Welcome to our review of the betting site SportNation. This is a site that deals with sports betting (as its name would suggest) but also has casino and live casino options. You might think that’s unusual, considering its name suggests that this would be a sports exclusive site. However, that’s actually rarely the case nowadays. Most sites are either all in ones or casino exclusives.
What this means for our review is we’ll be focuses on comparing SportNation to like minded sites. The reason for this is that betting sites with different focuses and target audiences aren’t necessarily fair to compare directly to each other. For example, we could criticise the excellent Royal Panda for having less content than the also brilliant Ladbrokes, but that would be removing all context of what those different sites are trying to achieve.
For the SportNation site, this means they’ll be going up with some of the biggest and the best in the betting world. From William Hill to Mr Green’s Casino and Sportsbook, there’s definitely some fierce competition in the online betting market.
From a design point of view, their name does suggest their focus is mainly on sports betting, although they do have other options. This puts them on a similar footing to Punchbets, which has a main focus on MMA but with other sports options to offer much more for all fans to enjoy.
Other ways we keep our reviews as fair as possible is by always looking at both the positive and negative of every part of the site we look at. In our ‘On the other hand’ sections, we try to show an alternative view. This way, you can get the complete picture.
We also take into account that sometimes things are a matter of personal opinion. So when this is the case, instead of trying to impart our preferences on you, we instead discuss what responses, both good and bad, you’re likely to see. We always aim to be as objective as possible and want to give you the full picture. That way, we hope you can find your ideal betting home.
With all that in mind, let’s check out exactly what SportNation has to offer
So what options are available on the SportNation site?
As we’ve mentioned, on a basic level you’ve got a sportsbook, casino and live casino on the SportNation site. To be more specific, the following sports are available to bet on at the time of writing:
- Horse Racing
- Rugby Union
- Rugby League
- American Football
- Aussie Rules
- Beach Soccer
- Gaelic Football
- Gaelic Hurling
- Ice Hockey
- Motor Racing
- Snooker and Pool
- Table Tennis
- Winter Olympics
- Winter Sports
- Enhanced Odds
That’s a very respectable line up in our opinion. It’s certainly better than average, with some great non traditional options in there, as well as the likes of Trotting for example.
As is the case with any decent casino line up, it’s far, far too vast to list here. But needless to say, there appears to be plenty of slots to choose from at SportNation. The amount of table and card games is also decent.
This is a relief, as many sites with both sportsbook and casino elements often tend to neglect the latter half. We were particularly concerned that this would be the case here, especially given the fact that the title heavily implies that sports are the obvious main focus. We’re happy to say that does not appear to be the case though.
On the other hand
As is always the case, a good gaming selection doesn’t mean that it’s the best you’ll find online. SportNation is certainly impressive in its selection and variety. However, it isn’t quite good enough to put it up there with the biggest household betting names.
That being said though, there’s still plenty here to enjoy and it certainly puts SportNation in the upper half in terms of variety. The only part of the site we think is a little bit anaemic is the live casino. A little disappointingly, this section of the site only has four options at the time of writing.
What promotions are available at SportNation?
There are four sports promotion and four casino promotions available on the SportNation site at the time of writing. Once again, our fears of a lacklustre casino offerings are initially being proven unfounded, which we are very happy about. That’s a perfectly respectable number of promotions. But after all, it’s not the number of promotions that matters. Rather it’s the level of quality that they represent.
So with that in mind, we’re going to take a look at a select few SportNation promotions so you can get an idea of what to expect here.
Sports Welcome Bonus:
Deposit £200 and bet with £300. In other words, this is a 50% deposit bonus. Although the percentage might not seem the best, with most similar offers coming in at around 100% (sometimes more), that is more than made up for with the turnover requirement. This clocks in at a mere seven times. That’s very competitive and is basically great value when compared to much of their competition.
Get a refund if your team doesn’t win but their local rival also gets beaten in the same round of chosen fixtures. There’s a few examples available, such at Tottenham & Arsenal and Liverpool & Everton. This is a fun, simple promotion that we can’t recall seeing elsewhere. (It probably does exist elsewhere, but this does mean that, at the very least, it hasn’t been featured on too many of their competitor’s sites). It’s always good to see some originality in promotions.
Receive a boost of up to 70% on accumulator bets. This bonus goes up from 2.5% on trebles up to 70% on 14 folds and above.
