STS is operated by a company called STS Bet Limited which is incorporated in Malta and the registered is St. Julians in that country. STS is regulated by the UK Gambling Commission and licence information is available for the public to assess. STS is trying to gain market share in the UK market but is competing against a number of trusted and established brands. However, the Gambling Commission must believe the operator deserves a licence which is reviewed at regular intervals. Malta is a reputable location for gaming companies.
STS offers sports and casino gaming to customers in Polish and English. The operator focuses on in-play betting and offers over 30,000 live events each month. The site has been awarded certification for Information Security which means customers know personal data is secure. STS offers a comprehensive sports betting service both pre-match and in-play.
Breaking into the UK market is difficult and this review will examine some of the strengths and weaknesses of STS. Some elements are missing from the site but these should be implemented in the fullness of time. Customers can take advantage of a welcome bonus which is described below.
Customers who register with STS can claim £40 in the form of a welcome bonus which is subject to the following terms and conditions:
The free bet is for a modest amount but the qualifying requirements are achievable within a reasonable timeframe. However, other welcome offers stipulate single bets so the requirement to place a multiple with three selections or more is a negative.
At least three selections must take part for the welcome offer to apply and certain deposit methods do not count for the qualifying deposit. Bets placed using the free bet token cannot be partially or fully cashed out. The value of the free bet token is not included in any winnings from the free bet.
Customers with STS using desktop computers and mobile devices can benefit from the following ongoing promotions:
Free bets are valuable weapons in any bettor’s armory, allowing them to place wagers as normal, but without needing to risk any of their actual money in doing so. We give plenty of credit for STS, therefore, for giving punters several ways in which to claim free bets:
Existing customers with STS are credited with £5 in the form of a weekly bonus as part of a loyalty program. This bonus is subject to the following Terms & Conditions:
• All UK customers who are aged 18 and older.
• Four qualifying bets for at least £5.
• The minimum qualifying stake is £20.
• Bets placed at odds of 1/2 (1.50) or bigger for each selection.
• Football markets only.
• Bets must be settled within the current week.
• Maximum bonus of £5.
• Bonus can be used at odds of 1/2 (1.50) or bigger.
• Any winnings from this bonus do not include the stake
• Bonus credited each Monday.
• STS General Terms & Conditions apply.
This is a genuine 25% matched bet bonus. The qualifying bets are four times the value of the free bet. The amount is modest but the qualifying conditions are easy to achieve in the timeframes. Customers can claim one bonus each week so, over the course of the year, the total bonus amount is £260. The weekly bonus complements the welcome offer and ongoing promotions for all players.
For a British audience, domestic English football naturally provides the most important betting markets for the vast majority of users. STS has tapped into this market with skill, courtesy of their English Football Weekly Bonus.
To trigger this promotion, you must place a multiples bet of exactly £20, at minimum total odds of 4/1. If it wins, you’ll get a £10 STS free bet to spend within the next five days, alongside your usual winnings.
There are a few details we like about this promotion. Firstly, while similar offers elsewhere typically require four or more selections, your qualifying bets here only need at least two legs. There are also no restrictions on which bet types you can use, and all Premier League and Championship games between Friday and Sunday are eligible. Add all that together, and you’re getting a lot of freedom in how exactly you choose to use the offer.
Acca insurance is a tried-and-tested promotion type, which has proved popular with football bettors year in and year out. It’s no surprise, therefore, to see STS offering their own version of this classic deal.
As the name suggests, to qualify for this offer you must stick down an accumulator with six or more selections. The stake can be anywhere from £2 to £50, and both pre-match and in-play accas are eligible. If just one leg of your accumulator fails, STS will refund your entire stake in the form of a free bet.
While we’d rather have a lower threshold regarding the number of required selections, this is still a solid offer all-round. There’s really nothing in the T’s & C’s to catch you out, either. The per-selection minimum odds of 3/5 are fair, and you get a generous 10 days to use your free bet.
Unfortunately, at the time of writing, there is no Android app whatsoever available for STS, either from Google Play or directly from the website.
Considering STS gained their UK operating license back in December 2019, this is pretty disappointing. It’s doubly disappointing because there’s plenty of experience behind this sportsbook, courtesy of operating company Vivaro Limited, who should certainly know the value of providing a dedicated STS app for users.
There is currently no STS mobile app available for iOS either. We’d hope to see that addressed sooner rather than later, but – in the meantime – iOS users will be reliant on the mobile version of the STS website.
