NordicBet was founded in 2002 by a group of bookmakers who saw a distinct lack of betting options for Scandinavian markets. The founders pounced on the opportunity with NordicBet.com and began offering wagers on football, pesapallo, winter sports and other markets typically neglected by other online bookmakers.
Notice: Our NordicBet review is derived from our personal opinions and experiences. This is not an official promotional review.
ProsStrong understanding of the Nordic betting marketReputable bookmaker with fast cashoutsOffers casino and poker in addition to sports bettingHigh quality casino software
ConsOnly accepts customers from select countriesNordicBet Poker only spreads Texas Holdem games
The NordicBet model was a success and the company now operates on the international level with thousands of betting markets every day across 30+ sports. Although NordicBet still has a Scandinavian flavour, customers from around the world are welcome to visit for real money sports betting, casino games and poker.
NordicBet.com was purchased by the Betsson group in 2013 but it continues to operate as an independent bookmaker and gaming site to this day. Since then, NordicBet has greatly increased its live streaming options, number of wagers and overall presence in online betting.
Sports Betting at NordicBet.com
The sportsbook at NordicBet allows for wagering on all the major sports of the world. Everything from football to disc golf has a home here and each sport is covered to great detail. The odds are generally competitive with what we see at other bookmakers, which is a good thing for the players. It is often the case that NordicBet shows the best value for any individual wager.
There’s a special emphasis on Northern European leagues that tend to be overlooked by competing betting sites. If you have had trouble finding odds on your favourite Scandinavian football teams or sports leagues, NordicBet deserves a look. They have more markets for the Allvenskan, Tippeligaen, handball, trotting and pesapallo than any other betting site on the internet.
In all, you can expect to find upwards of 5,000 open wagers available on any given day. This isn’t quite as big a selection as some of the world’s other major bookmakers, but it does provide more than enough action for the recreational punter.
A simple and straightforward betting interface makes it easy to find the sport you want, view all open markets and place your bets. Everything is arranged in a simple manner and I have no complaints as far as ease-of-use goes. One nice but easily-overlooked design element is the inclusion of a number next to each sport that displays how many markets are available for that sport at the moment.
Selecting any sport from the left menu opens a submenu that lists each league and major competitions for that sport. For example, clicking on “football” expands a menu for about a dozen national and international leagues. You can narrow it down from there to find the exact matchup you have in mind.
Live Betting and Video
NordicBet.com has greatly expanded its live betting and live streaming options over the last couple years. Now, you can log in and find multiple live sports matches at any given moment with new events starting every few minutes. Each event allows you to bet on the winner of the match, the point total and a variety of prop bets such as who will score next with constantly updated odds.
Inside the live betting area, matchups with a TV icon are available for live streaming right on your computer. Live streams are free for all members provided you have either a funded, real money account or have placed a wager within the past 24 hours. NordicBet streams live football matches, ice hockey, tennis, basketball, handball, volleyball and more 7 days a week. In all, you can watch more than 2500 live streams online every month.
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At the risk of sounding like a salesman, I must say NordicBet is home of the one of the best online casinos I’ve ever visited. The games are powered largely by high quality software developers such as NetEnt, Microgaming, Play’n Go and more. Sometimes you visit a casino and get a random mix of good and bad games, but NordicBet only has good games.
It appears they are quite selective in who they work with. The drawback, however, is that the game selection here isn’t as impressive as it is at other online casinos. It’s pretty clear to me that NordicBet takes the “quality over quantity” approach and I have no complaints there. The casino does still have 300+ games, so it’s not like you’re going to miss out on anything major.
Much of the game selection includes slot machines. The games by NetEnt are simply in a class of their own for graphics, gameplay and overall presentation. If you place an emphasis on the looks and feel of your slots, you’ll want to see their NetEnt titles such as Dracula and Gonzo’s Quest.
If you prefer simpler slots, you’ll find plenty of traditional 3-reel machines and jackpot games. At the time of this review, NordicBet Casino had 3 different slots with jackpots ranging from €2.5 million to €7.6 million.
Video poker and traditional table games are also well represented by NordicBet’s gaming software. The table games area consists of about two dozen games including blackjack, roulette, Caribbean poker, casino Holdem, baccarat and all the other basic games you would expect to see at any casino.
