TheScore has a well-established history as a leader in delivering sports media entertainment before acquisitions saw the company moving in two directions. That resulted in one side of the business being sold to Rogers Communications and the other being retained by TheScore, and that is where their history took a leap forward.
Since exiting sports media and moving into the realm of sports betting, the name TheScore has become synonymous with sports betting in the U.S, which is surprising that as a Canadian company, come April 1st, they will be legally able to operate within Ontario. The good news for TheScore is they have a head start as the name is known in Ontario. This is especially true with sports bettors, and with Rogers being an entertainment goliath, the name has only continued to receive positive feedback and boasts over millions of subscribers.
As for TheScore.bet, its opening in the U.S was in 2019, so they are well-versed in the sports betting arena. With generous market coverage and an endless supply of information, the app has become one of the most popular in each of the states they are licensed to operate. Naturally, that will extend to the Ontario market due to the betting information, live scores, and sports news that punters can avail themselves of through the app.
So, with the introduction out of the way, let’s take some time to summarize what you can expect from TheScore. For the most part, the best qualities are its top-rated mobile app and above average content built into the app. In terms of its cons, prop bets are limited, desktop and mobile sites are not offered, nor is live streaming or a casino.
TheScore Sign-up Offer
Promotionally, we have little information to go on with TheScore’s Ontario site as it is still in its development stage. While less ideal than having detailed promotional information at our disposal, history has shown us promotions are a big part of the TheScore user experience.
All things considered, our best bet is to look at offers they feature on their New Jersey, Indiana, and Colorado. The most appealing of those is they allow bettors the choice between a free bet offer and several match bonuses. The free bet is offer is straightforward and will award $500 in free bets when you bet $50, while the match bonuses are 100% up to $500 and the other is a 100% match bonus up to $1,000.
The main difference between the two is the 100% up to $500 lets you wager up to $500, and if a winning bet, you keep the money and if a loss, TheScore will refund you’re bet as a free bet. The free bet does come with minimum odds stipulations, but winnings are cashable.
The second match bonus is geared to bettors who prefer a more structured bonus. Essentially, this bonus is designed to credit punters with 5% cashback on any wagered bets where the odds are more than -300. Bear in mind this bonus has a 60-day shelf life, so there are benefits to this offer over the other.
One more thing to mention, while we are unsure if the same offers will be available to Ontario bettors, it is important to read the terms when they are. On the plus side, once they have been published, we will provide updates and include the most pertinent terms governing their sign–up offers.
And while on the subject, beyond the sign-up offers, regular punters will benefit from a variety of promotional offers aimed at their existing customers. From all accounts, these include odds boosts and various others.
TheScore Sports Markets
The sports markets you’ll find at TheScore are what you would expect, so if looking for anything outside of the ordinary, you may want to keep looking. By no means do we mean that negatively as being able to punt on the big leagues means more fixtures, and with the option for MLB, NHL, NBA. and MLS futures, they pretty much have the best markets covered.
Unfortunately, we are limited in the information we can access as Canadians are unable to download TheScore’s apps. This leaves us to anticipate which markets will be covered, but we do know it will include full coverage for the NBA, MLB, NHL, NFL, NCAA Football, and NCAA Basketball. The probability of soccer, cricket, and tennis being covered is almost guaranteed, and you can expect local sports franchises in Ontario like the Toronto Maple Leafs, Raptors and Blue Jays to be well-represented.
Naturally, this is good news, in our opinion, and that positive energy is amplified by the favourable pre-match and in-play betting odds. The only downside is futures and moneylines tend to be average, as are most prop bets, but beyond that, market coverage and the odds are in line with expectations.
TheScore Interface Across Desktop, Mobile and App
TheScore decided early into their development as a brand to concentrate their efforts towards constructing and fine-tuning their mobile app. While this may turn off some, evidence has shown the majority of North Americans prefer placing bets on their mobile devices.
With an average satisfaction rating of 4.7 out of 5, the functionality and usability are combined with an aesthetically pleasing appearance. The higher than average rating is not by accident, as TheScore has chosen various features that add value and enhance the user experience. Namely, this includes its in-play betting and a BetTracking feature that allows punters to track their bets, use the cash out feature and follow the action without having to navigate to the main sportsbook.
