Star Sports overview
Star Sports has been in the betting industry for over 20 years, offering a quality sportsbook, plenty of enhancements and promotions, plus an easy-to-use website. Football and horse racing are the dominant markets here, but there is something for everyone, thanks to over 30 sports covered, while live in-play betting, a solid bet builder and live streaming of racing puts the icing on the cake. Star Sports is thoroughly recommended despite the lack of available sign-up offer.
Star Sports Pros & Cons
- Excellent football coverage
- Live streaming of horse racing
- Plenty of daily enhancements and specials
- Very good mobile app
- No sign-up offer
- Racecards could have more information
- Limited payment options
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- Excellent football coverage.
- Daily enhancements and promotions.
- Live streaming of UK & Irish racing.
- Very good bet builder option.
- Overall Score 8/10: Thoroughly Recommended✔️✔️✔️
Star Sports Promotions
Star Sports like its sister site AK Bets, does not have a new customer welcome bonus, however, it does differ in terms of ongoing promotions and enhancements, with plenty available to players.
Check out some of the best promotions available below.
Best Odds Guaranteed
Although "Best Odds Guaranteed" is prevalent across top bookmakers, this doesn't just apply to UK and Irish horse racing and greyhound racing. Therefore, punters can be assured that they are getting the best available prices across all racing options.
This applies to bets placed after 9:00 am on the day of the race and applies to race winner markets only.
Money Back If 2nd By A Short Head (Greyhounds)
Star Sports offers a Money Back Special on selected Greyhound meetings each day (where available), with punters able to get money back if 2nd and beaten by a short head.
Place a greyhound bet on the specified meeting and if your selection misses out by a short head, receive your money back (up to £50) as a free bet. Money back applies to singles and win part of each-way bets only. Further T&Cs can be found on-site.
Time And A Half - Money Back Overtime Losses
For American Sports backers, there is nothing worse than an over-time loss, however, Star Sports will do their best to alleviate the disappointment, with a 50% refund of your losing Money Line stake as a free bet, if your team gets beaten in over-time, across NBA, NFL and NHL contests.
Maximum refund is £100, paid as a free bet token. Further T&Cs apply.
Football fans are well looked after, when it comes to ongoing promotions, with several listed below, although those looking for price boosts or similar enhancements won't find much to shout about and may prefer other football betting sites, however, what is available are all very welcome additions for players.
Build A Bet Bonus
Football fans can earn a 10% bonus on winning build-a-bet combinations. Simply create a 4+ selection bet at odds of 5/1+ via the bet builder and if that bet wins, earn a bonus on your winnings.
This applies to football matches with the bet builder function only. Maximum bonus winnings of £250.
Both Teams To Score Bonus
Similar to the Build-A-Bet bonus, customers can also earn a 10% bonus on winning Both Teams To Score Accas. Once again, players are required to make 4+ winning selections to qualify, with a maximum of £250 available as a bonus on winning bets.
Added Time Insurance (Correct Score)
There is no worse feeling, than seeing your winning correct score bet go down in flames thanks to an added time goal, so Star Sports is looking to make it a little easier to take, with their 50% Money Back refund.
If your correct score selection was winning at 90 minutes, but lost thanks to an added time goal, Star Sports will refund half of your losing stake as a free bet, to a maximum of £50.
Applies to specific matches only, T&Cs available on site.
Star Casino Club
Star Sports also has an ongoing promotion for casino players, with Star Casino Club offering 100 free spins each week, when a player stakes £500 or more on selected casino games.
The qualifying period is between 00:01 Monday to 23:59 Sunday and resets at the end of each week, with bonus spins awarded at 10:00 am the following Monday.
Play specific titles including those featured in the image, to qualify for the Star Casino Club free spins
How Good Is The Star Sports Web/Mobile Experience
A traditional layout greets players when visiting the site, with a list of sports to the left and shortcuts to Football, Horses, Greyhounds, In-Play, Casino and Virtuals at the top of the page, the homepage and each subsequent sports page are visually easy on the eye,
Star Sports has a fantastic layout and UI, which serves both new and ongoing players well.
Star Sports makes sure that players can see ongoing promotions, with current big sporting events and ongoing promotions displayed on a slidable banner, but ultimately unmissable to players when they jump on the site.
The Star Sports website was designed by Two-Up, which also works with other sites such as Betfair and Sky Bet, offering a clean interface and one of the most aesthetically pleasing sites around, whilst also functioning excellently.
