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Oddsmaker.ag Full Review

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Website: http://www.oddsmaker.ag/
US Players: US Players Are NOT Accepted
Online Since: 2000
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License: Curacao Gaming Commission
Software: WGS, NetEnt, Betsoft, Proprietary
Location: Canada
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  • Casino includes software from a number of the biggest names in the casino design industry
  • Appears to be a rogue operator that might confiscate your money
  • Blacklisted on a number of sites

This site has a long and troubled history of ripping off
customers, and is blacklisted at just about every site I can
find. In fact, I had a difficult time finding anything BUT
negative reviews. I’ll get into the specifics of what this site
does wrong in a minute – but first, an introduction.

Introduction

Oddsmaker.ag is an all-in-one site offering poker, sports
betting, casino games, and a fantasy racebook. Licensed by the
Curacao Gaming Commission, Oddsmaker.ag runs on a blend of
popular software platforms and proprietary software, and is
headquartered “in Canada,” a vague reference I found right on
the site’s own About Us page.

Take note that Oddsmaker.ag is no longer accepting customers
from the US – if you had an account before, they cut off new
signups, your account is still valid.

I don’t like to start getting negative this early, but it’s
hard to ignore all the bad stuff floating around about
Oddsmaker. This site has to be one of the worst-reviewed
gambling sites I’ve covered in recent memory. Typing in the URL
plus the word “review” will lead you down a rabbit hole of some
truly awful stories about the site’s business practices. It’s
difficult to discuss the site without paying special attention
to the stories of scams, rip-offs, and confiscated winnings.

Below, I cover the specifics on games and bets available as
well as customer service information and a brief FAQ.

Pros About Oddsmaker.ag

Let’s Start With the (VERY SHORT) List of Things I Like About Oddsmaker.ag:

They have a decent range of deposit and withdrawal methods.
It is by no means the biggest I’ve ever seen, but it’s bigger
than a lot of all-in-one sites with popular sportsbooks.

The site also offers some so-so bonuses, with a low rollover
requirement.
A 15x rollover requirement for a casino bonus is so
low as to be praise-worthy. Unfortunately, the site’s status as
a blacklisted rogue operator makes them way less attractive.

Their casino includes software from a number of the biggest
names in the casino design industry.
A blend of Betsoft, NetEnt,
WGS, and other designers (along with a few proprietary designs)
means that you won’t get bored as easily from playing the
same-old titles again and again.

Cons About Oddsmaker.ag

Now For the Bad News – I Have One Big Reason Why You Should
Avoid Making a Deposit at Oddsmaker.ag:

Oddsmaker has earned some really bad press and might
confiscate your money.
It appears that Oddsmaker.ag is a rogue
operator. I found review after review that warned players to
stay far away from their services. Read the review of
Oddsmaker.ag at SportsbookReview. You’ll find the words
“blacklisted” multiple times. SBR’s main complaint, in their
“F”-rated review of the site, is as follows:

“Avoid blacklisted betting site Oddsmaker – Oddsmaker
Sportsbook (SBR rating F) has confiscated more than $250,000
from winning players. The online sportsbook cites a part of
their terms and conditions outlawing professional play to
justify the confiscations. SBR advises players to avoid the
blacklisted site.”

That’s a pretty serious accusation, and it deserves to be
taken seriously. The issue at hand is that Oddsmaker has
repeatedly said that their service is for “recreational
players,” and that they have the right to intervene when
professional money is invested.

What happened to turn Oddsmaker from a site with so-so
reviews to a blacklisted scam operation?

The site used to be called Oddsmaker.com – back then it was
run by the dubious Futurebet organization. The transition to
Oddsmaker.ag happened in 2006, after the passage of the UIGEA
forced Futurebet out of the US market. The company that
purchased the old sportsbook.com for a buck also runs
Sportsbook.com, PlayersOnly.com, Hollywood Sportsbook, Belmont,
and a few others, some with bad reputations all on their own.

What happened? Jazette, the new management team, began
freezing and confiscating large account balances, focusing
instead on customers with small balances. The idea must have
been to focus their business on small-time players who like to
deposit $20 here and there and never have a chance to cash out.

