Top Takeaways for 2021
After testing 20 online sportsbooks for our 2021 review, here are our top findings on Unibet:
- Unibet provides an above average selection of bets and live bets, including instant bets and team and player props.
- Unibet’s mobile app is functional but could be much more user-friendly with a few tweaks. I would also be nervous signing up for Unibet after reading reviews in the App Store about its geotechnology.
- First-time bettors will appreciate the education Unibet offers, as well as the new and ongoing bonuses and promotions.
States Supported: Indiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Casino: Online casino is offered only in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Unibet offers over 25 slots, roulette, blackjack, and virtual poker games; however, online poker is not available. Note: This review focuses on sports betting and not casino.
|Sports & Bets Offered|
|Bonuses & Promotions|
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Sports and Bets Offered
Unibet’s selection of sports and bets is above average, offering hundreds of bets for popular games. After DraftKings, FanDuel, and PointsBet, I would place Unibet in the second-best tier of bets offered. Unibet offers all standard wagers (moneyline, spread, total) in addition to a vast selection of team and player props, pre-built parlays, and alternative lines. Still, it doesn’t have any custom bet types like the sportsbooks mentioned above.
Prop Bets: Unibet offers a modest variety of prop bets. An example of a prop bet is, “Will Damian Lillard make over or under 3.5 three-pointers?” Another example is “What team will score more first-quarter points between the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers?”
Cash Out Feature: Like most sportsbooks, Unibet offers a cash-out feature, which allows you to amend your original bet and lock in a profit or a loss by settling your bet (or a portion of your bet) early, without having to wait for the event to finish. Knowing you can cash a bet out early incentivizes you to watch every game you bet on, or at least get scoring updates.
Bet Builder and Pre-Packs overview: Two of Unibet’s newer bet types are the Bet Builder and Pre-Packs bets. Both bet types are parlays. A parlay bet is a group of bets, typically spread, moneyline, or total bets, combined into one bet to increase the payout odds. For the parlay to win, each separate bet has to win.
Pre-Packs: Pre-Packs are just like the Bet Builder; only Unibet pre-makes the parlays instead of you. While exciting to bet on, sportsbooks like Unibet focus on getting people to make more parlay bets because the odds favor the sportsbook.
As denoted by the table below, Unibet offers good odds on soccer moneyline bets and NBA moneyline bets. For comparison, if average soccer moneyline odds on a team are +130 at other sports betting sites, Unibet might offer odds at +140. In this example, every dollar wagered would return $1.40 at Unibet versus $1.30 at other sites.
Meanwhile, Unibet offers below average odds on all other sports and bets we tested. For comparison, if average NHL spread odds on a team are -110 at other sports betting sites, Unibet might offer odds at -115. In this example, every dollar wagered would return $.87 at Unibet versus $.91 at other sites.
|NFL Spread||Below Average|
|NFL Total||Below Average|
|NCAAF Moneyline||Below Average|
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.
Live betting, or betting on games that have already started, is an area where Unibet holds its own. Like BetRivers and FanDuel who also have good live betting, Unibet offers prop bets, instant bets, a live match tracker, and live scores.
Prop Bets: Unibet offers a ton of in-play bets and prop bets. An example of a prop bet is, “How many strikeouts will Clayton Kershaw throw?” An example of a live prop bet is “Will Manchester United or Liverpool score in the next five minutes?”
Instant Bets: Examples of instant betting include betting on the next swing of a tennis match or the next drive of a football game. For football, Unibet lets users bet on the next drive of an NFL game, the first play of each drive in an NFL game. Users can bet on the next point or the next throw-in for other sports like tennis or soccer.
Live Match Tracker: A live match tracker is an animated graphic that updates in real-time as you are watching a game. A match tracker has a live clock, displays the score by quarter, and even shows which team is attacking. For NFL games, the match tracker also lists the last play, the total plays and yards on the drive, and the down and distance. Unibet’s live match tracker also lists a few statistics.
