Sportsbook Website Review
It matters not whether you do it on a laptop or Smartphone. Clicking on any of them will give you some of the best gaming entertainment of its kind in the US.
Few if any other NJ sports betting sites offer horse race wagering. And of those that do, none get even close to BetAmerica’s depth and quality.
You can place bets on races all around the globe – and not only on the World’s biggest ones.
BetAmerica’a Casino gaming menu is also pretty decent. It ranges from a dazzling selection of slots through all the classic table games to what it claims is “the most popular video poker product in America”.
And that’s not all. Using video streaming, you can experience, from the comfort of your own home, the thrill of a real casino.
You can play against live dealers on live tables – and use the same account as you do for BetAmerica’s sportsbook. Only horse racing accounts are run as separate entities.
The Freeplay button? That one takes you to a page where you don’t need to put any money on a bet. Select a winner and you could win a cash prize.
But to get back to BetAmerica’s sportsbook; it is, of course, the primary object of this review and we’ll start by telling you about its owners and operators.
BetAmerica is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated which can count the famed race track of that same name in Louisville, Kentucky, as one of its prized possessions. The track is home to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. Both races were first run at the course in 1875.
Together with the Churchill Course, the corporation also owns Arlington Park, Calder Casino and Race Course, Derby City Gaming (formerly Louisville Downs), Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots, Harlow’s Casino Resort, Lady Luck Casino, Nemacolin and Miami Valley Gaming (50% stake).
In New Jersey where it opened its first BetAmerica sportsbook after the betting prohibition ended, it is partnered by the Golden Nugget Casino.
BetAmerica’s interface almost hits you in the face when you open it. It’s big, bold and colorful and gets right down to business.
In two huge windows at the top of its home page it offers hundreds of dollars in free and risk free bets to all new sign-ups.
It’s long and impressive sports menu runs down the top left side of its home page and its betting slip sits atop the right side of the page.
Just above it and to the left and below its ‘Sportsbook’, ‘Casino’, ‘Horse Racing’ and ‘Freeplay’ buttons is the Live Chat button.
I clicked on it with very impressive results. You can read about it under our ‘customer service’ heading below.
Other easily-spotted buttons on the home page with quick links to the subject include ‘Promotions, ‘Live Sport’ (betting), Results (from all corners of the globe) and ‘Odds.’
This Last button enables you to read all the odds on site in either American, decimal or fractional odds. Most other New Jersey sports betting sights also offer this facility, but too often it’s hard to find or inconvenient to use.
Still on BetAmerica’s impressive home page; it also carries an Information column (below its sports menu) with a long list of helpful subjects newbie’s especially will find important.
They include ‘About Us’, ‘Contact Us, ‘FAQ’ ‘House Rules’, Live Results’, ‘Statistics’, Technical Support’, ‘How to bet’, ‘Betting Rules’, ‘Patron Protection’ and ‘Responsible gambling’.
That BetAmerica runs on the SBTech soft ware is the cherry on top. It’s as good as wagering soft ware can get.
Sports Menu and Betting Options
BetAmerica’s sports Menu is also pretty close to being as good as it gets. It fully covers all the major American sports like NFL and College football, NBA and College Basketball, MLB Baseball and NHL Hockey.
But its menu also carries a more comprehensive list than most of international and non- America sports. These include Soccer, Golf, Tennis, Rugby Union and Rugby League, Boxing, MMA, Aussie Rules, Cricket, Cycling, Motor Racing and even Darts
It does not hold back, either, on the numbers of betting markets and betting options it offers within each sport. There are hundreds and hundreds
They range from the standard, day-to-day Money Line, Spread and Totals bets through Futures, Prop and Round Robins bets to the risky but highly rewarding Parlay bets which, records show, bring in more handle in New Jersey than any other type of bet.
In addition BetAmerica offers a bursting-at-the-seams schedule of Live, In-Play Betting and allows Cash-out betting.
Live, in-play betting: This increasingly popular type of fast-action betting is clearly one of BetAmerica’s top betting draw-cards after parlay wagering. At around 9am (Pacific Time) on January 14, BetAmerica had more than 30 live betting events scheduled for the day. Some were in far-off places like Moscow and Haifa.
Cash-Out Betting: As most quality sportsbook these days do, BetAmerica also offers Cash-Out wagering. This form of betting gives you the option of an early Cash Out on some straight and parlay bets before their final conclusion. This can help safeguard your winnings ahead of the final result. It can also minimize your losses.
