Hopa Sports Betting Review 2021

Hopa
3.7 / 5
  • Friendly support staff
  • Competitive odds
  • Unique promotions
Latest Offer
Latest Offer
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T&Cs APPLY, 18+ ONLY

18+ welcome bonus: new customers only. Max one £10 free bet. Min. Deposit and wagering: £10. Qualifying bets must be placed at odds of 1/1 or greater. Paid as bonus token with min 4/5 odds req. Skrill, neteller & paypal not eligible. Real money bets required for hopa challenge. Participants subject to timeout. £100 cash prize guaranteed. First bet required to opt into next tournament. Minimum bet to be eligible for reward: 4. Bet restrictions apply.

FEATURES

UK Gambling Commission
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Live Stream
VIP Program
Cash Out
Bet Builder
Support 24/7
Native App
Cryptocurrency
Established in 2005

PROS

  • Friendly support staff
  • Competitive odds
  • Unique promotions
  • Simple registration process

CONS

  • Site’s design quite gimmicky
  • Poor technical performance
  • Not enough emphasis on responsible gambling
  • No VIP Program
  • Friendly support staff
  • Competitive odds
  • Unique promotions
  • Simple registration process
  • Site’s design quite gimmicky
  • Poor technical performance
  • Not enough emphasis on responsible gambling
  • No VIP Program

After functioning primarily as a casino operator following its establishment in 2005, Hopa decided to add a sportsbook to their ranks in 2019. In this in-depth review, we’ll explore every corner of Hopa’s sportsbook to see how they compare to the veterans of the UK betting scene. Welcome to ThePuntersPage’s definitive guide to betting with Hopa!

 

Registration Process
5 / 5

  • Simple two-step process
  • Basic information required
  • Deposit limits set upon confirmation

Registering with Hopa is a nice and easy two-step process. Step one, as depicted below, merely involves entering your email address and creating a username and password.

Registration Window

Step two is just as straightforward. Here, all you need to do is enter your name, gender, birthday, preferred currency, address and mobile phone number. This is also where you can redeem a bonus code, if you’re fortunate enough to have access to one.

Hopa Registration part 2

Once you’ve clicked both boxes regarding potential bonus offers and the terms and conditions, you’ll then be able to access the big green ‘Open Account’ button to begin your betting journey with Hopa!

Upon confirmation, punters can set Deposit Limits and will have the chance to verify their account – which, admittedly, isn’t very clear, as it isn’t noted what documents the bookmaker require from you.

 

Deposits & Withdrawal Options
4.5 / 5

  • Plethora of payment options
  • Varied withdrawal times
  • No cryptocurrencies

The depositing process is, as expected, markedly easy as well. Once you’ve clicked on the distinct ‘Deposit’ icon, you’ll be greeted with the below screen.

Hopa Secure Deposit Methods

Hopa presents you with four payment options, although, as we’ll find out, there are many more to choose from. Nevertheless, to deposit with a Visa/Mastercard debit card, all you need to do is fill out all the standard card information (name on card, card number, expiry date, security number) before selecting the amount you want to deposit.

Performing a secure deposit on Hopa

Hopa primarily offers three deposit options: £25, £40 and £50; however, punters can deposit as little as £10. Once you’ve decided on an amount, a click of the green ‘Deposit’ button will leave you with a funded account.

Customers can also use Skrill, NETELLER, Bank Transfer, Trustly, Rapid Transfer and AstroPay with Hopa. All payment options boast a £10 minimum deposit, although the withdrawal process – somewhat confusingly referred to as ‘Cashout’ on the site – does differ in efficiency depending on the payment method you’ve chosen.

It could take up to six days for funds to arrive in your bank account if you’re using a debit card or Bank Transfer, for example, but only up to 48 hours with Skrill, NETELLER, PayPal and MuchBetter. You may be wanting up to four days with Rapid Transfer, while AstroPay specifically takes three days.

Unfortunately for some, there are no cryptocurrencies available with this bookmaker.

 

Welcome Offer
4.5 / 5

  • Deposit £10+ for £10 free bet
  • Entry into ‘Hopa Challenge Welcome Tournament’

Hopa Welcome offer

Hopa does possess a fairly basic but generous welcome offer for new customers, who can place a standard deposit of £10 or more to claim a £10 free bet.

New customers are only eligible for this offer once, and all qualifying bets must be placed on selections with odds greater than evens (1/1). Should punters claim this offer, they’ll also be entered into the ‘Hopa Challenge Welcome Tournament’, in which newcomers can compete against one another to work their way up a leaderboard in a bid to win a cash prize.

We’ll explain Hopa’s tournaments in a little more detail in the next section.