In terms of betting and making selections, Star Sports does the jump cleanly and swiftly, with selections added to the betslip on the right of the page and further betting options appearing as more selections are added to it.
The bet builder function is also very easy to use, with selections added to a makeshift betslip at the bottom of the page, showing current picks and odds, before being added as one to the main betslip.
Star Sports has a easy to use UI making it easy to find the correct markets and place your bets.
Star Sports Mobile App
Star Sports continues to please customers and reviewers alike, with a dedicated mobile app for both iOS and Android devices, which is a joy to use, offering the full functionality and speed of its desktop counterpart.
The Star Sports app provides a perfect solution for betting on the go, offering the complete desktop package in the palm of your hand, including bet builder and cash-out options, the ability to watch live racing and greyhounds, plus access to the other areas of the site such as live casino and slots.
Outside of its strong functionality, speed and ease of use, there isn't much to say about the mobile app, other than it is thoroughly recommended. Any minor criticisms that I can think of, are more picky, such as more prominence could be given to promotions, but again these are very minor issues.
I cannot recommend the Star Sports app enough for those looking for a great mobile betting experience, with it being an essential addition to any Star Sports account.
The dedicated Star Sports mobile app is a great addition to the betting experience and comes highly recommended.
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Star Sports offers a very good betting experience, with enough ongoing promotions to dampen the disappointment of no new customer sign-up offer.
Star Sports provides a total of 30 markets when combining sports, real-world and TV betting. Much of the focus is on football, horse racing and greyhounds, with solid coverage of American sports too, including several promotions.
Star Sports features Asian Handicaps, as well as Money and Spread lines too.
Alongside regular outrights and individual match betting, players have a full range of bet types available from doubles, trebles, accas and system bets at their disposal, while an ability to create reverse forecasts and tricasts is notable, by its absence at other bookmakers. Make no mistake, Star Sports is a proper bookie!
An excellent bet builder can offer up to 100 markets for that moonshot bet, while cash-out functions work as expected, albeit without partial cash-out options. For those looking to back other market types, Asian handicaps are available, while both spread and money lines are available on American sports too.
Star Sports horse racing section is one of the better options away from the big brand bookies, offering strong pricing and live streaming of UK & Irish racing and Greyhounds too.
One of the biggest appeals of any bookmaker is its pricing, Star Sports doesn't necessarily offer the outright best prices, but they are always competitive and edge towards the bigger end of the scale for the most part, something that extends to the sportsbook as a whole.
When it comes to market types, Star Sports offers the majority of expected options, with singles, doubles, system bets and more provided As mentioned above, the option for reverse forecasts/tricasts is a handy extra option, which isn't always available at other sites.
Despite no racing promotions available, strong pricing across its racing markets helps ease players' disappointment
Star Sports offers plenty of international racing coverage, with France, the USA, Australia, South Africa and more available to bet upon and once again Star Sports shows other sites how to do things, by allowing international races to be used in forecasts, tricasts and system bets, which many just don't allow.
In terms of promos, Star Sports offers very little for horse racing, outside of the "Best Odds Guaranteed", which isn't anything new, but welcomed nonetheless. Hopefully, moving forward they will eventually add a few more enhancements for racing fans.
Overall, Star Sports is a solid option for horse racing punters, looking for good pricing and the basics done well, however, customers used to having plenty of promotions available, will find it difficult to leave the likes of Paddy Power or Betway.
Star Sports offers a great race betting option, including international markets and live streaming.
Star Sports' football betting section is another excellent offering, however, the initial realisation that there are "only" 50+ leagues and tournaments available may come as a surprise to some, who yearn for the Bahraini second tier, but in general, it features plenty of top leagues, even if it doesn't quite match the likes of William Hill or Bet365's range.
The betting itself is of course the star (sports) of the show, with well over 80+ markets to bet on, although these numbers tend to be reserved for Premier League, ChampIon League and other notable competitions.
Star Sports football fans get the best of the promos available, including a couple of 10% bonuses on winning bet builders and BTTS accas
Bet Builders play a significant part in football betting at Star Sports too, with a dedicated section available for the vast majority of games being played. Selections are added to the bet builder at the bottom of the page, with overall pricing given, before players confirm and add it to the betslip. Players can also take advantage of the potential of a 10% bonus, with 4+ bet builder selections and minimum odds of 5/1 to further enhance chances.
