Usually, it’s quite easy to know where to start when comparing one betting site to the rest of its competition. Sure, there’s thousands of sites out there and they all have their own unique quirks, personalities, deals, offers and tweaks that make their products either worth your time or worthy of not bothering with.
If we’re looking at casino sites, you can start off with the major names, like Foxy Casino, Royal Panda or Rich Casino, compared to lesser known sites, such as Las Vegas USA and Jupiter Club. If the site has both a sportsbook and casino offering, then you come up against the biggest names across the entire online gaming market. We’re talking about the likes of Ladbrokes, Mr Green’s Casino and sportsbook and Bet365, which have all become household betting names.
This vast array of choice goes all the way to relatively obscure sites, like Bookmaker, Digibet and 12bet, to name but a few. There’s a spectrum which, despite the vast wealth of sites out there, still gives a fairly clear frame of reference to work with.
So what do you do when a site is significantly different to most, if not all of their competition? That’s the issue we’re faced with when we look at BeanBagSports, which is also known as Sportdec. Alongside a sportsbook, they also offer several other site elements that are not really seen elsewhere.
Nonetheless, this is still a betting site, so we’ll be taking a look at all the important site elements as always. We’ll also be asking the most important questions so you can decide if this is site that is right for you.
But don’t just take our word for it. Make sure to check out the site for yourself so you can get a real sense of what you’re letting yourself in for. You should also do this alongside checking out some of the competition too. That way, you’ll be able to get a great overview of everything on offer to make the most informed decision possible.
We’ve got plenty of other reviews on the site to accompany your research into other betting sites as well.
With all this said, it’s probably best we crack on with the meat of the review. So let’s fire off those crucial questions!
So what’s so different about Sportdec?
First of all, let’s talk about that name issue. For some reason, the site appears to go by both names. Its Facebook page for example refers to it as BeanBagSports, while its site name and all the branding on the site refers to it as Sportdec. We are not sure exactly why this is the case, but as the actual site itself uses the Sportdec name, that’s what we’re going to be calling it for the duration of this review.
The reason we bring this up following this particular question is because the confusion over its name is indicative of the oddness of the overall site itself.
A unique offering
Sportdec doesn’t appear to be like any other sports betting site. In fact, on first inspection, the site appears to be a cross between a sports news site, a marketing company and a sportsbook.
We’ll go into the design reasons for this a little later in the review. But it really does seem to have a identity crises of sorts. They say they’re on a mission to build a sport app that covers all your sporting needs, although what that actually entails in terms of their future plans is unclear. Stranger still, the app in question doesn’t appear prominently on the rest of the site, despite it apparently being their main focus.
In terms of sheer content, what Sportdec offers is pretty simple really. It offers a sportsbook solely, without a casino, alongside an extensive blog. This almost operates as its own individual news source within the Sportdec platform.
This isn’t really anything new. It could certainly be compared to other sportsbook exclusive sites, like BetBright, and it’s certainly not the only site with a blog. However, the blog seems to be a much bigger focus here than on other sportsbook sites. But the site itself feels too bizarre to fairly compare it to anything else. Strangely, the sportsbook, which is the meat of the actual site, initially appears to be little more than just an additional page.
It’s clear that the site is in a state of change, which would explain the confusion over the brand name. Evidently, the plan is to have a social media focused betting app with news offered on the side.
In terms of the sportsbook, the following sports are available at Sportdec:
- Horse Racing
- American Football
- Australian Rules
- Gaelic Football
- Gaelic Hurling
- Ice Hockey
- Motor Sport
- Rugby League
- Rugby Union
On the other hand
The game selection at Sportdec is decent but it’s by no means the best out there. A lack of e-sports or more obscure sports offerings does let it down somewhat.
In terms of general comments, all that can be said is that the site is a work in progress and it shows at the time of writing.
Do they have any promotions?
As far as we can tell, no. None at all. We don’t know if they plan on introducing any promotions in the future either.
On the other hand
There’s not much that can be said here except that this is really bad news. We understand that everything is clearly not finished right now but they are still currently operating as a betting site. That means they’re still competing with the other betting sites in the market: virtually all of whom have some type of promotion, even if they’re bad ones.
This not only means they’re nowhere near competing with the likes of William Hill, but that they’re also failing to compete with more obscure sites such Netbet, Vikibet, Llama Gaming or, well anyone. A unique offering or not, if Sportdec want to stay afloat as a sportsbook, they will need to bring in some bonuses to entice new customers and reward loyal ones in the not too distant future.
