STS SPORTS BETTING REVIEW

18+. New depositing players on STSbet.co.uk only. Promotion from 11/02/2020 until further notice. First deposit min £10. Qualifying bet: min. £10 accumulator bet with at least two selections with min odds of 1/2 (1.50) per selection. Bonus: 50% of the amount of the first bet. Max. bonus £40. Min. 6x wagering with bonus on min odds of 1/2 (1.50) before withdrawal. Deposit method restrictions. Bonus valid for 7 days. Full T&Cs apply. BeGambleAware.org.

RATING

Overall Rating

83%

Betting Markets

80%

Odds

85%

Bonuses & Promotions

80%

Payment Options

85%

Mobile Experience

85%

INFO

  • Website: http://www.stsbet.co.uk/
  • Year Established: 2008
  • License: UK Gambling Commission
  • Live Chat: Yes
  • Mobile Apps: No

ADVANTAGES

  • Successful European brand
  • 24/7 customer support
  • Game-specific soccer deals
  • Acca insurance for football
  • Fun, colourful interface

 

STS is a traditional fixed odds bookmaker that has been registered in Malta since 2008. The brand operates under the parent company of Vivaro Limited. STS is currently licensed and regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority. The bookmaker is also regulated by the British Gambling Commission for customers located in the UK. The core product is sports betting but the site also features a casino and live casino. At the time of writing, STS does not offer a downloadable app. However, customers can access a mobile version of the website using Android and iOS devices. The bookmaker offers a welcome bonus and ongoing promotions for current players.

STS Sign Up Offer

STS is licensed and monitored by two of the most respected regulatory bodies in the industry. The UK Gambling Commission in particular has introduced stringent standards of compliance. Operators who serve the UK market are required by license to offer realistic and transparent welcome bonuses. STS have a welcome offer of £40 in the form of a free bet.


STS £40 Sports Welcome Bonus
STS £40 Sports Welcome Bonus
Sign up at STS, make a first deposit of £10 or more and place an accumulator bet of at least £10 with a minimum of 2 selections at minimum odds of 1/2 per selection. Once your bet is settled, you’ll receive 50% of the amount of the first bet you placed up to £40. Minimum 6x wagering with bonus on min. odds of 1/2 before withdrawal. Bonus valid for 7 days. Deposit method restrictions apply. 18+, T&Cs apply.Show More
Sign up at STS, make a first deposit of £10 or more and place an accumulator bet of at least £10 with a minimum of 2 selections at minimum odds of 1/2 per selection. Once your bet is settled, you’ll receive 50% of the amount of the first bet you placed up to £40. Minimum 6x wagering with bonus on min. odds of 1/2 before withdrawal. Bonus valid for 7 days. Deposit method restrictions apply. 18+, T&Cs apply. Show Less

 

This bonus is subject to the following Terms & Conditions:

 

The STS welcome offer is a realistic 50% matched bet bonus. The value of the free bet token equals the value of the qualifying bet. There are no turnover requirements and the odds restrictions are not too stringent. However, similar offers with other online bookmakers allow singles as qualifying bets. New customers with STS must place a multiple bet with two selections or more to qualify for the bonus. However, the welcome bonus is transparent and easily achievable. The qualifying conditions means the offer provides a good incentive to register, deposit funds and bet.

STS Ongoing Promotions (Last Updated: June 2021)

