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Getting started with online sports betting from Israel can be a difficult proposition. The main reason for this is that most of the world’s best betting sites simply do not serve Israel. If you watch European football matches, you will no doubt be familiar with many betting brands that are advertised at the side of the pitch. However, familiar brands like bet365, William Hill, Ladbrokes, PaddyPower, 888sport, BetVictor, BetFred, 32Red, MarathonBet, 1XBet and many others simply will not register your account if you reside in Israel.
If you were to visit any of these sites, they would either prevent you from accessing their site via IP address detection, knowing that you are visiting from Israel, or they simply will not provide ‘Israel’ in their list of available countries from their registration page.
This can certainly be frustrating if all you want to do is experience the enjoyment of betting on your favourite sports with a competitive service and it’s why this site exists: to prevent prospective Israeli sports bettors from wasting time in visiting betting sites that won’t serve them.
Unfortunately, there are only three top sports betting providers that will serve you in Israel. Although your choice is limited compared to people in other nations around the world, on the positive side of things, these three providers are some of the best in the world. We know, we’ve reviewed dozens of betting sites from the perspectives of people in many different national markets. Read the site reviews to learn more about each company or browse the site by the key topics as found in the top navigation.
This is the question that is important for you. Although Israel is a world leader
in the development of technology with regard to sports betting, poker and casino
games, the reality is that the Israeli government does not allow its citizens to
take part in the wider market of offerings with regard to these gaming verticals.
For example, with regard to sports betting, the Israel Sports Betting Board (ISBB)
holds a monopoly on land-
It is illegal for anyone else to operate a sportsbook business within Israel. Many
other countries, like the UK, France, Sweden and Spain allow for leading gaming companies
to enter the market, and offer their service in exchange for license fees and tax
payments. It is the best of both worlds. The government keeps some revenue from
an activity that is going to inevitably take place, and sports bettors get better
options for their money. Unfortunately, the ISBB monopoly forces many Israeli players
to look off-
While it is illegal to run another sports betting operation within Israel for Israeli consumption, whether on land or online, there is nothing that prevents interested Israeli bettors from finding and participating in online sports betting with providers that are operated and regulated from a legal online gaming jurisdiction like Malta or Curacao like those that we have listed on this site.
Unfortunately, the odds offered by the ISBB are incredibly low. Just have a look
at a simple basketball or American football match with the ‘handicap’ or ‘point spread’
betting market. They offer odds around 1.65 on both potential outcomes. This means
that the ISBB is operating with an odds margin of a whopping 21%. In other words,
of all monies bet on a particular match and betting market, they will be keeping
21%. This number is ridiculously high and it is the main reason why Israeli sports
bettors look to play with off-
The two top sites that we list, Pinnacle and Unibet operate with odds of around 2% to 3% for top soccer matches. Pinnacle also looks to offer very competitive odds for American sports. Just have a look at their point spread markets for the NBA. You’ll find odds that pay in excess of 1.95 on either result, which is about a 2.5% margin. Unibet tends to offer odds in excess of 1.91 on American sports for these popular betting markets which is a margin between 4% and 5%. Intertops offers margins of about 5% to 6% on the big American leagues and about 8% to 10% for soccer. Whether you like single game bets, combination bets or system bets, there is just no financial argument that supports playing with the ISBB compared to these three sites.
If you take a moment to compare the offerings of our three listed sites versus the
ISBB, there really is no comparison. Unibet has perhaps one of the most advanced
betting platforms in the world, allowing players to have access to dozens if not
hundreds of betting markets per match. Unibet also employs an early cash out feature
so you can take partial winnings before an event has ended, or protect stake money
when a bet looks to have gone bad. Pinnacle employs a site that looks more old-
At each of Unibet, Pinnacle and Intertops, you can set your betting account to US Dollars, Euros, British Pounds, Swedish Kroner or Canadian Dollars among several others. If you have connections to any of these national markets, you can look to play and bank directly in these currencies to avoid currency exchange fees. Currently, no reputable sports betting site that accepts customers from Israel also offers Israeli Shekel accounts.
Normally, we advise the reader’s of our various sites to try and play with betting sites that offer your native currency so that you may avoid currency exchange costs. However, the reality is that as shown above, your local betting option through the Israel Sports Betting Board offers odds that are so poor, it actually pays better to exchange your funds to another currency and play with a betting site that offers significantly better odds like Unibet, Pinnacle or Intertops. Currency conversion tends to be in the 3% range. Odds margins at our listed sites can be as low as 3%. When you play at the ISBB, their margins are over 20%, so your chances of being profitable are far greater if you exchange funds and play at our listed betting sites.
Every reputable betting site around the world is mandated by their regulators to
These are used to establish and confirm your identity. Your KYC documents must match
the information used to register your account. This KYC process should take no longer
than a week to complete, but often far less time. The KYC process will not affect
your ability to deposit or start betting immediately. Only withdrawals are contingent
on KYC process completion. Be patient regarding these mandatory anti-
If you are what could be considered a high-
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Excellent football odds. Solid odds for other sports. Simple cash out. Amazing betting platform. Aston Villa sponsor.
Arguably one of the first ever online sportsbook companies. Solid odds. Many available currencies & banking methods
Absolutely. All three of these betting sites offer online casino games where you
may play from the same account wallet. With Unibet and Pinnacle, you can also play
in the ‘Live Casino’ where a real life dealer runs your game on-
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Notes on Casino & Poker Gaming Verticals
Pinnacle offers casino and live casino games to its sports betting customers from the same account.
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Unibet offers sports, poker, casino, live casino and games to its customers, all accessed from a single account.
Yes! Both Unibet and Intertops provide new customer offers as you can see below as well as offers from two other excellent betting sites that serve Israel: Betsson and NordicBet. Note that these offers, like all similar offers in the world come with significant terms and conditions. You’ll find rollover requirements, for the amount you need to bet or ‘rollover’ from your first deposit. You may find minimum odds requirements. These terms are simply meant to ensure players enjoy the bonus for its intended purpose: an incentive to encourage your continued play on their site. The offers are not meant to represent free money that you may immediately withdraw.
Intertops offers both their Classic Casino plus their Casino Red to access all manner of slots and casino games.