Live Streaming: Live streaming allows you to stream games live in the app. Live streaming, currently offered by a few sportsbooks, is presently limited to tennis and soccer games.
Unibet Mobile App
The Unibet mobile app is not as well-designed as other top sports betting apps such as DraftKings or FanDuel. Numerous bettors from multiple states have reported issues with the app’s geotechnology in both the Apple and Google app stores.
Likes: Once you select a game, navigating to different bets for that game is easy as they are clearly labeled.
Dislikes: Navigating to the sport or team you want to bet on is a pain. Unlike most apps, there is not a menu at the bottom of the app. Typically these bottom menus take you to your betslip, allow you to view all sports, view promotions, or other helpful locations in the app. Unibet is one of the only sports betting apps not to offer this.
App store complaints: Customers in each state Unibet operates in (IN, NJ, PA) have left negative reviews about Unibet’s geo-targeting technology, reporting long wait times or inaccurate readings. Sportsbooks have to use geotechnology to ensure you are in a jurisdiction that offers sports betting. Unibet has received more complaints for its lack of functioning technology than any other sportsbook I’ve reviewed.
Statistics: Unlike leaders such as DraftKings, Unibet does not offer any pre-game statistics in its mobile app or website.
Education is a strong suit for Unibet. The sportsbook offers an educational betting guide that explains moneyline, spread, total, parlay, teaser, live betting, cash outs, future betting, and prop bets. Examples are used for each bet as well as pictures. There is enough detail in the guide for new bettors to understand each bet type.
Bonuses & Promotions
Unibet offers promotions for first-time bettors and a variety of ongoing promotions for existing customers. Unibet’s promotions are decent. However, I found there to better promotions available with BetRivers and DraftKings.
New customer bonus: For new sports bettors, Unibet offers three $10 risk-free bets and one risk-free bet up to $250. For new casino players, Unibet provides a $10 free bonus and a 100% casino deposit bonus up to $500. Note: While I have not experienced this, there have been many complaints that Unibet defaults bonuses to the casino bonus, and customer support makes it difficult to switch after the matter. Unibet is the only sportsbook I’ve seen with this issue. Be sure to double-check what bonuses you are signing up to receive.
Existing customer bonus: Unibet offers a good variety of promotions for existing customers. Examples of bonuses include parlay boosts, live betting boosts, and casino points. Unibet typically provides 5 – 8 ongoing promotions, which is above average.
Despite offering a good selection of bets and live bets, Unibet doesn’t have enough strengths to compete with some of the best online sportsbooks. Especially when you consider the geotechnology complaints early app-users have experienced.
According to Wikipedia, Unibet, a part of the Kindred Group (OTCMKTS: KNDGF) has over 11 million customers in over 100 countries. Unibet launched its first online website in 1999 and has expanded to over 100 countries since then.
What states is Unibet legal in?
Unibet is legal in Indiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
What deposit methods does Unibet offer?
Bettors can currently deposit via credit/debit card, PayPal, bank transfer, PayNearMe, prepaid company cards, or E-Check.
|Total Deposit Methods||6|
|No Debit/Credit Card Deposit Fees||No|
|Deposit Min/Max - Debit/Credit Card||$10/Varies|
What withdrawal methods does Unibet offer?
Minimum withdrawals at Unibet are $10 for all methods accept via check, which is $100. Withdrawal options vary based on what state you are in.
|Total Withdrawal Methods||5|
|Check Payout Speed is < 10 days||No|
|No Withdrawal Fees - Check||No|
|Withdrawal Min/Max - Check||N/A|
What is the minimum deposit at Unibet?
The minimum amount required to open an account at Unibet is $10.
What kind of customer support does Unibet offer?
Unibet offers email support, phone support, and live chat support available from 8 am until 11 pm, seven days a week. While my Unibet customer support experience is limited, I have read several negative reviews in the app store complaining about customer support requests timing out due to a lack of a response.
What sports can you bet on at Unibet
Unibet currently offers bettors the following sports and leagues.
|Total Sports Offered||17|
|Aussie Rules (AFL)||Yes|
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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.