Top Takeaways for 2020
After spending six months testing thirty online sportsbooks, here are our top findings on Intertops:
- Founded in 1996, Intertops took the first-ever online bet and has customers all over the globe.
- Intertops has no mobile app, no live betting, and education for first-time bettors. Live betting was being re-modeled in October when this review was written, which is inexcusable given the amount of sporting events.
- Intertops barely offers any team or player prop bets, which means you can only bet on the moneyline, spread, or total for most games.
- Intertops offers more international basketball, soccer, and hockey games than most sportsbooks.
- Intertops is an offshore sportsbook, which is technically not legal in the United States. We recommend betting with a U.S.-regulated sportsbook. Check here to see if your state has legalized sports betting.
Intertops is an inadequate offshore sportsbook. Intertops offers no education for first-time bettors, hardly any prop bets, and no live betting. The limited bright spots, such as ease of use, don't justify all of the limitations.
|US Regulated Sportsbook (legal)||No|
|Legal in New Jersey||No|
|Legal in Pennsylvania||No|
|Legal in Iowa||No|
|Legal in Indiana||No|
|Legal in Nevada||No|
|Legal in West Virginia||No|
Is Intertops Safe?
Intertops is considered high-risk, with an overall Trust Score of 52 of 99. Intertops is an offshore sportsbook that accepts U.S. residents as clients, which is considered illegal in the eyes of the U.S. Because Intertops is an offshore sportsbook, there is no protection of client funds if the company were to go bankrupt or mistreat clients. Trust Score is determined by several factors, such as years in business, legal status, and global footprint, amongst others.
Overview - If you only bet on moneylines, spreads, and totals, Intertops is a sufficient offering. You will be disappointed if you like prop bets for individual players and teams.
Disappointing number of bets - Intertops offers almost no bets aside from moneyline, spread, and total bets. There are no prop bets, meaning you can't bet on how many points Steph Curry will score in a game. Soccer is the only sport with some team props, offering an additional 15 bets or so. Comparatively, other sportsbooks offer over 100 bets.
Banking Options and Fees
Intertops offers poor banking options compared to U.S. regulated sportsbooks, as well as other offshore sportsbooks. Hefty fees are charged for withdrawing money, unless cryptocurrency is used.
Deposit Methods - Intertops offers four ways to deposit money: debit/credit card, bitcoin, other cryptocurrency, and Money Global. Minimum deposits are $25.A signed credit card authorization form must be filled out before depositing via credit card.
Withdrawal Methods - Withdrawals can be made via check, bank wire transfer, or cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. There are a $150 minimum and a $50 fee to withdraw money via check or bank wire.
|Total Deposit Methods||4|
|No Debit/Credit Card Deposit Fees||Yes|
|Deposit Min/Max - Debit/Credit Card||$25/$1,000|
|Total Withdrawal Methods||4|
|Check Payout Speed is < 10 days||Yes|
|No Withdrawal Fees - Check||No|
|Withdrawal Min/Max - Check||$150/$5,000|
Intertops offers 17 different sports in total. In addition to the most opular leagues and sports, Intertops offers obscure sports such as darts, handball, and alpine skiing. For international wagering Intertops allows bettors to wager on over ten international soccer leagues, eight hockey leagues, and nine basketball leagues.
|Total Sports Offered||17|
|Aussie Rules (AFL)||No|
2019 odds data is currently being collected. Odds data takes real odds from moneyline, spread, and total bets and compares them amongst other sportsbooks. Last year we collected data from hundreds of games, providing the most detailed analysis available. Last year Intertops came in 11th place out of 17 total sportsbooks, offering average odds.
Intertops is currently developing a new live betting platform. I will update this copy once the new platform is rolled out. Not having live betting in October when football, basketball, baseball, and hockey are all in season is inexcusable.
Intertops offers phone support, email support, live chat, and Skype calls 24/7. The Skype call is a cool feature other sportsbooks don't offer. Overall, customer service was inconsistent and can be improved.
Some of the experiences I had with customer support were good, while others were terrible. On multiple occasions, I had to wait more than five minutes for an agent to join our live chat. The phone calls that were picked up went well, although there were a few times when I was immediately disconnected. The emails I sent received quick responses, and the information was helpful.
Like all offshore sportsbooks, Intertops does not have a mobile application. Betting on the Intertops website from a mobile device is realatively smooth, although an app would be a much better user experience.
Intertops is an offshore sportsbook, meaning it is illegal in the eyes of the US government. BettingBuck.com always recommends betting with a US regulated sportsbook over an offshore sportsbook.
Intertops has not been in any serious legal trouble and has no discernable scam reports. As far as offshore sportsbooks go, Intertops is more reputable than most.
Intertops has a variety of bonuses, many of which are seasonal. When this review was updated in October, some of the following promotions were active.
- Win a 4+ Leg Parlay of $15 or more, Get a $50 Free Bet This promotion offers bettors $50 for free as long as they place and win a 4+ leg NFL parlay.
- Sign-Up Bonus Up to $200 Bettors making their first deposit with Intertops receive a match of 50-200% with a 4-8X rollover.
- Drawings to Win a Trip to the SuperBowl If you wager on an NFL game in the regulare season your name is entered in a drawing to win SuperBowl tickets.
With limited bets offered, no education, and no live betting Intertops remains a longshot for anyone looking to bet with an offshore sportsbook.
Intertops.eu accepted the world's first-ever online bet in 1996. The company has customers in over 180 countries and has paid out over $500M in winnings over the past three years. In the early 2000s, Intertops gained popularity through some unique marketing tactics and bets. In recent years it has focused on providing users with a sound website that is easy to use.
For the BettingBuck.com annual best online sportsbooks review published in 2020, a total of 2,300 data points were collected over six months and used to score sportsbooks. Additionally, odds data was collected for each sportsbook on over 1,400 bets to give each sportsbook a comparative odds ranking.
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About the author: Joey Shadeck Joey Shadeck is a research analyst for BettingBuck.com. He has been a sports fan all his life, football and basketball being his two favorites to watch. Joey remembers betting his mom that the Green Bay Packers would beat the Detroit Lions as early as elementary school. He has 5 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.