Beterz.com (http://en.beterz.com) is an online sports fantasy betting and social networking site where players can win prizes based on the number of points they have. Each user starts the day with 10,000 points. If a user's total falls below 10,000, it will be moved back up to 10,000 at the start of the next day. Betters are competing for prizes – an example prize is an iPod Nano 8 Go, which requires 3,000,000 points to win. Bets can be placed in a variety of sports, including Football (soccer), Tennis, Rugby, Formula One Racing, and Others. Users can bet, for example in a tennis match, on who will win or if the match is a draw. Users can also challenge other users to bet on any event.
The list of sports events to bet on includes current events as well as events scheduled well into the future. Users earn different badges as they gain points, and users can follow other users. The site has a very active community of players. The site has forums for communication, which are very popular. Users have a profile, which they can customize. Users also have their own home page, where they can see their statistics and the bets they have in progress, as well as who they are following. The site has a Rankings page, where users can see the overall ranking of all users on the site. There is also a comprehensive news section, where users can post news items and articles.
Beterz is based in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, just outside Paris. It consists of a team of seven people, located all over the world. The site was founded in 2008 by Youssef Tagemouati, currently Manager, Vincent Courcelle, currently Chief Developer and Benjamin Levine, currently Legal Director.
Competition to Beterz comes from sites such as Bullz-eye and Wannamakeabet. Both of these sites offer a similar service to Beterz. Bullz-eye uses a points based system, while Wannamakeabet uses a legal cash system which combines fantasy betting and sports in a way that makes the prizes legal. Beterz offers a better user experience than either of these sites, with more of a focus on the social networking aspect.
The Beterz site has a somewhat cluttered look and feel. The site is very responsive, however, with page loads happening quickly. Navigation is intuitive, with a convenient top menu bar provided for navigation. Tabs on the Navigation bar include Home, Profile, Ranking, News, and Forums. Advertising is displayed on the site, but it is relatively unobtrusive.
Registration to Beterz is free and is required to receive points and place bets on the site. The registration process asks simply for username, email address and password. Validation of the email address is required.
There is no premium membership offered to the Beterz site.
Beterz is recommended to anyone who wishes to perform online betting in a way that is legal, yet with the possibility of winning something. The site is entirely free, and the fact that a user starts each day with at least 10,000 points means that users can start over if they have lost everything. There is an active user community, and the site has an exciting feel to it. The selection of sporting events is excellent, particularly for events scheduled well into the future.