signing-up with Top Bet is a relatively painless task that should only take a couple of minutes. You are allowed to choose your own username, provided it hasn't already been taken, and your own password, which is always a nice feature compared to having both provided for you. You can also call customer service if you run into any problems in the registration process.
Bonuses and Promotions:
Top Bet is above average in the bonus department, offering new accounts a 50% bonus up to $250 and requiring a modest five times rollover. Additional deposits earn a 10% bonus and carry just a three times rollover requirement. Top Bet offers weekly free bets, where you can wager $10 on a specified event and it won't cost you a dime if you're wrong, but you do get any winnings. There are also specials, such as a 30% bonus on Western Union QuickCash deposits made between Tuesday and Thursday and various other assorted offerings that pop up from time to time. You can also earn Comp Points for placing wagers and these can be converted into funds for your account.
Top Bet leases its software from GameTech, but takes care of updates and additions itself. The ease of navigating the site is one of the strong points of Top Bet, as players won't have any problems moving about the site. The bet confirmation process is a good one and bettors can even elect to have an e-mail confirmation of their wagers.
Top Bet gives bettors a solid choice of wagering choices, ranging from the major sports to international soccer and rugby. Top Bet does offer a fair amount of non-sport betting activities, such as entertainment bets. Top Bet's betting limits aren't the highest around, as NFL and college football wagers are capped at $2,000 and basketball limits are $1,000, which makes Top Bet more appealing to small to mid-sized players. The minimum online wager is just $5.
Top Bet's odds are pretty much straight forward, although they will occasionally be slanted towards the favorite, as most sportsbooks that cater to mid-range players tend to do. Top Bet offers a dime line in baseball, making it a good book for bettors who like to play underdogs considering the line is often tilted a few cents towards the favorite. Those who like to dabble in parlays will enjoy Top Bet's parlay challenge, where five-team parlays pay off at 23-to-1 odds, instead of 20-to-1, which you will find at many betting outlets.
Top Bet doesn't have the full-fledged live betting set-up that can be found at some sportsbooks, but does offer in-game betting on a number of match-ups. The in-game betting does require players to lay -120 on both sides, which losses a bit of the appeal, but it's still a good option for those bettors who like to hedge their wagers.
Top Bet provides an excellent online help section, but you can also reach customer support 24 hours a day if the need arises by phone or e-mail. Top Bet provides solid customer support, which was one of the primary goals of the new ownership group.
One of Top Bet's strengths is its banking procedure, which is among the best in the industry. Top Bet accepts American credit cards and has an acceptance rate of nearly 80%, which is almost twice as high as the industry average. If you are unable to use a credit card you can still fund your account through Western Union's QuickCash and should contact customer service prior to making any deposits for complete instructions. Top Bet will cover the fees on deposits of over $250.
Bettors are allowed one free check withdraw every 30 days and checks tend to arrive within 12 business days. Fees for subsequent withdraws will be determined by the amount requested. You will be required to fill out credit card authorization forms prior to making your first withdraw if that was the method in which you funded your account.
Top Bet has an excellent mobile betting platform that works on many of the popular mobile devices, such as Android, Blackberry, IOS phones and tablets. Top Bet is giving the mobile platform a big push and you can not only wager on sports, but also play several casino games. Computer users have a huge variety of games, including blackjack, video poker, craps, roulette and slot machines.
Top Bet is an excellent choice for mid-sized players and clearly state that they do not want professional players, as their rules state, "Professional players or players considered to be abusing the bonus system by any means may have bonuses revoked and be subject to further sanctions, at the discretion of Top Bet management."Bet Now