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Sporting Index is the biggest spread betting website today and caters for over 45,000 spread bettors each day. The site was launched in 1992 and in 2000 they became fully interactive. Today over 80% of the bets placed with Sporting Index are done so online. In 2004 the site launched their mobile betting service which allows members to bet on races and matches using their PDAs and mobile phones; a facility that is still quite uncommon.
Sporting events covered by Sporting Index
This betting website tends to concentrate on the most common types of sports although they do cover a good variety. Their main interests are UK football, European football and horse racing but they do also cover sports like cricket, rugby, pub sports and a range of American sports.
Bet types accepted
Sporting Index is dedicated to the art of spread betting which means the only bets they accept are spread bets. There is an entire section of the site that explains the basics of spread betting for those who are new to this type of betting and it should be mentioned that the risk with spread betting is considerably higher than with normal types of bets.
Non-sporting events covered
Sporting Index has a number of non-sporting events to bet on as well as the choice of sports however again, the bets will be spread bets. There is often a range of TV specials available including the X-Factor, Strictly Come Dancing and the sports personality of the year plus political battles when they arise. The choice will differ throughout the year depending on which entertainment shows are on TV.
Other areas of the Sporting Index website
In 2006 this website added a variety of casino games; spread betting games and poker options for members. Each of the additional areas can be enjoyed with a single account however it is possible to play most of the games without opening an account, although you won't be entitled to any winnings you may earn. The poker area allows you to play in a number of tournaments each day and there is a series of poker tutorials for new members. A download is required to play in the poker rooms.
Sporting Index offers new and existing customers a range of promotions and bonuses. These include a new account bonus that changes each week, a refer a friend bonus which pays a £100 total goal bet when the terms and conditions have been met and a 100% first deposit match when you download the poker software. There is also a refer a friend bonus in the poker area where you receive up to £50 when they play their first games.
Payment methods for Sporting Index
You can fund an account using Visa, Visa Delta and Visa Electron, MasterCard, Maestro and Solo, Moneybookers and Neteller. Each of the payment options has a minimum deposit value and some may charge fees as well.
Sporting Index give you the option of playing for fun before opening a real money account. You can open a 'fun' account and practice your spread betting before placing real bets. There is also the option to choose your own teams, fixtures and matches and either placing real bets on the outcome or playing with a fun account to start.
There is also the option of virtual racing where you can look at the past form of the horses involved before spread betting on your choice. Again you can either play for fun or with you Sporting Index account.
The help section of the website outlines everything you need to know to start spread betting. It also gives the contact details for the site if you experience problems while betting.
Summary for Sporting Index
Sporting Index is a dedicated spread betting website with a good range of sports to bet on. They also have a variety of casino and poker games to play, all of which can be played for real or just for fun. The site accepts all of the major payment methods and offers various promotions and cash bonuses throughout the different areas. There is a very good tutorial which explains the basics of spread betting and the 'playing for fun' option allows new members to practice this type of betting before wagering real money. The customer service support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and queries are generally sorted within one working day.