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Nitrogen Sports Review

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Nitrogen Sports

Review By TJ Gill

Nitrogen Sports was initially opened in 2012, but struggled to gain a profitable customer base for almost a year after the company’s inception. That all changed when they added Bitcoin as a deposit option in 2013, which, at the time, was an unknown and untested currency that had its fair share of controversy surrounding it at the time. However, once bitcoin started to explode and started to become more accepted by mainstream consumers in the United States and abroad, Nitrogen Sports knew they finally had a selling point to market to its customers.

So they quickly began shifting their business model to only accept bitcoins and from there they’ve established themselves as one of the premier bitcoin-only gambling sites in the world. They offer dozens of sports markets to customers from all reaches of the globe today and pride themselves in being one of the most secure and encrypted sportsbooks operating in the industry.

The site is licensed in San Pedro, Costa Rica, and has no country restrictions whatsoever. They have actually managed to earn and keep a solid “B” rating on SBR, which is somewhat surprising given its relative youth in the business. However, the fact that they don’t physically hold customer funds and operate in an encrypted, bitcoin-only space also makes the book instantly one of the safer options for bettors today.

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why we love em

  • pros Our top-rated Bitcoin-ONLY sportsbook.
  • pros Encrypted login areas and no "cold storage" of bitcoins for player security.
  • pros Tons of sports markets, lines and reduced juice odds.

Why we hate em

  • cons No signup bonus for new player deposits.
  • cons Low betting limits for higher-limit players.

Once you sign for an account you’ll notice you are literally taken right to the main lines page, which assigns all the sports, odds, prices and bet types for any action you’re looking to dive into once you’ve made a deposit onto the site. However, unlike most sportsbooks that plaster banners and popups with a flashy deposit bonus, you will notice that Nitrogen does NOT do this.

Unfortunately, the only “bonus” that the site offers is in the form of special site promotions, specifically a “Parlay Jackpot,” a “10x Challenge” and an NFL Survival Pool that all pay out different prizes. There is no traditional 50% or 100% bonus match like other books have, and it’s unclear if they’re ever going to change that policy as their operation continues to grow and become even more profitable.

I will say that if there was a “bonus” that comes out of having no bonus it is this – the site is 100% safe and secure, encrypted by the best software in the biz and they don’t physically keep player funds in their own accounts. Since bitcoin is 100% anonymous and powered by individual users and their own unique blockchain numbers, there is not a need for the site to cold store any of their player’s funds – meaning you are protected and so is your betting balance.

Probably my favorite thing about Nitrogen is the simplicity and straight-forward approach to sports betting. You are literally forced to make a new, anonymous account, and from there you can deposit and start betting – or you can check out a plethora of sports markets that are laid out to you on the left side of the navigation area. They offer a large assortment of sports, from major market leagues like the NFL, MLB, NHL and MLB, to even more obscure and smaller market sports like eSports, chess and even badminton.

Here is a complete list of the sports that are offered at Nitrogen, which of course come complete with betting action on tons of individual league matches that are broken down in easy drop-down menu’s when you select what ever sport you’re looking for:

  • Football (NFL, NCAA Mens, Arena)
  • Baseball (MLB, Korean, Japanese and Mexican leagues)
  • Hockey (NHL and a host of other European hockey leagues)
  • Basketball (NBA, NCAA Men and Women, Euro League)
  • Soccer (EPL, UEFA, Premier League and dozens more)
  • Tennis (ATP, WTA)
  • Golf (PGA, LPGA, Euro Tours)
  • eSports (Dozens of individual matches in this niche)
  • Cricket
  • Badminton
  • Handball
  • Chess
  • Darts
  • Snooker
  • Volleyball
  • Aussie Rules
  • MMA

Overnight lines are normally posted a day in advance for most games at Nitrogen, with standard movements of these lines normally occurring hours before the actual game. There also seem to be a nice amount of dime line offerings for major sports like MLB baseball as well. Unfortunately, they do not post lines as early as a BetOnline or some other comparable book.

As I touched on previously in the last section, these lines offered at Nitrogen are beyond better than a lot of other sportsbooks out there. In fact, for a book this young it’s pretty unique to see lines being offered at the rates in which they’re offering them. Before we touch base on some of the details of these, let’s do a quick listing of the current bet types offered here at Nitrogen Sports:

  • Straight/Spread Bets
  • Totals
  • Moneyline
  • Futures
  • Teasers
  • Parlays
  • Props
  • Live Bets

As you may have noticed, Nitrogen is lacking on some bet types you normally see at other online sportsbooks, including reverses, if bets, pleasers, round robins, progressives and Asian handicap betting. However, I feel they make up for it with the pricing offered up on a lot of the bets they actually DO offer.

As an example, they offer reduced juice on a lot of their sports markets. You would be hard-pressed to find anything better than -105 pricing on all the major leagues, including -107 pricing on some totals bets. As I briefly mentioned earlier, the site offers unique dime lines on MLB action as well.

Parlays and teasers pay out well on Nitrogen, and other than maybe sites like SportBet.com, they really know how to compete on odds with these types of bets. Other than that, the more standard betting types like moneylines and totals have standard pricing at first glance.

As far as betting limits are concerned, they are pretty low compared to other sportsbooks right now. Depending on the market value of bitcoin, the max bet fluctuates often. However, it is pretty common to see bets in upwards to $4,000 to $5,000 max being accepted at Nitrogen. However, those types of bigger bets are usually reserved for certain bet types on NFL or NCAA Mens Football games and Soccer matches as well.

Well, this is pretty self-explanatory, especially if you’ve read this review all the way through. While Nitrogen initially accepted other forms of deposits when it was first founded back in 2012, they have since reverted to ONLY accepting bitcoin.

Once you have opened your account, it is recommended you also have your bitcoin account information ready. If you’re familiar with bitcoin, you will have to fund your sports betting account with a 3rd-party intermediary. Trusted sites like blockchain.info, bitstamp.net and Coinbase are all solid bitcoin merchants that help you buy bitcoin anonymously and then transfer those funds onto sites like Nitrogen or any other BTC-friendly sportsbook.

For more information on this you can contact Nitrogen’s support team by utilizing social media, which is clearly shown on the website towards the top left of side navigation area. One would assume that the fastest way to garner a response is to direct tweet them on Twitter or leaving them a message on Facebook.

The site is 100% tested for mobile devices and actually loads bug-free and without any problems when I’ve logged onto access my own account. You can easily log in, change up for security settings, check existing bet slips and see your cashier backend right from your smartphone or tablet. The site is very secure and it even takes a few seconds to verify your mobile browser before allowing you to access the homepage of the site.

As far as other gaming options go, Nitrogen also offers a full service online casino and poker site. Both the casino and the poker site are available to users on the desktop site and straight from your mobile device. The poker room is nothing flashy, but if you’re looking to play poker with some pretty fishy players, Nitrogen is the site for you.

The Nitrogen Casino offers single, double and 8-deck blackjack games for your pleasure, along with Dice. They don’t have a plethora of options available on the casino side just yet, but I would be surprised if they didn’t start adding more table games and slot selections to the platform in the very near future. Also, if you’re bored or running errands – or maybe you just don’t want to get out of bed or leave the couch – you can access these games right from your phone and play for real bitcoin cash 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!