Ease of use
Thunderpick has a score of 3.8 because they offer some very interesting betting options on CS:GO, Dota 2 and League of Legends, and conventional betting on other esports. They are a great site to bet on, as they use mutual betting, in which bettors play against each other, instead of a bank. This means that you can get very good odds on this site, on various matches, and multiply your profits.3.8
This Thunderpick Review will take you through the pros and cons of this dedicated esports betting site. The site is dedicated to mutual betting, which means that bettors bet against each other, rather than against a bookmaker’s ‘bank’. While the site’s main focus is professional CS:GO matches and events, it also caters to betting on a great number of other esports as well. These include League of Legends, Dota 2, OverWatch, and a lot of other esports.
The site is very easy to use and intuitive. The first page of the site immediately shows you the most imminent games and matches being bet upon, as well as offering you categories that allow you to zero in on the game of your choice. Simply clicking on a match allows you to bet upon it, while clicking on a specific game will bring up a list of matches and events that are due in the immediate future, and which you can scroll down to bet upon. There’s more than a reasonable selection of matches and events, and betting on a match is as easy as simply clicking on it.
Thunderpick has a lot of payment and withdrawal portals, including Bitcoin and CS:GO skins. It is also a legitimate and verified betting site. While this means that it is under government oversight, and thus much more safe to bet upon, it also means that identity and age verification will be required when you want to withdraw your winnings. This is mostly on par with other betting sites. Withdrawals on the site are efficient, and generally without the slightest problem.
The Site’s Reputation
The site has been in the industry for about two years now, and most reviews on independent sites and forums seem to be positive, with bettors actually appreciative of the site. One of the main reasons for this is that the site’s fees are among the lowest in the industry. Now that’s something that a bettor can appreciate. The fact that there’s a definite absence of complaints is a definite plus point in their favor. This is doubly true for a site that has already been running for about two years, during which time other sites in the industry easily manage to accrue a plethora of complaints on various betting related forums. The site also has a chat service that is geared to responding to queries from bettors quickly, and settling issues efficiently.
Thunderpick Esports Review – Ratings
Games on offer – 3/5
You can bet on a reasonably large range of esports on Thunderpick, though that range could have been larger. CS:GO is certainly the dominant esport here, followed by League of Legends, Dota 2, Hearthstone, Overwatch, HOTS 2, Smite, and even Starcraft 2. When you click on a particular event, you’ll find that there’s a wide selection of various kinds of bets on that event.
For example, in CS:GO, you can bet on when a bomb will be planted, when the first AWP frag will occur, which team will win a pistol round, and much more. League of Legends betting options include which team will score first blood, and which team will destroy the first tower. There are some other options as well. Dota 2 also has some interesting betting options, though not as much as the other esports. You can only bet upon the winner of a match for other esports. This makes betting on the site a trifle limited, which is why it has a rating of 3 here. While the range of esports is reasonable, it could be bettered and extended.
Ease of Use – 4/5
The site is very easy to use, even by the standards of betting websites, which are all generally intuitive. This is because you can access all the available matches and options from the first page itself, allowing you to browse the available bets quickly and easily. When you click on a particular match, all the available betting options associated with that match come up, as well as a timer that tells you how much time remains before the match goes live.
Do bear in mind, though, that on this site you are not betting against a ‘bank’, but against other players – this means that the odds can vary widely before a match gets ‘locked’, and that means that winnings can be rather variable. How much you eventually win also depends on how many other people also managed to win, as opposed to people who lost. The fewer winners as opposed to losers, the more each winner gets. This system, while reasonable, can be quite confusing and frustrating for those bettors more used to a stable bank that offers less wildly changing odds.
Customer Service – 4/5
The customer service is generally by email, though they have a live chat option available at times. I say ‘at times’ because it tends to go down from time to time. When it is down, you’re reduced to leaving a message or using email. If you leave a message, their customer support generally responds within two days. This tends to be a longer wait that simply waiting for the live chat to come on again, so that’s what we recommend if you have a problem and want to contact customer support. This generally leads to a faster response and resolution of your problem. Our Thunderpick Review thus finds their customer support a slightly flawed system.
