Updated: 05 Feb 2018
Betser Casino Review
Betser Casino is brought to ye by one o’ de betst (is this how they pronounce it in Old Norse?) Scandinavian groups - Hero Gaming. True to its origin, the site features simple minimalistic design, a nice collection of software from guys like Microgaming, NetEnt, Yggdrasil and Playson, and an engaging game mechanic with a slightly bawdy name. New players get a 100% match bonus up to €100 if they can pronounce words like menneskerettighetsorganisasjonene or Freundschaftsbeziehungen, or up to €25 if they can’t, with a standard 40x wagering requirement. Betser is licensed by MGA, though it has not earned a name among the players yet. It lacks live casino and video poker games, but overall it’s still a fun platform to play at.
- MGA License;
- Great design and UX, both desktop & mobile;
- Signature ‘Balls and Brains’ mechanic;
- Plethora of sports bets;
- Nice banking options.
- Live casino & video poker missing;
- Limited bonuses for non-Scandinavian players;
- Fees on some deposits & withdrawals;
- Live chat is not 24/7.
Betser Casino is still relatively young, but with a damn solid pedigree. Founded in 2016, it is a part of the Hero Gaming family (Casino Saga/Heroes), the new Scandinavian ‘golden standard’ for casinos, much like the Maltese MT SecureTrade (Rizk, Guts, Cashmio). If there were gambling gods out there that watched the earthly exploits of casino makers, they’d surely reserve a place for these guys in some sort of Gaming Valhalla for their outstanding Casino Heroes. Betser, an heir to this glorious legacy, inherited a secure, independently audited SSL-protected platform and a top-tier MGA license, along with other cool features.
Betser is in fact a blend of sports betting site and a casino. Unlike most crossovers, which often look like poorly stitched Frankenstein creatures limping heavily on one of their limbs, Betser smoothly integrates both parts with a smart ‘Balls and Brains’ gamification mechanic. The overall design is simple, smart and clean; the website runs smoothly across all platforms and browsers.
The sportsbook part offers near-endless opportunities for betting on anything from gaelic hurling to Donald Trump becoming Muslim (look it up, we’re serious!) in his first term. The betting interface is logical and easy to navigate.
The casino part features an array of quality gaming software from top suppliers, though the fans of live games and video poker will be disappointed, as these types are left out.
As a primarily Scandinavian platform, Betser is translated into Swedish, Norwegian, and Finnish, along with English and German.
“Betser may charge fees on some deposits and withdrawals, so watch closely as you confirm your payments”
Customer Support. The customer service is not outstanding, but not disappointing, either. Betser offers the standard email and live chat options. The chat is available between 10:00 and 24:00 CET. Though before you contact customer support, be sure to check out the FAQ page – it covers an extensive range of questions. Besides, it’s never hurt anyone toRTFM.
Banking. The choice of banking options is quite decent. Withdrawals and deposits are available via Skrill, Neteller, Trustly, Zimpler, credit cards and wire transfer. E-wallets will take up to 24 hours to process withdrawals, while other options might take up to 5 banking days. Betser accepts payments in Euro, Swedish and Norwegian Kroner, but the operational currency is Euro. The minimum first deposit is €10, while subsequent deposits start at €20. The monthly withdrawal limit is €20,000, and winnings beyond that will be paid in parts. Betser also states that it may charge fees on some deposits and withdrawals, so watch closely as you confirm your payments.
Software and Game Variety
Betser Casino is powered by Microgaming, NetEnt, Play'n GO, Quickspin, Yggdrasil, Playson, and Push Gaming. The platform features some 500 titles, most of them slots and table games. The range of card and table games is impressive: a dozen variations of Blackjack, Poker, and Roulette each, as well as Punto Banco, Baccarat and, suddenly, Mahjong. Video Poker must’ve been reprimanded for bad behavior and asked to leave the venue.
- Slots: Avalon, Jurassic Park, Mega Moolah, Game of Thrones
- Table Games: Roulette, Baccarat, Punto Banco
- Card Games: Blackjack, Poker
- Other Games: Mahjong, Money Wheel
Mobile and Live Gaming
Betser’s mobile version matches the original in both speed and functionality. It’s so well-crafted that even navigating through the jungle of sports bets doesn’t require a machete like we thought it would.
Live games, on the other hand, are missing completely. We can understand this sacrifice, but it is still a shame.
“Live games are missing completely”
Bonuses and Promotions
Betser Casino offers a 100% match bonus on your first deposit. Residents of Sweden, Finland, Norway and Germany will get a match up to €100, with 40x bonus wagering requirement on casino games or 12x bonus on sportsbook. Residents of other countries will have to settle with a maximum of €25, with the same WR. Be sure to check terms and conditions, though, as certain types of games contribute less to WRs than others. Note that the maximum bet with the active bonus is €5. Apart from the welcome bonus, Betser has tons of other promotions for both sportsbook and casino players: free spins for daily deposits, cashbacks options for nil-nil draw games and broken combos, and so forth. There’s even a Betser League for the most competitive punters.
But the most interesting part is the ‘Balls and Brains’ mechanic. In Betser sportsbook, there are two types of bets – smart (odds 1.25 to 7.99) and ballsy (odds 8 and up). Brains is what you get for making ‘smart’ bets – though normally it’s what it would take to make them in the first place. Balls are earned by making ‘ballsy’ bets, accordingly. Luckily, it is not only sports bets that you can use to earn mentioned body parts. Each casino game has a corresponding symbol below its title, so you can choose which points you’d like to score. Though neither of these ‘currencies’ is directly convertible into cash, both can be effectively spent at the local ‘store’ to buy some freebies – spins or bets.