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SBG Global Review for 2018

I went into this review with an optimistic attitude.

But my attitude abruptly changed when I used a couple of SBG Global casino and sportsbook reviews for my research.

In nearly all the reviews I read – most from legit gambling websites – SBG Global received a scathing review and low rating. Those that didn’t give them Ds or Fs blacklisted them instead.

And after doing more research, I came to the conclusion that I trust these reviews …and that we recommend you do, too.

In other words, we recommend you avoid SBG Global, and find an alternative from one of our casino or sportsbook top lists instead.

If you want to continue reading this review, you most certainly can. There’s some useful information in our review below – which, at the very least, will help you weed out the bad apples in the future.

Important!
SBG Global has several other gambling properties – sportsbooks, casinos and poker rooms.

SBG offers sports betting and casino games only. While they do list poker in their navigation, this poker room isn’t in house, but instead a link to one of their sister properties, Poker Host.

For that reason, we didn’t include any information about Poker Host here since they’re a totally different site. If/when we decide to write a Poker Host review, we’ll link to it from here.


(Us Customers Welcomed)
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  • Website: www.sbgglobal.eu/
  • Launched in 1999
  • Licensed in the US/Based in Costa Rica
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 1-888-238-3279
  • Utterly Terrible Reputation
  • Steal From Their Players
  • Unfair to Their Players
  • Claim to Have No Restricted Countries

Who owns and operates SBG Global? How long have they been in business?

SBG Global has been in business since 1999 (though other sites sometimes say 1995 or 1998). They’re based in Costa Rica.

They own/operate several other gambling brands, including Poker Host and Bet Royal.

How’s their reputation? What do others think of them?

Not good.

Nearly everywhere I look I see poor reviews, ratings, and even a few blacklists – for both their sportsbook and casino.

I expected to see a few poor ratings, as any company with 15+ years experience is bound to have. But they had TONS, with many, MANY reasons why.

Here are summaries of the bad things I found. I’ve also linked to other websites who listed even more shenanigans, as well as links to even more sources for you to check out.

  • SBG Casino uses Amigotechs casino software. They’ve repeatedly been caught running unfair games.
  • SBG regularly voids players’ winnings, often for unknowingly breaking terms of service. The big problem here is that SBG Global selectively enforces this rule (onto winners).
  • They canceled winning bets on a F1 race where the odds were 70:1. SBG basically demanded that players either take the same bet at 10:1 instead, or have their bets voided. This is in despite of players doing nothing wrong whatsoever.
  • SBO.net also says they used different skins to lure players in – a common tactic used by shady gambling sites.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Overall, it’s reported that SBG Global has stolen more than $1 million from players since they’ve been in business.

Which explains why they’re blacklisted or have a poor rating everywhere I look. In fact, if you Google their name and look at related searches (at the bottom of the search results), one of the things that comes up is ‘SBG Global payout problems.’

That in itself should be a clue that you should steer clear of these guys, never mind their reputation from theft, voiding winnings, slow pays, shady terms, and so on.

What countries are prohibited from playing here?

SBR says there are no country restrictions.

How do you contact SBG Global? When are they available?

You can contact support using the following channels:

Envelope
PHONE: 1-888-238-3279
LIVE CHAT

They’re available 24/7.

I contacted them when I started this review to ask about their promotions and banking options. It’s been more than 48 hours and I have yet to hear back from them.

I’ll update this review if/when we hear from them.

What payment methods do SBG Global accept?

All I managed to find out is that they accept bitcoin.

They don’t say what other banking options they accept on their site, nor have I been able to find this info across the web.

One of the questions I sent them was about their banking options. We’ll add their response, and anything else we find out, to this review as soon as we get it.

What are your cash out options? Are there any limits or fees?

We know they accept bitcoin, but that’s the extent of what we managed to find out in terms of the banking options you can use.

In terms of limits, we found that you can request a max of $5,000 per week. They also say that if you win more than $5,000 in a 24-hour period, that you’re subject to an ‘entire casino activity investigation,’ which can take as long as 72 hours.

What promotions can you claim?

SBG Global offers deals for both their sports bettors and casino players. They’re neatly tucked away behind 3 different tabs – Sports Bonus, Casino Bonus, and Horse Bonus.

I’ll share their evergreen offers from each tab below.

Sports Bonus

  • 50% (Bitcoin) Deposit Bonus – This is for people who’re depositing with bitcoin. You’ll receive a 50% match bonus up to $500.

You can redeem this offer on your first TWO deposits, which is pretty neat.

What’s also neat is that there are no limits as to the types of bets you can make. Both bonuses can be used on any sport, wager type, or odds. The rollover on this offer is a reasonable 5x on both the deposit and bonus.

Their terms also say that not all casino games will apply – this gives me the impression that you CAN play SOME casino games using this bonus. This is neat because it gives you options – you’re not limited to just sports betting.