While perusing BetAmerica’s home page I came across a button marked live chat. I pressed it. Within 10 seconds a text answer came back. It said: “Thank you for contacting BetAmerica Player Services. This is Steven, how can I assist you?”
After advising that I was merely checking on the availability of the service I received a second message. It read: “As there is nothing else I can assist you with today, thank you for contacting BetAmerica Player Services!
“Should you have any further questions, you can find a range of answers on our Support Home Page at https://nj.betamerica.com/faq/.
Alternatively, contact our friendly Customer Support Team, available 24 hours a day via Live Chat or between 9am and 11pm at our toll-free number 1-866-607-7929. An email service is also available at: email@example.com.
It was impressive. Very impressive
And there is more. BetAmerica also offers its punters a host of up-to-the-minute sports results and statistics to help keep them well informed.
BONUSES AND PROMOTIONS
You should know that sign-up and loyalty bonuses come and go, swayed by the fortunes of the sportsbooks offering them. You should also know that not all of them are quite as good as they look. Read the fine print and the wagering requirements carefully before rushing in
Here were promotions on offer when we last reviewed BetAmerica in January 2020.
Get a risk-free bet up to $1,000.00
As a new member you get your first bonus when you make your first bet. If you lose the bet your account is credited with the amount you lost up to $1000 – if the bet is settled within seven days. Sounds great but the fine print adds:
“There is a wagering requirement before players are permitted to withdraw any bonus funds or bonus winnings from their account.
“This wagering requirement will be 3x the amount of the bonus before a withdrawal of the funds can be initiated, i.e. if a player receives $1,000 in bonus funds, they must then place settled wagers to the value of $3,000 ($1,000 x 3) before being able to withdraw any bonus funds or bonus winnings.
“The wagering requirement can be single straight bets with odds not more favorable than -250 or parlays of four legs or greater, with odds not more favorable than -200.”
Free $20 with first live bet:
Players wagering a minimum of $20 for their first live bet will “instantly be awarded $20 in bonus funds”. Once more, however, there is a “wagering requirement”. When players are awarded the $20 bonus, they must then wager another $20 before the bonus and/or winnings from it can be withdrawn from their accounts.
Bet $5 and get $20:
This promotion seemed to be open to all, not just first-timers. The promo announcement reads: “Players who make at least $5 in cumulative wagers will instantly be awarded $20 in bonus funds.” It can be used immediately but also has ‘wagering requirements”
Both of BetAmerica’s other two listed promotions involved their Casino. One offered a welcome Casino bonus similar to their sportsbook version. The other offered “20 free spins on the slot of the week”.
You should have no problem finding a transaction method that suits you. BetAmerica’s variety of options is many and varied. They are also secured by top-quality technology.
Also it also makes payments between itself and yourself more convenient with its single wallet system for its sportsbook and it’s Casino. However, you will need a separate account for its Horse Racing Book.
Deposit Options: These can be made using MasterCard or Visa credit/debit cards, Pay+, Pay Pal, online Bank transfers, PayNearMe, Skrill, ECheck/ACH, Neteller, or with cash at the Golden Nugget Casino cashiers’ cage.
Withdrawal Options: Again you can use Pay+, Pay Pal, Skrill, and Neteller, online banking, a check in the post or in cash from the cashier’s cage at the Golden Nugget Casino
BetAmerica is a big, bold and on the edge of being a brash New Jersey betting site.
No matter whether you are betting on a laptop website or a Smartphone’s mobile app, you’ll find its work-faces a pleasure to work with.
I like them because they lay out everything in front of you and are both easy to operate. In short you don’t need to be a rocket scientist or a tech detective to find your way around them.
I also like BetAmerica because it seems to know a lot about what the American sports fan wants; about what sports and sports stars they like to bet on and with what kind of wagers are their favorites. This is perhaps a legacy of the experience BetAmerica has gained in its more than 50 years of horse race betting.
Its New Jersey sportsbook has been launched with a risk-free matching sign-up bonus of up to $1000. It also has one or two other standard promotions that can help grow you betting account. However, generally speaking bonuses and promotions did not seem to be one of BetAmerica’s strongest suites.
On the other hand, its caring and receptive Customer Care office certainly is. So too, is its wide ranging payment system and, as I’ve already said, its excellent sports-betting set up.
And then of course there is its diversity. During rare lulls in the sports betting market, you can effortlessly switch to Casino Gaming or horse race betting.
It is clearly one of New Jersey’s better sportsbook and well worth a visit. Take a look at it and you’ll see what I mean.