BetStars.uk is a UK-only sports book that’s powered by PokerStars, one of the largest and longest-established wagering portals on the web. PokerStars is owned by the Amaya Group, a Canadian-based company who became the largest publicly-listed online gaming company in the world when they bought PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker in August 2014 for $4.9 billion.

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Betstars Review

PokerStars is the biggest online poker room in the world – a position it has held without serious challenge since 2003, despite losing all US-based players in 2006 because of the passing of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in the USA.

BetStars.uk was launched in December, 2015.

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Promotions
BetStars.uk offers players a decent welcome – if you place an opening bet of £10 or more, then you receive two £10 bonus bets credited to your account! Make sure your opening bet has not been made via Neteller or Skrill, else you will not be eligible for a bonus.

To qualify for this bonus, all you need to do is place a single or multiple pre-event bet of £10 or more on any sport in any of the markets available at the site. Makes sure that your bet has single or cumulative odds of Evens (2.00) or greater. You will then receive a total of two bonus bets, each worth £10.

When you use your bonus bets, you must also make selections with odds that are less than Evens (2.00) else you will not be able to use your bonus bets money. Otherwise, you are free to use them in any way that you wish. Note that your stake is not refundable when you make your bonus bet – only your winnings will be returned to you. Free bets expire seven days after being credited them if not used.

You can use in-play betting to make your first bet if you wish to qualify for this award.

BetStars.uk likes to keep its punters happy, and offers a range of different sporting promotions aimed at doing just that. For example, at the site you can play the ‘Spin & Bet’ feature game. You will be given a selection of up-and-coming sporting events from which to choose. Pick your stake then click the ‘Spin & Bet’ button. You will receive enhanced odds on your chosen wager, if you are lucky.

Other regular promos at BetStars.uk include regular bonus bets on leading sports events if you agree to make certain wagers, but you can take insurance on your accumulators and receive money back as bonus bet money. You can even receive money back offers if you bet on football games and it finishes goalless.

BetStars.uk does offer a cash-out facility, if you choose to cash-in your winning bets before the event is over.

Betstars publish regular promotions which can be found at our latest offers section.

Markets covered
American Football
Aussie Rules
Badminton
Baseball
Basketball
Bowls
Boxing
Cricket
Darts
eSports
Floorball
Football
Futsal
Golf
Handball
Ice Hockey
Motor Racing
Rugby League
Rugby Union
Snooker
Speedway
Table Tennis
Tennis
Trotting
Volleyball
Water Polo
Site Design
BetStars.uk is not designed as your usual online sports book site. Usually such sites are a cluster of facts, figures and demands for you to part with your money. BetStars.uk takes a slightly more casual approach, with a minimalist menu, and a long list of options for you to scroll down. The main sports available via the menu are football, tennis and basketball. As of yet, BetStars.uk does not offer a horse racing market.

The upshot of this unflustered approach is that finding more oblique sporting events takes a little longer than at sites where everything is shoved in your face. In terms of aesthetics, this is a sacrifice that has been well worth it.

Cashier options
The site accepts all the usual suspects: Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, Skrill and Neteller. You can also use the virtual credit card Entropay, the eVoucher scheme Paysafecard (now incorporating Ukash) plus local bank transfers. These are all okay for deposits – for withdrawals you can only use Visa, Entropay, Neteller, PayPal, Skrill, direct bank transfers and personal cheques.

The minimum amount you can deposit is £20, which is also the minimum withdrawal. Most deposits are instant – the only one that isn’t is via a local bank transfer, which can take three to five days. Withdrawals take twenty-four hours (eWallets) or three to five days for credit cards or debit cards. Bank transfers and cheques take even longer.

Conclusion
It’s something of a surprise that PokerStars have entered the UK sports gambling market, as surely they make enough money via their poker portal. Still, sports wagering is certainly big business, so this is one slice of the gambling pizza that they cannot afford really to let pass by.

The simplistic nature of the site does take a little getting used to, but once you’ve found your way around once, navigating the menus becomes second nature. A decent stab at a sports betting site by an established gambling brand.

Pros and Cons

  • Lots of betting markets
  • In-play betting and cash out
  • Bonus Bets Available
  • Not as expansive as other sites