 

Sportsbook Promotions
4 / 5

  • Daily tournaments
  • HopaBOOST
  • Promos frequently updated

Having a variety of sportsbook promotions on offer is imperative for bookies to strengthen customer loyalty, and Hopa do so via daily tournaments and challenges. Such challenges are regularly updated to ensure a sense of freshness is exuded; at the time of writing, punters can compete in the ‘Cheltenham Festival Hopa Challenge.’

Hopa Sportsbook Promotions

This challenge allows punters to compete against one another, earn points and work their way up the leaderboard in a bid to claim a £3,000 jackpot (£500 daily jackpot). The riskier the bet, the more points you earn.

Hopa Challenge

Hopa’s tournaments are free to join and cover all sports, with the above image showing a daily football challenge. Moreover, Hopa also boasts a boosted accas promo in the form of HopaBOOST, whereby punters can up earn up to a 77% boost on their accas.

VIP/Loyalty Programme

We understand that Hopa did once possess a Loyalty Scheme to reward punters, but such a programme no longer exists. Thus, there is currently no VIP or Loyalty Programme for customers to enjoy.

 

Pre-match Offer
4 / 5

  • 25 sports available
  • Competitive odds
  • Superb esports and specials offering
  • No bet builder

Manchester Utd vs Milan Match

Hopa’s sportsbook is relatively broad, with 25 sports available for customers to bet on. Within each of these sports, a plethora of events are covered, and punters can enjoy a sufficient variety of markets. For example, at the time of writing this review, 173 markets are offered on the most popular football fixture.

All that being said, however, there is no point in having an impressive sportsbook offering if your odds are not competitive and attractive to players, which is what we’re going to look at next.

To measure the quality of Hopa’s margins we used the odds overround. The overround is a calculation that combines the total percentage probability of all selections in a match coming true. Naturally, the result of this should come to 100% – however, this does not factor in the profits made by the bookmaker. For this reason, it is widely accepted that any figure below 110% is considered to indicate fair odds.

Therefore, we picked three games at random from the Premier League, Italian Serie A and La Liga to determine the quality of Hopa’s odds and found the odds at 109.26%, 109.61% and 109.22% respectively, highlighting that Hopa offers not only competitive but consistent odds as well. There’s little to fault the bookie in this regard.

Punters have the choice of displaying the odds as decimals, fractions or American, with the minimum stake set at 5p. There appears to be no maximum stake as such.

Esports

Hopa boasts a huge esports offering. At the time of writing, 59 events were covered by the bookie, with games including Counter-Strike (CS:GO), Dota 2, League of Legends and Valorant Champions Tour available to bet on. For Counter-Strike and League of Legends, in particular, there were several different events on offer.

If you want to exploit the great esports offering that Hopa provides, be sure to check out our top esports tips and strategies.

Other Specials

If you’re partial to a bit of novelty betting, then Hopa may just be the perfect place for you. Those who enjoy dabbling in politics can enjoy an impressive offering with this bookie. At Hopa, you can bet on the next London Mayoral election and Conservative leader. American, EU, French, Australian, German and Irish politics are all covered too.

Hopa Top leagues

Specials including the upcoming Oscars, Eurovision and the current Dancing on Ice competition in the UK are also offered.

Cash Out & Bet Builder

Hopa Cashout feature

While there’s no bet builder for customers to enjoy, you can still customise your bets (singles/accas) via Hopa’s Cash Out and Partial Cash Out functions. Such features are available on the majority of sports and markets – apart from system, forecast/tricast, outright (e.g., X to win the Premier League) and handicap bets.

 

Live Offer
3 / 5

  • Sufficient in-play options
  • Live statistics and match tracker
  • No live streaming

Hopa Live Betting

Overall, it’s fair to say that Hopa’s live offering isn’t hugely advanced, although we’d still call it fairly decent. The above fixture had 57 markets for punters to choose from, which is pretty impressive considering the likely interest in the clash.

In-depth statistics are provided to help customers, as is a coherent match-tracker. Unfortunately, however, Hopa doesn’t offer a live streaming service.

 

Security
3 / 5

  • Licensed by the Gambling Commission of Great Britain
  • Minimal account limits
  • Comprehensive Privacy Policy

Hopa Copyright

Hopa is licensed and regulated by the Gambling Commission of Great Britain for its operations in Britain, and holds a licence from the Malta Gaming Authority for all other international customers. A comprehensive Privacy Policy can also be accessed at the bottom of the homepage.

Hopa Reality Check

There’s certainly some emphasis on responsible gambling, although it’s not a particularly standout feature. By accessing the ‘Responsible Gaming’ link at the bottom of the homepage, punters will have the chance to answer 12 questions regarding their gambling activity to decipher their risk level for problem gambling.

Customers can also set Deposit Limits, Play Limits (daily, weekly or monthly) and Loss Limits (daily max loss, weekly max loss) to prevent their gambling from spiralling out of control. However, there doesn’t appear to be an option for customers to Time Out or Self-Exclude themselves. Links for such limits of the responsible gaming page don’t appear to work, either.

