Reviewed By James Molloy
If you're looking for a sports betting site packed with bonuses and promotions, a massive range of sports and markets and a whole lot more, then Hopa Sports might be what you're looking for. Better yet, the site is optimised for mobile, so you can place your bets no matter where you are. Keep reading for a more in-depth look at what this top sports betting site has to offer.
New UK customers at Hopa Sports can receive a matched £10 free bet. Simply sign up via the link at the top of this review, deposit, place your first bet and receive your free bet. Of course, there are some terms and conditions.
There are other conditions which everyone should double check during the registration process. We've listed the main ones above though.
Different betting sites have different preferences when it comes to free bets. Some credit customers with free bet tokens while others prefer to use bonus funds. Hopa Sports falls into the former category. The welcome offer is a £10 free bet token. The site looks after returning customers too though. Be sure to opt in to bonus emails for the latest free bets straight to your inbox.
Some sports betting sites require a bonus code in order to avail of their welcome bonus. That isn’t the case with Hopa Sports though. All you have to do to be eligible for the £10 free bet welcome offer is to sign up via Gambling.com. If things change and bonus codes are introduced for the Hopa Sports signup offer, you'll find the details right here.
[H3] Other Hopa Sportsbook Bonuses
Aside from the welcome free bet, Hopa Sports offers its players a range of ongoing sports promotions. These are often in the form of 'Battles' or leaderboard promotions. Placing bets on specific events – there's an ongoing Premier League Match Day Battle and a European Cups one too – will earn points depending on the outcome and odds of your bets. Top the leaderboard or win the battle and you can pocket your share of the thousands of pounds on offer.
Another attractive sportsbook bonus at Hopa Sports is the Hopaboost. Place an accumulator with a minimum of four selections at odds of ½ (1.50) and receive a bonus on top of your winnings. Four selections gets a 4% bonus, five selections gets 6%, all the way up to 15 selections and a 77% extra winnings bonus. Unlike some promotions at other sports betting sites, the maximum Hopaboost is almost £10,000, which is huge.
Hopa Sports is a brand not everyone will be familiar with, but they really should be. Launched in 2005, Hopa offers a well rounded package for an online betting site – with an excellent sportsbook offering sitting alongside a casino and live casino.
The sportsbook at Hopa is powered by SBtech, which is the award-winning platform used by many other top sports betting sites. Hopa isn't just known for their excellent betting site though. They really aim to look after their customers and do that in part by running continuous sports betting promotions. As a sports betting site regulated by the UK Gambling Commission, player safety is
Sports and Markets Available at Hopa
As with most top betting sites, the most popular sports are listed at the top of the list along the left side of the homepage. The most popular ones are:
Thereafter, sports are listed A-Z:
By clicking on any sport, you'll see the various competitions which have betting available. Choose a competition to see the events in it and then select an event to see the full range of betting markets on offer. It's a very comprehensive list of sports, with nothing major standing out as being missing. Betting markets are plentiful too. Of course, the bigger the event, the more markets there will be, but Premier League Games, for example, will have upwards of 300 markets to choose from.
Specials betting is available too, which is good to see. Music, politics and sports novelty markets like BBC Sports Personality of the Year are all available. These markets will change based on what's in the news at the time, so it's worth keeping an eye on.
The first thing we noticed at Hopa Sports was their BetAssistant. This is an automated widget which shows some of the more popular events at the time. Bets are split into in-play, starting soon and personalised suggestions based on your preferences. The current odds for the recommended suggestions are listed there too, so a bet can be placed straight from it.
The process for placing a bet via BetAssistant is the same as any other bet at Hopa Sports. Click on the odds for your selection and it will be added to the betslip. If each way is available, there will be a box to tick. It's just a case of entering a stake and placing the bet. For multiple or system bets, add more than one selection to the betslip to see all the betting options.
The betslip is also where cash out is accessed. The My Bets tab will show all open bets. If cash out is available, the current cash out value will be there and in a couple of clicks, you can take the offer. This is something which is becoming increasingly common at top sports betting sites, so it's good to see it at Hopa as an option.
The horse racing pages on site are a little bare. There are no silks or form displayed, just the race conditions and the odds with the jockeys and trainers displayed. Functionally, it's fine, but the addition of form would be a nice touch, while silks would make it more visually appealing.
As soon as you land on the live betting homepage at Hopa Sports, you're met with a wall of odds. The most popular events in play at the time are shown. Along the left hand side, specific sports can be selected and there's an 'Upcoming' section which shows the events which will be starting shortly.
The range of in-play markets is staggering. The number of markets available on an event is listed beside the odds. To view a particular event, either click on that number or the event name. Once in an event, live stats and visualiser will show how the event is going. In football matches, this is identified as teams in possession or having dangerous attacks. For tennis betting, a virtual court shows points in progress and the winner of each point as it happens.
The in-play graphics are provided by Statscore, who offer their services to many other betting sites and are known for their high quality stats.
Hopa Sports does not offer live streaming at the time of review. We hope this is something which changes at some point, as nothing quite beats watching the action after you've had a bet. For now, they offer an in-depth live betting section which provides up to the minute stats.
Opening your new Hopa Sports account is as easy as can be and takes just a moment. Once you've gone to the site via this review, either click on the offer on site or the 'Join' button on the page. A sleek registration page will appear, where one piece of information is added at a time before moving on to the next.
