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Unfortunately, none of the top online sportsbooks in the world offer Saudi Riyal sports betting. Clicking the previous link shows you all of the available alternative currencies with each of my listed online sportsbooks. If you have a funding method that matches any of these alternative currencies, you will be able to save money on currency exchange fees.
Otherwise, you will likely need to exchange from the Saudi Riyal (SAR) to another available currency. Crucial to your sportsbook experience is the manner in which you’ll be able to deposit and withdraw funds from your betting account via your chosen banking methods.
Most online sportsbooks target the typical recreational bettor. As such, there are limits placed the amount that can be bet or that can be won. Small companies are at a greater risk of a big loss through a combination wager, and thus they tend to have lower betting limits to ensure their liquidity in the case of a winning a wager with long odds.
However, VIPs often have a desire to wager larger amounts whether on single matches or in combination. If you feel you belong in the VIP category of bettors, you should read about the sportsbooks that offer the highest betting limits to ensure the service you choose can accept your action.
Welcome gentlemen. In visiting this site, you’re looking to learn more about the possibility of betting on sports from Saudi Arabia through offshore online bookmakers. As an Islamic nation, it can almost go without saying that gambling in all forms is illegal within Saudi Arabia. Unlike other Islamic nations, Saudi laws have been updated to include illegal activities that occur online. In other words, laws do exist in Saudi Arabia outlawing gambling through means of online interaction. With that being said, people are always looking for ways to circumvent the authorities and those that wish to control what we consume and the activities with which we wish to partake.
Thousands of websites are currently being blocked by the Saudi Interior Ministry through local Internet providers because the content of such sites contain content that is in contradiction of Islam. Some gambling sites and sports betting sites may be blocked, but of course, people still find a way to access these sites through Virtual Private Networks (VPN) and other workarounds. If done carefully and in private, online sports betting is likely less risky than attending gambling dens which can be raided by police as shown in this BBC article: Police bust gambling den in Riyad.
Whether you are one of five million expatriates living and working in Saudi Arabia or a native Saudi, if you have decided that you wish to start with online sports betting, you need to know which sites will accept your registration as not all sites serve all national markets. All the sites I list are established and trusted brands that accept registrants based in Saudi Arabia. Learn more about how this list was created to the right and below the list.
I’ve reviewed over 30 of the world’s best online sportsbooks and have done so from the perspective of many different nationalities. Sportsbooks approach each market differently, thus when I must review a sportsbook, I need to look at how that company approaches each market to see if the customers’ needs are being met.
The group of the best betting sites for Saudi Arabia is different from groups for bettors from other countries because of the differences between countries and how each online sportsbook treats each country. For example, some companies don’t accept Saudi registrations.
First, understand that my list only contains six betting sites. Many companies have been reviewed and excluded from the list. Other sportsbook review sites will publish their list and include every site they have reviewed and give positive reviews to every company. I am not interested in that approach as I believe it is dishonest. Those review sites are merely hoping to trade on a brand name that you may recognize even though it is not a great service for you to use.
My list is essentially in alphabetical order, with numbers after letters and abstains
from using phoney grades or star-
The sites that are in my list provide the best Saudi sports betting based on the following review criteria:
Each of the sites listed provides an excellent experience for the Saudi sports bettor. However, if you have preferences or requirements beyond the typical recreational bettor, read and compare the betting site reviews. Above all else, remember that betting on sports should be for fun. Only wager what you can afford.
888sport’s parent company has been online since 1997 and are listed on the London Stock Exchange. They have the most extensive array of banking methods and a wide array of betting markets for all sports. Read the 888Sport Saudi Arabia review
Pinnacle Sports operates as a reduced-
Betway serves over 2 million account holders world-
MarathonBet might be the best option for Saudi bettors. They don’t offer bonuses to anyone. Most of the other big name sites offer bonuses to customers in certain countries, but not Saudi Arabia. MarathonBet offers their amazing odds to everyone, so with no bonuses to consider, they should be at the top of your list. Read the Marathon Saudi Arabia review.
Whether you are in Riyadh, Jeddah, Mecca, Medina or any other town or city in Saudi Arabia, gambling in all forms is illegal. But as with many countries in this region of the world, things that are pursued in private are approached differently than those that are approached in public. I mentioned above that publicly attending gambling dens is a huge risk. This expatriate employee recounts his view on Saudi laws and how they are enforced. Basically, if it is fun, it is illegal. He notes this is the main reason that the wait time on the bridge between Khobar and Saudi Arabia can often be four to five hours come the end of the week,as Saudi Arabia is host to more liberal laws regarding alcohol and other vices.
However, he notes that if you can pursue the ‘fun’ in private in Saudi Arabia, no one is going to bother you. This is the beauty of betting online. If you have free access to these betting sites or you can use a VPN for a blocked site, the chances of any trouble are remote, especially if precautions are taken. These precautions can also come in the way that you move money in and out of your betting account so that local authorities do not see that your funds are being used directly with gambling companies. I talk about this on the Saudi Sports betting banking page.
People that wish to bet on sports can do so privately when done online through Virtual Private Networks. This is why VPN’s are generally used. You may already be viewing this site through a VPN. Once you have the ability to access betting sites, you will be pressed with the idea of choosing the best betting site for your needs as a resident of Saudi Arabia. This is important as all betting sites differ in so many respects.
As you consider the the list of online sportsbooks and even click through to see their sites, note that any mention of betting apps or promotional bonuses that you see advertised will likely be unavailable to you. These tend to be available to customers is a select few countries. So you need not be persuaded by any such additional platforms or promotional offers. Simply choose the best sites for you and the manner in which you will play. However, note that if you are serious about being profitable with your wagering endeavours, you should consider services that help you to compare and get the best odds before you place your bets, as odds can range significantly even between top providers.