GTBets Review 2018
GTbets is one of a small number of sportsbook/casino sites still open to North American customers. In fact, judging by the site's exclusive use of English and the US dollar, Canadians and Americans are their main targets. The site doesn't cover many exotic sports markets and incentivizes bets on major US sports. Though it is one of the newer sportsbook combo sites I've reviewed, I think you'd be hard-pressed to find many major complaints from customers.
How do I feel about the site? Let's start with some positive aspects that may have you considering opening an account:
If you're a sports bettor looking for an online book, and you happen to live in Canada or the US, you're short on options. Finding a site with casino games, a racebook, and a sportsbook that will do business with (most) US and Canadian customers is a big deal.
Betsoft is one of my favorite casino game designers. Their games look modern. They're slick, like video games, and they tend to have high replay value, either because they're darn good looking (in the case of table and casino games) or because they have interesting plots and high-quality effects (in the case of slots). But the quality isn't the only reason I endorse the casino at GT Bets – the site also has quantity to boast of, with hundreds of different casino games under one roof.
I may complain about the hefty fees for deposits and withdrawals, but it's worth pointing out that GT Bets has some of the kindest bonus terms I've seen in years. It's hard to quantify, since they use a points system instead of a traditional wagering requirement, but it takes less time and less "loyalty"' to earn them. It's not much of an improvement over standard online gambling promotions, but any amount of improvement is worth celebrating.
Most sides are limited to $1,000 or $2,000, an indication that GT Bets isn't for professional bettors, but recreational guys like me. For some bettors, this may be a negative thing – then again, GT Bets isn't set up for professional guys with big money. Go somewhere else with your fat bankroll.
Now for some negative aspects of the site that may have you thinking twice about joining:
I don't put a lot of faith in gaming licenses secured from Curacao. They've been in the business since the mid-90s, but that's not necessarily a good thing. What you're looking for in a licensing jurisdiction are rigorous standards and a tough application process, neither of which are part of the services of the Curacao Gaming Commission.
My main concern here is that if you had an issue with GT Bets , you'd have almost no recourse, since Curacao has no treaty with the US government that requires the sharing of information.
GT Bets is open to wagers from all over the world, including the difficult markets in North America, but if customers don't have access to a legitimate way to send and receive money, your services may as well be limited to gamblers living on Mars. Almost none of those withdrawal methods are available outside of Europe, and the same goes for the deposit methods, save for the addition of branded credit, debit, and gift cards. I'm also astounded at the fee structure in place for most deposit and withdrawal methods – I'm used to seeing low or non-existent fees at online sportsbooks and casinos. That's not the case at GT Bets.
All bonuses below require a rollover based on a point system found on their promotions page.
First-time depositors are eligible for a 100% deposit match worth up to $250. You must deposit at least $35 to trigger this bonus. All sign-up bonuses require a 5x point rollover.
All customers are eligible for a 5% deposit match bonus worth up to $50 on every deposit after their initial one. All reload bonuses require a 5x point rollover.
Refer a friend and earn 20% of their first qualifying deposit up to $250. Your friend's deposit must be at least $100. All referral bonuses require a 4x point rollover.
Racebook bettors can earn a rebate of up to 15% of their net monthly losses. Mobile wagers and wagers outside of the racebook don't count towards the rebate or the rollover.
The US dollar is the only currency accepted at GT Bets.
Here's a list of the site's available deposit methods:
- VISA / MasterCard deposits carry no fees. You can deposit as little as $35.
- Gift Cards deposits are also free. $35 - $1,000.
- Direct Cash is a proprietary payment service. $10 fee. $100 - $2,000.
- Skrill deposits carry no fee. $35 minimum. No US or Canadian players.
- Neteller deposits carry no fee. $25 minimum. No US or Canadian players.
Here are the methods used by GT Bets to pay withdrawals to customers:
- Bank Wire requires a $60 fee. $100 - $2,000.
- DirectCash is a proprietary payment service. $50 fee. $300-$600.
- Back2Card uses VISA or MasterCard products to process payouts. $15 fee. $50-$2,500.
- Skrill withdrawals require Skrill deposits. $50 fee. $50 - $2,000.
- Neteller withdrawals require Neteller deposits. $50 fee. $50 - $2,000.
Here is an overview of each of the gambling options available at GT Bets.
GT Bets is all about "sports, casino, and horses." At other combo sites, the sportsbook is the main attraction. That's really not the case at GT Bets – here, the casino has better features and (likely) more traffic. The sportsbook is almost an after-thought in a lot of ways. The word on GT Bets, in reviews by guys whose opinions I trust, is that the site's sportsbook really focuses on NFL football, to the detriment of other markets.
This list shows every sports market covered by GT Bets:
- American Football
- College Football
- Canadian League Football
- Auto Racing
This is a short list, especially in comparison to the big industry books that are focused on more of a global market. The variety of sports available for wagers is another indication that this site is aimed almost exclusively at people in the US and Canada.
