Betting on Russia is shaky ground, with gambling outlawed in all but four specific regions. Outside these regions, the online and offline gambling or sports betting laws are quite finicky. Technically, the Russian government only acknowledges eSport betting as only form of legal online betting option for its citizens – as long as you bet using skins and not real money.
Skins are digital items that have no monetary value in life. For instance, in a game like Conter-Strike: Global offensive, skins can change weapon and equipment appearance. It is technically valuable in the virtual game world but useless in real life meaning that wagering on it doesn’t fall within established anti-gambling rules. With that out of the way, here are the best online betting sites in Russia.
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1XBET is a premier online bookmaker that features fixed-odds sports betting, relatively high odds and a livescore betting system. It also offers more account currencies than any other site, making it onto our list for its support of the Ruble. The site is also very user-friendly and features promotional offers to new users. The fact that 1XBET is Russian based makes it the safest option for Russian players since it operates by all the laws of the country.
Bet365 features a very intuitive user interface and a very comprehensive in-play service in terms of the number of leagues and betting markets available. It is an innovative site offering betting on sports, poker, casinos and bingo as well as video streams on sporting events. Unfortunately, it doesn’t, as of now, support the Ruble but there is a lot of banking methods available and the features it offers are well worth it.
A pioneer in the field, MarathonBet has been on the betting scene since 1997. With sponsorships to some of the biggest football clubs in the world, this betting company is proving a force to be reckoned with. For the Russian bettor, this site supports the Ruble, features a very comprehensive betting portfolio and relatively high odds
Unibet is a subsidiary of the Kindred Group and covers many markets, Russia included. They also offer various languages on the website version including Russian and is known to cover even the most obscure leagues. While it doesn’t support the Ruble, Unibet offers one of the most innovative betting experiences and cash out features.
We can’t really talk about betting pioneers without talking about William Hill. Established in 1934 and publicly traded in the LSE, William Hill has had a lot of experience in the field, covering a lot of available betting markets and offering very innovative bet slips. It is also an official sponsor for Chelsea. William Hill also offers a Russian version for its website and bonus offers.
Pinnacle is a fully licensed, online sportsbooks founded in 1998. It is arguably the best reduced-juice sportsbook meaning they don’t advise or offer bonuses. The savings earned is returned to the bettor with relatively higher-paying odds on all betslips. Pinnacle also offers very high limits and support for the Russian Ruble.
Most online sportsbooks have a relatively low betting limits, but this is not usually an issue as most people rarely need to worry about the highest available limits. However, if you are one of the few that have the will and means to wager large amounts of money, it is worth doing your due diligence to find out what sportsbooks can accommodate.
Hopefully, this guide on the best online sports betting sites in Russia is helpful in finding you that special sportsbook experience.
When signing up for an account, please go through the Russian online betting rules and understand what you can or cannot do. We cannot be held responsible for any mistakes you make.