As noted above, there is no STS UK app whatsoever available right now, either for Android or iOS bettors. That leaves the mobile website as the only on-the-go option for STS bettors. The interface on that mobile site isn’t the best we’ve seen. That said, it’s not a disaster either, and is certainly good enough to get the job done.
The home page features in-play markets towards the top, and upcoming events below. Navigating between different sports is easy, thanks to a scrolling menus in which neat little icons indicate each sport. Tap one, and you’ll see all of that sport’s matchups, which you can hit again to see the game’s individual markets. In general, therefore, browsing markets – and eventually placing wagers – is easy enough.
Account management is housed within a dropdown menu, which you can access by tapping an ever-present icon at the top of your device’s screen. This allows you to make deposits and withdrawals, change your account details, and so on. Just to the right of that icon is another dropdown menu, which you can use to navigate between the main sections of the site, like In-Play, Sports, Virtuals, and Promotions.
In all, while it doesn’t have the prettiest layout in the world, the interface is easy enough to navigate. An STS bet app would almost certainly be preferable, but this is an able substitute in the meantime.
The STSBet betting app offers customers all the features of the website including the following:
Customers with STS have many in-play betting options and there are over about 1,000 live events each month. The most popular live betting sports are football, tennis, ice hockey and basketball. In-play events are displayed in an Overview, Event View and Multi View. A calendar displays upcoming live betting options for the current week.
There is no live streaming but in-play bettors can refer to a visual representation of the progress of play. The live interface does not show derailed live statistics but just the basic scoring for each sport. Betting is taken down when there is a significant event which causes price fluctuations such as a goal in soccer or a break of serve in tennis. The betting options are fewer than in pre-match betting but all the most popular basic markets are covered.
Customers with STS can cash out bets during a live betting event. A dollar sign icon alongside the market indicates if cash out betting is available. STS allows bettors to cash out bets across a number of sports, including football and tennis, and betting markets. The facility is being added to more sports and options over time.
Live bettors decide to cash out to ensure a known profit regardless of the final outcome or limit the loss from a losing bet. Pre-match bets and bets placed earlier in a live event can be cashed out. The value of the cash out offer from the bookmaker depends on the stake and odds of the original bet and the odds when the request for a cash out offer was made.
STS does not provide live streaming of sporting events. However, the in-play interface features a graphical representation of the action. Customers can refer to a limited range of live match data before placing a bet. Betting is suspended after a key event such as a goal in football or break of serve in tennis. The lack of live streaming is a negative and several UK-facing competitors live stream numerous events in football, tennis and other sports. STS could introduce this facility in the fullness of time but the current interface is not suited the live streaming of betting events.
STS offers customers acca insurance for football multiple bets. This promotion is subject to the following Terms & Conditions:
Several of the leading UK brands provide this acca insurance promise. Customers with Paddy Power are credited with a free bet if they have one loser in a four-team accumulator. At the time of writing Ladbrokes and William Hill do not offer acca insurance on football.
Typically, acca insurance means a free bet for a minimum and maximum amount when there is one losing selection in a multiple bet. STS stipulates a minimum of six selections while some competitors return the stake for accas with one losing selection from four or more legs. Customers with STS can combine selections in single line singles, doubles, trebles and accumulators and system bets that combine selections in permutations.
STS offers customers betting on over 40 sports. There is a facility to add to Favourites and a list of Top Leagues. There is a calendar which allows bettors to display events on the current or an upcoming day.
Each sport is indicated by an appropriate icon and the name of the sport. Sports are roughly listed by the number of current markets. Football accounts for more than half the betting options. Customers can also bet on Chess, Eurovision, Politics and TV Shows and Movies. The three most popular betting sports by number of bets are football, tennis and basketball and here is further information about these sports:
STS offers betting on over 100 countries and many leagues and competitions. The popular leagues are La Liga in Spain, Serie A in Italy and the Bundesliga in Germany but the league that attracts the most betting interest by far is the Premier League in England. The site shows the three-way market for the match result with a link to the associated betting options of which there are over 300 under the following headings: All, Fouls, Minutes, Shots on Goal, Offsides, Corners, Players, Halves, Handicaps, Totals, Match.
Customers can also bet on the outright winners of many leagues and Cups. Odds are updated after each round of fixtures. There are also betting markets on future international tournaments such as the World Cup and European Championship finals.
In addition to generally having plenty of football markets in place, STS takes things a step further by also featuring an entire Football Specials section.
