Part of the Star Racing stable, Star Sports is a multifaceted site that offers casino action alongside a full roster of sports bets. Now licensed by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), this operator is starting to make a name for itself in the racing arena. Thanks to a combination of competitive odds and data tracking features, this is one of the best places to speculate on the top races in the UK and Europe. For more one Star Sports and how it’s taking the racing world by storm, check out our review below…
Those who like to bet via a mobile app are going to be disappointed. Despite taking the time to build a solid desktop site, the team hasn’t created a native app for iOS or Android devices yet. Fortunately, as you’ll see when check out the section below, Star Sports is a simple site. That means you shouldn’t have any problems playing the odds via your mobile.
From an aesthetic perspective, Star Sports is certainly one of the most basic looking platforms we’ve seen. Although there are some promo banners and few dashes of colour here and there, the overriding vibe is simplicity. For some, the refined look may not get the juices flowing. Indeed, in some respects, the site looks a little “serious”. However, we feel this is why seasoned punters will appreciate Star Sports. Because you aren’t bombarded with fancy graphics or unnecessary features, it’s a lot easier to navigate the site. In essence, this no frills approach is perfect for those that like to get in, find the best odds and get out.
Because Star Sports is part of the Star Racing network, the site’s horse racing odds are some of the best around. In fact, because the odds makers cast their nets as far as possible, you’ll be able to find competitive prices on the top races from the UK and beyond. Outside of racing, Star Sports aims to stay in line with the biggest brands when it comes to pre-event and in-play odds. If there’s one thing missing, it’s enhanced odds. Although you can find them, they’re fleeting and not as extensive or regular as they are at other online sportsbooks.
Although there are 25 sports to choose from, the emphasis is clearly on horse racing. What’s great about this is that there are plenty of unique ways to place a bet. For example, if you use the “build a race card” feature, you can view the odds for the races you want to see. In practice, this makes it easier to place multiway bets because you don’t have to wade through any unnecessary information.
Additionally, when you build a race card, the site will not only tell you the relevant prices but give you additional information such as a jockey’s weight and the price history. The latter is extremely useful as the mini-graphs allow you to see how the odds have moved in the last few days. That, for us, is impressive and shows the commitment Star Sports has to offering the best racing service possible.
Away from its horse racing section, the in-play lobby is where other sports shine. As we’ve said, there are pre-event prices for 25 different sports. However, because you can’t make live wagers on horse races, everything else has a chance to thrive inside this section of the site. Placing a bet is a one-touch affair and the odds makers ensure you have access to range of wagers, including outrights, correct scores, over/under, Asian handicaps and more.
While that’s all well and good, the main reason we liked the in-play lobby was the additional information you get. Much like the horse racing data you can access, this part of the site gives you insights into the action as it happens. In the first instance, coloured boxes show you whether the odds have come in or drifted out. Beyond that, in-play stats such as possession percentages, significant events and time data are all available. In short, if you’re looking to make a live bet, StarSports gives you all the information you need to make an informed choice.
If there’s one area where Star Sports falls down, it’s promotions. During our review, we were unable to find a dedicated promo page. We did find a free bet offer inside the Star Sports blog. However, this was nothing more than a one-off for a specific match. Hosting one-time deals seems to be the standard MO for Star Sports which, in our opinion, isn’t good enough.
Cards on the table: there aren’t many payment options at Star Sports. However, the three methods that are available (Visa, MasterCard and Maestro) are well-known, efficient and secure. In every other way, StarSports is fairly standard. Withdrawals will take between two and five days to complete and all funds are stored in secure, segregated bank accounts. When it comes to help and support, you can contact the team 24/7 via email, phone or live chat.
Is Star Sports the best online sportsbook in the world? Probably not. Aside from a few holes in its game with regards to payment options and promotions. However, the counter to this is that it’s racing-heavy. Basically, if you’re a fan of horse racing, this is the place to go. Thanks to its easy-to-use interface and powerful data tracking features, you can extract a lot of value from this site if you know what you’re doing. So, even though Star Sports could improve in some areas, it is a great place to go if you enjoy horse racing.
|easy-to-use interface||a lack of promotions|
|powerful data tracking features||could be more odds on other sports|
|nice focus on horse racing|
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