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Viks Sports hails from the Netherlands and has big ambitions to take on industry leaders like Titan and Bet365. They plan to do that by offering a ‘futuristic’ design some will call slick, others will call ‘cool’ and still others will call unnecessary and distracting. We find the site to be slick but - beneath a surface aimed squarely at millennials - still largely based on the 3 column setup you’ll find in just about every major online sports betting site. Viks sportsbook is owned by EveryMatrix NV and is registered in Curacao and licensed by the UK Gambling Commission. 

Viks is new to the online gambling arena but their casino site has gained quite a few positive reviews for its extensive gaming library and easy payment methods. To be sure most positive reviews come from younger customers who identify with the slick design that displays many graphic similarities to straight up multiplayer gaming environments they’re used to. But hard core punters aren’t so easily won over. They want to see competitive odds and plenty of betting markets. 


The Website

As we discussed above the Viks website is aimed squarely at a younger crowd that’s used to multiplayer gaming environments. But while it embraces that aesthetic on the surface they seem to know there’s only so far you can go with that design concept. At the end of the day you still have to accommodate the punters who need to get information so they can place bets. For that reason, Viks never completely divorces itself from standard gambling site layout and as a result it’s fairly easy to find your way around the site.

While Viks has angled their website’s design to attract a younger crowd they haven’t given up anything in the area of available markets to do so. The Viks lineup of sports rivals most of the bigger, better-known sports betting websites. As we said, the website retains the basic 3 column structure so you’ll find sports listed on the left-hand side with odds and other relevant info in the middle column and your betting slip on the right. Here are the sports Viks offers action on as of this writing:

  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Am. Football
  • Badminton
  • Bandy
  • Baseball
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Golf
  • Cycling
  • Darts
  • Handball
  • Motor Racing
  • Rugby League
  • Rugby Union
  • Snooker
  • Surfing
  • Table Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • And more...

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In-Play Betting

You’ll notice right away that Viks embrace more than just Premier League fixtures, NBA basketball and tennis majors. Their in-play offerings extend to the truly obscure including Japanese women’s football and matches between lower level American colleges. Everything is presented in a crystal clear format with all your relevant information right up front. It would be hard to err when betting with this site and it’s hard for us not to be impressed with their commitment to live betting and the clarity with which they present the information you need to make informed selections.

The breadth of their in-play experience is somewhat undermined however by the fact that they don’t offer live streaming of any events. We would have thought that a site striving so hard to be ‘futuristic’ would embrace this feature. 


Viks Welcome Bonus, Viks Free Spins and Other Promotions

If there is one area in which Viks completely misses the net it’s in offering bonuses and various sports betting related promotions. The problem is that there aren’t any. At least as of this writing. They do offer a Viks Welcome bonus and Viks Free spins in the casino, but not a single Viks bonus available through the sportsbook. Not a Viks Welcome bonus or any other type of Viks bonus. Nada. None. Zilch. It’s hard to comprehend how they intend to break on through to the upper echelons of the online betting world if they’re going to pretend that bonuses aren’t important. They are. Particularly for the kind of dedicated punters who pay the rent while others come and go.

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Deposit and Payment Methods

While Viks misses the fairway when it comes to their bonus offers they do offer a fair number of ways you can transact business with them. Currently available deposit and payment methods include: 

  • VISA credit and debit 
  • MasterCard
  • Neteller
  • VISA Electron
  • EUteller
  • PaySafeCard
  • Skrill Moneybookers
  • Trustly
  • Ecopays
  • Sofort
  • Instadebit
  • Bank transfer

Viks does a good job of paying off in a timely fashion and their customer service is generally more than just someone who say’s “I’m sorry to hear that” before putting you on hold.


What We Like About Viks

Despite being traditionalists at heart we like the look and feel of the site. It actually grew on us as we went through the process of gathering information for this review. We like the expansive list of available sports (including things like Japanese women’s football and nearly all levels of college sports) and that most of those sports are also available for live betting. We like the number of markets. We like that they offer competitive odds on most events and we like that there are a number of different ways (including alternatives you don’t see elsewhere) for transacting business with Viks. 

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What We’re Not Crazy About

No Viks Welcome bonus. In fact, no Viks bonus of any kind in the sportsbook. Sure they have a welcome bonus in the casino and where they also provide you with Viks free spins, but for sports punters. Nothing. Couple that oversight with the fact that they offer nothing by way of live streaming and you have 2 areas they’ll have to address before they can enter the conversation of ‘best sports betting website’. 


Conclusion

On balance we think Viks is headed in the right direction. They’re making their site visually relevant to a new generation of gamblers while not tossing the design baby out with the bathwater. They offer one of the most comprehensive lists of available sports you’ll find anywhere and they make deposits and payment easy. Correct the bonus and live streaming situations and you’ll have a world-class betting website here.

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