SI Sportsbook Review & App Experience

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EDITOR'S OPINION

Sports Illustrated has been a legend in the sports journalism industry since its first issue way back in late 1954. The transition to sports betting was made possible through a partnership with another legendary brand in their own industry, Euro-based 888 gaming. The SI sportsbook has a retro feel with modern functionality which makes it a top choice among our bettors, and the largest risk-free bet offer in the industry helped draw us in.

By Richard Janvrin

Nov 17, 2021

Overview of SI Sportsbook

    Pros
  • Top-tier mobile app

  • Massive new player offer

  • Wide array of sports and leagues offered

  • Customer service options

    Cons
  • PayPal is not offered

  • No loyalty program

  • Current player promotions are a bit thin

  • Welcome Bonus
    10/10
  • Mobile Experience
    9/10
  • Payment Options
    8/10
  • Support
    8/10
  • Overall Score
    9/10

SI Sportsbook QUICK FACTS

  • Established

    2021

  • Services:

    Sports Betting

  • Available In:

    CO

  • Payment Methods

    ACH, Play+, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Online Banking, PayNearMe

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SI Sportsbook Hands-on Review

Known primarily for being one of the most influential sports magazines of the last 50+ years, Sports Illustrated has now ventured into the online sportsbook space.

Launching in September 2021, Sports Illustrated Sportsbook is currently only available in Colorado but does have plans to expand throughout the country as more states get on board with online sports betting. SI has partnered with 888sport in order to begin offering sports betting.

While you may not know 888, this is a company that has been around since 1997, primarily overseas. It was founded in Gibraltar and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Over the years, 888 has made strides to join the United States iGaming landscape. Now, with Sports Illustrated in the fold, 888 has linked up with a notable entity, which should help expand not only the 888 brand but also Sports Illustrated as it continues to expand into other states.

Sports Illustrated may be partnered with 888, but the land-based partner for Sports Illustrated Sportsbook is the Colorado Grande Casino, located in Cripple Creek. There are also rumors floating around that SI Sportsbook is looking to launch in Iowa and Indiana in the near future, and possibly New Jersey, where 888 is already live.

Is Sports Illustrated Sportsbook Legit?

Yes, absolutely. The sportsbook may only be in one state, but again, this is Sports Illustrated—the same publication that has been around since 1954, just in sportsbook form! In order to offer real money online sports betting, SI sportsbook must pass rigorous testing run by the state to test game fairness, integrity, and of course all the banking options in order to keep your money safe and secure.

Can You Win Real Money Playing at Sports Illustrated Sportsbook?

Yes, Sports Illustrated Sportsbook is a real money online sportsbook. You can win and lose real money. All deposit and withdrawal methods are thoroughly tested for safety and security.

Most banking options are methods that you use every day to shop online, buy your groceries and pay for dinner at Applebees. You can transfer funds from your bank account via ACH, use your favorite credit or debit card and pay with cash at participating retailers.

SI Sportsbook Signup Bonus

Sports Illustrated Sportsbook offers two signup bonuses. However, it appears you must choose one of the other. To take advantage of one of these, be sure to click on our “Get Bonus” button!

Risk-Free Bet

This may cause you to take a second look, but there is a risk-free bet welcome offer at Sports Illustrated Sportsbook. By using promo code “7500BACK”, you will receive a free bet back up to $7,500. Yes, you read that right—seven thousand five hundred dollars.

The amount for the free bet is directly correlated to whatever your first wager is. The minimum odds for this promotion is -150.

You will receive the free bet within 72 hours of the initial risk-free bet being settled.

Sports Illustrated Sportsbook No-Deposit Bonus

With a no-deposit bonus, this typically means receiving funds without needing to do anything beyond creating an account. However, the offers currently available at Sports Illustrated Sportsbook are centered around making deposits and bets.

Deposit Bonus

Currently, Sports Illustrated Sportsbook does not offer a deposit bonus signup offer.

Free Bets

There are two different free bet-related offers.

  • $50 in Free Bets: After creating an account, you will receive $50 in free bets after placing a bet of $10 or more with odds of -200 or greater. This is only valid for your first wager. So, create an account, deposit $10, wager that $10 and get the $50 in free bets!
  • Get $10 Each Week: After your first bet of $20 or more, you’ll be enrolled in the SI Dividend Program. With this program, you will receive a $10 free bet reach Saturday morning for 18 weeks. To start this process, be sure to use promo code “SIDIV” when making your first deposit.

SI Sportsbook Promotions

In addition to the signup offers, Sports illustrated also offers other promotions which are available to already existing players. Let’s run through them.

Perfect 10

The Perfect 10 game is totally free to play and no wager is required. The object of the game is to get all 10 picks correctly. If you do, you will get a share of the $10,000 prize pool. If you’re the only one to get all 10 picks correct, you will win the full $10,000. However, even if you lose, you will get a $1 free bet for each correct answer. There is a caveat, however: After your first two tries at the game, you will be required to make a weekly wager of $25 or more at odds of -110 or greater in order to receive these $1 free bets.