First enter your email address. Then choose a password and provide your mobile number, pick a username, enter your address and you're done. The final step is to confirm that you agree to the site's terms and conditions, you're 18+ and whether or not you wish to receive bonuses and offers via email. Once submitted, you'll receive an email to activate your account. Simply click on the link in the mail and your account is open immediately. A payment method can be added and you're ready to place your first bet.
As a licensed sports betting site, Hopa Sports is obliged to request verification documents from new customers. This is usually done prior to making a withdrawal for the first time. It's perfectly normal and is a good sign that the operator is adhering to their licensing requirements. The process is made easier by uploading documents via the tool on Hopa's website, which gets the documents straight to them.
Depositing and withdrawing to and from your Hopa Sports account can be done via five methods. Visa, Mastercard, Skrill, Neteller and Paysafecard. For standard security reasons, withdrawals must be processed to the same method which was used to deposit, and this payment method must be in your name.
Paysafecard, of course, can't accept withdrawals, so anyone using this method to deposit will need an alternative. Withdrawing to Skrill or Neteller may take up to two working days, while card withdrawals can take up to six working days in some instances. From our experience though, these timeframes are a worst case scenario and typically take around half that time.
The minimum deposit amount at Hopa Sports is £10, as is the minimum withdrawals. Maximum amounts will vary depending on account status and the payment method being used.
There isn't a whole lot to the layout of the Hopa Sports site, and that's a very good thing in our opinion. The site is very straightforward to use regardless of your experience level with online sports betting. Sports are listed along the left hand side of the page and getting to the event you want is easy. There is a search bar in the top left of the page, but we don't think many people will need this due to the user-friendly layout of the site.
The My Account section is packed with information including an in-depth account history where previous transactions can be viewed. Despite all of this and the massive amount of sports, events and markets on offer, the site is super fast. Moving from one page to another has nothing in terms of loading time and everything down to price changes on in-play events has no impact on the site's performance. It's very impressive.
Hopa Sports is available on mobile by using your device's browser. At present, there is no iOS or Android app for sports betting, though they do have one for casino and live casino, so it may be in the pipeline.
Much like the desktop experience, betting on mobile at Hopa Sports is quick and easy. The mobile site has the same huge range of betting options as desktop and the same general feel and layout. There are no additional features on mobile, so it really is just a matter of convenience. More and more sports betting sites are focusing on mobile, so it's no surprise to see a name like Hopa have such an accomplished mobile betting site.
We compared the Hopa Sports odds to various other betting sites on a number of events. We were pleased to see that the prices were competitive throughout. By using the Hopaboost bonus, winning accumulators can have even more value.
The default odds format on site is decimal. Most in the UK prefer to use fractional odds. This can be changed in the top right of the site. American odds are an option here too.
The Hopa Sports customer support team is online every day from 7am until 11pm. As they say on site, "Customers Are Really Everything". Their support team is friendly, professional and most of all, helpful. A live chat session can be launched by clicking on 'Help' at the top of their website. Or you can email your query via the form on site.
It's possible you won’t need to get in touch with customer support at all though. The site has a comprehensive FAQ section, which contains information on the most common queries, such as bonuses, payment methods, sports rules and account security.
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Hopa does run a VIP programme, called the Exclusive Club, but it is aimed at Casino players. It's very likely players who meet specific criteria will be rewarded with exclusive free bet offers and perks like cashback offers and an account manager, but there are no details available on this.
Hopa is very clearly committed to responsible gaming. Once you access this part of their site via the footer on site, you're immediately met with a self assessment to help identify a responsible gaming issue. There are also links to third party organisations who can help, such as Gamblers Anonymous and Gambling Therapy.
A host of responsible gaming tools are available within the My Account section. These include deposit limits, loss limits, cool off period, reality checks and self exclusion. Information on each of these features can be found in the responsible gaming section of Hopa's site. For any further information, they encourage their players to contact their helpful customer support team.
When deciding on what sports betting site to use, it's sometimes a case of weighing up the pros and cons. There are some small changes which would make Hopa Sports better, like the addition of horse racing form and a mobile sports betting app. As it is though, the positives are far greater than the negatives. Hopa Sports offers everything you might want from a sports betting site. There are plenty of events and markets to choose from, with as many promotions and bonuses as you will find anywhere.
The minimum withdrawal from Hopa Sports is £10. This is a nice, low amount which will appeal to everyone. The maximum amount will vary from one account to the next, depending on the status of the account and the payment method being used.
Hopa Sports offers all major sports like football and tennis as well as niche sports like futsal and table tennis. There can be hundreds of betting markets on any event, depending on how big it is. There's even specials betting, with markets on things like the next president of the United States.
Hopa, as a brand, does have a mobile app for its casino and live casino offering, but not at present for sports betting. Perhaps this is something which will change in time. Even without an app, the site is optimised for mobile when accessed via a browser.
Yes, it is safe to play at Hopa Sports. The company has been in operation since 2005 and wouldn't have lasted this long if they weren't reputable. As a licensed betting site, they must adhere to regulations regarding responsible gambling and player safety.
The advised time frames for withdrawals from Hopa Sports are up to six working days for card withdrawals and up to four working days for e-wallets. This is the longest withdrawals will take and they are usually fully processed within a couple of days.
Hopa Sports is licensed by various authorities, so players in different regions will be protected regardless of where they are. In the UK, they are regulated by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission under account number 39483.
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