Bethard has a slightly different style and presentation to other sportsbooks, no doubt as a way to make the site stand out in an increasingly crowded marketplace. Another area where it differs from contemporaries is the way it handles free bets. Bethard free bets come in the form of a 'cash out', working slightly differently to standard free bets.
The cash out system simply means that you can forfeit a bet during a match, which could either mean you take your winnings before the end of the match, or simply lose nothing if the odds aren't in your favour. It's not that different from a free bet in the sense that you don't lose anything if you lose, but remember that you'll still be required to make a deposit.
Unfortunately, Bethard's sign up bonus leaves quite a lot to be desired. The site claims you'll get up to £50 in bonuses when you sign up. This is technically true, but you can actually only claim up to £5 per £100 you wager.
That's a pretty hefty amount to invest for a pretty meagre return, especially compared to other sports books that will match your first deposit or offer free spins in the casino. What's more, if you want to make use of the full £50, you'll have to wager a total of £1000 and make sure you claim your bonus within seven days or it will expire. It's a shame the sign up bonus is so poor, because there are some good features on this site, as we'll see.
Betting offers at Bethard are pretty average, but on the plus side they are quite varied. If you're mainly interested in the sportsbook, then the most interesting promotions are the pulse betting and combo booster.
Pulse betting is designed for football matches and allows you to bet on the fly during a match that a goal will be scored in the next 30 seconds, 1, 5 or 10 minutes. The more time that passes the more your stake increases. It's a potentially lucrative system but a very risky one.
The combo booster is a way to enhance your potential winnings. If you place a pre-match accumulator bet or combo bet and you win, you'll get a 30% bonus on top of your initial winning stake. Not bad, but again as with most offers on Bethard, they're very all or nothing, which means higher risk. As a result, if you tend to just enjoy light bets for fun or prefer basing your betting on stats and research, these impulse-driven offers might not be that appealing.
This is an area where Bethard really shines. It has some very good odds on football, especially the Premier League. That said, there's decent odds on almost all football leagues from around the world and some good markets to punt on within those leagues too. Both the Italian and French leagues have competitive odds, for example, and there are markets including total corners, last free kick and so on.
If you follow football and enjoy betting on the game, then this site is certainly going to interest you.
While there's a very strong focus on football here and almost all of the Bethard offers are geared towards football matches, there are plenty of other sports and markets on offer too. You'll find a good selection of rugby markets, including rugby union, rugby league and the NRL rugby premiership.
Most other sports can be found here too, especially popular ones like tennis, F1 and basketball. The most popular markets will change based on what sporting events are happening at any given time (the site tends to put more odds and markets on tennis during Wimbledon, for example), but thanks to the fact almost all sports are represented here, including table tennis and American football, there's something for most fans.
As with most new sites, Bethard has made sure that its mobile experience is as close to the desktop site as possible. The distinctive and bold colour scheme carries over and the site has clearly been optimised for smaller screens. This makes it very easy to use whatever device you're accessing the site from.
The mobile site is very responsive too. You'll generally experience minimal loading times when switching between pages or sections and the various markets seem to load up a bit quicker than some other sites. You can access all the necessary site features using the same drop-down menu as on the main site, which is handy. It means that once you've learnt where everything is on Bethard, you don't have to relearn it again if you switch to the mobile site from desktop and vice versa. All in all, a very smooth mobile experience.
One of Bethard's best features is the live betting section. While the sports on offer in this section are a bit more limited, you'll get some pretty good odds and interesting markets. Sports available here include football, tennis, basketball, golf, table tennis, beach volleyball, badminton and cricket. This is at time of writing, so it's always worth checking back as live markets are likely to change based on which sporting events are taking place.
The thing that really sets Bethard apart from other sites is its approach. Obviously the aim here was to create a place where punters could go all in with maximum risk and, as the name suggests, bet hard. While it might be a distinctive take on the sportsbook, many of the offers and promotions are severely lacking, really only serving to make the site money. It's a shame, because it has some very appealing football markets and excellent presentation overall.