BookMaker Review

Updated July 3, 2019
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For almost 30 years, BookMaker has been among the best places to bet. They post lines early, offer lots of options, pay quickly, and provide big bonuses to serious bettors.

With a motto like “Old School Meets New School,” is exactly what you think they are. They are professionals, they are reliable, and they have adapted to the changes and modern tweaks that the industry has undergone. For almost 30 years, dating back to the advent of telephone wagering, has been among the best places to bet. They post lines early, offer lots of options, pay quickly, and provide big bonuses to serious handicappers. provides an excellent service to customers.

BookMaker bonuses

  • Sign-up bonus: 50% up to $300
  • Reload bonus: Up to 15% Free Play. Covered Western Union/MoneyGram fees on deposits of $300+.
  • Refer-a-friend: Up to $500 each for you and your friend
  • Casino: 50% up to $300

While a bettor who is just dabbling may not get the best bonus in the industry at BookMaker, professionals and serious players will have difficulty finding a book more open to providing a huge bonus. That is because BookMaker offers a 50% sign-up bonus up to $300, and a 15% bonus with 4x rollover for those who deposit $300 or more. However, for big bankrolls, this bonus is good up to $2,500. Few if any other books will provide this large a potential bonus. Meanwhile, smaller players can normally find a larger percentage bonus elsewhere but rarely up to such a big total amount, however, BookMaker has added increased their bonus size on the first $300 to 50% of the initial deposit, making them competitive with small fish and big sharks alike. If you’re thinking about depositing with Bitcoin, note that there is currently a special limited-time promo where they will add a cash bonus 50% up to $1,000 US on your first deposit if you make it with Bitcoin. also offers a 15% reload bonus up to $500 with a 4x rollover and a minimum deposit of $300, a 10% referral bonus up to $500 with a 3x rollover, and on Tuesday’s or Wednesday’s if you deposit you can get a 20% bonus up to $500 with a 5x rollover. The referral and weekday bonuses come with a $100 minimum deposit.

In the racebook, will provide an 8% rebate on exotic wagers, and 3% on win, place and show bets placed online assuming you are wagering on a track of substantial size. Your rebate will be 5% on exotics and 2% on win, place, and show if you bet using the call center.

They offer two casino bonus options. If you are going to play primarily slots, a 100% bonus up to $500 is available with 25x rollover. For blackjack and video poker fans, a 100% bonus up to $250 is offered with a 40x rollover. There is no minimum deposit required to qualify for casino bonuses.

Since the total amount of their bonuses can be so large, the rollover percentages at are pretty reasonable. Along with the vast number of options and services that they provide, they have a more than reasonable promotion structure through the minimums to qualify for sportsbook bonuses are higher than at some other sites.


  • Minimum deposit: $10
  • Payment options: Visa, Bitcoin, Bank Wire, Neteller, Bank Draft
  • Supported currencies: USD, BTC, CAD, AUD, GBP, EUR, DKK, SEK, NOK, VEF, PAB, MXN, GTQ, DOP, CLP


Not only does offer potentially very large bonuses, they offer a wide variety of ways to fund your account, including Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and even Bitcoin. You must deposit at least $96 to start an account and in many cases, they will reimburse any cost associated with sending them money. If you have a problem depositing, call and they usually can help find a simple and stress-free solution.


Over a long period of time has established a reputation as among the most trusted in the industry and in large part that is because they pay their customers. There are many ways to get paid. If you need your cash now, you can pay a fee to have it credited within 24 hours. If you are the tech-savvy type who understands how Bitcoin works, they pay out in that crypto-currency as well. Otherwise, they will mail you a check and it will arrive within a month of the request at no charge. They are dependable when it comes to payment.

Customer service

  • Service hours: 24/7
  • Live chat: Yes
  • Languages: English, Spanish & Chinese

While the customer service office at BookMaker never closes, they are much more effective answering questions over the phone than they are responding to email. They have separate toll free numbers available for questions regarding the sportsbook, racebook, casino, poker room, mobile betting, new accounts, technical support, and marketing. They also have a live chat feature available to answer questions quickly.

Sportsbook features

  • Live betting: Yes
  • Additional features: BookMaker Mobile is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android users. Tablet wagering is possible on the iPad, Kindle, Galaxy, Playbook and some other devices.
  • Finally, as live in-game wagering continues to rise in popularity, offers a huge menu of games to bet on throughout the action every day. Each MLB game is available as in in-game option, and nearly all soccer, football, basketball and hockey games are too.

As mentioned previously, in addition to the sportsbook, offers a racebook and casino. The racebook rebates are significant but they do not provide every bet available at the track. For example, there are no Pick 5’s or 6’s available. Furthermore, they limit your net profit to between $1,000 and $30,000 per race depending on the size of the track. This means that a huge Pick 4 or superfecta payoff could be capped below the amount a racetrack pays. Finally, in the BookMaker racebook the minimum wager is $1, which negates the possibility of 50 cents Pick 4’s that many racetracks now allow.

The BookMaker BetPoints Rewards program allows account holders who frequently play to accumulate points and turn their betting into prizes. The program is free and easy to use once you open an account and a nice way of saying thank you for choosing their company. You can choose between cash back, gift cards, flight coupons, store credit, handicapping services, and tournament entries as a means of rewards. Much like their bonuses, this benefits the high volume customer the most, while the average Joe would have to wait quite a while before accumulating enough points to be worthwhile.

If you are a serious bettor, BookMaker makes it easy to wager big. Online they will accept bets up to $5,000, and over the phone, you can wager up to $20,000.

Website UI and UX

  • Ease of use for betting: Slightly outdated but no problems understanding it.
  • Mobile betting: Very sleek & fast mobile site, one of the best around. No dedicated iOS/Android app needed

UI looks clean, simple, if a little outdated, but you should have no issues getting the hang of it. Like the rest of their site, BookMaker’s mobile option is all class. Their wagering menu for live games is vast, and the platform is nicely divided, not just by sport, but the type of bet you want to make within the competition. It is easy to skip seamlessly from one part of the site to another. I love that you can bet big days at the racetrack (Derby, Preakness, Belmont, Breeders Cup), earlier in the week, opposed to only on race day. The casino functions just as it does online.

License jurisdiction

  • Location: Costa Rica
  • Established year: 1985

*All bonus offers have different Terms & Conditions. Visit the operator’s web site for full details.