STSBET BOOKMAKER REVIEW
STS is a mature brand, which was established way back in 1997 and has its roots in Poland. The STSBet sportsbook as we know it today was established in late 2015 after acquiring its MGA license. Shortly after that they were ready to try their luck entering into the Canadian sports betting scene. STS holds a valid Malta Gaming Authority license (MGA/B2C/292/2015), which allows them to legally accept players from Canada and facilitate online gaming activities.
To accommodate Canadian sports fans, STS have implemented a number of features into their sportsbook, which runs on the TG Lab platform. Things like local payment solutions, popular sports and leagues and CAD as the main account currency – these are vital requirements for smooth user experience. Mobile optimization is also a big thing and STS have done a pretty good job on this from as well. Of course, we will cover all of this and even more in the additional sections below.
The registration process at STSBet is straightforward and won’t take up too much of your time. Just make sure to have your phone nearby before starting. For the most part, you will need to fill out a fairly generic registration form with your personal details, contact information and address. The final step is to add your phone number and confirm your registration by receiving a text message with a verification code. The code is needed to complete the last step of the process and once you are done with that – you are good to go! To put things in perspective, creating a new account at STS would usually take around 2 minutes.
As a new player from Canada, you can get a 100% welcome bonus up to C$300 upon making your first deposit. There are also other offers that existing players can benefit from, which we will cover in the “Promotions” section below, for now let’s focus on the welcome offer.
One of the cool things about this offer is the fact that single bets also count towards wagering. This is important, because most sportsbooks don’t allow this, which makes wagering the bonus considerably more difficult. The minimum required deposit in order to activate this over is C$20 Your bonus funds have to be wagered 5 times before they get converted into real money balance and the odds requirement for each bet is 1.80 or higher. Finally, your bonus is valid for 7days after which it expires, so make sure to keep an eye on the calendar.
STS has a live support chat, which is nicely coupled with a virtual knowledgebase where you can read their betting rules and other similar documents. In order to give you the best possible overview of their support service, we decided to get in touch with STS support ourselves. We used live chat on two different occasions to ask questions about bonus terms and general betting rules. We were pleasantly surprised by the waiting time – there was no waiting time, we instantly got to chat with a support agent. On both occasions the representatives we chatted with were polite, professional and well spoken, which made the entire communication easy and quick. Having said that, if you ever find yourself needing any assistance – be sure to give support a ping.
BETTING MARKETS AND ODDS
Like we already mentioned earlier, STSBet has a decent selection of sports and leagues open for betting on a daily basis. At the moment they cover over 30 different sports. For the Canadian market STS makes an emphasis on sports like ice hockey, baseball, basketball and football. We would like to give you a realistic overview of what you can expect to see here, so let’s explore some real-life examples.
We will take hockey as an example – on any given day you will have more than 200 different games to choose from. This obviously includes all the top-tier tournaments as well as smaller regional ones. Most games will have around 200 individual markets open for betting. High-profile games will have even more, the number of open markets can go all the way up to 300. This also includes a rich selection of various period bets and combination markets.
Let’s also not forget about live betting, which is also known as “in-play”. Again, STS cover mostly any worthwhile hockey tournament you can think of. Over 200 markets will be traded throughout the duration of the game. Markets are typically left open up until the last seconds of any game and cashout is also available.
SPORTS COVERED BY STSBET
American Football, Australian Football, Bandy, Basketball, Beach Soccer, Biathlon, Bowling, Boxing, Chess, Cricket, Cross country Skiing, Crossfit, Curling, Cycling, Darts, Entertainment, Figure Skating, Floorball, Football, Formula 1, Futsal, GAA Football, Golf, Greyhounds, Handball, Horse Racing, Ice Hockey, MMA, Martial Arts, MotoGP, Motor Sports, Netball, Olympic Games, Pesapallo, Rugby, Rugby Union, Speedway, Surfing, Swimming, TV, Table Tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, Trotting, Volleyball, Water Polo, Winter Sports, Baseball
DEPOSITS AND WITHDRAWALS
As we already mentioned earlier – STS are focusing on making sure Canadian players feel at home here. A vital part of that effort is making sure that your payments are easy, quick and stress-free. This means that you will have access to most local “go-to” payment solutions such as Interac, EcoPayz and others. Both deposits are instant and free – you don’t have to pay any fees neither to top up your account nor to withdraw your winnings.