  • 30% Welcome Bonus – This is their general (not bitcoin-exclusive) deposit bonus. On your first deposit you’ll receive a 30% match up to $10,000. They don’t make their playthrough requirements very clear – I’d assume they’re the same, or similar to the playthrough mentioned above.
  • Handicapping Contest – Every week you’ll have the opportunity to fill out a new NFL football bracket for a chance to win their contest. The player with the higher number of correct picks in their bracket will win.

This is free to enter, and the top 20 scorers will win every week. The one person who picks a perfect bracket will win $15,000. If you win the grand prize, you’ll be paid in 6 equal installments of $2,500 per week.

  • Re-Up 30% Bonus – Receive a 30% bonus on your first ‘re-up’ (reload) deposit.
  • NBA Matchup Contest – They’re offering up to $250,000 in prizes. They will give $10,000 away every week until the end of the regular NBA season.

You’ll receive one FREE entry into each week’s contest. To enter you’ll need to select the straight up winners from the 14 games each week. Each correct entry will earn you 1 point. The person who picks the perfect week will win $10,000.

  • Refer-a-Friend – Refer your friends to SBG Global and SBG will give you a 10% bonus for each one. They don’t say what the cap is (number of friends and/or the bonus amount), nor do they specifically tell you what the playthrough terms are.

That’s it for their evergreen sports offers.

They have several other promotions, too, though they’re only offered for a limited time. But to give you an idea of the offers they put out there, one of the offers that caught my eye is their ‘no juice betting’ for the last two weeks of the month.

The other was a massive $500,000 contest with no juice teasers and free entries into their weekly NBA contest. There were prizes for winning the contest too, which ranged from $6,000 (5th-30th place) up to the $175,000 grand prize.

There are tons of various limited time offers, which leads me to think they’ll have plenty more if any of these offers expire before you sign up.

Casino Bonus

  • Welcome Bonus – This is a 100% match bonus on your first deposit up to $1,000. They don’t make it clear what their terms and conditions are – only that they’re relatively “fair.”
  • Reload Bonus – This is a 100% match re-up bonus. They don’t say specifically what the cap is, but they do give an example that says, ‘deposit $500 and receive a $500 bonus.’ So, I think $500 would be a safe bet.

They don’t mention their playthrough terms here, either.

  • Weekly Casino Rebate – Play their casino games and you’ll receive a 10% rebate on all your net losses sustained between Monday and Saturday.

Horse Bonus

  • Racebook Bonus – Make your first deposit inside their racebook and receive a 30% match bonus that you can use to make straight and exotic horse bets. They don’t mention the max you can receive, nor anything about a wager requirement.
  • Re-Up Bonus – Receive a 30% re-up deposit bonus on your next deposit. They say nothing about caps or playthrough terms.
  • Weekly Horse Rebate – Receive a 5% rebate for losses sustained betting horses on Monday thru Sundays. Receive a 3% rebate for call center (net) losses.

And that wraps it up for their evergreen offers.

The offers look reasonable enough. However, they say nothing about their terms and conditions. I emailed them to ask about it, though, since it’s VERY important to know what those are BEFORE you accept an offer.

I haven’t heard back from them yet. We’ll add that information here if/when we hear back from SBG Global.

Do they have a comps and/or VIP program?

They do. Their loyalty program appears to apply to each of their sports, casino and horse betting sections.

You’ll receive points for each bet you make – 1 point for every $1 wagered. Accumulate enough points and you’ll be able to exchange them for cash rewards.

The amount you’ll receive depends if it’s for the horse/sportsbook or the casino. But they have charts that show you what you must turn in to receive $5-$1,000.

On the same page you’ll see that they have tabs for each day of the week. Each tab will show you a slightly different offer in terms of rebates or loyalty points for each product they offer.

This looks like a nice addition to their offers listed above. No complaints from me.

What sports and markets can you bet on? What types of bets do they accept?

You can bet on the following sports/markets:

  • NFL
  • NCAA Football
  • CFL
  • MLB
  • NBA
  • ABA
  • Champions League
  • Euro Cup
  • NHL
  • Soccer
  • NASCAR
  • Tennis
  • Boxing
  • MMA

A relatively standard selection. How they list all their sports/markets isn’t standard, though.

It’s a mess.

Instead of using a dropdown menu like most sportsbooks do, they list every sport and market individually in the sidebar. I found it chaotic and overwhelming to use.

I’ll give you a couple examples to show you what I mean.

Towards the top you see the MLB listed. But at the bottom of the sidebar, you see MLB futures listed.

Wouldn’t it make far more sense to group these together?

Another example – they list what I assume are different soccer leagues individually. Like my MLB example, they’re not grouped together, but listed sporadically throughout all the other betting options. If you don’t know your soccer leagues that well, you’re very likely to ignore the unfamiliar ones.

Which means you might miss betting opportunities. And SBG Global misses out on potential bets from soccer fans.

This is a HUGE flaw in both their design and user experience. At least their sportsbook is mobile responsive.

Anyway, let’s move on to the types of bets you can make. Those include:

  • Betting Types
  • Straight Bets
  • Parlay Bets
  • Halftime Bets
  • Teaser Bets
  • If Bets
  • Reverse Bets
  • Round Robins
  • Buying Points
  • Prop Bets

The specific bets you can make, of course, depend on the sports and markets you’re betting on.