Their customer support is also active on social media, which means that you can contact them on Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, or VK. It has been found that the site’s customer support replies faster on Twitter and on Facebook than on other social media. However, once you’re in touch with them, you’ll find their customer service very helpful. Tests have shown that they are willing to go all the way to help you with a problem, and are very courteous.
Deposits and Withdrawals – 5/5
Deposits and withdrawals are efficient, and there are a lot of payment methods possible. VISA, Neteller and Skrill are all accepted, as well as Yandex. WebMoney, Qiwi Wallet, PaysafeCard, AliPay, and much more. Best of all, Bitcoin and CS:GO skins are also accepted. The exchange rate for the on-site coin system is roughly one coin per cent, which means that a skin that costs about a dollar will net you a hundred coins. You’ll need to deposit skins to a minimum value of a dollar to get started. One advantage of using skins or Bitcoins on this site is that these payment methods do not involve you paying a transaction fee before you get started.
It goes without saying that withdrawals are not instantaneous. The site does several checks before a transfer is initiated, and each payment systems has its own transfer time. Web wallets tend to be the fastest, with transfers taking between two hours to a day. If you withdraw using a credit or a debit card, the transfer time can range from between twenty four hours to five days. Please note that only working days are counted here, so if there’s a bank holiday or a weekend in between, transfers can take longer. Finally, there are bank transfers, which of course take three working days to go through. That’s standard procedure with most banks for transfers of the kind.
International Support – 3/5
The Site supports six major languages, including Russian and Chinese. This is reasonable, and covers a wide range of locales on the planet, but it could be bettered.
Interesting options on Thunderpick
On Thunderpick, one engages in what is called mutual betting, which means that there isn’t a house ‘bank’ that you play against. Instead, what’s actually happening is that you are engaging with other players who are also betting on the site. The site itself takes a percentage of all the winnings, of course, but this is relatively minor. Most of the wins are paid to those whose bets come up on top. This system makes this a great site to bet on, and the fact that the site covers matches in games that have their own niche, like Hearthstone, only makes it better.
Another advantage of mutual betting is that the ‘house bank’ is never in danger. You may have noticed that other betting sites will shut a bettor down if they start winning amounts that are too large, or too consistent. This is because a large slew of wins from a good number of players can actually endanger the house bank itself on a conventional site. This does not happen on Thunderpick. Here, as payouts come from the actual amounts bet on a match, the house bank is not endangered, which means that one can bet on Thunderpick without a limit on one’s winnings.
That’s the good part of the deal
The unpleasant part, at least to those who have becomes used to a conventional house bank, is that the odds displayed on the site are directly based upon how many people on the site are betting on the teams involved in the match. This means that as bets come in on both sides, the odds shift continuously and can fluctuate wildly. How much you eventually win depends on how much has actually been staked in a match by all the people betting on that match. All the money staked on a match will be divided among all the winners. How much each individual winner gets depends on how many winners there are. The less winners, as opposed to losers, the more each winner gets. The more winners in a match, the less each gets, as the prize pool is distributed among them all.
Mutual betting can offer better odds
Mutual betting can actually be a big advantage in popular esports, as, with a large number of fans betting on a match, you can get odds that are much more favourable than on other sites, and you can therefore reap far greater profits if you choose matches carefully. Remember that odds are affected by an individual team’s status, or their popularity. For example, the odds would be terribly one-sided if, for example, FaZe Clan were to be playing Ghost Gaming, while they would be far more balanced in the case of a Finals face-off between FaZe Clan and SK Gaming.
The betting types allowed on some games are also a very good option
As we mentioned earlier, besides the conventional betting options, you can also bet on non-standard options, such as the first AWPer to take a kill in CS:GO, or the first tower to go down in Dota 2. These non-standard bets are very interesting and a big advantage. The only problem is that these non-standard bets are more or less restricted to the main games, such as CS:GO, League of Legends or Dota 2. Other games only have standard betting on the winner of a match.