Cash Out and Partial Cash Out:
Instead of cashing out all your funds at once, you can instead choose to cash out some and leave more as remaining betting funds. This gives players a lot more flexibility over how they want to spend their funds.
On the other hand
You may have noticed that the four promotional examples we chose were all sportsbook offers. Well, that’s because we’re not sure we’d even consider the casino examples they’ve given to be promotions at all, despite being categorised as such.
Examples include certain slot games and an advertisement for their live casino. These are just examples of content rather than promotions in a traditional sense. Sure, you could argue they are promoting their content but that’s not what people expect when looking at these pages on a betting site.
In our view, SportNation has four of what we’d consider to be promotions, with none on the casino side of things. It turns out that our initial relief for the casino not being overlooked was premature. That’s because, at least on the bonus side of things, that appears to be very much the case.
So what of the four promotions that remain? First of all, the Sport Welcome Bonus remains very good. We haven’t found anything to taint that so far. The other bonuses are fairly decent, if a little bit standard for a sports betting side. With the exception of Rival Refund, which is actually a fun and inventive little promotion, one thing SportNation suffers from is being a little too predictable when it comes to their bonuses.
On the sportsbook side of things though, we’d say things are pretty good overall. Unfortunately though, when you look to the casino, the offers are virtually non-existent.
Is the SportNation site well designed?
This is always a tricky feature to review due to its subjective nature. One positive thing we can say about SportNation is that it is an easy site to use with no technical issues that we have noticed. It works well and is laid out in an effective manner.
Now, let’s move onto what we think people will like about SportNation in terms of looks, atmosphere and general personality. There’s no doubting that it’s a fairly stripped back, businesslike and conservatively designed site.
While many of those words might not thrill you, the fact is that this has proven to be a popular design style in the online betting world. If you don’t believe us, just look at sites like Coral or William Hill. Their simplicity almost always makes them a joy to use and they look pretty good to boot. If what you care about in your betting site is substance over style, then this site’s design will likely be a right fit for you.
On the other hand
Obviously, this means that design wise, the site lacks personality. Therefore, some customers may simply feel that they’ve seen it all before and are looking for something a little different.
Another issue here is that, when you don’t make yourself unique design wise, you either need to have a unique website or one that’s so high quality, it can compete in terms of product with some of the biggest names in betting. We’re not saying that SportNation isn’t up to it. We’re just saying it is quite the steep hill to climb.
Does the SportNation site have a good reputation?
With big name sites, such as BGO, Virgin Casino and Sportsbook or Coral to name a few, finding out a site’s reputation is an easy thing to do. It’s also easy to find out when a site has a really awful reputation, for one reason or another.
However, when you have a site like SportNation, which is neither one of the biggest names in the industry nor is it one with a dark history, things are a touch trickier.
One thing we can say is that the critical response, from what we could find from our research, has been reasonably positive. We’d certainly say that SportNation, in that regard, comes off better than most in terms of critical feedback.
On the other hand
Unfortunately, for the reasons we outlined at the start of this section, there’s simply not enough customer feedback out there for us to reasonably come to any conclusions regarding a consensus. That means we’re going to have to leave this blank in the interests of fairness. We can’t say with 100% accuracy how their customers have responded to the site, due to a lack of responses.
However, what we would add is that sometimes no news can mean good news. Customers are often a lot quicker to complain than they are to compliment. Therefore, don’t be too quick to dismiss SportNation based on a lack of customer feedback alone.
What customer service options are available at SportNation?
Like most sites, you have a handy FAQ section at SportNation. This is very helpful for finding quick answers to common enquiries. If you do need to get in touch with the customer support team, you have an e-mail option. YTu also have a live chat function, which is probably the most important thing any site can have in terms of customer service.
On the other hand
Unfortunately, that live chat option is not available 24/7. Instead, the service starts at noon and ends at 10pm. In the busy betting world, customers now expect support around the clock. SportNation therefore falls behind a lot of their rivals this regard.
So what do we think of SportNation?
There is no doubt that this site is a little rough around the edges. It doesn’t quite feel like it’s found its niche within the online betting world yet.
However, there are plenty of things to like about SportNation, Its options are good, the site itself is pleasant enough and the promotions we do have show a website that has actually thought about how to bring extra value to its customers.
It’s worth pointing out that this site only launched in 2016, meaning there’s plenty of time to iron out the issues and improve as time goes on. It may not be perfect, but it’s certainly one to watch.