theScore Bet Review
Top Takeaways for 2021
After testing 20 online sportsbooks for our 2021 review, here are our top findings on theScore Bet:
- theScore Bet mobile app is built on usability, allowing users to find games and add bets to the bet slip quickly. Plus, there are some unique cross-app integration features between theScore Bet and theScore media app.
- Missing from theScore Bet sportsbook are unique bets and contests. Plus, the broad variety of live bets and bonuses are average at best.
- The goldmine of information available for previewing games in theScore media app is mostly absent from theScore Bet. This forces users to switch back and forth between the two apps.
Supported states: Colorado, Indiana, New Jersey and Iowa
|Sports & Bets Offered|
|Bonuses & Promotions|
|Ease of Use|
Sports and Bets Offered
theScore Bet delivers an average-at-best selection of bets and sports. Twelve different sports are available to throw down on (including all standard sports, except for bull riding), with about five to 20 prop bets listed for most games. Bettors should also know that theScore Bet is one of the only sports betting sites without daily odds boosts.
Bet variety: theScore Bet has all the basic bet types — moneyline, spread, total, props. What’s not on the menu are unique bets (e.g., “How many points + rebounds + assists will Stephen Curry score?” or “What team will score 20 points first?”). For comparison: theScore Bet offers 30 to 40 bets for NFL games, while top sportsbooks like FanDuel and DraftKings provide more than 100 bets, including more team and player props, alternative spreads, and alternative totals.
Cash out feature: Like most sportsbooks, theScore Bet offers a cash out feature. This allows bettors to amend their original bet and lock in a profit or a loss by settling the bet (or a portion of the bet) before the event has concluded.
Daily odds boosts: theScore Bet offers no odds boosts, which leaves a large void in its betting menu. Odds boosts are like getting a free gift with purchase at a retail store. For example, when a sportsbook boosts the odds of LeBron James scoring 30 points from +110 to +150, you’ll win $1.50 instead of $1.10 for every $1 wagered.
As shown in the table below, theScore Bet offers excellent odds for NFL moneyline bets, NHL moneyline bets, NHL moneyline bets, NCAAB moneyline odds, and NCAAF moneyline odds. For comparison, if average moneyline odds on a team are +130 at other sports betting sites, theScore Bet might offer odds at +140. In this example, every dollar wagered would return $1.40 at theScore Bet versus $1.30 at other sites.
Methodology: To score Odds, Moneyline.com gathered data from 20 sportsbooks over five months. For our 2021 Sportsbook Review, over 34,000 data points were collected for spread, moneyline, and over/under (bets).
Leagues and bet types collected include NCAA football moneyline bets, NCAA basketball moneyline bets, NFL moneyline, spread and total bets, NBA spread, moneyline and total bets, NHL moneyline, puckline and total bets, and soccer 3-way result (moneyline) bets. When collecting odds, we made sure to collect the same games at the same time for each sportsbook, ensuring data accuracy.
The live betting setup at theScore Bet is frankly primitive compared to most sportsbooks I’ve tested. While you can live bet moneyline, spread, and total bets, there are few other real-time options, which puts a damper on the excitement.
Instant bets: The ability to bet on the next play of a game or the next point in a match — aka an instant bet — is nonexistent at theScore Bet. It’s a notable absence to be unable to wager on the next drive of an NFL game or the next point of a tennis match. Although I’ve typically stuck to more traditional live bets in the past, I’ve been drawn to new types of live bets the more I see them. If you find yourself in a similar situation, I recommend checking out FanDuel or SportsBetting.com.
Prop bets: Few in-play prop bets are available at theScore Bet. An example of a prop bet is, “How many touchdowns will Patrick Mahomes throw?”
Live match tracker: You won’t find a live match tracker — an animated graphic that displays which team is attacking — in theScore Bet’s live betting menu, even though it’s standard at most other sportsbooks. However, I was still glad to see live down and distance markers for NFL games. It is essential to have either the live down and distance or a match tracker available in a sports betting app. It allows you to compare what you see in the app versus to what you see on TV, as TV broadcasts are often delayed by 10 to 20 seconds.
Live Streaming: theScore Bet does not stream live sporting events through its app. If you’re interested in this feature, check out FanDuel or Unibet. Be aware that for all sportsbooks, live streaming is currently limited to international sports such as basketball, soccer, hockey, tennis and table tennis matches due to the high costs of licensing live broadcasting rights.
theScore Bet Mobile App
theScore Bet app is user-friendly and functions similarly to theScore media app. I had no problems placing bets or navigating between sports. Some elements of the popular theScore media app are incorporated into theScore Bet app. Still, the integration falls frustratingly short.
If you’re unfamiliar with theScore media app, it competes with ESPN to offer game previews, scores, and general news. When I first heard theScore was making a betting app, I was excited at the prospect of a betting app that would function like theScore or ESPN. Unfortunately, most of theScore media app’s great features are MIA on the betting app.
Cross-app integration pros: Bets you place in theScore Bet sportsbook can be tracked in theScore media app. Teams you highlight as favorites in the media app will automatically be highlighted in theScore Bet app. Real-time scoring and live odds movements align with your live matchup experience between both apps, allowing you to track teams and bets easily. You can also view and add bets in theScore media app to your bet slip in theScore Bet app, but you still have to login to theScore Bet to place wagers.
