Reviewed By James Molloy
Bethard has been on the sports betting scene since 2012 and holds licenses with and Malta Gambling Authority. While progress was somewhat slow in its early years, Bethard has been gaining momentum in recent times. As well as its sports betting offering, there is also an online casino and fantasy sports offering available on the platform. Customers with Bethard in New Zealand are well served for their betting on sport.
|Good welcome offer||No live streaming|
|Wide range of betting markets|
|Very easy to use|
|Competitive odds across the board|
This Bethard sports review finds that new customers who reside in New Zealand can claim a 100% deposit bonus up to $50. The offer is subject to Bethard’s specific and general Terms & Conditions. The bonus is for the same value as the qualifying deposit. The minimum deposit is $20 and the bonus is valid for betting on sport. The total of the deposit and bonus must be wagered four times and the bonus expires after 60 days. Any qualifying bet must be placed at odds of 1.80 (4/5) or bigger. Any winnings from bets using the bonus do not include the stake. When you cash out a bet, it does not contribute to the wagering requirements. Paysafecard deposits do not count for the purposes of this welcome free bet offer.
The Bethard welcome bonus is complemented by welcome bonuses for casino and live casino players. At the time of writing, Bethard did not offer a package of loyalty promotions and free bets for existing customers. That situation could change and the operator may introduce sports and event specific promotions. Customers in New Zealand have the option to cash out bets. The site also features tournaments in fantasy football, basketball and a selection of other betting sports.
Existing customers could benefit from free bet offers with wagering requirements at some stage but at the time of the Bethard review the site did not promote any offers of this nature
There is a great range of different sports and markets available at Bethard. There are 18 different sports or niche betting types to check out. Everything from football to golf, tennis, esports, and political betting are all offered. In terms of the number of events supported, Bethard is up there with the best around. You will also get plenty of in-depth selections for the event. This means that you will have hundreds of markets for a leading football game.
The sports betting menu includes the four main professional sports in North America and the top leagues. So, customers located in New Zealand can bet on the NFL, MLB, NBA the NHL. The site also offers odds for mainly UK betting sports, such as rugby union, rugby league, cricket, darts and snooker. European handball, volleyball and basketball are also covered in some depth.
Our Bethard sports review shows that in addition to the regular sports, registered customers in New Zealand can place wagers on Politics, eSports and TV and Entertainment Specials. It is rare for a sports betting site to also offer Fantasy Sports so Bethard offer something different. The Today’s Event section lists the main betting action of the day across the pre-match platform and the most popular betting sports.
The sports betting experience at Bethard is enhanced by the following features for the benefit of customers located in New Zealand:
Football is by far the most popular betting sport with customers of Bethard located in New Zealand. The operator offers odds from about 50 countries and over 200 leagues and competitions. The English Premier League generates most bets and turnover. Bethard displays the match result outcome for each fixture and a link to about 180 related betting market options under the following headings: Main, Goals, Halves, Corners, Specialism, Cards, Period and Players.
Bettors can back outcomes in ante post markets across the main domestic leagues in Europe and South America, the Champions League, World Cup and continental international tournaments.
Please note that Bethard betting site does not feature a horse racing betting service despite there being a number of tracks in New Zealand and the country staging major races. The major UK-facing operators cover racing and some North American operators feature a Racebook. This sport could be introduced to the Bethard New Zealand site in the future.
Live sports betting events are displayed in the following sections: Overview, Event view and live schedule. The most popular in-play betting sports are football, tennis and basketball. There is an animation of the progress of play for each live event. Bethard takes down the odds after a key event that has a significant bearing on the betting. These incidents include a goal, sending off or penalty in football and break of serve or end of set in tennis. The updated odds appear after a short delay so live betting can continue with the option to cash out bets.
Customers in New Zealand do not have access to live streaming of any betting events but this could change in the future but there would probably be a qualifying bet. A graphical representation of the action and live match data helps live bettors make their selections and place bets. For a live football match, ‘Attacks’ and ‘Dangerous Attacks’ figures provide clues to how a match is progressing. Possession statistics can help to make up for no live pictures.
We were delighted that we could sign up for a new account with Bethard in just a few minutes. We simply entered our personal info, such as full name, date of birth, and address, before setting the account details and confirming agreement to the terms and conditions.
While you do not need to verify your account until you are ready to make your first withdrawal, we prefer to complete this step during the registration process. All you have to do is to provide a copy of some photo ID, as well as proof of address and you will be good to go. If a sportsbook did not ask you to complete this step, we would be concerned. You are now ready to complete your Bethard login and start placing bets.
Customers in New Zealand can deposit and withdraw funds in New Zealand dollars. The payment methods include Bank Transfer, e-Wallets, safe prepaid cards and major debit and credit cards. Deposits are immediate and there are no service charges. Withdrawals are subject to standard delays linked to each method and some providers may impose a fee.
The Bethard desktop computer site and mobile version provide an excellent sports betting service and casino and live casino games. The range of sports and leagues is arranged clearly in pre-match and live betting lobbies. The website can be viewed on mobile devices when the browser is correctly optimised. Overall, customers in New Zealand have their sports betting needs well served by Bethard. The service is enhanced by a Fantasy Sports service which complements sports betting on the site. Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) are akin to sports betting and Bethard embraces the concept.
Mobile users in New Zealand can not download the Bethard app to iPhone and Android devices but it is very likely to happen in the near future.
This table shows the Bethard odds margins for the main markets with the three most popular betting sports:
|Football||Match winner 3-way||103.54 %|
|Tennis||Match winner 2-way||111.38 %|
|Basketball||Match winner 2-way including Overtime||104.46 %|
The football and basketball odds offer outstanding value but the tennis margins are well above the average for other books serving the New Zealand market. The default Bethard odds format is American but this can be changed to fractional and decimal but no Asian formats, such as Hong Kong, Indonesian and Malay.
One of the minor negatives with Bethard is the limited range of contact methods. Customers can get in touch with support staff by email and Live Chat. However, the office is open 24 hours a day on every day of the week. Betting Rules cover most potential issues and customer support response times are acceptable with no major complaints in evidence. One minor flaw is the absence of a Bethard contact number.
The absence of a VIP or loyalty free bet programme and ongoing promotions is offset by the excellent value in the football and basketball odds. Bethard invests in cutting margins rather than presenting a portfolio of offers which some customers may not appreciate.
Responsible Gaming is one of the categories on the foot of each page. Customers with potential problems are advised to set limits, manage play and have control. The Bethard site displays banner links to bodies that offer support in New Zealand. Bethard has measures in place that comply with the standards for responsible gaming set and monitored by the Malta Gaming Authority. The company encourages customers to enjoy gambling within their budget and financial means.
The support options could be increased to include a Bethard contact number and there are no loyalty offers. However, these negatives must be put besides the extensive range of sports, leagues and markets. There is betting on pre-match and live platforms, using desktop computers and mobile devices. The football and basketball odds margins offer outstanding value. Bethard provides a good all-round sports betting service. The site is an excellent place to bet on sport if you live in New Zealand.
The minimum withdrawal amount with Bethard is $30.
Bethard offers an excellent range of sports, leagues and markets across pre-match, in-play and ante post betting.
Bethard has developed a safe and secure betting environment.
Withdrawals are subject to standard delays of 1 to 6 business days.
Bethard is licensed and regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority.
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