STS English Football Weekly £10 Bonus
STS English Football Weekly £10 Bonus
Get a £10 sports bonus each week! Place an In-Play or pre-match minimum 2-fold acca bet with a stake of exact £20 and minimum total odds of 4/1 on any Premier League or Championship related market taking place between Friday and Sunday (23:59 GMT) of a specific week. Qualifying bet must win for the bonus to be awarded. The bonus is credited the following Monday before 16:00 GMT. Maximum bonus is £10. One bonus per customer per week. Bonus wagering requirements are 6x with minimum odds of 4/5 within 5 days prior to withdrawal. Deposit method restrictions apply. Promotions available until 16.05.2021. 18+, T&Cs apply.
STS Extra 6+
STS Extra 6+ 100% Acca Insurance
Place a minimum 6-fold acca football bet with minimum odds of 3/5 per selection on qualifying pre-match or in play, with minimum stake of £2 and maximum stake of £50. If one of your bets loses, you’ll get a 100% refund of the losing stake. To receive the bonus, one selection on the qualifying bet must lose. The qualifying bet must be settled within 10 days. Bonus is credited within 24 hours after the qualifying bet has settled. Bonus expires after 10 days. Bonus can be used on any sports. Bonus minimum odds 4/5. Deposit method restrictions apply. No wagering requirements. 18+, T&Cs apply.
STS £40 Sports Welcome Bonus
STS £40 Sports Welcome Bonus
Sign up at STS, make a first deposit of £10 or more and place an accumulator bet of at least £10 with a minimum of 2 selections at minimum odds of 1/2 per selection. Once your bet is settled, you’ll receive 50% of the amount of the first bet you placed up to £40. Minimum 6x wagering with bonus on min. odds of 1/2 before withdrawal. Bonus valid for 7 days. Deposit method restrictions apply. 18+, T&Cs apply.


Basketball World Cup £5 Free Bet

This is a sports and event-specific dynamic promotion that has a limited life. In fact, it was only available during the basketball World Cup in August and September. Once the offer expires, there should be other sports-related bonuses which will be introduced just before the specific event. New customers could claim £5 in the form of a free bet on the tournament. This free bet complements the generic welcome bonus and new customers are eligible for both offers. The free bet is credited once new players have achieved the welcome offer free bet requirements. It is an additional £5 free bet and not an alternative to the welcome bonus.

Acca Insurance

Customers will receive a refund for the value of the bet when one selection in a multiple bet with 6 legs or more does not win. This is a common concession for all players but other bookmakers allow accas with five selections. The bet must combine six or more football markets in an accumulator. The qualifying stake is £2 to £50. Each selection in the acca must be included at odds of 1.60 or bigger. The offer is a 100% matched bet bonus because the refund equals the value of the bet. The free bet token expires after 14 days. The stake is not included in any returns from the free bet.

STS Weekly Football Bonus Offer

Existing customers at STS can claim a £10 bonus each week when placing football bets. Available throughout the season, punters must stake £20 on multiple bets featuring two or more legs, with minimum total odds of 4/1 also being in play. Winning bets will be rewarded with a £10 bonus, on top of the bet earnings. Qualifying bets must be placed on matches from either the Premier League or Championship, the top two divisions of English football.

Qualifying matches must take place on either a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, with both pre-match and in-play bets being eligible. Bonuses earned will be paid out the following Monday before 16:00, with a maximum bonus of £10 being available each week. Bonus funds are valid for 5 days, with no wagering requirements being in play.


STS £40 Sports Welcome Bonus
STS £40 Sports Welcome Bonus
Sign up at STS, make a first deposit of £10 or more and place an accumulator bet of at least £10 with a minimum of 2 selections at minimum odds of 1/2 per selection. Once your bet is settled, you’ll receive 50% of the amount of the first bet you placed up to £40. Minimum 6x wagering with bonus on min. odds of 1/2 before withdrawal. Bonus valid for 7 days. Deposit method restrictions apply. 18+, T&Cs apply.Show More
Sign up at STS, make a first deposit of £10 or more and place an accumulator bet of at least £10 with a minimum of 2 selections at minimum odds of 1/2 per selection. Once your bet is settled, you’ll receive 50% of the amount of the first bet you placed up to £40. Minimum 6x wagering with bonus on min. odds of 1/2 before withdrawal. Bonus valid for 7 days. Deposit method restrictions apply. 18+, T&Cs apply. Show Less

STS Markets & Betting Options

‘Sports’ is the second option on the main menu on the STS Home Page. The first option is In-Play which reflects the importance of live betting with this operator. The sports page displays banner links to the welcome offer and ongoing promotions for existing players.

