In the world of American sportsbooks, the name VIP stands large. There are few companies that can match the competitive odds and early pricing that VIP has on offer, making it one of the biggest companies in the sports betting scenario today. Despite catering to American sports, the company is based out of the Dutch Antilles.
The website, on first view, is quite flashy. Like most America-based sportsbooks, their focus on American sports is quite emphatic and therefore, the style of presentation is similar too. With red being their primary colour, there is a large amount of emphasis on the presence of that colour, resulting in a lot of stock imagery being used on their website.
The website opens up in a different style as compared to European bookmakers. Once you get into the sportsbooks’ section, you can see a marked difference in the way things work. All the sports are listed on the right while on the middle of the screen, you will find a list of the events in that sport.
The website is less cluttered and that makes it quite pleasurable to view. However, there is also a tendency for the website to look empty as well.
Like every top-end bookmaker, VIP are quite simplistic and standard in their registration process. All you need to do is fill in a simple form and you are up and running within a couple of minutes. VIP demands the billing or deposition method details at the time of registration. Therefore, you need to make sure you have all the details at hand.
Despite being a large promoter of betting in American sports, VIP does not allow American or Canadians to join their website.
VIP offers a number of bonuses such as the close call parlay in which you get paid for almost hitting your parlay. Every Friday, VIP has a special bonus that lasts the length of the NBA season. On VIPHorses, you get 15% of all your losses paid back to you by the company, every month.
For all new accounts, there is a 20% cash bonus on all initial deposits. To withdraw it, you need to have rolled over that amount at least 4 times. The 20% cash bonus only goes up to $200.
While placing a bet on VIP is almost as easy as on any other website, there is a huge amount of difference in the way the website works. Once you have picked your league, from a drop down menu, you are presented with a list of the events or matches that are under that league, in the coming few days.
Each market has a win/loss/draw price, depending on the sport. There is a radio button next to each outcome that you need to pick from. While this restricts the outcome, you can choose from, to just one, you place the bet by simply entering the amount you’d like to win, or the stake, into the two text boxes on the side.
Once that is done, simply click on calculate at the bottom of the page to calculate the total amount that you will put on stake and the total winnings for your money. Once you get there, click on the “Next Step” button and you will go through towards completing the purchase in an almost shopping-cart manner.
The odds take their own sweet time to come up. It’s almost as if VIP put up the odds as an afterthought. Even when they do come up, they are just plain average as compared to most of the other websites that serve customers at the level that VIP do. As a top-end bookmaker, it seems that they are almost divided on whether they would like to host only live bets or offer earlier odds like every other website.
At VIP, the markets are few and far in between. There is a large emphasis on American sports and even college level sports are well supported. Surprisingly, they do not allow people from America and Canada to join despite their large emphasis on the sports from those countries.
Auto racing is also quite popular while football from all major European leagues is on offer as well. The odds for non-American sports are abysmal and the options are far too limited.
VIP is one of the top American-sportsbooks available today. But that is not because of their ability to handle customer queries. They are decently quick in their payouts and continue to surprise everyone with their abilities in this department.
The customer service is decently polite and helpful while the company tends to stay clean more often than not.
An average sportsbook by any means, VIP is not for everyone. If only you are severely deprived of any betting platform for American sports or have been blacklisted by the rest, should you come to VIP. They are, by far, one of the weakest sportsbooks in the world but that said, they are consistent!
Amazingly, we do have something good to write about VIP and that is solely that their colour combination wasn’t half bad. On second thoughts, cross that out too!