Do they offer live (in-play) betting? Do they stream matches?

They do!

SBG doesn’t say much about it on their in-play betting page. All they say is the in-play betting limit is $500, and that your betting options include straight bets, parlays and if bets.

From what I can tell it appears that everything in their sportsbook are ‘live lines.’ And, if that’s the case, then it sort of looks as if they don’t offer anything but live lines (no pre-game betting).

But it’s so hard to tell for sure since their sportsbook is so badly organized.

What are their betting limits?

You can see a list of their wager limits on their website. It looks like their max bets range from $200 to $10,000.

What’s real interesting – I’ve not seen this before – is that some of their limits change based on the day you’re placing your bet.

For example, their NFL side bet peaks at $1,000 on Mondays, but increases to $3,000 on Tues-Thurs, and then again to $5,000 on Fri-Sat. On gameday you can bet as much as $10,000.

I’m not sure why they do this.

My guess is that they do this to protect themselves from anything that could happen between Monday and gameday. Like a player getting injured or something. In other words, they’re more confident in their odds on gameday compared to other days of the week, thus they’re willing to take more action.

Overall Thoughts

They cover a much smaller selection of sports and markets compared to other sportsbooks. Though, it could be possible they have more, but it’s hard to tell since their sportsbook is a mess.

I didn’t see esports anywhere, either.

I also found other parts of their site design, such as their (mobile) navigation, to be a bit touchy, too.

That all said, they do cover the basics. They offer live betting, too. So, if you can look past some of their technical or organizational hang-ups, you might like what they have to offer.

What software providers do they work with? What kinds of games can you play?

ThePogg.com says they use Amigotechs software (which is one of the reasons why they’ve blacklisted SBG Global).

You’ll be able to play at least a little bit of everything here – that includes slots, blackjack, video poker, progressives, and live dealer games.

What devices is their casino compatible with? Are they mobile compatible?

They don’t have a download. Instead you play their games using your browser – either from your computer or mobile device.

What are some examples of games you can play?

Here’s a look at some of the games you can play here. We listed them the same way they’re listed on SBG Global.

Blackjack GamesBlackjack Games

  • Single Hand Blackjack
  • Multihand Blackjack
  • Blackjack Switch
  • Live

Blackjack GamesCraps

  • Craps
  • Hoo Hey How

Specialty GamesRoulette

  • European Roulette
  • American Roulette
  • French Roulette
  • Live

Blackjack GamesBaccarat

  • Baccarat
  • Trente Quarante
  • Sic Bo

Video PokerPoker

  • Pai Gow
  • Three Card Poker
  • Casino War
  • Let ‘Em Ride
  • Red Dog

Video PokerVideo Poker

  • Deuces & Wild Multiline
  • All American
  • Tens or Better
  • Aces & Eights
  • Joker Poker
  • Deuce & Wild
  • Joker Poker
  • Jacks or Better

Specialty GamesKeno

  • Keno
  • Keno Dragon
  • Keno Artist

SlotsSlots

  • Hot Rod
  • Green Tropic
  • Freedom
  • Knight Progressive
  • Venice Progressive
  • Deep Space Progressive
  • Rock and Roll Progressive
  • Old West
  • Scuba View
  • Pirate Bonus Beach Bonus
  • Bullseye
  • Millionaire
  • Slot Lucky 7
  • High Speed
  • Multy Halloween
  • Fire House
  • Jungle Free Spin
  • Fruitastic Free Spin

Overall Thoughts

This is a pretty basic, bare bones selection. It’s great that they offer a couple of live dealer games, but more and more (US facing) casinos are, too, which makes simply offering it less special. It’s certainly not enough to carry the entire casino.

Combine that with the fact that this software company has been accused of running unfair games, and it’s hard to come up with a reason as to why you should play here.

What do we think of SBG Global? Do we recommend them to our readers?

Avoid them!

If you were to ignore their reputation and shady history, and just look at their sports and casino product, I feel that they’re hardly worth checking out. They cover the bases …barely. There are just far too many better options online for US gamblers.

(I feel sort of funny even typing that. I’d never thought I’d say “there are many better options for US gamblers.”)

But then you take their shady background into account, and it becomes obvious that they should be avoided at all costs.

I mean, look at all the things they’ve been accused of or caught doing:

  • Running unfair casino software.
  • Voiding players’ winnings.
  • Giving players unfair ultimatums.
  • Slow paying players.
  • Stealing from their customers.

There’s a reason why there’s only a couple pages worth of casino and sportsbook reviews in Google, with a light sprinkling of blacklisting and scam pages mixed in.

Affiliates don’t want to promote them. And they don’t want to promote them because they’re a scam operation.

(And the fact that they’re unlikely to be paid if they do. But that’s a topic for another day.)

The bottom line – there’s too much negativity to ignore. You’re better off playing at one of our top ranked sportsbooks and casinos listed on of our top lists or review page.

Your bankroll will thank you.

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