Cross-app integration cons: theScore Bet mobile app offers better game previews than most sportsbooks, including what stadium the game will be played at and full injury reports. While an improvement over most sportsbooks, it’s a disappointment not to find more of the preview features that are available in theScore media app: team and player stats, social media feeds, news articles, community game chat, and betting info that includes line movement. Toggling back and forth between the two apps for the full experience gets old.
A sports betting glossary is available that does an exceptional job of going over common betting terms and gives quick examples of each bet type. While the glossary is of high-quality, there is room for additional content. For example, I’d like to see examples of popular bet types with screenshots from theScore Bet, or video content.
Bonuses & Promotions
As of February 2021, theScore Bet offered no ongoing promotions for existing customers. (Other sportsbooks routinely offer current customers several new promotions each week.) New customers, however, could choose from two promotions at the time this review was written — a risk-free bet up to $500 (an average offering) and a first deposit match with an extremely high rollover requirement (I’ve seen better). All in all, I was left unimpressed with theScore Bet’s promotions.
New customers: theScore Bet offers two types of promotions for new customers. The first is a 100% first deposit match up to $1,000. Unfortunately, this bonus has a 10X rollover which makes it much harder to unlock the bonus money. Users also earn 5% cashback on bets as part of this bonus, regardless of the game's outcome. You only have only 60 days to reach all of your free money or lose what is left over. So, for example, if you deposit $100, you’ll have to wager $2,000 in the next 60 days to get your free $100.
The second promotion for new customers is a risk-free bet up to $500. Unlike the $1,000 deposit match bonus, there aren’t any extreme rollover requirements attached. That said, there are better options out there — for example, you can get a $1,000 risk-free bet and access to ongoing promotions at FanDuel and PointsBet.
When I think about theScore Bet I fantasize about what could have been. theScore media app is so damn good it competes with ESPN — ESPN! — as the go-to app for checking sports scores, game previews, and betting lines. Unfortunately, theScore Bet sportsbook is missing too many of the useful features that have hooked millions of users to theScore media app since it launched in 2007. This disconnect, plus theScore Bet’s too-basic selection of bets, live betting, and bonuses, makes for a somewhat disappointing sportsbook spinoff.
About theScore Bet
theScore Bet is a part of Score Media (NASDAQ: SCR) (OTCMKTS: TSCRF). theScore media app provides sports fans with news on teams and players, fantasy information, standings, and scores and stats. theScore media app had more than 3.9 million average monthly active users in the first quarter of 2021. theScore is VC-backed and has raised a total of $94.4M in funding over four rounds, according to Crunchbase. Read more on Wikipedia.
What states is theScore Bet legal in?
theScore Bet is legal in Colorado, Indiana, New Jersey and Iowa.
What deposit methods does theScore Bet offer?
Bettors can currently deposit via online bank transfer (ACH), debit/credit card, wire transfer, cash at certain casinos, and Play+ prepaid cards.
|Total Deposit Methods||4|
|No Debit/Credit Card Deposit Fees||Yes|
|Deposit Min/Max - Debit/Credit Card||$10/Varies|
What withdrawal methods does theScore Bet offer?
theScore Bet currently processes withdrawals via Play+ prepaid cards, online bank transfers, and cash at certain casinos.
|Minimum Withdrawal||$10 - $20|
|Total Withdrawal Methods||3|
|Check Payout Speed is < 10 days||Yes|
|No Withdrawal Fees - Check||No|
|Withdrawal Min/Max - Check||N/A|
What is the minimum deposit at theScore Bet?
The minimum amount required to open an account at theScore Bet is $10.
What kind of customer support does theScore Bet offer?
theScore Bet offers 24/7 live chat, 24/7 phone support, and email responses within 24 hours. Having access to 24/7 support Is a luxury few sportsbooks offer.
What sports can you bet on at theScore Bet?
theScore Bet currently offers 12 different sports.
|Total Sports Offered||12|
|Aussie Rules (AFL)||No|
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For Moneyline.com’s annual best online sportsbooks review, we collected more than 36,000 data points over five months from 20 sportsbooks that serve 11 states where full-scale mobile betting is legalized. Hundreds of hours were spent testing and scoring each sportsbook (mobile and online/desktop) in seven core categories: sports and bets offered, odds, live betting, mobile betting, education, ease of use, and bonuses and promotions. The results determined each sportsbook’s overall rating.
Data from more than 1,700 bets (including moneyline, spread and total bets) was used to generate each sportsbook’s comparative odds ranking. Leagues and bet types collected include NCAA football moneyline bets, NCAA basketball moneyline bets, NFL moneyline, spread and total bets, NBA spread, moneyline and total bets, NHL moneyline, puckline and total bets, and soccer 3-way result (moneyline) bets. When collecting odds, we made sure to collect the same games at the same time for each sportsbook, ensuring data accuracy.
About Moneyline.com’s chief sportsbook researcher, Joey Shadeck: I’ve been a hobby sports bettor for more than six years, placing hundreds of bets on my favorite sports (football, basketball, MMA) and teams (Packers, Spartans, and whoever is playing the Lions). Beyond sports betting, I’m known for saying “Wanna bet on it?” in almost any situation and that is how I found out I can eat 42 chicken nuggets in less than 20 minutes.
As of February 2021, 22 different states have legalized sports betting to some capacity. Of those 22 states, the following 11 have legalized full-scale mobile betting: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada (must register in-person), New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.
About the author: Joey Shadeck Joey Shadeck is the lead writer for Moneyline.com and content strategist for Reink Media Group. He has closely tracked sports betting in the United States for the last two years, compiling hundreds of data points across dozens of sportsbooks. He has 6 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.