Nevertheless, Hopa utilises the latest 128-bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption technology to ensure that sensitive data is completely private, with all data protected by the latest firewall. This ensures that customers’ private information is kept confidential and secure. Hopa also notes that such data isn’t shared with other organisations for commercial purposes.

 

Service & Customer Support
5 / 5

  • An efficient live chat function
  • Friendly and helpful support staff
  • Robust FAQ section

Hopa Customer Support

Hopa’s customer service doesn’t function 24/7. Instead, support staff are on hand to help customers seven days a week between 07:00 and 23:00.

If your queries aren’t answered in their decidedly robust FAQs section, you can seek further support through a variety of channels, including live chat, email and telephone.

We tested Hopa’s services ourselves and found them to be coherent and efficient. To open up the live chat, we clicked the headphone icon in the top right-hand corner of the homepage, which opened up the below tab.

Hopa Customer Support

After clicking ‘Customer Support’, the live chat service began, and we decided to ask about any potential VIP/Loyalty programmes the bookie had.

Customer Support chat

As you can see below, their response to our query was superb – taking a mere two minutes to respond.

Customer support chat 2

They concluded our interaction with an incredibly friendly message. Overall, we couldn’t fault their live chat service.

Customer Support Message

We also ran the rule over their support email – accessible via the ‘Contact Us’ link at the bottom of the homepage.

Hopa Contact us

This was a very simple, painless process. All we had to do is select an inquiry – we chose account limits – write a brief overview of our query, and confirm we were human before submitting.

Hopa Support Email

Hopa’s response, however, wasn’t exactly efficient. It took them just shy of nine hours to reply. Having said that, their response was perfectly fine and, as was the case with the live chat, markedly friendly. Thus, for maximum efficiency, we recommend utilising Hopa’s live chat function for any queries.

 

Design & Usability
2.5 / 5

  • Simple design
  • Technical performance sub-par
  • BetAssistant

Hopa’s website (which is available in six different languages) follows a fairly minimal design with a black and blue colour scheme. There are certainly some aspects that appear quite gimmicky, however, such as the font showcasing the ‘Hopa Challenge’ title.

There’s also a clear effort to ensure any unique features or promotions stand out.

Hopa Promotions

Featured links can be accessed on the left-hand side of the homepage, with the day’s events listed clearly in the centre. Your bet slip is also always visible on the right-hand side, which aids the betting process for customers.

As we’ve already noted, information links can be accessed at the bottom of the page. It’s worth noting, though, that on occasion, such links didn’t work. The technical performance of the site, overall, was sub-par, with frustrating loading times frequent when attempting to access different components of the site.

Hopa BetAssistant

Hopa doesn’t provide any statistics for punters, but what they do offer may be even better. Their BetAssistant is an intriguing feature that essentially provides tips (pre-match or in-play) for punters based on historical data. Hopa says the bet recommendation engine provides between 1,500 and 3,000 tips every month on over 400 different football leagues.

However, the reliability of the engine is unknown, and this would certainly contradict any efforts made by the site to emphasise responsible gambling. In fact, any of the tips provided by BetAssistant are on games the average punter would never consider betting on.

 

Mobile
1.5 / 5

  • Poor mobile app
  • Well structured
  • Terrible technical performance

Hopa’s mobile app is available to download via both the App Store and Google Play, thus satisfying both Apple and Android users. The app, however, is far from perfect, with its woeful technical performance a distinct flaw. We found it to be incredibly laggy overall.

The design remains simplistic – following the same black and blue colour scheme – with its coherent structure ensuring a user-friendly experience despite its technical shortcomings. Punters can also access the bookie’s promotions, in-play markets, BetAssistant, Casino and other features via their mobile app.

 

Other Products

Other products on Hopa

In addition to its sportsbook, Hopa also provides Casino and Live Casino functions for its customers. There are over 500 casino games in total, including slots, jackpots and table games.

Unfortunately, Virtual Sports aren’t offered at Hopa.

Nevertheless, punters can also take advantage of a generous casino welcome offer, with which you can earn up to a 500% bonus and 100 free spins. New customers can earn a 50% bonus up to £50 with their first deposit, 25% up to £200 with their second and 25% up to £250 with their third. Meanwhile, their free spins can be utilised on five different games for five days after their first deposit (20x free spins each day).

 

ThePuntersPage Final Say

While Hopa boasts boast generous welcome offers to entice punters and are likely to retain their interests with intriguing and exciting sportsbook promotions, there are several teething issues. A greater emphasis on responsible gambling has to be placed, while the technical performance of both their website and mobile app has to be improved. Frequent lag and links that simply do not function are destined to frustrate customers. There are several features as mentioned in this Hopa review which we are big fans of; however, with a little bit of improvement, we see a bright future for this bookie.

OVERALL RATING:
3.7 / 5