Three & Win

If you’re a fan of parlays, be sure to make them between Friday and Sunday.

Between these days, if you win a parlay of three legs or more, you will win $20 in free bets. The 3+ leg parlay you create must have a $25 stake or higher.

My Sports Illustrated Sportsbook App Experience

Sports Illustrated Sportsbook does have a mobile app. The app is available for both Android and iOS users. The app can be downloaded directly from the Google Play Store for Android devices and the Apple App Store for iOS devices.

The app is streamlined and easy to navigate. If you started playing on desktop, you’ll be happy to find that the mobile app is almost a carbon copy of the desktop platform, but even more enjoyable to use.

Starting at the top of the app, you will find the login and registration buttons in the upper right-hand corner. Looking at the upper left-hand side, you will find a collapsible drop-down menu. This provides links to the sports offered, the Perfect 10 contest, Promotions, and contests that are actively in progress for Live Betting.

Below this, you will find an ad carousel. These show upcoming games that are highlighted by the sportsbook and other promotional offers.

Now just below this, you’ll find a horizontal menu with which sports are offered with a logo referencing the league.

Continuing down the app, you will find the featured games, popular events, odds boosted events, and each sport with the games offered. For each of these categories, there is a “See All” link in which a new page will open that only shows the markets for your chosen category.

Finally, along the bottom of the app, you’ll find links to the home page, Live Betting, the Promotions page, and Betfeed. Betfeed is a unique page that you won’t find on many other sportsbooks. This page shows bets that were made in real-time.

Overall the mobile app is spectacular. There is no lag or buffering. The only thing you may run into is needing to wait for the page to load if you scroll down to different sections quickly.

Should You Bet at Sports Illustrated Sportsbook?

Absolutely! The promotions offered at Sports Illustrated Sportsbook are incredible. While it would be great for there to be more promotions for existing players, it’s clear that Sports Illustrated Sportsbook is doing all it can to bring in even more customers. If you’ve never played at Sports Illustrated Sportsbook there is an incredible set of offers for you to sort through. The mobile app is also easy to use and is something you can take on the road with you.

Beyond the app and promotions, though, Sports Illustrated Sportsbook also offers boosted odds, and also shows the top bets for each sport, which could help guide you through uncertainty.

How to Join SI Sportsbook

  • Email
  • Password
  • Security Question
  • Mobile Number
  • Agree to terms of service
  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Address
  • Last four digits of your social security number (for identification purposes only)
  • Allow for geolocation software to run as this will confirm your presence in a legal Sports Illustrated Sportsbook state.

SI Sportsbooks Payment Methods

Deposits

The minimum deposit amount for all methods is $10. Each method could take up to 10 minutes to fully process.

  • ACH Transfer
  • Play+ Card
  • Visa/MasterCard/Discover
  • Online Banking Transfer
  • PayNearMe

Withdrawals

  • ACH Transfer
  • Play+ Card

Sports You Can Bet On at SI Sportsbook

  • Baseball: MLB
  • Basketball: NBA, NCAA, nearly two dozen other countries
  • Cricket: ICC, Big Bash League Women 2021
  • Darts
  • eSports
  • Football: NFL, NCAA, CFL
  • Golf: PGA, LPGA,
  • Handball: multiple countries
  • Hockey: NHL, multiple other countries
  • MMA: UFC, Bellator
  • Motor Racing: Formula 1, NASCAR
  • Rugby League
  • Rugby Union
  • Snooker
  • Soccer: MLS and multiple other countries
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Bet Types

  • Moneyline
  • Spread
  • Totals
  • Parlay
  • Round Robin
  • Boosted Odds
  • Teasers
  • Props
  • Perfect 10 Contest
  • Live Betting

Rewards System

There is currently no Rewards System in place at Sports Illustrated Sportsbook.

Customer Service

  • FAQ
  • Submit a Ticket
  • Phone: Available from 8 am to 11 pm MST.
  • Live Chat

States Where You Can Bet At Sports Illustrated Sportsbook

  • Colorado

Does Sports Illustrated Sportsbook Have An Online Casino?

A lot of online sportsbooks will have an online casino attached with a shared balance. Playing a few hands of blackjack at halftime has never been easier from the comfort of your couch. For now, with SI Sportsbook only being live in Colorado, there is no attached online casino, but may be added in the future when SI Sportsbook goes live in states where online casinos are legal.

Author

By Richard Janvrin

Before and after graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in journalism, Richard spent time writing for Bleacher Report covering the NFL, MLB, and multiple other sports. Richard has written in the online casino/sportsbook space for nearly 3 years since his time at Bleacher Report. In his free time, Richard enjoys spending time with his son, creating content on his YouTube channel, and writing music.