In addition to BetTracking, TheScore offers punters the ability to view personalized markets, vote against or with other community members on the latest game lines and view exclusive promos. This feature alone gives theScore credibility in its efforts to offer a more interactive experience, much like the single tap parlay builder option or the ability to access a cross-platform betting and media experience.
TheScore Live Betting and Streaming
TheScore’s most prominent feature as a sportsbook is its live betting on major league sports. This goes beyond the NHL, NCAA, MLB, and NBA and includes almost every major league from soccer to golf, rugby, MMA, and beyond.
Some of the highlights to live betting include a live view of every game, real-time scores at a glance, live player data, news, and other multimedia services. Unfortunately, that is where the fund ends as live streaming is still absent from the site and in the world of sports betting, this is a hot topic. Even more so for mobile bettors who want to follow events live without relying on score updates.
However, while a drawback that needs addressing, the live betting balances out this shortcoming with personalized feeds, a large number of markets and access to news and stats. Moreover, the layout and general functionality add to the overall balance, and that is a value often overlooked. So, while it would benefit TheScore to invest in live streaming, it should not be a dealbreaker, especially considering the streaming options bettors can avail through other subscription services.
TheScore Payment Options
One of the dilemmas we faced while reviewing TheScore was our inability to determine which payment options they make available for Ontario customers. The problem with that is it leaves us to speculate versus provide valid funding options. However, based on their U.S operations and others entering the Ontario market, debit cards, bank transfers and the possibility of e-wallets are the most likely options you can expect to see.
Likewise, being a Canadian site licensing within the province of Ontario, the Canadian dollar will be the only accepted currency. This is ideal as it eliminates any need for currency conversions, and it is convenient for budgeting and withdrawals.
Debit Card – The two most logical options TheScore is likely to offer customers who favour debit cards is Visa and Mastercard. These are convenient and readily available at a large number of variety stores, postal locations, and other retailers. We should stress that you will incur an activation fee if you’ve not used these in the past.
Bank transfers – One of the better solutions for transferring funds to and from online merchants is Interact. As this is heavily favoured in Canada, the odds are good that TheScore will include it as their preferred funding method for bank transfers. Depending on your financial institution, you may be charged a per use user fee, but it is minimal and more affordable than debit card activation fees.
E-wallets – From all accounts, TheScore does not favour e-wallets as even this U.S operations do not offer PayPal. In the unlikely event e-wallets are included, the options open to Canadians are minimal, with the most likely contender being ecoPayz. However, ecoPayz is notorious for slow withdrawal transfers, so bank transfers and debit cards are the better solutions.
Most of the above options will apply to both deposits and withdrawals, but it’s worth mentioning that, unlike deposits, withdrawals will take between 24 and 72 hours. This applies to the processing of withdrawal requests and their reflecting in the applicable method payment was requested.
Customer support at TheScore is staffed 27/7 and delivered through various channels such as email, live chat, and telephone. Considering not too many sportsbooks entering the Ontario market offer live chat support services, this is good news for punters who prefer this channel over email or telephone.
In addition to live, email and telephone support, bettors can access can help desk that covers a wide variety of topics. Along with betting odds, deposit bonuses and banking options, topics include wagering requirements, my account topics, and others.
As for their contact details, support can be reached via the following:
Telephone: 1 855-550-1238
Overall, there is much to look forward to with TheScore, its well-tuned mobile sports betting app and unique strategy of combining sports news with sports betting. While competing sites routinely offer insight into the latest developing stories, few are as committed as the TheScore. Therefore, it is not surprising that, like others, we anticipate theScore will command a large slice of the action once news gets out that Ontario bettors have an alternative to the OLG’s Proline.
Bear in mind, there is a possibility that as a licensed Ontario sportsbook, there may be limitations put in place as to the type of bets they are able to offer. In the same context, we haven’t information about whether OLG will restrict promotions or particular sporting types. Generally, the consensus is this will not be the case as the success of TheScore and other newer sites will dictate the provinces’ ability to appeal to larger bookmakers.
Either way you look it, TheScore gets a passing grade for its clutter-free design, large variety of betting options and focus on mobile betting, Moreover, they get a passing grade for amping up the ante when it comes to promotions as few provide the same flexibility, all of which lends credibility to their experience and intuitive understanding of what punters want most.
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