Based in San Jose, Costa Rica, BetCRIS is one of the more well-known online gambling sites at present. It is also one of the oldest gambling sites on the Internet. It started in 1998 and has since grown to become one of the best options for sports betting enthusiasts. It is an online gambling operation Costa Rica International Sports (CRIS) Casinos, hence the “CRIS” on its name.
BetCRIS appears to be mainly aimed at Spanish-speaking players. Its default language is Spanish and does not automatically change to English or some other local language even when the site is loaded by a device in a non-Spanish-speaking country. Don’t immediately close the window in case you see this site in a language you don’t understand. You can quickly change the site’s language to English or another language through the language selector on top of the site, near the login field.
As stated on the BetCRIS website, it is supposed to offer sports betting as well as online casino games. However, at the time we did this BetCRIS review, only sports betting was available. There were no online casino games on the site.
Account Registration – You Don’t Have a Say on What Your Username Will Be
Registering for a BetCRIS account does not take a long time. You don’t have to fill out a “demanding” online form that asks for a lot of information and scans every information you enter for validity. You have to avoid entering false or misleading details, though, because that could become grounds for the termination of your account and the balance you have in it.
It took us around 40 seconds to complete the online registration form. Initially, we thought we were automatically logged in after the registration was completed. As we tried to access the account dashboard, though, we were asked to log in. That’s when we realized that we were not asked for a username during the registration process. We thought our email address already serves as the username. It isn’t the username you have to use when logging in.
The username is the account name, a random combination of letters and numbers, that was flashed after the registration was completed. If you forgot this account name, you have to go to the email BetCRIS sent to confirm your account registration. This email contains your account name. In our case, it was sent to the spam box so it’s likely that you will also receive this registration email from BetCRIS on your spam box.
The BetCRIS account dashboard is distinct-looking. It’s a feature-rich account dashboard that is easy to figure out. It has a messaging system so you don’t have to go to your email account to send emails or check for important announcements from or communications with BetCRIS. We thought that this account dashboard does not allow the editing of the details entered during the registration process but it turns out you can actually edit these details (name, address, contact number, etc) by going to the Cashier page. However, you cannot change the username BetCRIS created for you. Also, the dashboard allows you to set your time zone and modify the site’s font size.
For currency deposits and withdrawals, you will have to click on the green Cashier button, which launches a pop-up window. BetCRIS has an intuitive Cashier page. Also, as mentioned, it has a section where you can edit the personal details you entered during the account registration process. It’s under the section for verifying your billing information.
Sports Betting on BetCRIS
As mentioned in the introductory part of this BetCRIS review, the online casino games mentioned on the site don’t exist. That’s why the discussion here will be limited to sports betting.
Sports betting on BetCRIS covers virtually all major events including baseball, hocket, soccer, football, basketball, NASCAR, horse racing, tennis, Formula 1 Racing, golf, horse racing, rugby, boxing, martial arts, cricket, cycling, and e-sports.
There are different wagering types on the site: Straight, Parlay, Teaser, “If Win Bet,” and “If Win or Tie.” There are also many types of propositions.
BetCRIS offers pre-game betting, live score betting, and contests. The site’s Live Betting section supports single and multi-event sessions. The BetCRIS website has excellently-presented rules for its games so it shouldn’t be difficult finding your way around.
BetCRIS Game Software
The BetCRIS website does not mention anything about the software it uses. We had to do some digging to find out that it used to use 21GNet and Digital Gaming Solutions for its casino games. We couldn’t find information regarding the software for the sports betting platform. We are inclined to write in this BetCRIS review that the software is proprietary, owned by BetCRIS. This sports betting platform is easy to use. We just wish it isn’t as dull-looking as it currently is.
BetCRIS Is Mobile-Friendly
BetCRIS has a mobile-friendly website. It does not have an Android, iOS, or Windows app for playing on mobile devices. However, the mobile-compatible website is good enough in allowing players to have an enjoyable mobile-playing experience. Since this is only a sports betting site, it does not require a lot of fancy animations so there’s no need to install any plug-in on mobile browsers to be able to play.
Currencies, Deposits, Withdrawals, Bet Details, and Fees on BetCRIS
BetCRIS.com only uses fiat currencies on the site but bitcoin deposits are accepted (and converted to the equivalent fiat currency). Players are made to choose during the account registration stage what currency they want to use on the site, usually US dollar, EUR, and some local currency (based on the location of player).
