Bethard have always been a company with a strong North American focus but in recent times that has been enhanced. We can probably attribute that to the arrival of MLS star Zlatan Ibrahimovic as their brand ambassador which has led to a greater focus on US leagues.
The bettors of the USA and Canada could stand to benefit from that attention but we decided to put Bethard through a thorough test ourselves.
Sports Markets and Odds
A wide selection of markets and competitive odds are among the first things to look for when signing up with any sportsbook. There’s certainly no issue with choice over at Bethard and the following is right up there with one of the biggest lists we’ve ever seen.
Football, Tennis, Ice Hockey, Basketball, Handball, Volleyball, Horse Racing, Baseball, American Football, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Golf, Snooker, Pool, Motor Racing, Darts, Cycling, Speedway, Boxing, Floorball, Table Tennis, Winter Sports, Badminton, Trotting, Bandy, Aussie Rules Football, MMA, Cricket, Surfing, Netball, Gaelic Sports.
We challenge you to find a bigger set of sports but the main plus points are the appearance of Canada’s favourites including Baseball, Basketball, Ice Hockey and Horse Racing. Add in a growing set of eSports options and this is even harder to beat.
In terms of odds, we may never see the name of Bethard on the big comparison sites but that certainly doesn’t mean you should ignore them. We checked some sample bets and found them to be in step with the rest of the industry so there is definite value plus some daily price boosts on the popular sports.
Bonuses and Promotions
It should always be remembered that promotions are subject to change so the exact terms of the following deals may alter. However, players can always expect a good range of offers with Bethard.
As of March 2019, the welcome deal here was worth up to $50.00 CAD and this worked as a match on opening deposits and qualifying bets. At the same point, Bethard were running a competition to meet Zlatan Ibrahimovic and while this had a short shelf life, it means that you are likely to find additional promos for regular customers across the life of an account.
Deposit and Withdrawal Options
The list of funding options at Bethard doesn’t include companies that are specific to Canada but there should be enough here for all residents. As a starting point, players can use any of the main debit and credit cards while the list of eWallets includes Skrill, Neteller, PaySafeCard and Trustly.
That’s a fairly basic set of options and Canadian players might want to see iDebit and Instadebit added in the future but those are the main, global providers and there should be at least one way of getting on board with Bethard.
The best part of Bethard’s help facilities is a live chat operator who is available 24/7 for queries. This is the quickest way to answer any questions you may have and when we tested it, we got a fast and friendly reply to an admittedly very basic enquiry.
For email support, click on a link at the very top right hand corner of the homepage and this will bring up the address that you need. This is a little tricky to locate so for reference, you need to contact [email protected].
Once again, the response here was quick and effective and email is a definite option if you prefer something a little more anonymous.
Just because a company is open to Canadian residents doesn’t mean that we should automatically use them. The sportsbook in question needs to match our needs with relevant markets and, of course, the same competitive odds that every operator should be quoting.
Bethard cover these points well and there is good coverage of US leagues including MLB, NHL and NBA which will contain our favourite Canadian sides. It’s good to see horse racing here too at a time when many bookmakers overlook it. In fact, this is one of the wider sets of markets you’ll see and it has strong odds to back it up.
The back up systems such as funding and customer service are strong too and with a welcome bonus thrown in, there are many reasons to add Bethard to your betting portfolio.