Stake.com is registered and licensed in Curacao, which is generally not our favourite gambling jurisdiction, though many trustworthy betting sites feature their license. Stake is also one of those betting sites that we consider trustworthy, mostly because they have proven themselves to conduct business fairly.
In fact, Stake is a crypto betting sites, which means all financial transaction are protected by everything that makes dealing in cryptocurrencies so unique and safe. This also includes absolute anonymity of your transactions and assured speediness.
For instance, once a withdrawal request is approved, you can expect your funds to arrive in no time at all. And since secure financial processes are a major factor in judging how trustworthy a betting site is, Stake certainly scores well in this regard.
Beyond that, Stake.com is very well reviewed by many other sites and we have seen so many positive comments from a majority of customers that we feel assured of their fair conduct and business practices.
On AskGamblers, for instance, Stake.com has received many positive reviews and given that Stake has been around for a few years, it is remarkable that there are only four complaints on record, all of which resolved.
We therefore have no doubt that Stake is a trustworthy site for you to sign up to.
Cricket betting and other sports
Stake features about 30 sports for you to bet on plus a few eSports on top of that. The two aren’t separated into different sections, so you’ll find betting options for King of Glory right beneath kabaddi betting.
Of course, cricket betting is also available at Stake.com and we found a good selection of events here:
- T20 Series India vs Sri Lanka
- Test Series New Zealand vs South Africa
- ODI Series Bangladesh vs. Afghanistan
- ODI Series New Zealand vs India (women)
- T10 European Cricket League
- Marsh One-Day Cup
- Ranji Trophy
- Ford Trophy
- Pakistan Super League
- Sharjah CBFS T10 League
Additionally, the simulated reality league was also available to bet on. So, besides the big international events, smaller competitions are also covered here, which is great to see. That said, events further in the future are not yet listed, which means you’ll have to wait until such time that the ICC World Cup or other leagues are closer at hand to check out the available odds.
Other sports are similarly well covered, though soccer (or football) reigns supreme, which is the case at just about every sportsbook.
Stake.com doesn’t just focus on the big sports and leagues, however. Smaller sports and events are also covered here. This includes kabaddi, floorball, bandy, stock car racing and other sports.
We found the sportsbook at Stake to be quite good and we liked the modern look and smooth navigation as well. A bet builder is missing, unfortunately, and whilst a full cash out is available, partial or automatic cash outs are currently missing.
Live betting is also available, of course, and usually opens up a lot more markets. There is even some live streaming available, though not many events will be available for streaming. When streaming is not an option, you will at least see live stats posted.
Finally, whilst the odds are generally competitive, they are not great for smaller competitions. Then again, smaller leagues are never very well covered to begin with, so you might have to contend with what you find here if you can’t find the competition anywhere else.
Games and more
Stake.com initially launched as a crypto casino in 2017. This doesn’t automatically mean that they still focus on their casino offering or that they therefore have an excellent online casino. Our impression is that they focus equally on sportsbook and online casino products, which is great for their customers. But we can definitely say that they do have an excellent online casino on top of that.
When you visit the casino, you have some option to sort games on the left-hand side of the menu, or you scroll down to find various categories. The third from the top lets you sort according to provider, and this is where we found ourselves impressed.
Whilst stake.com is not working with dozens of game developers, they do work with many of the best and most of our favourite developers. These include Pragmatic Play, NoLimit City, Play’n GO, Push Gaming, Yggdrasil Gaming, ELK Studios, NetEnt, Thunderkick, Quickspin, Red Tiger, Microgaming, Playtech and a handful more.
The game library at stake.com is very well equipped and you’ll find well over a thousand games here to choose from. They are provably fair, combine excellent graphics with entertaining features and you may even rake in some wins here and there.
Apart from tons of slots and a great range of table games, you will also be able to play some of the biggest and best progressive jackpot games here, which includes Mega Moolah. NetEnt’s bigger jackpots are not part of the offering, but their smaller local jackpots are as well as those from Yggdrasil Gaming.
The live casino is relatively small with just 37 live tables, which are supplied by Evolution Gaming, Pragmatic Play and Playtech. Since stake.com is not focussing on Indian customers per se, you won’t find Andar Bahar or Teen Patti tables here.
Promotions and bonuses
First things first: stake.com does not offer a welcome bonus. Neither for casino players nor for the sportsbook. Our research suggests that this has always been the case and whilst it may bother some of you who like to have something extra when signing up somewhere new, we didn’t find it a problem at all. Welcome bonuses can be a mixed bag and since stake.com offers an excellent selection of promotions, you are not really missing out on special offers.
