Year established: 2006
Mobile compatible: Yes
Overall rating: C
Recommended: For recreational players
Efbet Sportsbook Review
EFbet, previously known as BalkanBet, is a subsidiary to EuroFootball Ltd., and was first established exactly ten years ago in 2006.
Founded in Bulgaria, the bookmaker is now based in Malta and is licenced and regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority.
In 2014 EFbet acquired a three-year sponsorship deal with top flight Bulgarian football team, Levski Sofia. This means that the bookmaker has been involved with over five teams in the division including CSKA Sofia, Lokomotiv Sofia, Slavia, Lokomotiv Plovdiv and Botev Plovdiv. The bookmaker also has a casino located in Varna, Bulgaria.
In order to attract a range of players from the Balkans the site currently operates in Bulgarian, Albanian and Greek languages, as well as Turkish and English. The site is currently restricted both in France and in the USA.
On top of their sportsbook, which heavily focuses on the lucrative football market, they also have dedicated sections of the site to their multibets, virtuals and Casino.
The bookmaker doesn’t enjoy a huge following on Twitter or Google+, with only a handful of followers. However, EFbet’s Facebook page has over 45,000 likes and updates their page with very regular posts which do well to entice players ot their site.
EFbet has an excellent selection of sports available, with thousands of daily wagers and highly competitive odds. In total there are almost 30 different markets available for players including on:
Football, Basketball, Tennis, Ice Hockey, Volleyball, Curling, American Football, Boxing/MMA, Motor sports, Australian Football, Winter sports, Badminton, Darts, ESports, Pesapallo, Bandi, Baseball, Water Polo, Golf, Beach Volleyball, Beach Football, Rugby, Snooker, Floorball, Futsal, Special Bets and Handball
Although some popular sports are missing including Cricket and Surfing among others, EFbet does well to include the growing Esports market, covering games like League Of Legends, Starcraft 2, Heroes of the Storm, Counter Stike: Global Offensive, DOTA 2 and the Elements Cup.
Unfortunately EFbet does not offer live streaming or a cash out option for players. This is a big worry considering how long the bookmaker has been around for and how competitive the industry is.
Despite this, EFbet have a good In-play facility, which offers its players statistics through betradar.com, and a decent amount of wagers. The platforms design is incredibly easy to use and simple for even the most unfamiliar of players.
Usability of the site
The site has a very basic design and sports a very simple black and white colour scheme. There is also a green bar located at the top of each page, which gives you access to their customer support and services.
A major drawback of the bookmaker however is the fact that their site appears to have no mobile compatibility and it is an issue that should be worked on as mobile betting becomes more and more common.
The customer service is excellent, offering 24/7 support across live-chat, e-mail, phone and Skype. They are quick to respond and are very helpful in resolving any issues that may arise.
In terms of payment options, EFbet accept all major credit cards and E-Wallets including Skrill, EcoPayz, Neteller and even BitCoin. It is not the most comprehensive selection and the bookmaker could do more in future to be more appealing to potential players.
The site offers a range of bonuses, including a welcome bonus of 25% up to 100EUR. Compared to its competitors this is not the greatest offer available and could easily be made more attractive if they are struggling to attract new players.
Overall EFbet offer what is a very good service and with a few improvements on their live betting and mobile support, they could arguably one of the better bookmakers in Europe let alone the Balkans.
– Offers a solid service and product;
– Wide range of matches and betting options;
– Cover a wide range of football betting markets;
– Website available in multiple languages;
– Intuitive website easy to navigate;
– Wide range of customer service options.
– Young bookmaker;
– There are very low limits for some events;
– Tend to limit fast and high winning players;
– Slow moving from one section to the next.
Visa/Mastercard, Skrill (Moneybookers), Bank Transfer, Neteller, EcoPayz, ePay, EasyPay, Cashterminal, Bitcoin
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