BetCanadian is a north American facing sportsbook, racebook and online casino serving US and Canadian customers since 1996. They cover all major sports including football, basketball, hockey and baseball.
They provide high betting limits and accept both Visa and Mastercard deposits. If you're in the USA or Canada, they are a site I highly recommend using.
Bet Canadian Review
If you have read any of our previous reviews, you will know that we see a LOT of garbage sportsbooks around here. Most of the time these sites linger around the interweb for a while until their parent company decides that enough damage has been done to the brand’s reputation and decides to pull the plug.
What also happens (although much less frequently) is that a failing site is picked up by a respectable betting group, who attempts to turn them round.
This is what has happened with Bet Canadian. The firm was initially launched under a shoddy organization in Costa Rica in 2005. Soon after, the betting world began to hear complaints about Bet Canadian and how it was giving players the wrong part of the shaft in terms of payments.
In 2009 the company got a second chance when it was acquired by Bookmaker, a firm with a stellar reputation. Does the new owner bring this book up from the junk, or is it still destined to live in the gutter of the sportsbook world?
Not the Flashiest, But That’s OK
Upon heading to the Bet Canadian site, we were met with a site that really doesn’t strike us as being anything too special. The site looks functional, but we weren’t blown away by any promos or anything that made us want to click to register right away. If we weren’t reviewing the site, we likely would have moved on.
We stayed of course, and were very happy that we did. The site has a collection of some excellent sports betting options, and some very generous lines.
Sports available for action at Bet Canadian include: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, CFL, and more. You can see that Bookmaker definitely has its hands on this operation, as we found that the lines were nearly identical to what its parent site were putting out.
Very nicely done, Bet Canadian.
For those looking for a distraction, Bet Canadian also offers horse racing and a Vegas casino complete with slots, table games, and video poker. The games aren’t really anything special and we didn’t really want to spend any extra time playing them, but we weren’t there to play slots; we were there to try our hand at the sports action.
We really had a great night at Bet Canadian with their book. On a personal note: I dropped $50 on my Detroit Tigers to beat the Chicago White Sox. Coming off of the All Star Break, Detroit hadn’t started the best, but they sure showed up during this game. Max Scherzer made me look smart, and I ended up hauling in a nice little profit from the game.
Unfortunately, my parlay didn’t pan out the next night and I went back to square one with nothing to show in my balance sheet.
Decent Bonuses Are Always A Plus
Seeing as how we review so many sportsbooks, we are a sucker for a good deposit bonus. One feature that we really liked at Bet Canadian was the fact that they allowed us to choose our deposit bonus.
We were given the option of a 25%, 50%, or 100% match bonus when we deposited, which was nice. What wasn’t that great was the rollover, which was 5x, 15x, and 20x accordingly. We certainly have seen worse terms in our time visiting sportsbooks, but we have seen better as well.
Easy Going Banking, Eh?
Although the site is tailored toward Canadian punters, Bet Canadian also services Americans as well, meaning that there are going to be some financial restrictions put into place.
Fortunately, those obstacles are clearable and we were actually very happy with what the site gave us to work with. For US customers, only credit card deposits are available. For those outside the US, you can choose Visa, Mastercard, Neteller, Click2Pay, Eco, Entro Pay, P2P, and bank wire. All of these options are fair enough for us, and we were able to make a Visa deposit with no hassle.
Withdrawals are processed through the same methods as well (save for Visa). We were unable to win anything on this trip (see our botched parlay), but can cite recent customers as saying that payment issues are unheard of now that Bookmaker is overseeing things. You should have no problems pulling money out of here.
Customer service has also greatly improved since Bookmaker’s takeover. We have heard some real horror stories in the past about these guys, but when we chatted them up regarding the bonus rollover terms we were greeted with a friendly and knowledgeable staff who took the time to explain the terms thoroughly to us.
Overall… Much Improved!
Overall we can honestly say that Bet Canadian has done a complete 180 since its darkest days in the gutter. It seems that these guys have gotten on track, and if you can get by the somewhat simple interface, you will find a great sportsbook waiting to be played at.