The first sign of big trouble came immediately after the
takeover by Jazette – using a list of past clients (organized
from the customer lists of other skins), the site sent a snail
mail offer of $50 free, under certain conditions. The rules were
strict – a 30x rollover, no parlays, no long shot bets allowed,
and the requirement of a $1,500 account balance in order to cash
in the bonus. Not only was the offer a really bad one, in which
just a few of the site’s customers could even meet the
requirements, the site started to throw out bonuses which were
earned legitimately.

But those were just the first warning signs. Other problems
have popped up since then. The Offshore Gaming Association has

an excellent article spelling out exactly what the site did
wrong
in great detail.

SportsbookAdvisor.com offers another really negative review
that everyone considering opening an Oddsmaker.ag account should
be familiar with. This review alleges that the site confiscates
funds and deactivates accounts pretty much at will.

Maybe the most damning link of them all is this one from
Casinomeister. Oddsmaker is blacklisted for “nonpayment and
non-response” to queries about customer issues. Placement on
Casinomeister’s popular blacklist is a really bad sign of a
site’s legitimacy.


This forum post at FlopTurnRiver
is another collection of
Oddsmaker’s failure that is sure to scare even the saltiest bettor
away from the site.

If all those links aren’t bad enough, it looks like Oddsmaker
is trying to hide their own negative reviews by stuffing the
Google results with review-like
pages on their own site.

I’ve never seen a sportsbook review
itself before – and what the site has to say about itself is
pretty comical. Here’s a choice quote:

“There are a number of pages on the Internet that offer an
Oddsmaker sportsbook review. And it seems that every single one
of them says what we’re about to say: that Oddsmaker is an
excellent online sportsbook site. They offer an excellent
website, which is well designed and which allows people to place
bets on whatever sporting events they want to bet on.”

I beg to differ, Oddsmaker – I can’t find a single review
that says Oddsmaker is an excellent sportsbook. I also find the
attempt to bury bad reviews completely abhorrent. Shame on you,
Oddsmaker!

Whether you believe all these allegations or not, you have to
take them under consideration. Above-board sites that do proper
business simply don’t garner reviews like this.

And now for an overview of each of the categories of gambling
available at Oddsmaker.ag.

Bonus Details

These are the bonus offers the site hosted at the time of my
visit. They’re likely to change over time, so visit Oddsmaker
to read about the site’s current deals. All bonuses are subject
to a 15x rollover unless otherwise stated.

  • 100%
    Sign-Up Bonus

    New members are eligible for a 100% deposit
    match bonus worth up to $1,000.

  • 20% Cash
    Back (Casino)

    Casino customers can earn 20% of their losses
    back as a bonus in the months of June and July, provided they
    had overall losses.

  • 20% Reload
    Tuesdays and Thursdays

    Every Tuesday and Thursday, all
    Oddsmaker customers are eligible for a reload bonus, based on a
    minimum deposit of $20 and capped at $100.

  • Free $250
    Parlay

    Sportsbook customers with a minimum $100 balance can
    earn a free chance at a $250 parlay all month long.

Banking Options

  • American
    Express

    Available for deposits only. $25 – $499

  • VISA

    Available for deposits only. $50 – $2,500

  • MasterCard

    Available for deposits only. $50 – $999

  • EcoCard

    Deposits and withdrawals. $100 – $1,000

  • Neteller

    Deposits and withdrawals. $100 – $10,000

  • Person-to-Person

    International and domestic. $100 – $2,000
    depending on country of origin

  • Bank Draft

    Deposits and withdrawals. $500 – no maximum

  • Bank Wire

    Deposits and withdrawals. $2,500 – no maximum

Sportsbook

As the name implies, Oddsmaker was originally a standalone
sportsbook. Like most sportsbooks over the past twenty years,
going online meant eventually adding features like casino games,
a poker room, a mobile platform, etc. Oddsmaker does a good job
of covering all the popular categories – though the sportsbook
is still the site’s main draw, the heaviest-advertised service,
and the one piece of proprietary software that looks pretty darn
good.

Oddsmaker’s Sportsbook Has a Decent Range of Available
Markets. Here’s the List, Current as of the Time of My Last
Visit:

  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • NASCAR
  • International Soccer
  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • Football
  • NCAA
  • CFL
  • Hockey
  • Entertainment
  • Politics
  • Rugby Union
  • Futures
  • Baseball
  • Arena
  • Awards

Most of these markets expand to reveal a larger range of
professional and amateur leagues – this is especially true for
soccer betting with leagues all over Europe, Asia, and
America available for wagers. The wagering styles available for
sports bettors at the site cover all the basics, from
straight-up wagers to teasers and parlays, with lots of props
thrown in, like any decent European-focused sportsbook.