Bitcoins are accepted through the usual way of depositing bitcoins but they can also be deposited through the Neteller payment system. We have to point out in this BetCRIS.com review that bitcoin is arguably the best currency to use on the site since it has the highest deposit and withdrawal maximum amounts. The minimum deposit and withdrawal amounts are the BTC equivalent of 50 USD and 100 USD respectively, while the maximum deposit and withdrawal are pegged at the equivalent of 50,000 USD. Additionally, a bitcoin deposit instantly grants a player a Diamond Loyalty status. There are also no fees for bitcoin withdrawals for up to 50,000 USD per day.
Payouts are processed Mondays through Fridays. BetCRIS imposes a minimum bet limit of 1 USD (100 USD for phone bets) and a maximum limit of 5,000 USD (20,000 USD for phone bets).
BetCRIS supports an extensive array of methods for deposits and withdrawals. The details are presented below:
Bonuses and Promotions
BetCRIS offers five types of promotions. They are as follows:
- 15% Welcome Bonus / First Deposit Bonus of up to 500 USD. Minimum deposit required: 50 USD. This bonus is not credited to your balance but only made available as free play credits. Wagering requirement: 5x.
- 10% Reload Bonus of up to 500 USD in free play (similar to the welcome bonus). Minimum deposit required: 50 USD. Wagering requirement: 4x.
- 10% Refer-A-Friend Incentive for every new player referred to the site. You can get up to 500 USD for this incentive depending on the amount of initial deposit made by the player you refer. To obtain this incentive, you have to go to the Refer-A-Friend tab of your account and select a referral method you like. You can refer friends through social media or by sharing a link. This is essentially BetCRIS’s affiliate program. Only players who have already made 50 USD in cash bets on the site in the last 30 days are qualified to avail of this incentive. Unfortunately, players in Venezuela are excluded from this referral program. The wagering requirement is 3x.
- These are points you can accumulate and redeem for cash or other rewards. You need to make a one-time qualifying deposit of at least 300 USD to be able to use the BetPoints you accumulate.
- 8% Cash Back. BetCRIS supposedly has a cash rebate program for horse betting. However, we encountered an error when we tried to enter the Cash Back page so we couldn’t find more information about it.
Player Support and Site Languages
If you require assistance or clarifications regarding the games, policies, or payments, we are glad to report in this BetCRIS review that there are many ways for you to reach BetCRIS. This online sportsbook and gambling site provides toll-free telephone numbers for a number of jurisdictions (the numbers are show below), email addresses, and a live chat support facility. All support channels are available 24/7.
Send your email inquiries or request for assistance via email to email@example.com. You may also use the online email sending form by clicking on the Contact Us By Email link at the bottom part of the site.
For the live chat, you have to find the Live Chat link at the footer of the site. There is no persistent button on the homepage that can be used to quickly access it.
The BetCRIS website can be viewed in a variety of languages. These languages are as follows: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Filipino (Tagalog), Khmer, and Vietnamese.
BetCRIS License, Country Restrictions, and Player Anonymity
BetCRIS is an online sports betting site that is fully licensed and also bonded by the Costa Rican government. It is owned and operated by Townview Trading Limited, with the following registered address: Villa Seminia, 8 Sir Temi Zammit Avenue Ta´Xbiex XBX 1011 Malta. The site’s online gambling operations are licensed and regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA / CL2 / 464/2008).
Players from different parts of the world are accepted on BetCRIS except for those who are from the United States, United Kingdom, France, and other countries not included on the dropdown list of countries on the account registration page. If you don’t see your country on that list, it means you are not eligible to register for an account. Don’t try finding a way go around this restriction as you will just end up having an account that will be terminated by BetCRIS.
Unfortunately, you can’t stay anonymous on BetCRIS. You will be asked to verify your account information by submitting a number of documents such as ID cards, driver’s license, passport, credit or debit cards, and utility bills. However, the site guarantees that player and transaction information are not being transmitted to government authorities and other third parties.
If you are new to BetCRIS, be sure to the check out its House Rules, the site’s Terms and Conditions, and FAQ page. The links for these pages are located at the footer part of the website. BetCRIS also has social media accounts so consider following them for updates or to send messages.
Pros and Cons
- Multiple payment methods supported.
- Player support available 24/7, with live chat support
- Low bonus wagering requirement (5x)
- Only sports betting available
- No player anonymity
- Affiliate earnings have a wagering/rollover requirement
- Does not accept players from the United States, United Kingdom, and France