For the uninitiated, ‘Specials’ are short-term betting opportunities, in which a sportsbook ramps up the odds on certain, specific markets. They’re a pretty common feature on modern betting sites, but STS distinguish themselves in a couple of ways.
For starters, the regularity with which football specials are offered here is seriously impressive. New ones become available for every major match day in competitions like the Champions League, Europa League, and Premier League. Rather than just getting a handful of specials at a time, STS also give you a good amount of choice. At the time of writing, for example, there are 15 different specials available for a single Europa League match day.
Importantly, however, STS offer quality with this quantity. While most of their specials are multiples, which are naturally harder to win than singles, those multiples tend to actually be pretty appealing! They could be two favourites both to win, for example, or a heavy favourite to win without conceding.
Overall, if you’re looking for some extra value in your STS betting on football, the Specials section is a very good place to find it.
Tennis accounts for the next highest number of bets after football. STS provides betting from about 15 countries playing in WTA and ATP events, Challenger tournaments and ITF events. There are more in-play bets placed on tennis that before any match begins. The most common bet is on the winner of the match. Customers have about 100 additional betting options in the categories of All, Main and Set. There is ante-post betting for the upcoming Grand Slam tournaments.
The third most bet on sport by quantity is basketball. STS has odds for about 20 leagues, mainly in Europe. However, by far the most popular league is the NBA in the United States, which is the most lucrative competition in the sport. In addition to the two-way match result market customers can place wagers on about 80 other markets under the headings of Match, Quarters, Halves and Players. Outright betting is available on future events such as the NBA champions. Basketball is also very popular for in-play betting due to fluctuations in the simple scoring method.
Customers with STS can bet on the following US Sports professional leagues
Basketball – NBA
Baseball – MLB
American Football – NFL
Ice Hockey – NHL
College fixtures in these sports are also popular for betting. The match winner, handicaps and totals attract most betting interest. Customers can bet on player and team props and more exotic markets such as the correct score. STS offers ante-post betting on the winners of leagues, conferences and championships for the four US betting sports. The Superbowl is by far the most popular standalone event for betting. The match determines the NFL champions in American Football. There are post-season playoffs in basketball, baseball and ice hockey. Soccer, tennis, golf and horse racing are global sports which serve the European and US markets.
Esports is a relatively new area of sports betting and it involves bets on video games. There are now professional leagues and when STS operate purely in Poland Esports was covered. Customers can bet on games like Counter-Strike and League of Legends in events in the main Esports leagues. Odds are available in pre-match and in-play betting. Betting options include the match winner and map winner which are segments like sets in tennis. The main betting markets have two options as there is no tie for the match and individual map winner.
In addition to the regular sports, customers with STS can place wagers on Politics and TV Specials. The Presidential Election in the united States and the general Election and Brexit in the UK attract the most betting interest. STS offers odds on the outright winner of reality shows and awards. The most popular TV markets are related to Strictly Come dancing, I’m A celebrity and the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. STS also provides betting markets for the winner of awards.
Customers can refer to statistics before placing a bet. For example, there is plenty of data from matches in the previous round of the Champions League. There are records for Over/Under totals and handicaps from the group stages and knockout rounds. STS provides detailed statistics for most sports including football, tennis and basketball.
Virtual sports have become an increasingly popular alternative to real-world ones in recent years. This is mainly down to two factors: they present a completely different betting challenge, and – quite simply – they’re always on!
Having virtual sports available on a non-premium sportsbook certainly isn’t a given. In the case of STS, though, we were pleased to discover an entire Virtuals section, which provides plenty of both quantity and quality for fans of this betting niche.
All the most popular virtual sports are present and correct here, from football, tennis, and basketball, through to both horse and greyhound racing. The graphics for each sport are solid, and the animations are impressively life-like. The quality of the streams also remained consistently high throughout our testing for this STS review, on both mobile and desktop devices.
As with most such sections, the action is essentially non-stop on STS, with whole new events beginning every few minutes for each sport. Crucially, you’re also given plenty of choice in how exactly you bet on these contests. With virtual football, for example, you’re not merely limited to the likes of Match Result. You can also pick from Over/Under Goals, Half time/Full time, Draw No Bet, and both regular and Asian Handicaps.
When it comes to payment options on a sportsbook, it’s generally a case of ‘the more, the better’. Most importantly of all, though, a bookie should cover all the biggest bases, which bettors are most likely to use. We’re pleased to say that STS ticks both boxes. The most common payment methods are certainly in place, but there’s an excellent amount of choice too.
