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5Dimes Sportsbook Review
5Dimes Sportsbook provides a strong spectrum of online gaming options including a sportsbook with all the usual sports for USA bettors, including a racebook. There is a casino and poker with all the usual choices and tournament formats as well as lottery and skill games. Our review is positive.
The unusual thing about 5 Dimes is the high standard of service they provide to their clients both in the US and elsewhere. Their speed and efficiency when it comes to payouts in particular is extraordinary if not unique.
This is one online gaming provider you can trust implicitly not just to take your money promptly but to give it back to you, just as fast, whenever you want it.
News of the 5Dimes payout phenomenon has spread and numerous US bettors who had become disenchanted, dissatisfied and even dyspeptic after experiencing payout problems with many big names in the online gaming world have flocked to this website and stayed there.
Payouts are often completed in hours rather than days. Many American clients have expressed their surprise and unbridled delight at this revelation and praised many other facets of the customer service they have experienced too. Be aware that certain payout methods may attract a small charge.
5 Dimes has also received praise for their speed of deposits - by bettors who have tended to leave it too close to the game start time for many other companies to process the transaction in the time allowed.
For US players, payout efficiency and reliability is often the top priority but this operation does not succeed on the strength of their financial transfers alone. There are sign up incentives, bonuses and loyalty rewards too. They also aim to offer their clients a massive choice of wagers and some of the best odds in the virtual village of American serving offshore sportsbooks.
If you want to take a look at the betting lines you will need to register via the register here link at the top right hand corner of the home page. But the form is brief, simple and not intrusive and there is no need to deposit money. This way you get your login details and can browse the events they are wagering on without any requirement to take it any further if you choose not to.
5Dimes may not offer the most aesthetically pleasing online experience but their software works well and can also be relied upon. You can forgive the unusually spartan look of the sportsbook and the graphic inconsistencies with other areas of their website if everything does what you want, when you want it to and if everything that you want is there. After all, it is not about bells and whistles. It is about the betting lines and loads of them. On that score they will not let you down.
If you choose to have a browse around the sportsbook you will be presented with the surprisingly simple 'Bet the Board' page providing a comprehensive list of the sports currently on offer at the time of your visit. There are no flashy graphics or banners, just type on a white page, lots of boxes for you to tick if you are sufficiently interested and the logo at the top. Depending on your view point you could describe it as refreshingly simple or distinctly underwhelming. We go with the former.
On the basis that picture tells a thousand words, here is a screenshot of the 'Bet the Board' page, from which you can then access all the betting lines for the sport you are after:
It is beautifully simple to use and there is a useful menu on the left hand side of the page which enables you to select Straight and RIF, Parlay, Teaser/Progressive, If Bets, Action Reverse, Futures and Office Pools if you are interested in a specific bet type. There is also a useful Review Bets option in the same menu to help you keep track of your current exposure.
To delve into the detail you just have to tick the relevant boxes and click continue.
The key sporting areas of focus at 5Dimes are revealed by the order in which the sports are listed on the board. First on the board is Football. Below the main heading you can tick separate boxes for college football, props and futures. Basketball is the second sport listed with NBA, International, Props, Live In Play, Reduced and Futures options detailed below the heading. Baseball is next followed by Hockey which includes options for NHL, International, Props, Reduced, Live In Play and Futures.
The fifth sport listed is Soccer. There is a slightly different approach here with boxes to tick for Argentina, Brazil, England, European Cup, France, Germany, Holland, Mexico, Scotland, South America and Spain listed as well as USA MLS before you get to the Futures subheading. If you are interested in soccer in all locations you don't have to work your way down the list, ticking each box. You just put a tick in the Soccer heading box and all the options listed below will be automatically ticked so that you can get a full picture of the action available, albeit a rather long one.
Golf, Tennis, Motor Racing and Fighting are the only other sports that merit their own. 5Dimes are known to be stronger on boxing than most internet sportbooks for Americans. It appears together with UFC, Strikeforce and Bellator underneath 'Fighting'.
Olympics, Horses, Darts, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Lotto, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Handball and Aussie Rules are all listed under the 'Other Sports' heading. But with the horse racing there is a completely separate section for the 'racebook' as a main tab at the top of all pages, so this is comprehensively covered.
We checked out the site for this review one evening in early May. So what happened when we clicked on 'Football' on a Thursday evening?
The next screen is a massive list, almost as long as your arm. It would be even longer than your arm is you are of short stature. It starts with the spreads for ten college football games, listed in date order with the most imminent first, extending to a game on the following Monday.
Props Football is the next subheading with money lines for the BCS Championship in the following year. After that you will find an extensive list giving money lines for the number of regular season wins for each team in alphabetical order, starting with Alabama and ending with West Virginia. The Heisman Trophy winner is next.
Having scrolled down through that lot we found a new section for the NFL Super Bowl, listing the 32 teams, starting with the Green Bay Packers at +600 and ending with the Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars at +17500.
If you have taken the time to have a thorough read through this list and have not yet placed a bet, a pop up might well appear on your screen saying that you are about to be logged out due to inactivity. You could be forgiven for feeling a little offended by this as you were actually anything but inactive having worked your way through this epic. Fortunately you are given to option to click on a button and stay logged in rather than having to go through the tedious business of inputting your user ID and password again.
The next section of this beautiful marathon list is headed 'NCAA Football BSC Championship' for the following year. All the teams are listed according to their perceived chances at the time. When we wrote this 5dimes review, USC were at the top at +350 and Duke, Temple, Minnesota, Kansas, Mississippi and Kentucky at the bottom at +100000.
The individual NCAA Conference Championships follow and then it is back to the Heisman Cup again. The monster list is concluded with the CFL Grey Cup with Calgary favorites at the top at +400 and the Saskatchewan Roughriders long shots at the bottom at +1100.
Yes, it is a pretty comprehensive selection but it would have been easier if the information had been organised in a less linear style.
The same thing happens if you click on any of the other early headings so the moral of this story is probably to click only on the specific area you are interested in if you do not want to have to scroll down a ludicrously long list. It is great to see so many betting lines though.
If you are a lottery fan you will find another page unencumbered by graphics, full of text and lots of tiny boxes to tick on a white page that is less than visually engaging but presents you with a myriad of wagering opportunities.
In other areas on the 5Dimes website you may be surprised to find graphics rather than type only on white pages. Design consistency has not been a priority.
As is usual, poker players will have to download and install the poker room. However there seems to be a bit of a disconnect when it comes to poker. You will have to provide a new screen name and password and you cannot use the same account that would cover other areas of the website. Unlike other online gaming providers, all areas of the site cannot share the same account but, most importantly, the poker room shares the same standard of customer service and payout record of the other areas, so it is a small price to pay. An online casino is also part of the set-up, but primarily 5Dimes' strength is in the sportsbook they offer.
Licensing and location: The company is entirely located in Costa Rica and has been doing an awesome job serving American players online since 1998. There are no country restrictions, so wherever you hail from, you can join this website.
5Dimes Sportsbook review Opinion & Summary: This is a highly respected online gaming destination for a very good reason. It may not be perfect but we can forgive a few minor flaws for the massive benefits of a full service gaming provider than can be trusted to provide exceptional customer service across all areas. Most importantly the payout performance is second to none at 5 Dimes, and is one of the best available for bettors in the USA.