The live betting section was disappointing at the time of my
review – but that’s partially because of the small number of
sports that are actively being played right now. Still – the
site had just a few MLB games available for live betting,
ignoring the many international soccer contests going on
entirely. The live betting feature here is one of the most
disappointing of any I’ve reviewed.

The sportsbook has a strict minimum wager of $5 per bet.
Maximum wager sizes vary from sport to sport, and from customer
to customer. Some customers are allowed to place slightly-larger
bets, a process which is handled through emails to customer
support.

Casino

I’m always excited to see a blended software platform – and
Oddsmaker’s certainly fits that bill. I see games from WGS,
NetEnt, Betsoft, and a smattering of proprietary games as well.
This is usually a good sign – it means a site is genuinely
concerned about creating a valuable casino product.

All games at Oddsmaker’s casino are available in either
instant or mobile versions – no download client is available,
which follows a growing trend in the online gaming industry away
from download software.

Here’s a guide to each of the site’s five categories of
casino titles.

Blackjack

This is a very disappointing collection of two blackjack
variants as well as two VIP versions of those same games that
are a little fancier-looking versions with no difference
in rules or available wagers.

  • Blackjack –
    the traditional game with a 6:5 blackjack payout
  • Side Bet
    Blackjack – a variant that involves a series of side bets and
    progressive jackpot
  • Blackjack VIP
  • Side Bet Blackjack VIP

Slots

At the time of my review, Oddsmaker was home to just
sixty-eight different slot games, which is about average for the
online betting industry. The number of games isn’t the important
part, though – the variety of titles and designers makes this
one of the only really interesting categories in the entire
casino section. Collected here are classic one-line slots,
modern licensed games with video scenes and bonuses, and
everything in-between. Obviously my favorite is the Betsoft
titles, like The Slotfather, though Oddsmaker also includes some
decent WGS games (“Coral Cash,” anyone?) to boot.

Table Games

  • Caribbean
    Stud Poker – a poker game with a progressive jackpot
  • Triple Card
    Poker – Oddsmaker’s version of Three Card Poker
  • Pai Gow –
    based on the rules of an old Chinese game of chance
  • American
    Roulette – roulette with two green zero spaces
  • Casino War
    – a classic kid’s card game translated for casino play
  • Baccarat –
    another casino classic
  • Mini-Baccarat – a miniature version of the classic Baccarat game
  • Craps – the
    casino classic
  • European
    Roulette – roulette with one green zero space
  • Triple Ride
    Poker – a poker-like game involving a strong element of chance
  • Red Dog – a
    poker-like luck-based card game

Video Poker

  • Jacks or
    Better – a classic game, with a return percentage around 98%
  • Wild Joker
    – Oddsmaker’s version of Joker’s Wild
  • Double
    Barrel Bonus – Oddsmaker’s version of Double Bonus Poker.
  • Deuces Wild
    – the classic game, with a return percentage around 97%

Keno

  • Shockwave
    Keno – the site’s standard game of Keno
  • Instant
    Keno – something like a miniature version, moving faster than
    Shockwave Keno

My overall impression of the game library at Oddsmaker – it
reminds me of a low-level slots casino, with little to be
interested in besides a couple of interesting blackjack
variations and a decent slot library. I’m a video poker fan, and
that wimpy collection of video poker games doesn’t interest me
at all. If you enjoy slots, you may enjoy yourself at this
casino, but with less than 70 total games to play, you may get bored
pretty quickly.

Poker

I noticed something weird about the poker room at Oddsmaker –
it isn’t at the same URL as the rest of the site. This isn’t
uncommon, but it is worth noting. The poker room is actually at
the following URL: http://www.oddspoker.ag/.

