Reviewed By James Molloy
Slightly dodgy name aside, Guts Sports has been around since 2014, and their online casino operation has been around longer than that.
They’re known for offering a super clean and simple take on sports betting, and they reckon they have enough going on to lure you away from the other leading sports betting sites.
Does Guts Sports have what it takes to earn the time of the average Kiwi punter? Let’s lift the hood and see what Guts Sports has to offer.
As always, we’re on the hunt for a sweet welcome bonus, and Guts Sports has come up with the goods. They’ll match you 100% up to $100 on your first deposit, with a minimumdeposit of just $10.
So if you deposit$10, Guts Sports will give you a $10 bonus. If you deposit $50, you’ll get anextra $50. If you make the maximum qualifying deposit of $100, they send anextra $100 your way. You get the picture.
As always in this world, there are a few little bits of small print so that you don’t just run away with your free money. We’ve done you the courtesy of going through all of the small print, and here is the gist of it:
● The welcome bonus is for new Kiwi players only.
● The minimum deposit to qualify for the free bonus is $10.
● The maximum deposit to qualify for the free bonus is $100.
● You’ll need to wager the deposit and bonus six times on odds of $2.00 or more before you can withdraw your cash.
● Those wagering requirements have to be fulfilled within 30 days of getting the bonus, or the bonus will expire.
● If you are depositing via Skrill, Neteller, or Paysafe, you will not qualify for the welcome offer.
You’ll get the free bonus when you go to make your first deposit. When you go to make your deposit, you’ll actually see you have two options for what bonus you want to receive. Guts Sports also has an online casino, so the other offer is for that. Assuming you want to receive the sports betting bonus, click on Sports Welcome Bonus in the deposit box.
There are six grey boxes, with the minimum deposit being $20. They are being a bit cheeky here; just type in $10 if that’s the minimum you want to deposit.
Finally, be aware you’ll only get that particular deal if you click our BET NOW link at the top of the page.
This will be a short section — Guts Sports doesn’t appear to offer any ongoing promotions for Kiwi punters. There are some promos that happen on the casino side of their site, but nothing on the sports side.
This is obviously a little bit disappointing, as other, more established betting sites can have a metric ton of promos to keep you interested. However, if you’re satisfied with the welcome bonus, which is pretty generous, you won’t have too much to complain about here.
Guts Sports probably doesn’t have the world’s biggest selection of sports (some sites even let you bet on politics), but still, all the Kiwi favourites are here. If you’re looking for something a bit more exotic, there is plenty of that too:
Guts Sports has a pretty impressive range of betting features to keep Kiwi punters happy, as well as staying competitive with other major sports betting sites.
While most sports betting sites will contract out another company to power their sportsbooks, Guts’ sports section is powered by Guts' own proprietary betting platform, iGamingCloud. There is plenty of detail to dig into, especially with major sports and leagues, and there are some sweet live gameplay graphics as well.
We watched a game of tennis being played live in Miami and found heaps to tinker with. There was a full graphic of the court,showing who was serving, where the ball went, and all sorts of fun stuff. To the right of that graphic, you could see how many aces there were, first serves won, double faults, etc. It really helps you get a picture for the trends in the game to give you a better idea of where a good bet might be.
There also happened to be a Blackcaps cricket game playing at the time, but we found there was nowhere as much detail as the tennis game we mentioned. You could only really bet head-to-head, and there weren’t any of the supporting graphics from before. We guess it would be fair to say that you won’t get all of those details and cool graphics in the smaller leagues and sports.
For fans of the track, Guts Sports might not be for you, as there wasn’t any option for betting on horses or greyhounds at all, not even for American or UK tracks. If that’s what you’re here for, have a look around our site, as there are plenty of other sports betting sites that do a great job of catering for race fans.
The betslip is simple and easy to see, right down the bottom right of the screen. Some sports betting sites are really busy and make the betslip hard to find, so this was pleasing to see. If the betslip disappears from the screen, you can just expand the purple tab on the bottom right of the page.
The betslip is split into three sections,singles, combos, and system bets. From within the betslip you can also accept any changes to the odds or only accept higher odds.
Guts Sports do allow cash outs available on selected bets — you’ll see whether you can cash out by looking at your betslip.
As we touched on in the previous section, in-play betting is great, especially for the bigger sports and leagues. You can watch the progress of a game live as it happens, see the stats update with the gameplay, and you can make your bets according to what you see.
Because Guts Sports is an independent sports betting site, they don’t really have the cash to splash on live streaming video of sports matches. To be honest, not many sports betting sites do this anyway, so it’s no great loss.
Given the in-play betting and the graphical touches, Guts Sports still makes for a great companion while you watch the actual game on the telly.
Signing up for a sports betting site that isn’t the TAB isn’t an everyday thing for Kiwi punters, so we understand if you have some questions about it. While every sports betting site we review is legit and legal in NZ, we want to make sure you know what the registration process looks like before you sign up.
We went ahead and registered with Guts Sports to show you what it all looks like.
● Click on Bet Now, which is on our offer at the top of the screen.
● You’ll be sent to Guts Sports website — click on Claim Here.
● A new signup page will come up —enter your email address, username, password and phone number. Click Continue.
● Enter your address. Click Continue.
● Enter your name, gender, and date of birth. Click Continue.
● Accept the terms and conditions and whether you want to receive promotional material. Click Register.
● Click on Deposit on the top right, and claim your bonus.
● Have a crack at whatever sport you please!