The house’s share of the take
The house does not actually charge a commission directly, but they skim off about ten percent of all the money in play. It could be noted here that this is actually quite low, so far as commissions on betting sites go, with most online bookmakers charging at least fifteen percent.
Our Thunderpick Review finds that there aren’t too many bonuses on offer. Of course, you get a referral bonus for bringing in friends. The site will also give you about twenty coins for free if you put in esportsranks’ dedicated bonus code. Our code is ‘esportsranks’. There’s another interesting bonus, in which Thunderpick offers about ten cents worth of coins every day if you add the site’s url to your moniker on Steam.
On-site chat rooms
There are language-based chat rooms on the site, so that users from different countries can feel at home. This is in marked contrast to many sites, where a chat room could be dominated by a single language, and newcomers who spoke a different language could feel left out.
However, do bear in mind that you will meet all sorts of people in those chat rooms, and that some might try to manipulate you into betting on the wrong team, since the more losers there are in a match, the more the winners win. We’re not saying this is common, or has happened on Thunderpick, but it can happen on mutual betting sites. Stay alert, and bet on matches based upon statistics, esportsranks tips, or your own instincts. By all means take tips from other bettors in the chat rooms. Just bear in mind that they are not necessarily ‘on your side’.
What are the betting limits on the site?
Betting on the site is done in the on-site currency, ‘coins’. Each coin is valued at 0.01 euro. The lowest that you can bet in coins is twenty coins, or 0.20 euro, while the highest that you can bet in each individual bet is ten thousand coins, or about a hundred euro. There’s also the ‘Thunderspin’ option, upon which you can bet a minimum of just one coin, or a maximum of five thousand coins, or fifty euro.
An efficient mobile template
Their mobile design is a good one, allowing you to just swipe to browse through matches, instead of having to scroll downwards or to the side to do the same. This makes browsing on the mobile convenient and relatively effortless.
Thunderpick Review – Pros
- The design is good. It is not only convenient, but it also allows you to access all the matches available to bet on from a single page, which saves a lot of time. You can go through a number of matches quickly and relatively effortlessly, and then bet on your picks, all within a matter of minutes.
- There are good deposit and withdrawal options. Having many ways to deposit or withdraw money is convenient. It’s particularly nice that the site supports both Bitcoin and CS:GO skins.
- There are no restrictions on winnings. This is a feature that will be particularly attractive to veteran bettors, who have undoubtedly noticed that many betting sites are willing enough to take your money when you’re losing, but will ban or limit an account that wins consistently. Of course, they’re just protecting their ‘bank’, but it still make the whole concept of betting with such bookmakers very unfair. Thunderpick are definitely recommended because they do not do this.
- The odds are often very favorable. This is, of course, because the site is a mutual betting site, and it means that one can make much better profits on certain matches.
- The site’s commission is low.
- The site’s support for mobile is very good, and using the site on a mobile is particularly easy and intuitive.
- A good selection of matches and betting options.
- An excellent language-selective chat option.
- The site has been running for two years without complaints.
Thunderpick Review – Cons
- There could certainly be more bonuses offered. On the other hand, other sites that offer larger bonuses often demand that you roll over the bonus an impossible amount of times, which makes offering the bonus in the first place rather redundant. Such sites also often confiscate the bonus and winnings thereof. All this makes perhaps not offering such a bonus in the first place more honest.
- The odds shift continuously. This is unavoidable on a mutual betting site, where the odds can shift with each bet made. On the other hand, the fact that it is a mutual betting site means that it can be run without a cap on winnings.
- There is no multi-bet option. This is a definite disadvantage, and it would be nice if the site management add this in the foreseeable future.
Those are some of the salient features of this generally-excellent esports betting site. For those who would like to know more about esports betting, we recommend our Esportsranks Betting Guide. For those who are interested in CS:GO betting in particular, the CS:GO Betting Cheat Sheet is highly recommended. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest on your favorite Esports titles.