Football backers fare better when it comes to promos, with the aforementioned bet builder bonus, a further 10% bonus on both teams to score accas (4+ or more), plus partial money back offers on correct score and first scorer betting markets too, although individual match boosts are disappointingly absent.
If you are looking for a top-notch football betting option, Star Sports does a great job, with good pricing and enough promos to keep things interesting, It cannot quite compare to heavyweights such as Sky Bet or Betfair, but as an alternative to the bigger brands, Star Sports football betting is a great option.
Star Sports lets you add selections to your bet builder, before finalising the bet and adding it to your betslip.
Star Sports Bet offers an extensive casino experience with over 950+ slot and table games, along with over 95 live casino games in total, although this will no doubt increase over time.
Slots feature regular favourites, such as Joker's Jewels, Starburst and Gonzo's Quest, while newer games are regularly added and featured, all games are easy to find, thanks to an easy-to-use menu and a search function.
Drops and Wins feature, with this regular competition offering around £500,000 in prizes, while Megaways slots, Lucky Tap Slots, Classic slots and Slingo games all feature their sections for easy access.
All slot games can be demo played, allowing users to try them out before staking real funds, while full-screen mode, sound options and "how to play" are available also.
Star Sports offers over 900 slot titles to play, including Drops And Wins, plus Megaways titles.
Star Sports Casino offers a range of live games to players, including favourites such as Blackjack, Baccarat and Roulette. These are joined by slightly more niche titles like Andar Bahar, Dragon Tiger and Teen Patti, which don't always get the live-action treatment.
Star Sports caters for varying bankrolls, with minimum bets as low as 20p, while VIP tables accommodate the "whales" with minimum stakes starting at £1,000 a pop!
Star Sports Casino is good enough to be a standalone site, with over 900+ games to play
My experience of live table play was very good, with audio and video running as expected and without issue, while dealers and hosts were friendly and informative. Overall, my time on the blackjack tables was fun, even though I came out slightly down on my initial bankroll, but I can quite happily admit that issue is on this reviewer's ability more than anything else!
Away from traditional casino games, Star Sports features a dozen gameshow-style games, including Crazy Time, Sweet Bonanza Candyland and Gonzo's Treasure Hunt. There are a couple of big hitters missing (Monopoly for example) so it would be nice to see this section expanded further.
Despite a general focus on the sportsbook, Star Sports' casino is a solid and well-rounded experience, offering over 900+ titles across varying game types and is good enough to stand on its own, it's just a shame there is no welcome bonus available to add the icing on the cake.
Live games at Star Sports offer plenty of popular titles for all bankroll types
At the time of writing this review, payment options are limited at Star Sports, with just three payment methods available and no e-wallet options.
- Bank/Debit Card (VISA, Mastercard, Maestro)
- Bank Transfer
These methods can be used for withdrawals apart from cheques, with a 2-5 day processing period in general, although this is likely to be quicker depending on the bank used.
FAQ - Star Sports
Is Star Sports Safe / Legit To Use?
Star Sports is a safe and legitimate site to use and is licensed by the UK Gambling Commission (no. 009177). Star Sports is owned by Star Racing Ltd, which also operates AKBets and McBookie
Can I Claim A Welcome Bonus At Star Sports?
No, At this time, Star Sports does not offer new players a welcome bonus or sign-up offer.
If you are looking for a sign-up bonus, visit our complete list of bookmaker offers here.
Does Star Sports Have Sister Sites?
Star Sports is operated by Star Racing Ltd, who own several other bookmaker and casino sites. Players should be aware that none of these sites have sign-up offers.
The list of sister sites is as follows:
Star Sports Bet, NE Bet, AK Bets and McBookie
Does Star Sports Have a Dedicated App?
Yes, Star Sports has a dedicated mobile app for both iOS and Android devices
The dedicated mobile app is a fine addition to betting at Star Sports, offering the full range of desktop features in the palm of your hand, including bet building, cash-out and live streaming of racing.
Does Star Sports Have Casino Games?
Yes, Star Sports has a fully-fledged casino experience, with over 900+ games across slots and live casino.
As is the case with the sportsbook, there is no current sign-up offer available. Check out the full range of Casino Bonuses here.
Can I Use E-Wallets At Star Sports?
No, players can only use the following methods at Star Sports
- Bank/Debit Card
- Bank Transfer
Does Star Sports Charge Withdrawal Fees?
No, there are no fees charged for making withdrawals at Star Sports.