Do they have a good reputation?
A betting site lives or dies by its reputation. What other customers and critics have to say about an online operator is one of the most reliable sources you can go by.
The good news when it comes to Sportdec is that they don’t have much bad publicity to their name.
On the other hand
While there is little bad being said about Sportdec, that’s pretty much because they don’t have any publicity at all. They’re so new and so unknown at this moment in time that we have absolutely no clue whether their customers, however many they have, enjoy the site or have had problems.
The closest we’ve gotten to any decent feedback has been reviews, which are almost exclusively from 2015 when their site was called BeanBagSports (everywhere, not just on Facebook). The site back then looked radically different to how it does today. So with that in mind, we don’t think we can take those generally positive reviews into account because we don’t know if those opinions still stand today.
We don’t even have much information regarding their licensing. All we have is some promises via the FAQ section that the site keeps your data safe via encryption.
Put simply, their reputation is that they have next to no reputation: good or bad. There’s definitely a big question mark over this point.
What customer service options are available at Sportdec?
The customer service page om Sportdec consists of a big map, a messaging service and an email address. The messaging service does appear to be a live contact, so essentially, it’s a live chat function that has been put together in a slightly convoluted manner.
On the other hand
A phone number is always handy. Also, the live chat support cuts off in the afternoon through the week, much like Cashino, and ends even earlier on a weekend.
We can’t give you an idea as to their customer satisfaction in this regard because, much like with their reputation, we are unable to get information either way.
What banking options are available at Sportdec?
The FAQ section on the site makes references to credit cards. Additionally, on the betting page, we can see images for the following payment methods:
So we think we can safely say that the above methods will be available for depositing and withdrawing funds at Sportdec.
According to that FAQ page, withdrawals generally take between 2-3 working days to process. However, this can go up to 5 days.
The minimum deposit and withdrawal amounts per day are £5 pounds and the maximum amount is capped at £10,000.
On the other hand
The lack of clear information on this is very irritating. They should have a clear list of every banking option available and all the necessary details, including whether or not players will be subject to transaction fees. Having to search via the FAQ and through site pages for this information is lazy and unacceptable.
Additionally, while credit and debit cards are one of the most common payment methods, this alone isn’t enough to satisfy all players. Almost all other betting sites accommodate payments via e-wallets, such as Skrill and Neteller. So this limited selection will likely come as a dissapointment to some.
How well does the site function?
The Sportdec site’s minimalistic approach helps a great deal in this regard. The spaces allow for an easy to understand site and, although it is very unusual, the site does not technically look bad.
It’s so far away from what is usually expected from this kind of site that it’s hard to know what to make of it in general.
On the other hand
Some parts of the site were not working as well as they could have been. Having the betting part of the site seemingly so removed from everything else, especially when it should be the main focus, is just a bizarre structural choice.
Furthermore, although the sites looks aren’t terrible, they just don’t feel right within this setting. This feels like neither a news source nor a betting site. Instead, it feels more like a marketing company with a sports focus. Having the Careers page given the same site space as the sportsbook doesn’t help to change this perception.
There’s nothing wrong with doing something a little different. Manhattan Slots and Rizk Casino are both pretty out there and manage to pull if off well. We do however think the Sportdec site needs some restructuring in order to focus more on its key selling points and make its purpose clearer.
Funnily enough, we can imagine this all looking a lot better on an app. It actually has a style that would suit that format nicely. As launching an app is apparently Sportdec’s prime objective, this is ultimately a good thing. But that doesn’t mean they can’t still iron out a few kinks with the website offering.
We had a few technical problems on the site. While trying to scroll down the page on the Contact Us section, our cursor got stuck on the map and kept zooming in instead of going down the page. We also found that, once we went to certain site pages, the links to get back would stop working.
Overall, it’s a bold set of design choices, but ones that we don’t feel have been fully realised quite yet.
So what do we think about Sportdec?
Despite our criticisms, we don’t want to be too hard on Sportdec because they’re so obviously a work in progress. We can imagine the general style of the site working well with a few tweaks. The basic concept of having a multi purpose sports app with a sportsbook on it is also a great idea. Whether it will work, only time will tell.
Right now though, it’s hard to recommend a site that is still so early in its infancy.