General

Customers can locate a betting event by entering a word or phrase in a search box. Bettors can create a list of Favourites which eases navigation. There is a list of Top Leagues which includes the main betting events of the day. Customers can display the upcoming markets by hour. The main list contains about 50 sports which are roughly displayed by order of popularity. In addition to the regular sports, STS bettors can place wagers on Politics, TV and Entertainment and Awards. At the time of writing the three most popular sports by the number of current markets are football, tennis and ice hockey. Here is bet information about these three sports.

Football

Football accounts for more than half of the current bets. Customers can place match and outright bets on many leagues and competitions from around the world. The offer includes the main domestic leagues in Europe and South America and the more obscure from all the continents. The most bet on leagues are the Premier League in England and the Champions League. There is a boost in football betting when there are international tournaments during the summer. The World Cup and European Championship finals take place alternatively every two years over a four-year cycle.

STS displays the three-way match result market for a typical football fixture. Customers can bet on up to 300 additional markets which are displayed under the following headings:

The match outcome market (Home Win, Draw, Away Win) is compiled with a margin of over 6%. This is significantly above the average. Recreational bettors may not notice the variance but professionals will bet elsewhere on margins of as low as 3%. The margins on the more exotic bets are about average

Tennis

Tennis is the second most popular betting sport with STS. The dominance of football is illustrated by the relative number of markets for each sport. There are five times more football betting options than tennis bets. Customers can place wagers on matches and the outright winner in the ATP and WTA tours, Challenger tournaments events and International Tennis Federation (ITF) events. Tennis is rare in that there are more bets placed on in-play events than pre-match markets. The most popular tennis bets are the match result, handicaps and totals. The more exotic bets provide the potential for a significant win for a small stake. The two-way match result has a typical margin of almost 6% which is somewhat above the industry average.

Ice Hockey

Ice hockey is the third most popular betting sport with STS. Despite operating in the UK, the bookmaker does not offer a horse racing service. This is a key sport for UK-facing operators and its absence suggests STS does not have a large core of customers in Great Britain and Ireland. Customers can bet on a wide range of European domestic leagues. However, the most bet on ice hockey competition is the National Hockey League (NHL) in North America. The most popular betting markets are the match result excluding overtime, Over/Under totals and handicaps. The three-option match outcome market is complied with a margin of over 7% which is about average.

Other Markets

Along with the markets discussed above, STS also offers a host of more diverse betting options. The bookie covers events from the world of badminton, motor racing, snooker, MMA and table tennis, while STS is also an excellent option for punters looking to bet on popular British sports golf and cricket. The two are the most in-depth markets away from football, Esports and tennis, with events from around the world being found. Whether it be a Test, One Day or T20 cricket match or a tournament from the men’s and women’s golf tour, STS has all bases covered. Pre-match, in-play and outright markets are available on most sports markets at STS.


STS £40 Sports Welcome Bonus
STS £40 Sports Welcome Bonus
Sign up at STS, make a first deposit of £10 or more and place an accumulator bet of at least £10 with a minimum of 2 selections at minimum odds of 1/2 per selection. Once your bet is settled, you’ll receive 50% of the amount of the first bet you placed up to £40. Minimum 6x wagering with bonus on min. odds of 1/2 before withdrawal. Bonus valid for 7 days. Deposit method restrictions apply. 18+, T&Cs apply.Show More
Sign up at STS, make a first deposit of £10 or more and place an accumulator bet of at least £10 with a minimum of 2 selections at minimum odds of 1/2 per selection. Once your bet is settled, you’ll receive 50% of the amount of the first bet you placed up to £40. Minimum 6x wagering with bonus on min. odds of 1/2 before withdrawal. Bonus valid for 7 days. Deposit method restrictions apply. 18+, T&Cs apply. Show Less

STS Mobile Betting And Sports App

STS have not developed and launched a downloadable mobile app for iOS and Android devices. However, the website can be accessed on mobile phones and tablets when the browser is optimised for mobile. Users of iOS and Android equipment can install the website on the mobile devices. The mobile version is fully functional and replicates the PC service. There are no mobile specific sign up offers or ongoing promotions. However, mobile users can claim the welcome bonus and enjoy the benefits of dynamic promotions for existing customers. The mobile release is easy to read and navigation is fast and intuitive.