The whole registration process at Guts Sports should only take you a few minutes, and everything you enter is purely for your security. They don’t give any information away to anyone else; it’s just for their records so that you can prove it’s you when you go to withdraw your winnings.
Speaking of which, when you do go to cash out, Guts Sports will ask you to provide some photo ID to prove your identity. For this reason, make sure that all of the info you enter in the registration process is completely accurate. You don’t want to be caught out because of a typo. Again, this is all part of the security needed to adhere to New Zealand gambling laws, and we’d probably be shocked if they didn’t ask for all of the information they do.
Having a minimum deposit of $10 is handy,firstly because it’s not too much coin to dip your toes in the water, but secondly, because that also qualifies you for the welcome bonus. Some sports betting sites will have a minimum deposit that doesn’t qualify you for the welcome bonus, which can get confusing.
When you do go to deposit, there are six grey boxes, with the minimum deposit being $20. They are being cheeky here, so justtype in $10 if that’s the minimum you want to deposit.
If you are depositing via Skrill, Neteller, or Paysafe, you will not qualify for the welcome offer, so best to stick to Visa, Mastercard, or ecoPayz if that’s what you’re here for.
Again, please remember that when you go to cash out, Guts Sports will ask for some photo ID to make sure it’s actually you that’s withdrawing your money. This is very normal and part of their responsibilities as a responsible sports betting agency.
Despite the fact that Guts Sports also has a casino, live casino, and poker section, the site is remarkably clean,stylish, and easy to get around. A lot of other sports betting sites seem to bethrown together, and things can be hard to find, but that’s definitely not the case at Guts Sports.
At the top of the screen, you can pick from their casino, live casino, sports, poker, or promotions section (the promotions section is just for their casino stuff).
To the right of that, you can check on your rewards (more on that later), search for something, check your account, or make a deposit.
Once you click on the sports section, you can search, check out live games, or browse all of the sports on offer.Everything is well laid out and easy to navigate.
Guts Sports' mobile website is also very well optimised — it looks a tiny bit different to the desktop site, but that’sonly to accommodate everything on a smaller screen. Guts Sports is just as enjoyable and easy to use from a mobile device as it is from a computer.
Overall, we give Guts Sports top marks for their website; it’s one of the best in the business in terms of clarity and finding your way around.
There is no official mobile betting app for Guts Sports that is available to Kiwis, or at least that we could find. We don’t really see this as a major loss, though, as the mobile site is quick, snappy, and easy to get around. Sometimes there is no point in an app taking up more storage space on your mobile device if the mobile website works just as well.
Guts Sports are pretty on the ball with their odds offerings — we were watching a cricket game where it was clear the public sentiment was shifting because the odds changed quite a few times in about ten minutes.
Comparing Guts Sports to other sites, we found that the odds were very fair and comparable. Odds are in a decimal format, which is basically the same as Kiwis are used to with the dollar payout format.
Guts Sports is based in Malta, which is obviously on the other side of the world from New Zealand. For this reason, it’s pretty critical that you can actually get hold of a human being if you come into some strife. Thankfully, the customer support team at Guts Sports does not sleep, and they have 24/7 live chat support available.
When we contacted them with a problem, they responded within about 15 seconds, which might be anew record. They were also super friendly, perhaps the most friendly support we’ve experienced.
Finding help is also super quick and easy — not hidden behind menus like some other sports betting sites. If you need a hand, just click on the question mark at the bottom right of the screen. From there, there is a massive FAQ section, email support, phone support, and that live chat mentioned earlier.
Okay, things get a little unclear here — at the top right of the screen on Guts Sports, you can click on “Rewards”, but there isn’t much there to see. You can click through to see the rewards on offer, but that’s just stuff for their casino operation.
So if you’re looking for a VIP programme to knock your socks off, Guts Sports probably isn’t the place to go. We imagine Guts Sports rate their offerings well enough that they don’t need a VIP programme.
That of course, is up for you to decide!
Sporting betting is a hell of a lot of fun, but that’s all it should be. If you’re beginning to think you might have a problem with your gambling, you should absolutely seek some help. Thankfully, Guts Sports is a responsible sports betting agency, and they have a ton of tools on hand to help if you need it.
Guts Sports has a range of responsible gambling tools like time-outs, deposit limits, a self-assessment test, and complete self-exclusion.
Again, if you’re thinking your gambling is getting out of hand, you should definitely take a look at the tools on offer.
If we could use just one word to describe Guts Sports, it’d be “solid”. It’s not the most feature-packed sports betting site, but it has everything to get the job done, it’s a dream to spend time on, and the support is absolutely top-notch. Oh, and that cheeky 100% welcome bonus doesn’t go astray either.
If you’re looking for a new sports betting site to mix things up, you should definitely give Guts Sports a crack.
Yes, the minimum withdrawal for Guts Sports is NZ$10.
The sports coverage on Guts Sports is very good for Kiwis. They have all of the major sports New Zealanders love to bet on.
Yes, Guts Sports allows New Zealanders to pay in NZ dollars.
No, Guts Sports does not have a dedicated mobile betting app. However, their mobile website is very fast and functional.
Yes, it’s very safe to play at Guts Sports. Guts Sports is licensed with the Malta Gambling Authority and follows New Zealand Gambling Commission guidelines.
We found withdrawals took about 1 to 3 days for Kiwi players at Guts Sports.
Yes, Guts Sports is licensed with the Malta Gambling Authority and follows NZ Gambling Commission guidelines.
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