All games are displayed through your browser so no download is necessary to play every game on offer. In fact, they don’t even have an option to download the software any more. I tested the casino on my mobile device and Mac and had no issues at all browsing or playing any of the games. I’m told everything works just as well on the PC.
Live Dealer Games
A separate section of the NordicBet website is devoted specifically to live dealer casino games. In these games, you can connect with a human dealer via streaming video and place your wagers at a real table managed by a real dealer. You input your bets with the keyboard and mouse like normal, but a living person on the other side actually deals the cards and spins the roulette wheel. In all, it makes for a very immersive experience.
I found the live dealer casino at Nordic Bet to be about on par with the live dealer options offered at other betting sites. You’ll find the standard variety of blackjack, roulette, baccarat, casino Holdem and 3 card poker all dealt by real people. Each game type hosts multiple dealers and tables, so it’s rare that you have to wait in line for a spot to open.
Evolution Gaming powers the live dealer casino at NordicBet and that’s definitely a good thing. The software functions well and the feeds are surprisingly high quality. If you can get a decent connection, you’ll actually get HD-quality video.
NordicBet Poker operates on the Microgaming Network and is home to a large, active player base. I should note that although NordicBet itself only accepts customers from a few countries (see “accepted countries” below), the Microgaming Network is home to players from around the world. Don’t be surprised when you find yourself seated at tables with players from all around the world.
Traffic is always one of the big factors in determining whether a poker site is worth your while, and NordicBet has no issues there. You will find games at all levels during peak European hours. Player numbers do drop off during late-night/early morning hours, but even then you shouldn’t have any trouble finding action for most game types.
The big thing to know before you sign up here is that this is a Texas Holdem poker site only. NordicBet does not spread Omaha or any other cash games. I’ve read multiple reviews posted at other websites stating that other games are offered, but I downloaded and ran the software myself and I can confirm that no-limit/fixed-limit Holdem is the only game type offered.
Naturally, this won’t be a problem if your main game is Texas Holdem. If you want to play other games, you should consider a different poker site. The lack of other games is a significant downside, but it is my only complaint.
The good news is that everything else gets high marks. The poker software is clean, light and quick-loading. Poker tables are simple in design and manage to avoid any sense of clutter. PC and Mac-friendly downloads are available in addition to a no-download instant play option that runs in your browser. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the instant play option is almost identical to the full download in terms of speed and ease-of-use.
No-limit and fixed-limit Texas Holdem cash games are available with full-ring tables (9 players), shorthanded tables (6 players) and heads-up tables (2 players) at a wide variety of stakes. No-limit games start at €0.01/€0.02 with a €2 buyin and go as high as €50/€100 with a €10,000 buyin.
Fixed limit cash games start at €0.02/€0.04 and go as high as €50/€100. As is the case with every poker site, the no-limit cash games attract the majority of the action. Fixed limit tables do run, but it can get pretty dry in the medium to high stakes fixed limit games.
NordicBet and Microgaming work together to create an active and lucrative tournament scene that is fitting for small stakes players and high rollers alike. Multi-table tournaments and SNGs can be had for as little as €0.01 in addition to a variety of freerolls hosted every day. At the upper end, buyins can go as high as €1,000 for both SNGs and MTTs.
Tournament promotions are frequent and include frequent guaranteed prize pool events, satellite tournaments that send players to major, land-based tournaments and more. If you’re on a budget, you will be happy to know that NordicBet hosts €30,000 worth of freeroll tournaments every month, with the single largest freeroll being a €3,000 guaranteed event every Sunday evening that costs absolutely nothing to enter.
The largest regular paid tournament is the Sunday Showdown every Sunday at 20:30 with €25,000 Guaranteed. If you stick around a while, you can be sure to see all sorts of special tournament events that change on a frequent basis.
NordicBet is clearly focused on the Scandinavian Market but it does accept customers from other parts of the world now. At one point, they did not accept anyone outside the Nordic region. That has changed and now NordicBet accepts players from everywhere except the following countries.
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The list of deposit methods is a bit underwhelming as NordicBet.com only accepts six payment options. These options all work well, but it would be nice to see them offer a few more. Here’s a quick summary of all available funding options:
NordicBet is capable of accepting deposits in all currencies, but you will be required to choose one of the following currencies as your account’s default currency. Any time you make a deposit using a currency other than one of the following, it will be converted into the currency you chose when you created your account using current exchange rates.
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