There is a weekly $50,000 giveaway, for instance. For every $1,000 wagered, you will receive a ticket, which is entered into the prize draw and at the end of the week the tickets will be drawn, and prizes are paid out in Bitcoin. There are 10 prizes every week and the prize pool is split between the ten winning tickets.
Wagers made at the casino and sportsbook count towards this promotion.
Then there is the $100k daily race, which has indeed a daily prize pool of $100,000. You enter the race automatically with every wager you make at the casino or sportsbook.
Many of the promotions seem to be of a similar nature, where you can simply enter by playing at the casino or placing bets at the sportsbook. Some are specifically for casino games and others for sports events or even particular matches.
Network promotions from developers such as Hacksaw, Pragmatic Play and others are also available, which is always great to see. We also saw past promotions for random prize drops, when placing bets on specific events or playing certain slots. There are also money back or refund promotions for football matches and such things. Though we couldn’t see cricket promotions, which is a bit of a shame, but not unusual. Some of the promotions are applicable across all sports, which means you can also use them when betting on cricket.
We have pointed out that this is a cryptocurrency betting site, though we have also mentioned USD amounts above. Don’t let that confuse you. Stake.com is definitely only a crypto betting site, but you are able to display your available funds in traditional fiat currencies such as USD, Euro or JPY. This is apparently still a new feature, and the options are currently quite limited, which is understandable as the crypto value you have in your account is locked, but this feature allows you a better estimate of what you are actually playing with when you place your stake.
You will also need to account for the rather volatile nature of cryptocurrencies, which will also be adjusted in your fiat currency view. This means that your balance may very well look different from day to day when you just look at the fiat currency view.
Thankfully, there is further information in the help centre at stake.com, which answers a few questions you may have around the topic.
The available cryptocurrencies at stake.com are:
Stake also supplies an article in the help centre about purchasing crypto using Moonpay, which may be interesting for you if you are new to the topic.
Interestingly, another article details the minimum withdrawal required for each cryptocurrency, whilst also mentioning that there are indeed no withdrawal limits. That’s something we rarely see and appreciate quite a bit here.
Whilst stake.com doesn’t have a separate page for banking options, we found the articles pertaining to the topic in the help centre quite useful.
When you need help at stake.com you won’t feel left alone. The help centre opens in a new tab in your browser window, where you can search for keywords or browse the different topics. The articles are helpful and easy to find, but you have problems outside of the ones covered here, you are welcome to contact live support.
You can either click on the link at the bottom of the page, or hit the little button that shows a headset, which also opens a separate chat window, where current issues might be mentioned, or you can browse some FAQs. At the time of our review, we did indeed encounter a lag issue, which was accompanied by an apology for a delayed response. We therefore couldn’t test the live chat but were satisfied with our findings here regardless.
Overall stake.com’s customer support enjoys a good reputation, which includes and engaging customer service team and solid solutions whenever you have a problem.
Stake.com has modern and attractive website that is easy to navigate, comes in a pleasant dark colour scheme and has a useful layout.
We really like the design here and the option to fold the main menu on the left-hand side away when you are not navigating around but may be playing a game or want to focus on other things.
Whilst we had no complaints about the functionality of the site, we did encounter a curious error when we wanted to refresh the page as a list of games didn’t populate, when we wanted to check out the Betsoft game library. The error message read “IP is temporarily limited for security reasons”, which is apparently due to rate limiting? The message suggested to refresh the page or turn the VPN off or changing location (if you use a VPN that is). In our case, we did refresh the page and it populated the contents without issue, but we have never seen something like that before, which is why we’re mentioning it here.
Beyond that, stake.com provides a great experience with the website, which also translates really well to the mobile version, making the betting site a joy to use on smaller screens as well.
There is no mobile app at this time, however.
We really enjoyed getting to know stake.com and everything they have to offer. Whilst it is true that it is not specifically aimed at customers from India or Asia, they have a great sportsbook, an excellent casino, interesting promotions for sports betting and casino gambling fans and an attractive, user-friendly homepage.
Stake.com has an excellent reputation as well, which is reassuring, plus cryptocurrencies might be volatile, but they do ensure anonymity and are quite safe to use. If you have ever wanted to dabble in cryptocurrency betting, stake.com sure is a good option for you to check out. We have no reservations here and the few shortcomings we have encountered are quite negligible.