The minimum possible deposit is C$10.
The minimum amount you can withdraw from your player account is C$10.
HOW TO MAKE A DEPOSIT?
Go to stsbet.com and sign in using your username and password. If you don’t remember your password or username and are unable to log in – use the “Reset your password?” or “Forgot your username?” options in the login window to recover your credentials.
Once you are logged in, you should see an orange plus sign next to your balance in the top right corner of the screen. Press on that plus sign and you will be directed to the payments page, where you can complete the next step.
The payments page will show you all available payment methods you can use – pick the one you need and follow the given instructions to proceed with your payment.
Depending on the payment method of your choice, you might need to add some additional information. For example, this applies to bank transfers – you will need to specify your account number. Now simply follow the instructions to complete your deposit.
PROMOTIONS AT STSBET
It is quite common for sportsbook operators to have welcome offers for new players, so it is no surprise that STS have one for Canadian players. Apart from the welcome offers they have several different free bet promotions and an accumulator bet insurance offer, we will tell you all about then in the following section.
All new players from Canada can get a 100% deposit bonus up to C$300. Your first deposit needs to be C$20 or more in order to activate your welcome bonus and get the amount credited to your account. Your bonus funds have to be wagered 5 times with the odds of 1.80 or higher before they are converted into real money balance. Both, single and accumulator bets count towards wagering and you have 7 days to meet wagering requirements. Make sure to use the bonus code SBK300 together with your deposit and keep in mind that EcoPayz and MuchBetter deposits don’t qualify for this campaign!
Minimal deposit: C$20
Bonus valid for 7 days
Required odds: 1.80 or higher
OTHER PROMOTIONS AT STSBET
STS have an impressive range of free bet offers across a number of different sports and we will explore each one of them in detail. Finally, there is also an accumulator bet insurance offer, which all existing players can benefit from.
WEEKLY FREE BETS
All active players from Canada can get two C$5 free bets every week, all you have to do is just keep on betting. The conditions are as follows, place C$30 worth of treble bets (accumulator bets with three selections) between 14:00 on a Friday and 23:59 following Thursday. The total odds of your bets have to be 3.00 or higher.
Your free bets will be automatically added to your player accounts if the above conditions are met. The first bet will be credited to your account at 12:00 on a Friday and the second one will appear on Monday at 14:00. Both free bets will be valid for 7 days.
C$50 BASEBALL FREE BET
Place a pre-match bet on any MLB game and get up to C$50 as a free bet if both teams score 5 or more runs. The minimum amount you have to bet is C$10 and the free bet you later receive will be equal to your stake, up to C$50. This must be a single pre-match money line or match spread bet on an MLB game, with the odds of 1.50 or higher.
Your free bet will be valid for 7 days and can be used on any baseball markets with the odds of 1.50 or higher. The offer is valid until 01.10.2022.
NBA FREE BET
You have a chance to get a C$10 free bet if any one player in an NBA game (that you bet on) scores 35 points or more. The criteria for this promotion are straightforward, you have to: place a C$50 (or more) single bet on a pre-match NBA game at the odds of at least 1.50. If any one player scores 30 or more points throughout the game – you will get a C$10 free bet regardless of whether your original bet won or lost.
FOOTBALL (SOCCER) ACCUMULATOR BET INSURANCE
Even if your accumulator bet loses – you can still get your money back as a free bet. In order to qualify for this your accumulator bet needs to have at least 6 selections and a stake between C$5 and C$50. Your bet can consist of both, pre-match and in-play (live) selections and the odds of each selection have to be 1.60 or higher. If your accumulator bet loses by one selection, you get 100% of your stake back as a free bet. Finally, keep in mind that even though you can have pre-match selections in your betslip – all games have to take place within 10 days of when the bet is placed.
STSBet doesn’t currently have a mobile app, which you can download and install on your device, but based on what we found – it is not obvious they need one. You see, they’ve done a pretty good job at optimizing their website for mobile devices and it wouldn’t get much better even if there was an application.
We tested their mobile website with several different devices: an iPhone 11, a Google Pixel 2 XL and an older Samsung Galaxy Note 9. We didn’t notice any significant performance difference between any of them, which means that the website was as fast on an older phone as it was on new ones. This is mostly achieved by how the interface is built – most static page elements are the same between different pages and they are cached by your browser. In essence, whenever you move between pages you only load the actual data and not the interface. Such design allows older devices to work more efficiently and consume less traffic in addition to that.
