DirectBet sportsbook review

DirectBet have closed. See recommended crypto sportsbooks.


Updated Sep 28, 2022
Overall score 0%
User experience 5/10
Odds 5/10
Range of bets 5/10
Transactions 10/10
Customer service 7/10
Privacy and security 10/10
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Directbet are an innovative sportsbook who use the advantages of crypto to enable betting with no account.

Instead of having an account balance to bet from you select your bet and are presented with a unique bitcoin address to send your stake to. You also nominate a bitcoin address which Directbet will send the winnings to immediately after the event.

This is less convenient than having an account but it does reduce the amount of trust you have to place in the sportsbook and increases your privacy and security. Directbet can never steal your balance and your account cannot be hacked, because there is no account.

We do not find the advantages of accountless betting justifies the loss of convenience, mainly because we trust the top crypto sportsbooks listed on this site.

Some people see it differently and Directbet have gained a loyal following and a lot of trust in the crypto community thanks to a long run of honest and trouble free operation.

DirectBet offer casino and dice games but the no account model does not suit the rapid betting that you want with these games.

User experience

The website is poorly designed and unattractive although it functions well. For example all available tennis games are simply listed one after the other over hundreds of lines rather than organized by men’s, women’s, doubles, tournament name, or anything.

The maximum bets are smaller than average.


Sportsbook's overround: 5.63%

50:50 equivalent: 1.893

Directbet’s odds are bad, and they should feel bad.

Range of bets

Range of sports, leagues and events: Huge! Minnows like snooker, handball and Australian rules football are covered as well as horse racing which is rare in cryptoland.

Range of bet types per event: Small to medium. For example NBA games have 7 bet types which is below average.


Unique deposit addresses: Unique address for every bet.

Confirmations before bet: Instant, the transaction is the bet!

Withdrawal time: Instant!

Player to player transfer: You could put someone else’s address as the payout address for your bet.

Customer service

Customer service channels available: Email only, although they are also helpful in their Bitcointalk forum thread.

Speed of replies: 2 - 12 hours

Accuracy of replies: Good. It seems like the people who actually run the site are answering the support emails.

Real life customer service test

Question: What happens with NHL hockey moneyline bets if the game ends in a draw and is won in overtime or in a penalty shootout?


All bets on "Regular Time" will be settled on the result at the end of regular time, excluding overtime. All bets on "Moneyline" will be settled at the result at the end of regular time including "overtime and any shootouts that may be played.

Notes: The answer is awkwardly worded and Directbet don’t have a “Regular time” market on NHL events, they call what customer service is refering to “60 minute line”.

Privacy and security

Information required at signup: None, there is no sign up.

Are funds verifiable on the blockchain? Yes, the bets are on the blockchain.


Bettors in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are geo-blocked by DirectBet.


Directbet’s model is an intermediate step between the legacy centralized sportsbook model and the next wave of services that will take full advantage of the blockchain and give us 0% house edge, provably fair and trustless betting.

For us to recommended Directbet they would need to have good odds and a nice website, they don’t.

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  1. Anonymous

    Directbet is gone? So sad, please update us.

    • BitEdge

      No one knows why they suddenly closed. If they just did not want to run it anymore you would think they would have sold it and the buyer would run it.

      That’s why I suspect they felt some legal heat from the authorities. Not sure though.

  2. Julio

    Directbet is a copy of Betfair markets, but their odds are always some ticks below, probably they do some hedge.

  3. Luke

    In your cloudbet vs nitrogen analysis you say there is no reason not to use both books. I totally agree. So when you give directbet a 3/10 on odds does that really matter in the bitcoin world? If I want to bet Dustin Johnson in The Open and I can only get better than 8-1 at directbet does it really matter what the over round is there?

    I am not an affiliate of any book. I am an honest bitcoin newbie just trying to figure out why fairlay and cloudbet and Nitrogen are favored over directbet on this site. I am a huge fan of BitEdge. Huge!

    I must update that my experience has changed since American Football season has started. is not a good book for college football. I do not even bother with it in most cases. Occasionally I will look to see but have yet to find anything worthwhile.

    This is still my favorite out for golf but not going to see much action from me while football is on.

    • Anonymous

      Their customer service is outstanding. I am a year into by crypto wagering and I keep coming back to them for golf. They were one of the very fair books in the Dustin Johnson Masters dilemma to refund wagers.

  4. Luke

    I am a bitcoin neophyte. I have been betting for a few weeks only. I started with Nitrogen and really liked the experience. The no account feature of Directbet appealed to me so I tried it. I am hooked. I can’t possibly see a future in sportsbooks without this feature. Directbet is a must have on your list.

    There are a ton of areas for potential improvement but they are off to a great start. I have placed wagers on every stage of the Tour De France with Directbet. This is the first time I have ever placed a cycling bet in my life.

    I have cashed several bets on golf and one cycling bet. The money has shown up in my wallet within minutes every single time. The only exception was when I had a dead heat on a 3 ball. It needed a manuel review. I had no idea what that meant so I waited to be paid. The money didn’t show up so I tweeted and was directed to the support email. I sent the bet id and was promptly paid.

    I still use Nitrogen but I am shopping for options and prices more efficiently now than ever.

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