Over the years that we have been reviewing online gambling sites, very rarely have we come across sites that are limited to one country. Typically, that is a country that is under fire from a regulatory or legal standpoint such as the United States. So you can imagine our surprise when we set out to review Sports Interaction, only to find out that our staff wasn’t able to access the site. Finally we realized what the issue was – it is only open to Canadians! So, we sent one of our team up to Canda for a couple of days, and this review is the end result of all the poutine eating.
Sports Interaction claims to be the first licensed and regulated sportsbook, and while that is technically true, it does come with some caveats. First of all, it is indeed the first sportsbook to be licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission. Previously, only casinos and poker rooms had this license. However, this license is not recognized by the government of Canada, so technically it remains in the gray area of the Canadian sports betting market. We do give the site credit for making this step and deciding to only take players from Canada for the time being.
The site has been in operation for almost two decades and seems to have no signs of slowing down. While they aren’t the largest operator we have ever seen, Sports Interaction does offer a full portfolio of betting options.
Our first stop was, of course, the sports section, which is featured on the homepage of the site. The list of sports that are available to bet at Sports Interaction is found on the left-hand side of the screen, and when you roll the mouse over each sport, you can see the number of available bets for each.
We were completely intrigued by the fact that there were over 900 NFL bets we could make (we wrote this review in May), so we clicked on the link. What we found were the first week’s lines, which is a bit crazy given that we don’t know who will be on each team or if there will be any injuries.
While there is no chance we would recommend making a bet today on game happening four months from now, it did give us a glimpse into how serious Sports Interaction is about betting on football. Each game featured a whopping 68 different bets, including props of all shapes and sizes. The prop betting market is growing in North America, so it is great to see this vast array of options for football fans…we’ll just wait until closer to kickoff.
The rest of the sports betting area is pretty standard -there are highlights of popular games, games that are currently underway and lines for bets that are just about to start. This last minute filter is a favorite of ours because it shows us in real time the games that are starting in the next 5 minutes. Overall, we like what we have found at Sports Interaction. The interface is something you will be able to understand even if you new to sports betting.
There is plenty to do at Sports Interaction even if you aren’t much of a sports gambler. Let’s start with the casino, which is brought to you from both Playtech and Betsoft. Playtech is arguably the best supplier of games in the industry, so it is fantastic to see them on display at this site. The games from Betsoft are a nice complement to the hundreds of Playtech titles, and the vendor’s 3D slots games are well-known in the industry as having amazing gameplay. We loved testing the casino games, and as you can see from the titles below, you should have no trouble finding a great Table Game or slot machine to try.
Sports Interaction has a full Racebook for fans of horse racing. This gets its own section as with so many tracks to choose from, it would fee cluttered in the Sports tab. Aside from all the live tracks from around the world, there is also a set of Virtual Horse Races that you can bet on. These computer simulated races run all day and night, which is great when you find a time where tracks are closed or only offering a few races.
Poker fans can also get into the action with the poker client available at Sports Interaction. The game is part of Playtech’s iPoker network, which isn’t as large as other sites but still offers a great assortment of games. The poker client must be downloaded to your PC, or you can use the download app for your iOS or Android device.
We already know that you can download a native app for the poker offering at Sports Interaction. However, this is the only product that you can find in the app store. For the time being, if you want to play casino games or make sports bets from your mobile, then you will have to use the browser version of the site. This works just as well as the desktop version, and you can save a link to your home screen so you can save a little time. All the games we tested worked great, as Playtech has built their casino software to be completely mobile-compatible. Overall, this is a pretty good mobile offering although we hope the company will release a full app sometime soon.
There aren’t as many promotions as you might have expected at this site. We do like that there are different offers for each product, as each has a very different way to earn points and therefore clear the bonus dollars. Here is a couple that we found to pass along in this review.
In the sportsbook, you are welcomed with an offer for your first bonus of up to $125 in bonus. Rather than give a match bet or just a free bet in your account, you can deposit up to $125 and have the same amount added to your bonus account. The wagering requirement for this bonus is 10x the sum of the Deposit and Bonus, which isn’t too bad when compared to other sites.
There is a repeating reload bonus for clients who have already made an initial deposit. This is a sliding scale bonus which ranges from 15% to 50% depending on how much you deposit. The wagering requirement for this bonus is the same as the Welcome Bonus.
Overall, we would like to see more bonuses listed on the site, and we are hopeful that the majority of the offers are saved for players who opt-in for email communications from the site.
While Canada has a lenient stance on online gambling today, the banking system is very strict, so there aren’t nearly as many payment methods available at Sports Interaction as you might find at a European-facing sportsbook.
Well, Sports Interaction sure knows how to make sure its players get their issues dealt with in a timely manner. First, there is a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions section which covers over 15 different areas of the site. We are pretty sure that you will find what you are looking for by clicking on the Help Center and reviewing the answers within. However, if you still need help, an agent is only as far away as the bottom of each screen. The Live Chat feature is our favorite way to contact a gambling site, and clicking on this button brought a live agent to us within 30 seconds. For the traditionalists, you can also use email or the telephone to contact Sports Interaction’s Support Department, where you can expect a “Canadian” level of politeness.
Even after reviewing all of this site, we are still flummoxed that Sports Interaction is only open to Canadian players. It would appear that the company wants to be squeaky clean when and if the country changes its gambling laws, and we applaud the decision even though it limits the amount of revenue the site can generate. We love the betting interface and the casino games from Playtech and Betsoft, and we are only too happy to recommend this site to our Canadian readers.