Here is the (Impressive) List of Poker Variants Available For
Play at Oddsmaker.ag:

  • Texas holdem
  • Omaha
  • 7-card stud
  • Razz
  • 5-card stud
  • 5-card draw
  • Ace to 5 lowball
  • Deuce to 7 lowball
  • Badugi
  • Mixed poker games

OddsPoker is on the Merge network, which is not one of the
busier or better-known poker networks. According to PokerScout,
Merge’s peak traffic in the past week was 520 cash players.
That’s a pretty small number when you consider that the biggest
networks in the world have thousands of cash players online at
any given time. Merge has downsized big-time since 2012 or so,
when the network had 60 participating skins. These days, that
number is down to 20 and the decreased traffic is a direct
result.

So how’s the competition at OddsPoker? Because the Merge
network is made up mostly of all-in-one sites, with lots of
customers more interested in casino games and sportsbook bets,
the assumption is that the competition will be weak. I’ve said
it before and I’ll say it again – I don’t believe this little
bit of conventional wisdom.

As for poker tournaments

Oddsmaker’s explanation of their
tournaments is kind of a mess. I can’t really figure out what
they mean, so I’ll just copy and paste a quote: “OddsPoker’s
guaranteed tournaments run round the clock with at least a
$2,000 guarantee running every hour or so.” That’s not a very
specific description, but I guess it gets the job done. The
website promises guaranteed prize pools totaling at least
$97,000 a day.

Fantasy Racebook

It’s unusual to find an all-in-one gambling website without
an attached racebook. I suppose Oddsmaker.ag added the
pretty-silly fantasy racebook section to their site to make up
for that oversight. Typical prize pools for fantasy racebook
contests range from $500 to $2,000.

The fantasy racebook is exactly what it sounds like –an
ongoing fantasy contest in which players select horses, rather
than athletes, and compete head-to-head for points. You have to
check it out for yourself, it’s pretty wild.

Customer Support

You Can Contact Oddsmaker.ag Via Phone, Email, or Live Chat:

  • 1 877 633 7238
  • [email protected]
  • The site operates a live chat service, though they don’t post active
    hours.

Summary

It’s hard to get over a long list of reviews that identify
Oddsmaker.ag as a scam. I could go on and on about how much I
enjoy some of their table games, or how clean the sportsbook
interface looks, but at the back of my mind is a constant
flashing red light that says: “STAY AWAY!”

Besides a decent slots collection, a longer-than-usual list
of deposit and withdrawal methods, and a unique fantasy racebook
(that I actually find a little goofy), I have nothing positive
to say. As my grandmother taught me, maybe I shouldn’t say
anything at all, except to give my overall verdict:

Verdict

Do not open an account at Oddsmaker.ag unless you
have money to burn. I’m fairly convinced that this site is a
rogue operator, as it appears on several trustworthy blacklists.

Oddsmaker.ag FAQ

Can US players open an account at Oddsmaker?

No – until
recently, that answer was “yes,” but the site now restricts all
new accounts. If you had an account before 2012, you can
still sign in and play with unrestricted access.

Are the games at Oddsmaker fair?

It’s hard to say. Generally,
online casinos and sportsbooks are certified by third parties in
an attempt to show their legitimacy. That’s not the case here –
all the site has to say on the issue is:

“We have taken extreme measures to ensure all of our games
are played out as randomly and fairly as possible. Every casino
game in our repertoire adheres strictly to the gaming
regulations of Nevada. Using advanced random number generation
technology, we are confident that all cards are dealt randomly
and fairly. This produces numbers that are as close to true
random numbers as possible.”

I have doubts about the whole “we adhere strictly to the
gaming regulations of Nevada” thing – in fact it sounds like the
worst kind of smoke screen. Though I can’t prove it, I can’t say
that the games are definitely fair with any kind of authority.

Is it safe to deposit money at Oddsmaker.ag?

My honest answer
is “probably not.” Go back and read through the reviews I
linked, reviews that throw words like “blacklist” and “avoid”
around like so much rice after a wedding. It doesn’t appear that
Oddsmaker is freezing and confiscating the funds of every one of
their customers – but do you really want to find out if your
account will be one of them?

Are any casino games restricted from clearing bonuses and
other promotions?

Rather than entirely restrict any one game,
the site has chosen to create a hierarchy of casino games, in
which games that give the player the best odds also clear the
least bonus cash. This is a pretty common way of doing business
these days.

What languages is Oddsmaker customer support available in? What currency does the site support?

The only language you can
use to get answers to your questions is English, and the only
currency is the US dollar.

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