Can you trust Leon
In a word: yes.
Any bookmaker that has been around for more than a decade is worth their salt. Seriously, though, Leon has now operated internationally for 15 years. They are still new in India, but they have a long and positive track record to back them up.
Interestingly, Leon does not just offer a Curacao license but also a gambling license from the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, which is the first North American gambling license to have been established. That is a bit unusual, but two licenses are always better than one in our book.
On top of that, though, we also couldn’t find any major issues or complaints about Leon. Sure, there are always unhappy customers, who complain about losing money and never winning anything, but that’s part of gambling or betting.
Leon is certainly not perfect, but they do have proven themselves to be trustworthy, so we have no reason not to recommend them to you.
Cricket betting and odds
So, when you login from India, cricket betting is at the top of sports in the left-hand menu. As it should be, to be honest.
Competitions are sorted according to region, which is handy, though it requires you to select two drop-down options instead of one.
At the time of our review, odds for the following cricket competitions were available:
- India Premier League
- List-A Series Namibia A vs. Ireland A
- Nepal Tri-Nation
- ODI Series New Zealand vs Netherlands
- ODI Series Pakistan vs Australia
- World Cup
- World Cup, Women
- Plunket Shield
- Pakistan Cup
- Vincy T10 League
- CSA Provincial One Day Challenge
- Zimbabwe Domestic Twenty20
That’s an excellent selection of events not just when it comes to the big competitions but mostly smaller domestic competitions.
And there are tons of markets available for most of these events, at least a handful dozen up to well over 150.
The odds are competitive, too. With some of the smaller events, we can’t always choose among top odds, but you won’t be disappointed with what you find at Leon.
Naturally, live betting is available as well. You need simply click on ‘Live’ in the top menu and all currently available matches for betting live on cricket and other sports are available. Plenty going on here for live betting enthusiasts.
However, there is no live streaming. Only eSports showed up in the ‘Stream’ section here, which is a bit of a bummer.
The sportsbook at Leon is not as big as other international sportsbooks. When we reviewed them for you, we found 17 other sports listed, not counting eSports. That’s solid and covers a good range of sports, but horse racing or special events where not available here. Just solid sports betting.
The good news is, we were able to find kabaddi betting option, which should please anyone who loves this second-favourite Indian sport.
What else does Leon offer?
Leon is not just a sportsbook. An online casino and a live casino are also available. The main menu makes a distinction between slots and live casino, mind you.
What makes the casino stand out?
- Great providers such as NetEnt, Quickspin, Yggdrasil, Play’n GO, Push Gaming and many others
- Well-sorted categories
- Easy-to-use design
- Mega Moolah is available
Casino gaming is not our main concern here, but it is always great to see when a good casino is available as well.
The live casino does offer Teen Patti and Andar Bahar tables, which should please any customer from India.
Beyond that, TV Games and V-Sports (virtual sports) can be found at Leon.bet.
Promotions and bonuses
Let’s take a look at the welcome bonuses that Leon offers. More interesting for us is the sports welcome bonus, of course.
This is actually quite cool as you get to choose your own option and decide whether you want an INR 500 free bet or even up to INR 5000. Here is how that works:
- Bet ₹500 and get a ₹500 risk-free bet if your 1st bet loses – use code INDIA5
- Bet ₹1,000 and get a ₹1,000 risk-free bet if your 1st bet loses – use code INDIA10
- Bet ₹2,000 and get a ₹2,000 risk-free bet if your 1st bet loses – use code INDIA20
- Bet ₹5,000 and get a ₹5,000 risk-free bet if your 1st bet loses – use code INDIA50
Here is how to claim the free bet:
- Register at Leon
- Deposit INR 500, 1,000, 2,000 or 5,000
- Place your bet with your bet at the required value on minimum odds of 1.8 or higher
- Be sure to complete all steps within 7 days, which is how long the offer is valid after you register
Keep in mind that you will only get your free bet if you actually lose your first bet.
There is also a casino welcome offer, which will give you a maximum of INR 20,000 extra in bonus funds for your first two deposits. The best thing here is that the first deposit comes to 120% and the second is still a 100% deposit bonus – not your usual 100% and 50% deal!
Alas, the wagering requirements are a bit steep here with 35x deposit and bonus to be wagered within 30 days before a withdrawal is possible.
The two welcome offers aside, there are a bunch of other promotions you can choose from. The great thing here is that casino gamblers and punters at the sportsbook will both find plenty to choose from.
When we reviewed Leon for you, we found the following sports promotions:
- 5 free bets on Cricket – This gets you up to 5 free bets on cricket worth INR 500 each
- IPL tournament – Every winning IPL bet you place earns you points towards a prize pool of INR 60,000
- Monthly Sports Free Bet – your first deposit of the month gets you an INR 500 free bet
- Road to Qatar – Cash prizes worth INR 60,000 for football bets on the road to Qatar
Loads of fun available here and other promotions are sure to show up down the road!
Figuring out the available banking options at Leon was a bit of a challenge. They do provide links to further information on how to deposit and how to withdraw. But first you must register and login, which is just inconvenient.
At the bottom of the homepage, only Visa and MasterCard are present with logos, but nothing much beyond that. Still, we dug deeper for you and found the following payment options at Leon:
- Jio Money
- Airtel Money
- Ola Money
Besides INR, a bunch of other currencies are also supported, though we are mainly happy to see Indian rupees in the list.
Withdrawals may be subject to a security check, which is usually part of the KYC process. Be sure to get your ID verified at Leon sooner rather than later to avoid unnecessary delays.
Beyond that, we didn’t find any withdrawal limits, but you may want to check with customer service to be certain that none apply.
The support at Leon is available 24/7 via email and live chat. To access the latter, you will have to sign into your account (provided you registered), which is a little bit annoying. Live chat should always be available at all times to all customers or potential customers.
You can write an email instead, if you prefer.
Whilst there is no dedicated FAQ section, there is an ‘Info’ section at the bottom of the homepage, which provides links to useful topics, including the terms and conditions, responsible gaming, rules, and much more. We would prefer to see an FAQ section as well, but you will find plenty of information regardless. Just not neatly packaged.
What struck us right away when we first visited the Leon.bet homepage was the pleasant design. The website is mostly black with a few colour splashes here and there. The layout is user-friendly and not overly cluttered, giving the homepage a more streamlined design.
It is super easy to navigate, and you won’t have troubles finding whatever it is you are looking for. It might not be the most modern sportsbook out there, but it functions very well, and we don’t ask for more than that.
The mobile site also offers full functionality and has been scaled down to the smaller screen. The web developers have done an excellent job here and the mobile page is great to use.
What’s more, there is a mobile app, which you can download directly from the Leon homepage. Unfortunately, only an Android app is available here. There does not seem to be an iOS app at this time. Still, the mobile site does a great job for iOS users as well, but it feels like a bit of an oversight.
Conclusion and final thoughts
We like Leon as a new entrant to the Indian sports betting market. The homepage is clean, easy to navigate and pleasant to use. There are no issues with populating markets, updating live games or loading games – which is true for the desktop as well as the mobile page.
The sportsbook may not be as vast as that of many other international bookmakers, but you get a solid selection of sports to bet on. Plus, cricket betting really is very well covered here. We have zero complaints and for that alone can easily recommend Leon.
They strike us as a secure and experienced bookmaker that has a lot to offer to customers from India and around the world. Be sure to check them out and if we can point you towards one of the two welcome offers, we recommend the sports offer.