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The SBK app is run by a company known as Smarkets. It is dedicated to sports betting and is a hybrid between a traditional online bookmaker and a social tipping forum. Is it worth bothering with? We take a good look at what it has to offer to help you decide.
The app has to be physically downloaded to the device in order to access the service. There is no mobile website and no access to it from a mobile browser.
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SBK App Review
The app has one key aim when it comes to the sports betting side of things. That is to be the price leader across as many markets as possible.
The team behind the service appear to constantly have one eye on their competition, in order to offer a slightly better price. They seem to be pretty good at it too, as our testing had them as market leaders across a variety of sports, markets and bets.
Design And Layout
The app has a modern look and feel to it. It has a dark theme and the layout can be modified to accommodate the user’s preference.
There’s a choice between a large view, with odds well spaced out or a cluttered view that fits more information onto the screen.
The animations and icons have been swapped out for various sports stock images to symbolise the different sports available. This keeps the app looking smart and professional.
Placing A Bet
Placing a bet is nice and simple and works in the same way as most betting apps. Tapping on a selection adds it to a bet slip, where stakes can be set against the singles and accumulator (if multiple selections have been made)
However, system bets and permutations are not present here. Only singles and accumulators can be placed.
To remove a selection from the bet slip, all that is required is to swipe the selection left. A red bin will appear and tapping on the bin will remove that particular selection.
Best Odds Notifier
The pricing team at SBK are more than happy to show off their hard work, by displaying which odds have been checked and confirmed as being the best in the market.
A green triangle in the top right corner of a selection signifies the price offered has been checked and was found to be the best.
Prices are compared against:
- Paddy Power
- William Hill
There can be significant differences in the potential returns being offered, especially on multiples.
To demonstrate this, I selected ten football teams to win and set out to compare the difference in odds. For the selections I had made, SBK were offering out 390/1. Skybet was offering 234/1.
Therefore, if person A had put £10 down on my selections with SBK and person B placed £10 with Skybet and all ten teams went on to win, person A would be £1,560 better off, despite putting down the same risk.
Social Tipping features
SBK allow users to post their own tips for others to follow. This is a good way to get users interacting with each other.
The tips section can be found within the menu at the top of the app’s home page. When inside the tips section, the tips are separated out into three categories:
- Following – View the tips from those, who the user has chosen to follow
- Public – A list of tips that have been posted, in order of time in which they were posted.
- Wins – A list of winning tips that serves well as a way to find new people to follow.
Each tip posted provides details on the user tipping it. It shows whether or not the last five tips posted by the user won or not, as well as an all-time record.
From experience, there is a lot of rubbish that gets posted and the lists can get inundated with tips for over 0.5 goals.
This section would work a lot better, if a filter system was added, in my opinion. A way to sort the tips by sport, price or market is not currently provided.
A quirky feature is also added to the top menu bar that can provide some inspiration. The Auto acca feature allows users to select whether they would like to auto-generate a suggested accumulator containing three, four or five selections.
The app will then churn out that number of random selections across all of the upcoming sporting action.
Bonuses & Promotions
Once the new customer bonus has been claimed, there is very little to go at in terms of promotions.
SBK doesn’t seem to waste their time with offers and outlandish marketing campaigns. Instead, they prefer to keep their eye on ensuring their standard prices blow everybody else out of the water.
The app has a cash-out facility that works and is on par with the rest of the industry. However, there are no partial cash outs offered here though – it’s either all or nothing.
There are no live streams available and future betting, such as horse racing ante-post markets are extremely thin on the ground.
An integrated bet builder into the football betting markets is absent and there’s no facility to request a price on a bet not listed.
A wide variety of sports are available to bet on at SBK and the range of markets is impressive. However, nothing more is as impressive as the amount of work going on in the background to ensure top prices.
This app is an absolute must, in our opinion, for anyone who likes to try their luck on a big acca at the weekend.
However, for people who are looking for fancy features and regular bonuses, this app is going to fail to meet expectations.
It certainly isn’t the only betting app we use, due to the lack of features and functionality. But it is our go to app at the moment whenever we are looking for nothing more than maximising our potential returns.
Other Apps By Smarkets
Additional to the standard sports betting app, Smarkets have also released An exchange betting app. This enables users to lay liability down on their own selections for other users to back.
Users can either choose to take on the role of the bookmaker or back other users bets that are offering out attractive prices. Odds are frequently higher on the exchange apps than they are on the standard sports betting apps, so it is worth checking out.
As Smarkets are purely the middle men in the transaction a 2% commission is applied to net market profits. The industry average is 5% so once more Smarkets comes up trumps in the value category.
Q & A
Odds are available in four different formats. These are:
- Decimal (1.57)
- Percentage (50%)
- American (+140)
- Fractions (5/1)
By default the odds are set to percentage, which quite a few bookmakers don’t bother with. To change this to the more popular fractions or decimals, head to the account section of the SBK app.
From there, enter in to preferences and there should be an option labelled “Betting odds display format.” Selecting one of the four available options will change the style of the odds accordingly.
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