Today we are going to hit on a sportsbooks seldom talked about here at Wonder Punter and deserves a second look. Formed in 1983, Intertops is the first and oldest sportsbook on the planet. Launched long before the world of internet wagering became available, Intertops became the first online sportsbook back in 1996. Not stopping there, Intertops paved the way for mobile betting in 2000.
Catering to more of an international clientele than other sportsbooks that have a heavy presence of US players, Intertops is based in Antigua and Barbuda and are licensed and regulated by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission. Once on their website, you will notice that their site is fully translated into German all while offering support in many different languages from around the globe. This bookie also hosts a huge Casino and massive Poker area.
Interesting enough, there was a time when Americans could only join their site by invite only from existing US-based players as they did not accept any new signups from Americans directly through their website.
That all changed in February 2015 as Intertops welcomed new players from the United States, and though it is exactly unclear if that policy will ever change, if Intertops is a sportsbook you’ve had your eye on, the time is now to take advantage.
Pros and Cons of Intertops;
PROS: In addition to their online sportsbook, they offer other betting platforms such as an online casino and poker room.
With being in the sports betting business since the 1980s and operating a successful online business for nearly 20 years, Intertops has earned and maintained an honest and trustworthy record that is hard to find in the sports betting world.
Staying out of the spotlight with negative press and complaints, the people at Intertops have it figured out when it comes to running a truly honest sportsbook with paying out in a timely fashion; no slow-pay or no-pay here!
In the way of promotions, Intertops has you covered year around; one for example is the NFL season where players can get a free $500 when they place $5,000 or more in wagers throughout the football season if they sign up early on.
Throw that in with an excellent support staff that is easy to contact along with peace of mind that winning bets will be paid as promised, and you can see why even as a US player, Intertops is a no-brainer when it comes to choosing your next sportsbook.
CONS: While collecting your winnings is never a worry, when it comes to overall odds, Intertops is nothing special in the industry as you will still find better odds from other competing sportsbooks. Once an excellent option when going with their teaser odds, Intertops has fallen off greatly in that department.
New players with a first-time deposit bonus is not in the same ballpark as other sportsbooks as it is much smaller and rollovers are below average at best.
BONUS: Let’s hit on Intertops’ Welcome Bonus where they offer a $200 sign-up bonus for new clients on their first deposit. However, with a bonus that is a 100% up to $200 and an 8x rollover, that is not an attractive rollover rate for such a small bonus amount. Any bonuses earned can be requested by email later.
Intertops offers a $20 risk-free wager instead of the 25% deposit bonus. To earn your free $20 risk-free wager, customers just need to fill out a form after placing their first wager and will be paid whether your first bet is a winner or loser. The downside to this is it requires a 16x rollover, meaning the 25% may be the better option but neither are still ideal as compared to other sportsbooks.
Thursdays at Intertops brings about a 10% reload bonus up to $50 and though it comes with a 6x rollover, it is a better rate than the above bonuses. This applies to balances under $200 with no withdrawal requests in the last 28 days.
ODDS: As mentioned, Intertops is popular with a wide global audience other than US players and in turn offers offers a wide variety of sports available to bet on.
In 2015, Intertops made wholesale changes with their software to put them on an even par with the competition. User friendly, new and existing players will enjoy the new interface but may opt for the older interface if preferred.
For US players, all your favorite North American sports is available as well as sports from around the world such as soccer, European basketball, snooker, volleyball and more to appease the global market they cater to.
Though, compared to 5Dimes in the way of their expansive betting menu of sports and leagues from around the world, they lack the betting options that 5Dimes offers. You will find, however, teasers, parlays, round robin wagers as well as half-time and quarter bets.
Live betting can also be found with Intertops and really shine when it comes to worldwide soccer, however, for American bettors, you may find a lack of games available; this is due to the wide global audience Intertops has.
Once a game changer when it came to teasers and props offering 20 or more per NFL game, they have fallen off quite a bit putting them around the industry average.
If betting big is your game when it comes to wagering, you may want to stay clear of Intertops as they cater to more of the recreational bettor than a “high roller” or professional type. This is also reflected in their promotions.
USA players will find all the major professional sports leagues at your disposal to bet on as well as soccer from around the world (English Premier) (Spanish Primera). Expect to also find the Champions League, UEFA Cup and many more competitions on the international scale.
Intertops offers betting for lesser known sporting events throughout North America and Europe. With these games you can expect to find prop wagers, futures and halftime bets. However, wagering on these games may be limited to a maximum of $500 with propositions being even lower.
Minimum bets of just $1.00 are accepted giving you plenty of options to spread your money around with no fear of a big bet.
Considered to be perhaps the best in the business when it comes to customer service, the Support Staff at Intertops is part of the reason they have been able to stay in business for nearly 20 years.
Intertops has a dedicated support staff for the US market offering three phone lines, email support that is typically answered within a few hours or less and live chat that is answered almost immediately as well as Skype calling. Intertops support is available 24/7, 365 days a year.
A great selling point from Intertops if their many options for deposits for clients around the globe. If residing outside the US, players go with deposit options such as Skrill and Neteller, while for US residents, the list is even stronger for deposits and withdraws.
All major credit cards are accepted for deposits, including;
- American Express
Western Union is also an option, however, for US-based players, Intertops does not offer bank wires as a deposit option.
For cashing out, Intertops offers paper checks up to $3,000 and takes about a week to arrive at your doorstep but comes with a cost of $50 per withdrawal. Unlike other sportsbooks, players are not entitled to a free monthly check or payout.
A bank wire for withdrawals is also an option but it comes with the same processing fee as a check and takes about two weeks to hit your institution. Be aware that your bank may also charge for accepting the wire transfer.
Western Union is an option for withdrawals as they are processed in 1-2 days with requests up to $2,000. Fees are associated ranging from $70-180 depending on the amount requested.
However, as of December 2015, Intertops began accepting Bitcoin. This is in my opinion the easiest way to deposit and withdraw as they are both free. Deposits and withdraws have maximum of $2,500 with payouts being processed within 48 hours.
In closing with payout options, Intertops is in the middle of pack in terms of speed but go out of their way to care of their US-based customers. As mentioned earlier, Intertops is top-notch when it comes to players receiving their payouts without fear of not being paid or even slow-pay.
In review with Intertops, while, their odds or larger list of markets may not be head of the class, you as a potential client can take solace that your money is safe with them and have earned that reputation of being elite when it comes to being an honest and trustworthy sportsbook.
Part of the Wonder Punter family in the long line of sportsbooks since we started, Intertops is an online sports betting site worth taking a second look.