Red Zone Sports Review
Red Zone Sports is quite simply the best place to bet on US sports in the UK. They pride themselves on offering more markets and features for American Football, Baseball, Ice Hockey, Basketball and pretty much anything else American (e.g drag racing) than any other bookie. They are also known for running some of the lowest margins allowing them to provide the best odds and consistent value.
They don’t just offer American sports though, they have a full sportsbook covering over 20 other sports from standard football, horse racing, tennis, golf, etc., to water polo, table tennis and chess. This stylish SBTech powered betting site has found a niche for sports across the pond without compromising on traditional sports markets.
They also do not shirk on features either, with full and partial cash out available along with a casino, live casino, and large impressive in-play section with plenty of fast markets to keep excitement levels high.
If you don’t know what the Red Zone is, it’s an area between the 20 yard line and the goal of the defending team in American football; that should give you a massive clue as to the main focus of Red Zone Sports.
That’s right, it’s American sports.
Nowhere else in the UK can you get such depth of market in this area as at Red Zone Sport, who have deemed themselves to be the home of US sports betting in the UK” and if you take a quick look at the list below you will see why:
- Basketball – NBA, Adriatic League, Australia – NBL, Euroleague, Israel, Finland, +8 more leagues.
- American Football – NFL, NCAAF, CFL, + specials
- Baseball – Major League – MLB, South Korean League – KBO
- Ice Hockey – NHL, AHL, NCAAH, Russia MHL, VHL & KHL, World Championship, +15 more leagues.
It’s not just the spread they have in these categories, but the number of betting lines and bet types per event isn’t often matched elsewhere, and combined with the top notch live betting platform covered later, this really is the dogs for American sports betting.
Of course no bookie could survive on American sports alone, and just because Red Zone have a niche it doesn’t mean that their other offerings aren’t worth bothering with.
On the contrary actually, as you can find over 100 different football leagues from around the world, more than 30 tennis leagues/competitions to bet on, lots of e-sports, cricket, volleyball, MMA, cycling, badminton, golf – there are more than 20 non-American sports to explore.
Horse and greyhound racing is available too but it’s not a focus, so if the nags play an important role in your day to day betting perhaps Red Zone would be better as part of your portfolio rather than your main go-to online bookmaker.
Depth is good again though, with over 115 markets pre-event for an average Premier League fixture, and plenty more when it goes live. Plus, there are plenty of stats available for all sports to help you in your decision making.
About Red Zone Sports
The Red Zone brand is part of Argyll Entertainment, registered, licensed, and operated from Switzerland with offices in London. They are a USA themed but UK focused company that entered the market in 2016. The company are fiercely independent with a strong desire to do things differently from the now numerous out of the box bookies.
For example, they have high stake and payout limits with offers and features that support the whole range of customers from low to high stakes. Their values mean they don’t over-spend on new customers at the expense of existing users and they always try to deliver something unique.
Red Zone Sports might not be everyone’s cup of tea, especially if you don’t know what acronyms like NFL, MLS, NHL, MLB and NBA stand for. If, however you do like this type of stuff then really there isn’t a better place to bet.
Red Zone Sport is certainly tapping into a unique market and are leaps and bounds above the rest. It hasn’t always been so easy for Argyll however, their first venture was Bet On Brazil and it didn’t quite work out (see what happened to Bet On Brazil). It had a lot going for it; centred around ex-Scotland and Ipswich footballer Alan Brazil, it tried to provide a more user focused football themed experience. In the end it proved too niche and was re-branded to Sport Nation, Red Zone’s sister site.
If you like Red Zone Sports but are not so keen on the American stuff then perhaps head over to Sport Nation, who offer almost exactly the same stylised SBTech driven book but with a more traditional UK focus.
Payments and Support
It’s a bit of a mixed bag here. The customer is king in the US of A so much emphasis is placed on strong customer service over there, but at Red Zone you can only get hold of someone between midday and 10pm.
Now, that’s not so bad I suppose but when compared to the 24/7 service of many other bookies it is left trailing somewhat.
Here are the full details if you need help:
|Contact Method||Availability||Details||Response Time|
|email@example.com||Within 48 Hours|
|Live Chat||12pm-10pm||Via ‘Contact’ Page||3 minutes Average Wait|
So things could be better here, although there is a decent FAQ and at least the contact info is easy to find which makes Red Zone look willing if nothing else.
Payments are a similar story, in that they cover all angles but only with minimum effort. At least the minimum’s aren’t out of reach for most people though – have a look:
|Payment Method||Payment Type||Minimum Deposit||Minimum Withdrawal|
|Trustly||Bank Transfer/No Personal Details||£10||£20|
|Boku||Pay by Phone||£10||Withdrawal not Possible|
The maximum amount for deposits and withdrawals is £20k, but this is a daily limit unless something else is arranged with them directly, so it’s not too restrictive if you do wager with larger amounts.
It would be good to see a few more options here but convenience and security are both taken care of.
Being an SBTech sportsbook live betting is a real strength at Red Zone. It’s not just that the interface is such a joy to use with plenty of filtering options and smooth operation, but the stats tool, collapsible header bars, informative icons denoting fast markets, cash out etc, all just help to make it a 100% user focussed experience.
I always bang on about this, but I absolutely love the match graphic with in-game stats from SBTech. It looks good, it’s fun to play with, and it genuinely enhances your time spent on the site – it ticks every box for me. It shows head to head stats, previous results, venue and capacity, referee, all sorts of information. Plus, the graphic itself acts as a map of the court/pitch and you can track key events, see action areas, watch the action unfold.
The other great thing about live betting here is that it’s not all about the big sports, you can bet live on a wide variety of different sports and there is also a live schedule so you can see what is coming up from day to day and plan around it.
There is no live streaming but there is full cash out, fast markets (goal in the next 2 minutes, etc.) and odds changes are handled well so that they are easy to spot but you don’t feel like you are at a disco with all he flashing green and red lights.
So what have I missed?
Probably quite a lot, but we are all busy people so why don’t I catch you up at super speed so you can get up to speed and get on with your day in the next 5 minutes. Ready, set, go:
- Is there an app? – No. But there is a mobile optimised website and it looks a lot like an app.
- What about games? The casino is ready and waiting for you with 300+ slots from NetEnt, Play’N GO and the like, plus a live casino and more than 50 table games with plenty of video poker.
- Virtual Sports – Yes, and these are really good actually. The football and basketball virtuals play through their own leagues each day, so you can track a specific team if you like complete with stats and everything. It’s next level stuff.
- Social Media – Red Zone are active on social media, and they even communicate with customers via Whatsapp. There are exclusive offers via Whatsapp too.
- Promotions – It’s nice to see some more unique offers at Red Zone. As well as enhanced odds you can get best odds on selected horse races, linked offers between the casino and the sportsbook, and there have been intriguing offers in the past such as ‘back a team to win and get paid out even if they lose as long as they score in the first five minutes’ – I’d never seen that before. I do miss the reward points scheme though, that was brilliant and I have no idea why they got rid of it… I should have probably done a full section on promotions, shouldn’t I?