Their are a lot of crappy bookmakers out there, and you need to be diligent with account opening. While many bookmakers appear at the top of the odds comparison site https://oddsportal.com, many have hidden rules and are not trustable. For example, 1Xbet are known to renege on bets, and they make it very difficult for winning punters to take money out. Austrian outfit Interwetten often have stand out odds, but they have rules allowing them to charge fees and cancel winning bets.
European focused bookmakers we would recommend avoiding :
Russian owned! Attractive odds to entice, but quick limitations and slow/no payout. The same company are blacklisted on https://www.sportsbookreview.com, and they need avoiding at all cost. PS - If you are an arbitrage player, forget it they will make your life hell!
Despite having a UK license, this is another Russian owned Bookmaker. Yes they have top odds and you should get paid. However, they have ridiculously low limits, and they make winning clients go through a long and hazardous KYC (Know your customer). Closing accounts and changing odds after the event are other complaints.
INTERWETTEN - WARNING - AVOID THESE BOOKMAKERS
For some reason or the other many Austrian companies have a dirty policy on winning accounts. Without wanting to get into liable, Interwetten have a very poor reputation. Don’t believe these websites who promote this company, they are just co-conspirators and affiliates!
Another company found in Austria and who have a poor reputation for voiding bets and limiting clients. Again, websites promoting this outfit are just affiliates who are cashing-in!
Believe it or not, found in Austria. Terrible support. Slow and no pay. Void bets after the event citing wrong odds. If you are losing to them they are fine, but aren’t they all!!
TEMPOBET - WARNING - AVOID THESE BOOKMAKERS
This bookmaker specialises on taking bets from residents in countries were betting is not allowed. It’s great for them, because they can avoid paying out without the chance of litigation.
Removing winning bets. Removing bonus. Support won’t answer pay-out requests. Stake limitations in line with companies from ex commits countries (Estonia). Only good reviews you will see from this outfit they wrote themselves.
Compare odds with Tipico, and then you will understand who they are owned by. Rivalo was set up with a soft license to take bets from countries were betting is not allowed. Suffice to say, they can avoid paying and they do!
GOLDBET WARNING - AVOID THESE BOOKMAKERS
Austrian owned and reputation for renegging on winning bets. Focus on Italian high street market (franchise market), and only mugs allowed to bet with them. Don’t bet with them over the internet, because they are a big headache.
Israeli run company, and boy to they have a bad reputation. This is a company that renege on anyone who wins from them. Trying to get a pay out is like getting blood from a stone. They confiscate winnings, and are known to ignore requests for payouts!
WARNING - AVOID THESE BOOKMAKERS - NOTES FROM EDITOR
Most European bookmakers are poor, and they certainly don’t like losing. However, at least the majority will payout before closing your account, and it’s relatively easy to force them into doing the right thing. With that said, seven of the bookmakers mentioned above are licensed in the EU, and they still have a bad reputation. Bare in mind that gaming boards such has the MGA (Malta) are unlikely to help punters claim winnings, so do your checks before proceeding to send them money.
PS - If you see the bookmakers mentioned above receive a good preview from a so called third party website, go click the link and watch the affiliate number appear in the ‘’url’’. We are just saying, those sites are trying to get you to sign up, because they make money from your losses!!
POWER TIP- If you are a leisure player, look for local license.
Check out our tutorial Traditional Bookmakers don’t like losing for a better understanding!