A Cursory Look at Sports Betting in Indonesia

Although gambling in general is not permitted in Indonesia, sports betting through European and Asian online bookmakers still became popular in the country.

There are several online sportsbooks that offer their sports betting platform to Indonesian adults. An assortment of virtual bookmakers provide Indonesian gamblers with numerous options and betting odds, covering widely-followed sports matches between top European leagues like the English Premier, UEFA Champions, Spanish La Liga and Italian Serie A.

Avid Indonesian sports bettors used to favor wagering on the local leagues such as Liga Super Indonesia and Liga Prima Indonesia. However, Indonesia’s professional football leagues were mired in controversy; embroiled in disputes between the football association and the government’s sports ministry.

The unresolved conflict on who should manage the national football team led to a FIFA suspension that denied league participation in the qualifying rounds of the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup. The ban though, did not create much impact as far as sports betting was concerned, since online bookmakers have several European sports betting options to offer Indonesian sports betting fans.

The main reasons why online sportsbooks are popular in the country is that options for European markets offer betting odds based on Indonesian format, while bettors can place wagers in rupiah.

However, when the COVID-19 outbreak became a global pandemic, sports competitions throughout the world had to be temporarily suspended. Fortunately for Indonesia’s adult gamblers, one of their favorite online bookmakers, SBOBET also operates an online casino platform.

When the government of Indonesia finally imposed a national lockdown in April, 2020, which included orders for Indonesians to stay at home, many turned to online casino gaming as their form of entertainment.

What Makes SBOBET Attractive to Indonesian Gamblers?

Since gambling is not regulated in Indonesia, most sports bettors and online casino gamers choose SBOBET as their preferred online gambling site.

First off, SBOBET operates under the licensing and regulations of the Gambling Supervision Commission (GSC) of the Isle of Man for European operations; and by the Philippines CEZA-First Cagayan for its Asia-facing online gambling offers. These are important features because in case of disputes or complaints between sbobet and its customers, the corresponding regulatory body can step in to investigate, arbitrate and issue a ruling.

SBOBET has won worldwide acclaim for excellence as evidenced by the gaming awards received, namely: (1) The Appleby Award for Excellence in Use of Technology, which was conferred to SBOBET operator Celton Manx; (2) The EGR Awards as Asian Operator of the Year for 2 consecutive years (2009 and 2010) and (3) The 2010 International Business of the Year Award.

Most important of all, this award-winning online gambling site, enables online gamblers to enjoy their betting products and casino games by way of a secure method. Using VPN or a Virtual Private Network, registering members need only to visit the website of a trustworthy SBOBET agent or affiliate. There, they can complete a registration form, as well as select their preferred gambling and/or casino gaming entertainment

Once all information has been verified, a SBOBET support staff will then provide the new member with an account ID and VPN address to use, when accessing the SBOBET sportsbook and/or the online casino.

If in any case, a casino member is unable to log in to his or her SBOBET account, he or she needs only to connect the support desk, and a staff will provide an alternative link.