By Dean Smith on 21st December 2023
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UK-based Sporting Index is one of the leading spread betting sportsbooks in the world that they offer alongside a comprehensive fixed odds service with a history of innovation since their conception in 1992.
Considered a reliable destination for spread betting, their expansion into fixed odds betting in recent years has been a success and they’re known for a strong customer service offering alongside a good depth of odds and markets.
If you don’t have an account, they also have an excellent new customer offer at the moment that allows punters to earn £20 in free bets when they join and place a £10 bet.
Sporting Index’s new customer offer allows punters to get £20 in free bets when they join and place a £10 bet.
Once you have created your account and placed a £10 fixed odds bet at minimum odds of 1/2, you’ll be credited with two £10 free fixed odds bets.
Your first free £10 fixed odds bet will be credited upon settlement of the qualifying bet, with the second one added to your account the following day.
“As an experienced bettor with accounts at almost every available sportsbook online, I found the experience of placing bets with Sporting Index a comfortable enough one and was impressed with the spread betting element as expected – but perhaps less expectedly I was equally impressed with the fixed odds betting in terms of value, customer support and user experience.
It’s easy enough to toggle between the spread betting and the fixed odds and the top menu offers quick and easy links to some of the key areas of the site, including the most popular available sports and links to the In Play sections and Promotions while the most popular upcoming events on each sport are also listed on the left hand side.
As such, Sporting Index proves itself to be an easy site to navigate through and you can quickly find whatever you’re looking for within a handful of clicks and with the dark blue colour scheme, it’s a pretty attractive site to look at in comparison to some of their more garish competitors too.
But much more importantly, they offer competitive odds for a sportsbook that don’t necessarily focus on fixed odds as a priority. I managed to find better odds on a handful of markets than with some of the more popular online sports betting names for some Premier League and Copa Del Rey bets that I placed during December 2023.
The new sign-up offer is an uncomplicated one that I was able to take advantage of without any real hassle and it was simple enough to place bets on the more popular markets such as correct score and both teams to score bets.
Unfortunately, the depth of markets isn’t really there to compete with the likes of Bet365 and BetVictor, with no player markets available on stats such as Shots on Target or Assists. There’s also no bet-builder functionality, although these two usually go hand in hand so I would potentially expect to see this in the future on the fixed odds service with Sporting Index.
A handful of price boosts are available on every upcoming Premier League fixture though including anytime goalscorer odds and Result & BTTS bets which were handy there are some nice regular offers too including a handful of horseracing specials and a nice Boost Your Acca offering.
– Dean Smith – Betting Expert
Here are some of the real stand-out pros of using Sporting Index as your online sports betting bookmaker of choice.
As you’d expect for a company with it’s roots firmly in spread betting, this area of the site is among the best you’ll find anywhere online. They offer more markets than most do for spread betting on football games and they have plenty of useful guides and tools to allow punters to get to grips with this slightly different style of betting alongside the usual fixed odds service.
While not the best fixed odds service around by any stretch, the odds are far from poor with Sporting Index, particularly when compared to some of the other bookmakers that have only started offering odds in recent years. We found them consistent with prices offered elsewhere with more established fixed odds bookmakers, which is ideal if you’re looking to place spread bets and fixed odds bets all with the same account.
It may not seem like the most important thing at first, but being able to find everything you’re looking for within a few short clicks is a lifesaver after betting with the same bookmaker for a while. Sporting Index have nailed the design. With plenty of useful shortcuts on the sportsbook’s homepage to the most popular upcoming fixtures, next live streamed events and current In Play sports, you’ll very quickly find what you’re looking for – which isn’t always the case with other sportsbooks.
The new customer bonus available for punters with Sporting Index is a Bet £10 get £20 offer which of course offers more value than many of the matched deposit bonuses you’ll see elsewhere on the market. What’s more, it’s very easy to claim in comparison to some of Sporting Index’s closest competitors and allows you to quickly get to grips with the site while playing with your free bets.
In addition to the new customer promotion, there’s also a fairly hefty range of existing customer promotions available to take advantage of, particularly for horseracing fans. First Past The Post, Lucky Double Odds and ‘2nd to a Rag’ Insurance while there’s also a ‘Boost Your Acca’ feature where you can boost your winnings on multiple bets by up to 75%.
No bookmaker is perfect, but here are some of the things we’d like to see improved from Sporting Index.
Of course here at Squawka we like to place stats bets and there’s very little in the way of player or team stat markets with this particular bookmaker. We’d hope to see shots, assists and tackles markets be added in future but there seems to be a relative lack of depth to the odds that are available on specific games at the time of writing.
Stats bets generally lend themselves to bet-builders but with no stats bets, there are also no bet-builders available on Sporting Index’s Fixed Odds section. This is one of the most popular methods of placing bets among sports punters at the moment so to not see this offered is certainly disappointing and hopefully something that is corrected in future.
While casino games have been available on Sporting Index in the past, there’s never been live casino options and the games have been limited. At the time of writing, we’re unable to access any casino options on site, which is a shame as with the spread betting and fixed odds options, Sporting Index has the potential to be a one stop shop for punters of all kinds as it has been in the past.