Now we can take a quick look at the actual user interface and some of its key features. You can navigate between different sports using a slider menu, which is visible on most pages. Even though it does give an overview of available sports, we noticed that there is no indication of how many games are currently open for betting for each one of them. This might be a potential point for improvement, however it isn’t really that much of an issue. If you look at the list of games (overview) – there is a clear indication of the number of open markets per game. This is definitely a good thing to have and it saves you a lot of time that you would have otherwise spent moving between pages.
Finally, let’s see what is going on with the betting interface. If you open up a live game, then it will usually have an animated pitch, which displays what is currently happening in the game. All markets and their applicable selections are situated just below that. You can filter markets using a set of predefined categories and you can mark certain markets as “favorites” to quickly find them later. The only missing thing here is a search box – there is currently no way to look for a market by typing in its name.
Now to put things in perspective – STSBet’s mobile website follows most industry-accepted standards and does a pretty good job at it. It is fast, the UI is informative and even though some things might require improvement – as a player you will definitely be satisfied with the overall user experience here.
STSBET DESKTOP SITE OVERVIEW
A functional and user-friendly interface design is usually a good sign when it comes to betting sites, as this will enable you to find exactly what you need in just several steps, markets and selections should be clearly visible and understandable while the betslip part should show all details relevant to your bet and additional options and/or features if applicable. Below are some examples of how STSBet’s online sports betting section looks like.
When it comes to the layout of the desktop website – STS are as classic as can be. They follow all industry-accepted standards, so even a newcomer (given he is familiar with betting) will be easily able to use the website without any introduction. The website’s UI is intuitive, simple and reasonably minimalistic – minimalism is generally a good thing, as you only see what you need and what you are looking for.
The sports selection menu gives a good overview of the number of available games for each sport, which sadly is not the case on mobile. The same applies to each individual game – there is a number next to the name, which shows how many markets are currently open for betting. The actual betting UI is similar to what you are already likely used to – markets are grouped into several different categories along with a betslip on the right side of the screen. You can also configure how markets are displayed, you can have them in one or two columns.
STSBET AFFILIATE PROGRAM
Like many other iGaming companies out there, STS has an affiliate program, which gives you the opportunity to promote their brand and earn from it. You can get a certain percentage from the revenue that is generated by the players you attract. The actual percentage and other applicable conditions may vary, so be sure to confirm them once you apply.
HOW IT WORKS?
Similar to any other affiliate program out there – the first step is to apply. The registration form will require your personal and contact information. You will also need to specify which brands you would like to promote and how exactly are you planning to do that. Now is an especially good moment to start promoting the Canadian brand, as you will be way ahead of everyone else. You might need to wait a couple of days before you get a response because your application has to be reviewed by the affiliate team. If you are accepted, you will receive an email notifying you of that. Now you can start promoting STS – if you have a website, a personal blog or maybe a YouTube channel, these would be good places to start.
FAQ | FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW TO REGISTER AT STSBET?
The registration process is pretty straightforward and rather quick, we’ve detailed the process in one of the sections above. In short, you will need to complete and submit a registration form. The information required at this stage is: your name, address, contact details and phone number. The last step to complete the registration process is to verify your phone number, so make sure to have it at hand. As soon as you are done with that – you are good to go. There is nothing else you need to do for now and the entire process will take around two minutes.
HOW TO CLAIM THE WELCOME BONUS?
In order to claim the welcome bonus you need to make an Interac deposit – deposits made with MuchBetter or ecoPayz will not activate this offer. Other than that, simply make a deposit of C$20 or more and use the SBK300 bonus code and your welcome bonus will be automatically credited to your player account.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM DEPOSIT?
The minimum amount you can deposit is C$10 for all payment methods.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM WITHDRAWAL?
The minimum amount you can withdraw from your player account is C$20.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alex Mortin – a life-long basketball fan and a devoted Toronto Raptors supporter. Alex has worked with some of the biggest sports betting brands in the world and has more than 15 years of experience in this industry. His rich experience in the sports betting field makes him the perfect person to produce high-quality sportsbook reviews. If you want to connect with Alex and learn more about what he is up to, feel free to follow him on Facebook and LinkedIn.