Here's a breakdown of the various bets available at GT Bets' sportsbook:
- Straight wagers
- Round robins
- Point buys/sells
- Half Times
- 1st 5 innings
- If bets
- Live action
- Mobile bets
It's nice that the site advertises a long list of available betting styles, but if it lacks markets that appeal to people outside of the lower 48 states, it's always going to have limited appeal, "1st 5 innings" bets or not.
GT Bets breaks the "football site" mold a little when it comes to international soccer – most of the major leagues are represented, as well as some minor ones as far away as Oceania. But where football is clearly king is in the world of promotions – the site's "half-juice game of the week" runs only during NFL season and is exactly what the name implies. This promotion even works on the heavier-juiced live bets, making it an even better deal for those customers.
At some combo sites, the casino is an afterthought, with the sportsbook being the main focus. You could say that the situation is reversed at GT Bets. I think the Betsoft-designed casino is a much better feature than the site's sportsbook, especially if you're not all that interested in professional US and Canadian football.
GT Bets is home to 178 total Betsoft-design slot games, every one of which is compatible with the site's mobile casino platform. The majority of these slots are classified as "5-reel 3D" slots – these are the best known games in Betsoft's arsenal – titles like 2 Million BC and Good Girl, Bad Girl.
GT Bets and Betsoft also partnered to provide a ton of simplified "classic" slots with a single payline and easier rules. A variety of jackpot progressive slots are also available. The slot category is by far the largest category of games at the site.
You'll find a long list of titles under this heading. Here's the full list of games that GT Bets categorizes as "table games":
- Tri Card Poker
- Multihand Blackjack
- 21 Burn Blackjack
- BSG American Blackjack
- BSG Baccarat
- Pirate 21
- European Blackjack
- Single Deck Blackjack
- Super 7 Blackjack
- Caribbean Poker
- Caribbean Stud Poker
- BSG Craps
- Draw Hi Low
- Oasis Poker
- BSG Pai Gow
- Poker3 Heads Up Holdem
- Red Dog
- BSG Red Dog
- Ride'm Poker
- Pai Gow
- American Roulette
- BSG European Roulette
- Common Draw Roulette
- Zoom Roulette
- Triple Edge Poker
- Three Card Rummy
- Top Card Trumps
One feature of GT Bets game library that I appreciate is the lack of "VIP" or "Premium" versions of their table games clogging up the library. All these titles are either straightforward casino games or variants of the same. It's nice to see so many casino-style poker variants available alongside multiple Betsoft-designed mobile-compatible table game variants.
I'm a video poker fan, and I was thrilled to see the variety of games available at GT Bets. Here's the full list:
- All American
- Bonus Deuces
- Bonus Poker
- BSG Deuces Wild
- Deuces Wild
- Double Bonus
- Double Bonus Poker
- Deuces And Jokers
- Double Joker
- Five Draw Poker
- Jacks Or Better
- BSG Jacks or Better
- Joker Poker
- Jokers Wild
- Split Way Royal
- Tens or Better
GT Bets does a good job of covering the classic and new online versions of the game without creating a list of worthless variants only different in the colors used and the customizable options available.
This is typically where casinos gather their high-advantage games that don't really fit anywhere else. Check out the list of titles and you'll see that GT Bets does the same thing with its "Specialty Games" category:
- Instant Keno
- Klub Keno
- Krazy Keno
- Traditional Keno
- Virtual Racebook 3D
Five versions of keno, a traditionally long-odds game, alongside a virtual lotto scratch ticket and a virtual horse racing game is a really weird collection of titles. It's also a group of games best left to true fans, as almost all of these games involve wagers that give the house an obscene advantage.
You can contact GT Bets' customer support staff any of the following three ways:
- Phone: 1-800-509-4847 (toll-free)
- Email: [email protected]
- Live chat
English is the only language customer support at GT Bets is available in.
Gt Bets FAQ
No - the site forbids people who live in the following states from opening player accounts:
- New York
Rather than impose a weekly limit, GT Bets' terms and conditions look at it from a daily perspective. GT Bets says each player is limited to a maximum win of $100,000 per day.
All of the following betting styles are available for all sports covered by GT Bets' sportsbook:
- Half Times
- Money Lines
Live bets require increased juice (as much as -125) and a stricter range of betting limits: $500 sides and $250 totals.
If GT Bets added a poker room, a virtual bingo hall, and a more robust mobile service, they could really compete on the world stage. For now, the site isn't accurately described as "all-in-one," since it's really a glorified sportsbook and casino combo site. The bonuses are tempting, but a few other details (such as licensure from Curacao) make me not so sure about this service.
I remain neutral on GT Bets, but I'm reservedly optimistic. For my money, it doesn't have enough experience, and I'm not crazy about the limited deposit and withdrawal methods. Then again, US customers don't have much in the way of options for places to bet on sports and casino games. If you're an American with access to one of the few deposit and withdrawal methods at GT Bets, you should give it a second look.