Visa and Mastercard are both deposit options, as you’d expect, but other big hitters like bank transfer and PayPal are also in place. Backing these up is a whole range of other eWallet options, including Skrill, Neteller, ecoPayz, and MuchBetter. The minimum deposit amount is an industry-standard £10, and all payment methods process instantly except for bank transfers, which require 1-3 business days.
All of the same options are available for making a withdrawal, and the minimum amount is also £10 here. Withdrawals to eWallets should process within a speedy 30 minutes, while debit card withdrawals and bank transfers naturally take longer, at 1-3 working days. Pleasingly, no transaction fees are charged when cashing out from your STS account.
Members with STS can contact the customer services department using an email form. There is no Live Chat or telephone support but customers can use a generic email address to get in touch. The response times are between 24 and 48 hours. The limited customer support options are a negative and other operators provide more contact methods. The site does feature a comprehensive FAQ section covering account management and betting functions. STS is committed to promoting responsible gambling. The site has banner links to support bodies and there are exclusion processes in place for problem gamblers. Customers can limit daily and monthly deposits. Customers can discuss betting related issues on the STS blog. This facility also includes match previews and tips.
The sign-up process on STS is highly straightforward. There are only three steps, and signing up should barely take a minute of your time.
To begin opening an account with STS, simply head to STS Bet website on your mobile device or computer, or click the “Get Bonus” button on this page. Then, click the orange ‘Join’ button.
Once you’ve done so, you’ll be taken to the first full stage of the sign up process: ‘Account’. Here, you must simply enter your email address and password, and set your preferred currency. You can also enter a bonus code at this point, if you have one. When all that’s done, hit the ‘Next’ button.
Stage two is called ‘Personal’, and requires a few more details from you. Namely, you should provide your full name, address, date of birth, gender, and home address. This is also the point at which you set the user name for your account. Once again, select ‘Next’ when you’re finished.
The third and final stage is called ‘Limits’. As the name suggests, you’re invited here to set the size of the deposit limits on your account. Finally, just set your marketing preferences, agree to the site’s terms and conditions, and press the ‘Submit’ button.
You should now be greeted with a friendly ‘Welcome Aboard!’ pop-up box. While your account has now already been created, you will also be prompted to make your first deposit of £10 or more, and place an eligible bet, in order to trigger that aforementioned STS sign up offer.
Sportsbooks have been putting an increasingly strong emphasis on responsible gambling in recent years. Naturally, we agree with this whole-heartedly, and strongly advise you – at all times – to monitor your stakes, and only bet what you can theoretically afford to lose.
STS promotes responsible gambling in a few praiseworthy ways. Deposit limits are imposed on your account by default, and you can choose between daily, weekly, and monthly options. There’s also a ‘time-out’ feature, which you can use to temporarily lock your STS sports betting account for up to six weeks, and a reality check tool to help you monitor how long you’ve been online. STS also make it easy to stop receiving marketing material, which can often prove tempting, and to lock your account permanently if you deem it necessary.
Organizations like GamCare provide support to those struggling with gambling problems. Please contact them if you feel that you need help.
STS were originally online bookmakers based in Poland which explains why the site can only be reading Polish and English. Customers in Poland bet on a wide variety of sports and events and as part of the move into other parts of Europe the operator will offer a varied and comprehensive sportsbook. The site offers more than the standard sports and leagues which is a departure from the normal sportsbook targeted at the UK market. STS has a market share of 49% in Poland where online bookmaking is regulated and taxed and has entered new markets to build on that success. This experience will be applied to the UK where STS know how to serve their audience. This company is the official partner of the national football team of Poland.
STS is new to the betting markets outside Poland and there are some significant missing features. There are not too many ongoing promotions or live streaming. The dynamic promotions for existing customers are limited and there is no mobile app that can be downloaded for Android and iOS devices. The range of sports and markets is one of the best in the industry and the welcome offer is achievable. Once those missing features have been introduced STS will be a first-class betting site.
Here is a selection of the most Frequently Asked Questions with STS:
Is there an STS mobile app?
At the time of writing there is no downloadable app but mobile users can install the website version of the service as long as the browser is mobile-optimised.
Are PayPal deposits allowed on STS?
STS accepts deposits from e-Wallets but not including PayPal.
What are STS deposit and withdrawal limits?
The minimum deposits and withdrawals are £10 and the maximum limits depend on the account history of the customer.
Is STS legit?
STS provides a trusted and legitimate sports betting experience.