What is STS Bet?
The name and logo of STS Bet was the first thing that came to the mind of a casino reviewer. However, it is a surprisingly large gaming site that combines online casino and betting.
The STS brand is not yet well known in Western Europe and Canada, but it is in Central Europe. The operation started in Poland back in the 90s. There it has grown to become the most popular bookmaker in the country.
The offer has expanded first to neighbouring countries, and now the aim is to conquer Europe. The site has recruited a number of big-name brand ambassadors, including goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel.
Headquartered in Malta, the EU customers play here under an Estonian licence. The licence, issued by the Tax and Customs Board, is tax-free and trustworthy, in line with the more general MGA licence.
STS Gaming Group operates at sts.pl in its home country, stsbet.co.uk in the UK market, and stsbet.com in other countries, which is most conveniently navigated via the Play button. A bonus is available for casino or betting.
STS Bet Bonuses and Promotions
New STS Bet players can choose between a betting or casino bonus on their first deposit. The choice is made at the time of registration.
The STS bonus codes for these are CA100 (online casino) and SB100 (sports betting). However, the bonus code is displayed in the deposit menu, so there is no need to memorise it. Just check that the right box is ticked. Of, if you are a player from Canada, the casino bonus amounts to $750!
- 1st deposit: 100% up to $250 (code: CAWB1);
- 2nd deposit: 50% up to $250 (code: CAWB2);
- 3rd deposit: 100% up to $250 (code: CAWB3).
Terms and Conditions
The bonuses for both sides are the same size, 100% with a maximum of €100. The minimum deposit to claim the bonus is €20. The wagering requirement for the casino bonus is 30X deposit and bonus combined. Currently, most online casinos offer non-sticky deposit bonuses, meaning that real money is played first and the bonus can be withdrawn.
STS Bet casino has a different system. The wagering is done from the beginning, 50% of the bet is deposit, and 50% bonus money. The advantage is that you can start wagering right away, on the other hand, half of any winnings go into the bonus balance. The maximum allowed bet is €4. Live Casino wagering is game-specific. Game shows pay 50%, roulette 15%, blackjack 10%. It's still worth checking out section 11 of the bonus terms and conditions for an up-to-date list of slots that are completely excluded from wagering.
The wagering bonus has a 5X wagering requirement, and also applies to the deposit. The minimum multiplier for the item is 1.80. In live betting, only the first bet in a match counts. Using the cash-out feature means that the bet does not count towards the wagering requirement.
STS Bet Casino Games
The game selection at STS online casino is apparently still under construction. Just a couple of months before this review, there were only 3 providers. Now there are several more and presumably even more in the future.
At the time of writing, the list was Pragmatic Play, Elk Studios, Microgaming, Big Time Gaming and Thunderkick, with a total of 800 slots. Not a very impressive selection at this stage, but we expect this to grow rapidly. Quality providers are already on board.
For now, Pragmatic Play alone is responsible for the live casino. Pragmatic Play has recently increased its live casino offerings. Roulette, blackjack and baccarat have been joined by another wheel of fortune: the Mega Wheel.
So it might not be worth rushing here for the game selection just yet, but there's already plenty to spin for a first deposit and a bonus. There are even promises of daily additions.
The STS Casino promotions include a weekly reload, a 25% bonus and a €25 bonus with the code WEEKLY4, with the same wagering conditions as the welcome offer.
STS Bet Sports Betting
Although STS is also an online casino, it is better known as a sportsbook. The company owns the BetSys betting platform, which is also used by other bookmakers.
The range of products is extensive. The top product is of course football, but there are sports from chess and politics to Finnish baseball.
The odds seem competitive, at least on the big main targets. At the time of writing, the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Everton was expected to kick off. The return for the target was 98.76%, the absolute top of the market. (The overall level in all leagues is not this high, of course.) Apparently, the odds are calculated by the team itself, so it is also possible to pick up anomalous market tips here.
STS sportsbook promotions can be found in the same section as the casino offers. In addition to the welcome bonus, there were two promotions running at the time of testing:
- Extra 6+ 100% insurance for a combination bet with at least six football targets. If only one of them is touched, you get your bet back (€2-€50, minimum multiplier for targets 1.60).
- Free bet club. Place a minimum of €30 on three-way combo bets, with a total odds of 3.00+ on any sport. You will receive two €5 free bets. The winnings from these free bets cannot exceed the original bet amount.
STS Bet Payments and Support
STS Bet is not a Pay N Play casino, but a traditional one. This means that you have to register an account first. Confirmation is done via SMS with a code. Once the registration is done, it is time to deposit. Any bonus code is entered at this stage. The welcome bonuses are pre-selected, so there is no need to write down the bonus codes.
Payment methods for Finnish players are: Visa, MasterCard, Skrill, Neteller, Trustly, Paysafe Card, EcoPayz, Euteller, MuchBetter and Interac. The minimum deposit to claim the bonus is €20, otherwise €10.
In the additional information, there is a section “The first transfer transaction must be confirmed by the payment department. This process can take up to 24 hours.” But at least the Euteller transfer appeared in the account immediately after the deposit. STS Bet does not promise any special instant withdrawals, the duration can be 1-3 days. The withdrawal could not be tested this time.
On the good side, winnings here are tax-free, as STS operates under the license of the EU country Estonia. Although STS is new to many players, it has been operating in other markets for over two decades (founded in 1997), so this can be considered a reliable online casino.
STS Bet's website has a commendably clear translation into Finnish, especially compared to the unfortunately common machine translations found in casinos. Even the bonus terms are clear, unlike on many other sites. The FAQ section, however, was still only available in English.
Customer service is also available in English. They can be reached via live chat or email at [email protected].
STS Bet Overall Experience
Many new online casinos are new versions of existing sites. Sometimes the only real distinguishing feature is a new logo and new colours. Some are clearly put together with quite a bit of effort.
STS Bet is a much more interesting newcomer. Clearly, they have gone into serious competition with the big names in betting and, why not, online casinos. Overall, the site is of high quality and stands out positively from the crowd.
Of course, when looking at STS Bet right here, one can find some shortcomings. The casino games selection in particular is in need of some supplementation, but we trust that this is on the way soon.
Less is known about players' experiences. For example, the practical speed of withdrawals cannot yet be said. However, it can already be considered reliable, that's how big the player is. The plus for EU players is definitely the tax-free license and the convenient deposit methods.
Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ]
Is STS Bet/Casino a reliable gambling site?
Yes, it is. Backed by the expanding STS Gaming Group, a major player in many European countries, the casino has already been operating for years in Poland.
Are winnings from here tax-free?
STS Bet is operated under a license from the Estonian Payments and Customs Board. This is therefore a tax-free casino in the same way as MGA sites.
What game types does STS Bet Casino offer?
Betting is the number one product, as the name STS Bet suggests. However, the online casino is invested in and its game selection is expanding all the time. There are promotions on both.
Do I need an STS Bet Bonus Code?
Yes, STS Bet requires you to enter a bonus code when making a deposit. The casino's opening offer code CA100 is ready on the registration form. (The betting bonus SB100 is an alternative code). If you are from Canada, then, you will get a 3-tier welcome bonus with the following codes: CAWB1, CAWB2 and CAWB3.