Year established: 2002
Mobile compatible: Yes
Jurisdiction: Costa Rica
Overall rating: C
Recommended: For recreational players
ChineseBookie Sportsbook Review
ChineseBookie is a relatively unknown bookmaker marketed directly at the Chinese market, and is a sister-bookmaker to the 5Dimes Sportsbook Group, which have a strong reputation for reliability, functionality and security. Two countries are excluded from using the site, the UK and France, due to the lack of required licensing to operate in these countries.
The ChineseBookie Sportsbook has a completely different design to the common format and layout of the worlds leading online bookmakers and sportsbooks, and sadly this lets the entire site down as a whole. Considerable work is required on customer facing side of the website to bring it into the 21st century and general make it less irritating for the average punter to use on a regular basis. User-friendliness is none-existent on this site, however ChineseBookie does redeem itself somewhat through a very deep and detail betting function on a huge range of sports and markets. Many different bet types are available that you wont see at your High Street Bookie, such as Parlay, If, Futures and many more – bet types that will satisfy even the most technical and prolific gambler.
Live betting is available on ChineseBookie, but again suffers considerably due to the poor layout and interface currently on the site. No statistics or visual are provided, giving the bare-bones of a Live Betting experience to customers.
ChineseBookie also offers a casino area to its customers that has various slots, Jackpots along side a Live Casino with the major table games Blackjack, Baccarat and Roulette. There is a large selection of slots available, but currently no video slots run by some of the leaders in the E-Gaming/Online Slot industry.
Usability of the Site
ChineseBookie offers a huge range of betting variants, types, markets and sports, arguably the most of any reputable bookmaker currently operating worldwide. Sadly, it’s difficult to see the value in this when the usability of the site, sits at the opposite end of the spectrum – poor, annoying and difficult to use across both the Sportsbook and Casino. The amount of Tick Box options and drop down menus available at any given time is enough to bamboozle even veteran gamblers, and this must obviously be a factor limiting the popularity and growth of this, and its sister sites. The general branding and look of the bookmaker could also do with some improvement to compete with the beautifully design, appealing on the eye, streamlined user interfaces of leading online bookmakers found in the industry today.
In conclusion, the ChineseBookie Sportsbook, much like its sister sites, is one to avoid unless you truly appreciate the technical and complex no-nonsense bet types on offer by the bookmaker. These technical bet types must draw in regular punters and as such its likely they have a core following which hopefully they can build on in the future with added capability and modernisation. In the meantime, this is one to watch – improvements in usability and the interface could really bring this Sportsbook inline with some of the leading bookmakers worldwide.
– Highly rated offshore online sportsbook part of the top rated 5Dimes’ network of sportsbooks;
– Large selection of wagering options;
– Excellent coverage of US and Asian markets;
– Excellent reduced Juice options;
– Huge betting limits on most markets;
– Ideal for Asian expats in US or Australia;
– Accepts USA players;
– Great customer service;
– Fast payouts.
– Lack of welcome bonuses;
– Website and mobile site are very dated;
– Unavailable to UK players.
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