Last month, Pokerstars launched its new sportsbetting service, BetStars. It is not to be confused with the existing Betstar bookmaker (which, admittedly caused us some trouble), and it is a new player in the already busy market of sportsbetting.
Like any Pokerstars product, Betstars is easy to navigate. Whether you’re using the service from your browser or the downloadable client, Betstars is well-organised.
You can find the most popular sports along the top of the screen, and there is a summary of the day’s matches on the homepage. Odds are displayed clearly, and you can place bets with a single click of your mouse.
At the moment, BetStars does not offer a full range of sports. These are the events that players can currently bet on:
- American Football
- Aussie Rules Football
- Horse Racing
- Ice Hockey
- Rugby League
- Rugby Union
- Table Tennis
So, if you’re looking for novelty betting or any other sports, this may not be the right site for you yet. You may have to go with a service that offers a more comprehensive list of events and wait for Betstars to add new sports.
One of the great things about the new Betstars sportsbetting service from PokerStars is that you can use your existing account to login. So, you don’t have to open up a whole new account just to bet on a match. This is ideal for players who are interested in poker or casino games but don’t have a great interest in sportsbetting.
It is a common situation where someone will hear about great odds on a match but will not want to bother setting up a new account with an online bookmaker. This isn’t really a problem with BetStars. If you already have a casino or poker account with them, then you simply login and place your bets.
In the same way that you only need one account for all three PokerStars services, you will only need one wallet. Everything you spend on casino games, poker and sportsbetting will come from the same account. So, there is no need to keep track of three different accounts, or deposit multiple times.
At the moment, the Betstars mobile app is only available in the iTunes App Market. This means that you can’t download the app on any other devices, such as Android phones or Windows tablets.
You can use the site from your mobile browsers and while the site is mobile-optimised, it seems like it would be much easier to navigate if there were an app available for a wider range of mobile platforms.