STS Bookmaker Features

STS is a traditional fixed odds online bookmaker so not a spread betting firm ort betting exchange. So, the operator offers the following standard bookmaker services:

In-Play

In-play is the first option on the main menu on the STS Home Page. Selecting this option takes customers to the in-play page which displays live events for about 15 sports. The most popular sports for in-play betting are football and tennis. There are up to 50 betting options during an in-play football match. STS does not provide live streaming. However, the interface shows a graphical representation of the action

Bettors can refer to live match data before placing a bet. The odds are taken down when there is a significant incident like a goal in football or break of serve in tennis.

Cash Out

STS is one of the many online bookmakers that allow customers to cash out bets during a live event. The qualifying bets can be placed in pre-match markets or earlier during the live event. The purpose of cash out betting is to guarantee a profit or limit the loss, regardless of the outcome of the fixture. The cash out offer from STS depends on the stake and odds of the original bet and the odds at the time of the cash out request. Customers can take advantage of the market when the odds move in favour of the bet. The offer can be rejected and the bet stays open.

18+. New depositing players on STSbet.co.uk only. Promotion from 11/02/2020 until further notice. First deposit min £10. Qualifying bet: min. £10 accumulator bet with at least two selections with min odds of 1/2 (1.50) per selection. Bonus: 50% of the amount of the first bet. Max. bonus £40. Min. 6x wagering with bonus on min odds of 1/2 (1.50) before withdrawal. Deposit method restrictions. Bonus valid for 7 days. Full T&Cs apply. BeGambleAware.org.

STS Banking Options

STS offers the standard methods for transferring funds. Customers can make a deposit using popular e-Wallets, the main debit cards, prepaid cards and Bank Wire Transfer. The same options apply to taking funds from an STS betting account. Deposits are generally free and immediate. Some withdrawal methods carry a nominal charge. These transactions are subject to standard delays of 2 to 5 working days.

Opening An STS Account, Deposit And Bet

Potential new customers visit the STS Home Page and click ‘JOIN’. The registration process is one of the less detailed in the online betting industry. The sign up screens feature boxes for a unique Username and Password. There is a field for an optional promo code. Once the required fields have been populated new customers create the account. Players must confirm acceptance of the site Terms & Conditions.

New customers are prompted to make an initial deposit. The minimum transfer is 310 and there are no charges. Depositors must select the payment method and enter the amount. STS accept the payment if it is within the lower and upper deposit limits. The operator can accept higher deposits at their own discretion. When the transaction has been accepted, the account balance is updated and the new customer can bet.

The bettor navigates to the specific market and clicks the odds. The Betslip appears with the bet details. Customers can choose from an increasing number of bets as selections are added. They enter the stake and accept the odds which can change during the bet placement process. The customer places the bet which STS usually accepts and updates the account balance accordingly.

Customer Support

Customers can read a detailed FAQ section, refer to the betting rules and examine responsible gambling measures. The customer support team can be contacted by email but there is no telephone support or Live Chat. Email response times are unclear.

Security and Regulations

STS is fully licensed and regulated by the Gambling Commission, which should give punters in the UK an indication as to just how trustworthy they are. A series of security measures are in play too, with the bookie having recently gained an ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certificate, which helps to prove their reliability. Meanwhile, the bookie is also linked with IBAS, who help to deal with betting disputes and have a fantastic reputation within the industry. The STS privacy policy can be viewed at all times, however the bookie does not provide details surrounding the use of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption technology or firewalls.

More On The Bookmaker

STS has been operating in its current form since 2008. The operator has a core of loyal customers but they do not have a major presence in the UK. The welcome offer is for a modest amount and the odds do not offer the best value. The bookmaker survives on brand loyalty rather than one feature or the odds.

