I don’t usually talk much about features like color schemes and fonts, but I want to mention right away that I think GTBets is one of the uglier sportsbooks I’ve reviewed. It’s not a huge deal – I’d guess most sports bettors don’t think twice about the way a site looks – but it’s worth mentioning. The orange and blue color scheme makes the site look more like a bad travel agent’s blog than a bookmaker. The fonts aren’t just elementary-looking, they’re sometimes difficult to read. I can’t identify the font, but it hits my eyes the same way as Comic Sans, and that’s not a good thing.
But outside of those complaints, I think the overall user interface and design experience is pleasant enough. I was able to navigate between various types of bets and markets with no trouble. The bet slip is a little busy, since all events and lines are available at a single click, rather than being listed in separate tabs or text fields.
Markets are listed on the left – when you click one, a list of available wagers pops up in the center of the screen. I like the special “calculate” button on the bet slip – a feature that adds up your bets for you so you can see your total at a glance. Most of the world’s best online books do this automatically, but GTBets isn’t one of those sites. The option to calculate a total is nice, even if it’s standard-issue at the big names in the business.
I’m also impressed by GTBets’ live betting options, especially considering they launched just four years ago. The list of available markets doesn’t come close to rivalling the world’s biggest and best-reviewed sportsbooks, but it is on par with the better US-facing online books.
On the day I visited the site, they had live basketball, baseball, soccer, and tennis events on the schedule, the same as better-known American-facing sites like Bovada and BetOnline. In terms of game selection, GTBets’ live betting is as good as any US-facing site right now. I’m not too crazy about the standard increased juice for live bets – as much as -125 – and the tight range of betting limits on live games, which is $500 on sides and $250 on totals.