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  • SBObet or 188bet

    I like betting on Asian Handicaps and would am considering opening an account with SBObet. They are highly regarded on BookmakersReview for some time, but I would like to hear from players.

  • I have operated accounts at both SBO and 188. Both do offer competitive AH odds for football (soccer). For other sports they are not so competitive. However there is a big difference in the size of bets they will accept with SBO way out in front.

    Further, based on my experience, 188 will reduce your bet limits if you show any sign of knowing what you are on about. My limits were halved, halved again and finally got so low that it was no longer worthwhile maintaining an account there. Based on reports I've read elsewhere that is common practice at 188, just as it is with all the Euro bookies. On the other hand, I've not read any reports of SBO limiting or banning players.

    My advice would be to open accounts with both and avail yourself of the best odds you can get but be prepared to be shut out at 188 in due course. I've found both to be prompt with payouts (using Moneybookers) and no hassles dealing with either.

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    • Thanks Hareeba, I will open an account. Shame that their odds are not shown on OddsChecker, but I can use Oddsportal.

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      • What are the best bookies for Asian handicaps? SBO? What else?

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        • IBCbet/12bet,Pinnacle and 5Dimes are good too.Pinnacle could do with a box where you could accept the bet if the odds have got longer,as sometimes when markets move quickly it can be hard to bet with them - because you have to re-submit the bet every time the odds change.

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          • i personally never had account in ibc, as i heard yu can open there account with agents, i never trust.
            if you are big money bettor for livebetting sbo is best for soccer, for other sports nothing special.
            pinny is best for me. best odds.
            best reggards

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            • Is there any possibility to open an account at sbo/icb without using an agent?

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              • @jackass - with SBObet form sure you do not to go through an agent. Also, I've recently discovered Matchbook for decent handicaps and Marathonbet.

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                • Originally posted by jackass

                  What are the best bookies for Asian handicaps? SBO? What else?

                  Matchbook is certainly worth a look. Frequently appears to have more liquidity than Betfair for handicaps, although mostly they quote only one line.

                  And Pinnacle of course.

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                  • Ive found both firms excellent. Big limits, quick payouts, small margins.
                    HOWEVER.....about a month ago I placed a bet of about 2000 at very low odds with 188bet. The bet won and 5 minutes later they emailed to say the bet was being cancelled as the odds were wrong!!
                    Fair enough if the odds were out of line they can cancel a bet, but they were about 1.09...other firms were 1.06 - so little difference.
                    But what really got me was they had 7 hours in which to cancel my bet yet they cancel it just after it wins. They had odds up for that same market right up until kick off as well. Very poor.

                    I do still use them but I steer clear of any non-asain type markets now.

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                    • Originally posted by Mikepcon

                      Ive found both firms excellent. Big limits, quick payouts, small margins.

                      HOWEVER.....about a month ago I placed a bet of about 2000 at very low odds with 188bet. The bet won and 5 minutes later they emailed to say the bet was being cancelled as the odds were wrong!!

                      Fair enough if the odds were out of line they can cancel a bet, but they were about 1.09...other firms were 1.06 - so little difference.

                      But what really got me was they had 7 hours in which to cancel my bet yet they cancel it just after it wins. They had odds up for that same market right up until kick off as well. Very poor.


                      I do still use them but I steer clear of any non-asain type markets now.

                      That is just plain UNACCEPTABLE.
                      They have taken a free shot at you.
                      Would they have cancelled the bet had it lost?
                      At the very least they should have paid you at the correct odds.
                      I'd be lodging a complaint with their regulator over that.

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                      • Mikepcon,

                        we can speak to 188bet on your behalf. As Hareeba said it is unacceptable that they void the bet completely. If they don't want to pay at 1.09, they have to have a very good story and lot of fantasy, but at least offer to pay at 1.06.

                        It's either that or a a trip to the Orange list.

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                        • Recently I am reading complaints about bets that have been canceled... they all are doing this.

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                          • I actually haven't told the complete story as I was just giving a warning. the actual bets I did were on the two CL semis. I had
                            £3400 goal scored in first one @1.09
                            £5600 goal scored in second one @ 1.09
                            and a £380 double @ 1.08 & 1.09

                            The first one was tuesday and it was after the first goal was scored they emailed and voided all 3 bets.
                            After numerous email back and forth they still would not accept that the bet should have stood and didnt see anything wrong with voiding the bet.
                            As I am a longstanding customer they did agree to credit my account with £306 from the first single.

                            I am very wary of placing bets on anything but the standard asian markets with them now.

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                            • What about Singbet? I've read that ibc bet offer it, but they don't. I know that Singbet is underground, not secured etc.. How can I open an account there?

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