1. Once the bonus is credited to your account, losses will be refunded up to the bonus amount. 2. You must deposit at least the qualifying deposit of £20 (or currency equivalent) in a single amount with your first deposit to be eligible for the rebate. 3. Users making their first deposit by Skrill, Neteller, PayPal or a virtual/prepaid card will not qualify for this promotion. 4. To withdraw rebated funds, you must bet at least the qualifying deposit on any combination of markets within the promotional period; otherwise rebated funds will be forfeited. 5. Unused bonuses expire after seven days of being credited to a user account and will be removed after this period. 6. The promotion is open to new users making their first deposit by card or Trustly only. 7. The sign-up offer is strictly limited to one per individual, family, household address, email address, same payment account number, and shared computer. 8. The offer is can only be redeemed by users who sign up and deposit after 00:00 on January 2nd 2020. 9. This promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other sign-up promotion. 10. SBK standard terms for promotions apply.
Smarkets are one of the biggest betting exchanges in the world. Now they’re bringing you another way of betting with their sportsbook, the SBK mobile app. Here we’re conducting an in-depth SBK app review.
Downloading the SBK mobile app by Smarkets is easy
Before we get into the real meat of the SBK app review, we’re giving you a quick rundown of how you go about downloading the app. After all, you’ll need to know this before you can begin using it. First things first, the app is available on both Android and iOS devices. The steps detailed will work for both operating systems.
- Open your app store (or equivalent)
- Use the search function and key in ‘SBK’
- You’re looking for the app named SBK – Smarkets Sports Betting
- Download your app and wait patiently for a few seconds
Register an account and get ready for bonuses
When opening your freshly downloaded app you’ll be prompted for a log in or asked to sign up. As this is a review article, we’re working on the basis that you’re most likely new to the SBK platform. With that in mind, we’ll talk through the sign up process. It’s very simple, you’ll need to fill in a couple of very brief screens detailing your name, date of birth and address along with the optional field of a phone number.
During the registration process, you will find the option to enter a SBK Sportsbook promo code, however, even if you don’t have one, you’ll still be eligible for their sign up offer. That standard offering is worded as ‘deposit £20 for £20 risk-free’; essentially, if you place a bet of up to £20 that meets their terms and conditions, you’ll get your money back if it loses.
The final steps of your account set up come in the form of preferences. We don’t want to go into an exhaustive list but this will incorporate things like your odds preference (e.g. decimals or fractions) and how you like your ‘cards’ to be sized. This just tailors whether you see the events and their odds in a more or less prominent fashion.
You’ll never be short of a market to bet on
Football, basketball, tennis – SBK have it all
When it comes to the sports covered the SBK app doesn’t disappoint. All of the major sports are available for you to wager on ranging from football through to the American sports such as NBA, NFL and NHL. You’ll always find something to bet on, if you so wish to do so.
Where football betting is concerned, you have a plethora of options to tap into. Firstly, you have the competition depth to explore; this includes all of the five major European leagues along with at least one tier of their respective pyramids. Beyond that, you’ve got access to bet on leagues in pretty much every corner of the globe with Asia, Africa and the Americas available for wagering. You’re not limited into betting on match outcomes either. As of the time of writing, SBK offers outright betting on 30 competitions including the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Finally, you’ve got the specific markets within each league. Whatever you want to bet on, you’re probably going to find it. The obvious markets like match result and the over/under markets exist but there are countless others too with Asian handicaps, anytime goal scorers and betting on corners just a taste of what is available.
Placing a bet takes just a matter of seconds
When it comes to placing a bet there is nothing more infuriating than an app or website that slows you down. Every second can cost you money as odds move rapidly; a statement that is especially true in live betting or as events near their start. You’ll be pleased to know that won’t be a problem for you here. The betting process is so simple:
- Find the bet you want to place
- Select the square offering the odds
- A green circle ‘bet slip’ will appear, click it
- Set your stake
- Place your bet
No matter your preference, anyone can deposit
When it comes to funding your account, you have a few options for how you deposit. The first time you see reference to this is during the sign up process; you’re not, however, forced to deposit at this point. If you start off on the app with a zero balance then your deposit process will just become the same as an existing member. There are two ways to do this. You can follow the process above about placing a bet; when you reach the staking section (step 4) you’ll be prompted to ‘add funds’. Alternatively, you have an icon positioned on the bottom ribbon named ‘funds’. If you click on this, you’ll be able to deposit by following the instructions.
In terms of the deposit methods you can use, you’ll be hard pressed not to find a way of getting money loaded to your account. You can deposit via bankcards or e-wallet services such as Skrill and Paypal.
Smart features that suit the person on the go
Set up notifications
One of the features the SBK app offers is the ability to configure push notifications direct to your mobile. With some apps, these can become annoying but not here. The notifications are used to alert you when a bet you’ve placed has won, when something has occurred in an event you’ve wagered on e.g. a goal has been scored or to point you in the direction of bets that might appeal.
Competitive odds indicator
One of the key things that define how likely you are to bet with a particular bookie is the odds on offer. The SBK mobile app makes the odds comparison really straight forward. They utilise a green triangle in the top right hand corner of their odds where it’s believed they offer odds that are more competitive than their competitors. This is a reassurance for you; the flip side is that where that isn’t present perhaps you could cast an eye elsewhere.
A decent in-play engine
With mobile phones in our hands, pockets or bags at all times one of the biggest betting markets nowadays is in-play betting. You won’t find live football streaming here but their in-play experience is pretty smart. You get a 3D match engine that depicts a pitch with shadowing to detail the direction and intensity of pressure. A sweep of your finger will take you into match stats and again in the action summary.
Slick, smart and easy to use
A lot of the app design is defined by how you configure your ‘cards’ in your settings. The larger lay out doesn’t add much to the user experience with the introduction of images breaking up events rather than anything that truly brings additional value. The smaller set up, however, gives the SBK app a really nice dynamic.
The overall colour scheme of black and a mild green is easy on the eye whilst being a very professional look. Then you move into the navigation around the app and that truly is a breeze. Everything is constructed in a manner where tutorials aren’t needed. Your default view is the ‘popular’ markets, which tend to be in-play events but two ribbon menus at the top allows for easy access to other areas be it betting tips or simply a change of market. Your main market drill down and account options are all accessible in a separate ribbon at the bottom of the app. Again, it’s very self-explanatory.
The final part to talk through is accessing the deeper options available on an event. There are a couple of ways to do this. If you’re looking at more popular bet types like ‘full time result’ or ‘both teams to score’ then a drop down option can be toggled in the main coupon page. If you’re looking to tap into different markets you’ll need to select the event in question e.g. a specific football match and then you’ll be taken to a view showing all available bets.
How does the SBK app compare to the Smarkets app?
We mentioned early on that the SBK app review was ‘by Smarkets’. Well, they actually offer another app by that name, ‘Smarkets‘. We can hear you asking ‘What’s the difference?’ and ‘Do we need both?’. The answer is quite simple. SBK is what we’ve described here; it is a sportsbook or a bookmaker, whatever you want to call it. Smarkets is not. Smarkets is what is known as a betting exchange, which is somewhere you still place bets but it’s a completely different world.
The overall thoughts on the SBK app
There is a lot to like about the SBK app. The design gives it instant appeal and the market coverage they have is comparable with most of the major bookies. Their odds won’t be the best in the business every time you bet but they’re transparent about it, which gives you the option of going elsewhere if you so wish. What’s not to like?