|Date reviewed: Wednesday 28th of November 201|
Sporting Index ReviewFounded in 1992, Sporting Index burst onto the scene offering something quite unique. ‘Spread Betting’, a new concept in sports betting. Allowing punters to bet on a multitude of possibilities, with the result in a sporting encounter being only one of them. This style of betting has taken off in a big way and so too has Sporting Index. They made their debut on the internet in 2002, and now have over 40,000 customers on their books from all parts of the globe.
It is estimated that Sporting Index control over 70 percent of the worldwide Spread Betting market. Customers can place bets and keep up to date with all the action through a variety of options including telephone, sky interactive and of course online. Sporting Index was the first to introduce ‘Bet on the move’, allowing punters to place bets, close bets, deposit and withdraw money through java enabled software on their phone. A true pioneer, Sporting Index is constantly pushing the boundaries of what is achievable.
Sporting Index homepage and football bet screen
Features - 6/10
One of the largest range of markets and bets available anywhere, with UK, European and US sports all featuring on the site. Horse racing is not really featured at Sporting Index, but there is major coverage of ball sports. Customers can select an account that controls their spending. By choosing a ‘Stop Loss/Win’ account, players can bet within their limits and avoid big potential losses.
There are bags of features on the Sporting Index for all levels of player. Beginners can benefit from the ‘play for fun’ option, allowing you to gain some understanding and get used to some of the highs and lows of spreads. The Bet maker is a great feature allowing punters to create their own portfolio of bets and make requests for new ones.
Promos/Odds - 5/10
Open a Sporting Index account, place 5 bets (each bet must have the potential to win and lose £20 or more) and they will give you up to a £100 in free matched bets.
As there are only a few other spread betting firms, Sporting Index's spreads can seem a little unfavourable at times. However if your willing to spend a bit of time checking out some of the markets you can find something that you can get some good value from.
Transactions - 4/10
A whole host of deposit options are available including, debit/credit card, money transfer and personal cheque. The minimum deposit is £150 when you open an account and £10 thereafter. This may seem steep, but if you know anything about spread betting it will seem quite acceptable. Withdrawals are straightforward, and you will usually receive payment onto your selected card within 3 days. Cheques are usually sent within 2 days of request.
All Sporting Index’s financial dealings are monitored by the FSA (Financial Service Authority) to protect customers and make sure they get a fair deal. Details can be found on the homepage.
Customer Service - 4/10
A company that knows the importance of top rate customer support, Sporting Index offer a variety of options to solve your enquiries. An ‘in-house’ customer service team are on hand between 9am – 8pm everyday of the week to answer queries either through their free phone service or by email. Our calls were answered quickly with little waiting, even at busy times. The 1 hour email response policy between 9am-8pm at Sporting Index was justified when we made a number of enquiries, usually getting a solution in 30 minutes. A good all round service that you would expect from the Spread Betting market leader.
Tel Support (UK): 0800 0969607 (Free phone)
Tel Support (INT): +44 20 7840 4050
Email support: firstname.lastname@example.org