Top highlights: Abundant sports betting to enjoy on both desktop and mobile; close ties with the poker and casino opportunities on PokerStars
VIP or loyalty programme: Yes
Other offerings: Poker, casino
BetStars is a relatively recent entry to the sports betting world, having arrived in early 2016. However, the company behind it certainly isn't new; it's PokerStars, the globally renowned poker site that has been licensed as an online gambling portal since way back in 2001
PokerStars has doubtless poured much of its online gambling expertise into BetStars, and it really shows; BetStars is already a very promising and accomplished-looking product. However, we still decided to comprehensively review it to verify for sure.
Considering that BetStars is relatively little-established sports betting site, it already offers an impressive breadth of promotions. You can see details of some of them on the homepage; however, an ‘All’ link can send you to the full choice
When we checked this choice, we saw that the horse racing opportunities seemed to have the most promotions available. However, the range catered for fans of football, golf and rugby as well, while there were other, more general promotions for everyone else.
Although you wouldn't have to look too far among online sports bookies to find one with a broader selection of betting types and markets than BetStars, many mainstream sports are still covered by the site. They include..
If you have used PokerStars’ services so extensively that you have grown familiar with the apps that it offers for both poker and casino fans, you probably won't be surprised to see that there is a pretty full-featured BetStars sports betting app as well
You can download it onto either an iOS or Android device, though we are especially taken with the iOS version due to its support for Touch ID, the fingerprint-sensing technology that Apple has placed in iPhones and iPads for years; it makes logging in especially quick
Like the main site, the mobile app lets you make in-play bets - although, right now, the live streaming options are pretty limited. Currently, BetStars uses just two streaming providers, ‘Racing UK’ and ‘At The Races’ - and only via the desktop site.
The BetStars website both looks and runs slickly, even as it forgoes a standard design for sports betting sites. For example, several of the available sports are listed horizontally; to see the rest, you have to click ‘A-Z’ at the far right of the navigation panel
The sportsbook software is integrated nicely into the site's distinctive black-and-white design, while BetStars also offers downloadable software for both Windows and Mac.
If you are already a member of PokerStars, then you won't need to sign up a whole new account to start enjoying BetStars as well. This is because you will already have a Stars Account, as it is officially known, and you can use the same login details for BetStars
This system certainly helps to unify the PokerStars and BetStars brands - and if you fancy taking a break from sports betting to sample the poker and casino games offered by PokerStars, leaping to them is a breeze.
Although BetStars does have a VIP program, it is not extensively detailed on the site itself. Even the criteria for becoming a VIP player are not specifically defined on the site
However, BetStars has cited various factors that influence whether you will be handed what is officially called a BetStars VIP Status. These factors include the amount and frequency of your betting and the period of time for which you have had your Stars Account
BetStars says that it regularly reviews all accounts – and if you are indeed handed VIP Status, you will be notified of this by email.
As we have already mentioned, you can also readily enjoy poker and casino games if you are a BetStars member. Nonetheless, they are not available on BetStars itself, but instead on PokerStars, which you can easily access using your BetStars account details
Given the amazing reputation that PokerStars has for its poker offerings, you shouldn't be disappointed; you can even take part in a live PokerStars championship with other players
Meanwhile, the games in the PokerStars casino section include - not too surprisingly - Starburst and Aloha! Cluster Pays, as well as live casino games if you like the idea of playing and chatting with an actual, human dealer as you play.
The range of available deposit methods with BetStars definitely impresses
|Payment Method||Fee||Processing Time||Minimum Deposit|
|Visa Debit Card||None||Instant||£10|
|MasterCard Debit Card||None||Instant||£10|
|Maestro Debit Card||None||-||£10|
|PokerStars Top Up||None||Instant||£10|
|Skrill Rapid Transfer||None||Instant||£10|
|Mobile Phone (via O2, Three, EE, Orange or T-Mobile)||None||-||£10|
*Current as of March 2018; please check BetStars’ website for updates
Seeking to withdraw from an account? You can select a method from this range:
|Withdrawal Method||Fee||Processing Time||Minimum Withdrawal|
|Visa Debit Card||None||3-5 business days||£10|
|PayPal||None||3-5 business days||£10|
|Entropay||None||1-2 business days||£10|
|Skrill||None||1-2 business days||£10|
|Neteller||None||1-2 business days||£10|
*Current as of March 2018; please check BetStars’ website for updates
If you want to contact BetStars in the event of struggling with the site, getting in touch is a convoluted process which, from the site's Help Centre, starts with clicking ‘Help & Support’, hitting ‘Contact Us’ and clicking a provided link to a contact support form
BetStars claims that it can reply to queries at any time of the day or week. However, it also implies that if you attempt to reach it through the live chat facility, an operator might not always be available. Using the contact form might, therefore, be the most reliable option
BetStars does, however, provide support in a good variety of languages. These include English, French, German, Italian, Czech, Danish, Estonian, Spanish, Dutch, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slovakian, Romanian, Swedish, Greek, Russian, Japanese and Chinese.
Countries in which BetStars can be used for betting on various sports include
The BetStars owner and operator, Stars Interactive Limited, is based on the Isle of Man and subject to licensing and regulation by the UK-based Gambling Commission.
BetStars has hit the ground running, doubtless helped along by its prestigious parent, PokerStars. If you want to try a new sports bookies site that nonetheless firmly hits the spot, you are unlikely to be disheartened by giving BetStars a try.
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