While not known for offering the best possible odds on every market, we found Sporting Index’s odds to be competitive enough following an extended time placing bets with them, with many of the more established names offering similar prices on the majority of the available markets in the Premier League and other tournaments.
To confirm this, we selected four random markets on four Premier League fixtures taking place in December 2023 and compared them with Sky Bet, Paddy Power, Betfair, William Hill, Ladbrokes and Bet365 in terms of odds.
While not the best odds in each market, they were offering better odds than many of their competitors on the Win-Draw-Win and Overs markets, better odds than two competitors in a correct score market and the same odds as the majority of their competitors in the goalscorer market – and don’t forget that with spread betting you can bet on a much wider range of markets for varying prices in addition to the fixed odds offering that Sporting Index have.
The simple answer to this one is no, you do not need to input a bonus code or promo code in order to claim the Sporting Index sign up offer. Just join via our link, make a deposit of at least £10 and place a £10 bet that meets the qualifying criteria outlined in the terms and conditions.
When that qualifying bet has settled you will be credited with one £10 free fixed odds bet, with a further £10 free fixed odds bet added to your account the following day.
Sporting Index has an enviable reputation for their Spread Betting platform, which is where they’ve traditionally operated within the market with fixed odds unavailable until 2019 with this sportsbook. As such, it’s unsurprising that with the focus on spread betting for so long, they offer a comprehensive range of markets and strong value on this type of betting. Small stakes can return huge winnings in some cases and Sporting Index boast over 200 pre-match markets on live matches, with up to 150 available in-play.
Given that Spread Betting is not the most popular style of betting, it’s great that Sporting Index have a Training Centre in place that teaches punters the ins and outs, pros and cons and different Spread Betting markets that aren’t always available on the normal Fixed Odds sportsbooks. What’s more, the Training Centre has different sections not only on the basics of Spread Betting but also for almost every sport available to bet on, meaning you can get involved armed with all the information you need to place if you’ve not tried this type of betting before.
Although the casino section of the site seems to be on a temporary hiatus, it’s nice to see a comprehensive virtual sports section from Sporting Index. Virtual football, greyhounds, horse racing, badminton, motor racing and table tennis are all available within a click of a button and on the continuous football section you can place spread bets on result, goal rush, correct score markets and handicap markets and matches are shown every three minutes of the day.
In Play betting is very popular among all punters now, but Sporting Index is one of the few online sports betting companies that allow you to place In Play spread bets on a huge range of sports and tournaments. When it comes to football, not only can you place In Play spread bets on goals, corners and the result, there are also performance markets alongside goals, HT/FT and handicaps.
Many bookmakers offer Acca Boosts now, but Sporting Index is one of the few bookmakers we’ve seen offering a cash boost to your winnings for multiple bets involving as few as three selections. You can get a 5% bonus on your winnings for a three-leg acca, and the percentage of the boost increases in 5% increments with every extra leg you add – up to 75% if you somehow manage to land a huge 16fold!
Regular spread bettors can get the chance to win spread-free bets on certain markets, meaning you can bet at the market mid-point rather than the top or bottom of the spread. To qualify, place 3 sports spread bets online on the same sport’s qualifying markets listed below within 10 minutes. Place a 4th spread bet on the same market spread-free, i.e. at the spread mid-point (stake = size of your smallest qualifying spread bet). You can claim this offer as many times as you want on any sport markets listed below when you meet the qualifying criteria.
There are three recurring horse-racing offers available on Sporting Index. They offer money back as a free bet if your horse is 2nd to a 33/1 or greater winner and double the odds if your Lucky 15, Lucky 31 or Lucky 63 ends with just one winner. They also offer First Past The Post, meaning if your horse finishes 1st but is then demoted for causing interference, Sporting Index pay out for both the new promoted winner as well as the original winner. For regular horse racing punters, all three of these offers will no doubt come in handy over time!
Unfortunately, at the time of writing the only available methods of making a deposit into your Sporting Index account are through Debit/Credit Cards and Bank Transfer.
The minimum deposit into your account is £5, but the processing time is instant. You can set your own maximum deposit limits in your account section of the site.
Unfortunately, at the time of writing the only available methods of making a withdrawal from your Sporting Index account are through Debit/Credit Cards and Bank Transfer.
You can withdraw a minimum of £10 from your account at a limit of £25,000 per 24 hours with a processing time of up to three business days.
Having been around since 1992, Sporting Index has built up a solid reputation within spread betting punters and that reputation has not been built without good reason. They offer good customer service options and a reliable service with an easy to use layout and a handful of useful offers for existing, recurring customers.
While we’d perhaps hope to see a larger range of markets available in future on Premier League and Champions League matches plus the addition of bet-builder functionality, there is plenty to like about Sporting Index including their comprehensive spread betting options and competitive fixed odds value and we’ll continue to use them, particularly for placing spread bets in the future.
Sporting Index is authorised and regulated by the FCA and licensed by the Gambling Commission of Great Britain under account number 27343.