STS in the Media

STS is a bookie that is regularly in the news, with the following being the headlines in which they have made of late:

STS won a host of awards at the second annual Polish Bookmaker Awards in March this year. Alongside Fortuna, STS picked up eight of the 11 available awards at the event organised by Poland’s leading affiliate site, Legalni Bukmacherzy. It was Fortuna who took home the Best Polish Bookmaker award, along with the Best Social Campaign, having given 0.30 Euros to fans at Polish Second Division matches.

Reference: Fortuna & STS Win Big at Polish Bookmaker Awards

Meanwhile, STS are seemingly coping with the Covid-19 pandemic better than some other bookies, with owner and Chief Executive, Mateusz Juroszek, talking up their chances of expanding. STS has a 50% market share in Poland, which has increased thanks to virtual sports, betting games and in-play markets. The bookie is continuing to work on technological advancements, with STS now having some 1 million customers across Europe, helped in part to receiving a license from the UK Gambling Commission.

Reference: Mateusz Juroszek: Non-Stop STS Will Expand Amid Industry Disruption

Tax figures from the Ministry of Finance in Poland have revealed that revenues in the gambling industry declined by 10% in the first half of 2020. Despite this, STS has actually strengthened its position as market leader, now holding a 50% market share. STS have been able to match new demands from customers, however the bookie has been critical of the Polish Treasury, who’s taxation rules have reduced the betting markets capacity since back in 2017.

Reference: Polish Wagering Report Highlights STS Market Dominance

How long does withdrawal take on STS?

Withdrawals at STS take anywhere between 1-3 business days. Customers using PayPal, Skrill, Neteller or Much Better will receive winnings in under 30 minutes, with Visa, Mastercard and bank transfers taking between 1-3 days.


STS £40 Sports Welcome Bonus
STS £40 Sports Welcome Bonus
Sign up at STS, make a first deposit of £10 or more and place an accumulator bet of at least £10 with a minimum of 2 selections at minimum odds of 1/2 per selection. Once your bet is settled, you’ll receive 50% of the amount of the first bet you placed up to £40. Minimum 6x wagering with bonus on min. odds of 1/2 before withdrawal. Bonus valid for 7 days. Deposit method restrictions apply. 18+, T&Cs apply.Show More
Sign up at STS, make a first deposit of £10 or more and place an accumulator bet of at least £10 with a minimum of 2 selections at minimum odds of 1/2 per selection. Once your bet is settled, you’ll receive 50% of the amount of the first bet you placed up to £40. Minimum 6x wagering with bonus on min. odds of 1/2 before withdrawal. Bonus valid for 7 days. Deposit method restrictions apply. 18+, T&Cs apply. Show Less

STS FAQ

❔Can STS be trusted?

Yes. STS is fully licensed and regulated by the Gambling Commission. While not being the best-known bookie, this means that STS is safe and reliable, with customers in the UK being able to sign up and place bets legally. Looking at feedback from customers, STS also has a very good reputation.

❔How does cash out work on STS?

Cash out at STS is available on select sports events and markets, including both pre-match and in-play options. The $ logo is displayed on available markets, with both full and partial cash out putting customers in greater control of their betting. The slider can be used when using the partial cash out feature, with all available options appearing on user bet slips.

❔How do I set up an STS account?

In order to sign up for an account as STS, customers must click on the “Join” button, located in the top-right hand corner of the page. Having done so, complete the registration form, including your full name, email address and date of birth. Be sure to opt in to receive any available promotions too. Having confirmed your account, verify it via email and upload a form of identification so that withdrawals can be made.

❔How long does withdrawal take on STS?

Withdrawals at STS take anywhere between 1-3 business days. Customers using PayPal, Skrill, Neteller or Much Better will receive winnings in under 30 minutes, with Visa, Mastercard and bank transfers taking between 1-3 days.


STS Bottom Line

STS is a mainly mainland Europe-facing bookmaker. Despite having a licence to operate in the UK the firm does not compete with the traditional betting brands. There is not one feature that makes STS stand out. However, the range of betting markets for pre-match, in-play and ante-post betting is a major positive. Live Chat and live streaming would enhance the service but for now they are not available. Even so, STS is a good destination for betting on a wide range of sports.


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