Like most of its Middle-Eastern neighbours, Qatar doesn’t have the most friendly attitude towards sports betting. With that said, if you want to get involved, it’s still extremely easy to do so, with plenty of excellent international betting sites operating in Qatar.
In this article, you’ll learn about your very best options here, and discover how to find other top bookies for yourself. We’ll also cover the special offers, betting markets, and payment methods you can use in Qatar, explain the legal situation fully, provide some top tips on how to make a profit from your betting, and much more besides.
Top 10 International Betting Sites for Qatari Bettors
Despite the government’s view on gambling, there are actually a whole lot of betting sites which gladly accept Qatari customers. Researching all of these is a time-consuming task, which is why we’ve done the hard work for you. These were the main criteria we looked at, en route to creating the top 10 ranking above.
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Every betting site will cover the likes of football and tennis. We’ve rewarded the bookies who’ve gone beyond that though, by providing markets for the full range of sports fans. As well as the breadth of these markets, we’ve also analysed their depth, gauging the variety of bet types you can use on each sport. Bet365 and 22Bet both have extremely impressive market selections.
Special features can truly elevate your sports betting experience. This can be done via quality-of-life improvements, like a bet builder, or complete game-changers like live streaming. The more of both types of tools a bookie has provided, the more highly we’ve recommended them, with some brands – like Bet365 and Unibet – excelling in each area.
We believe a sports betting platform should be easy to use from the very first time you log on, which is definitely the case with both Spin Sports and 20Bet. A lot goes into this, from an intuitive layout, to text and numbers which are clear to read. We’ve also rewarded bookies who have created stable sportsbooks, with speedy loading times for their users.
A good welcome offer should provide a large, short-term bonus to really help punters kick-start their account, as is the case with 22Bet. Ongoing promotions should reward these same bettors for their continuing loyalty, with 1xBet being a great example. In both cases, we’ve assessed the genuine value being provided by any offers, along with the clarity with which deals are explained.
As you can guess from our name, safety is a pretty big deal for us. We’ve checked the licenses for our 10 recommended options, and ensured that each one is monitored by at least one major regulatory body, such as the UK Gambling Commission or Malta Gaming Authority. We’ve also checked that key security measures – such as SSL encryption – are in place. When it comes to player safety, Mr Play and Betiton truly excel.
The vast majority of our opinion on every sportsbook has been based on our own experiences. We’ve still taken the time to check each bookie’s wider reputation though, among other critics and regular users. This has been done to both inform our own views, and help to catch any issues which didn’t come up during our testing. 888sport has a solid long standing reputation, while FansBet has been making a big name for itself recently.[/list]
When it comes to special features on Qatari betting sites, it’s generally a case of ‘the more, the better’. As touched upon above though, not all these features have equal value. Some are definitely more important than others, and – below – you can see how each of our recommended bookies stacks up in several key areas, along with the minimum deposit amount for every brand.[table responsive=”yes” alternate=”yes” fixed=”no”]
|Sportsbook||In-Play Betting||Live Streaming||eSports Betting||Minimum Deposit|
Unless you’re looking for a true specialist sportsbook, all 10 of our recommended brands should fulfil the vast majority of your betting needs. With that said, some naturally excel more in certain areas than others.
If you are looking for a specific strength, these are the very best bookies in a range of major categories.[table responsive=”yes” alternate=”yes” fixed=”no”]
|Best Overall Betting Site in Qatar||Bet365||Best Special Offers||1xBet|
|Best New Sportsbook in Qatar||22Bet||Top Special Features||Bet365|
|Top for In-Play||888sport||Best Range of Payment Methods||22Bet|
|Best Mobile Features||Unibet||Best Betting Odds||Mr Play|
|Strongest Security||Betiton||Top Option for eSports Betting||Unibet|
Welcome bonuses will always give you the biggest rewards of all, so – despite their short-term nature – they’re absolutely worth pursuing. While there are plenty of such offers available to Qatari bettors, these can almost all be split into two main types. Let’s take a closer look at each in turn.
This is the most common type of welcome offer among betting sites in Qatar, by a distance. That’s certainly not a bad thing, because – typically – deposit matches give out the biggest bonuses of all.
As the name suggests, these deals involve the bookies ‘matching’ your first deposit. In most cases, this will be a full 1:1 match (although there will always be a maximum limit in place). Stick $50 in your new account, for example, and the sportsbook will automatically give you a $50 bonus.
The appeal of deposit matches is clear, as they basically double your spending power immediately. There is a catch, however – the ‘rollover’ requirement – and you can find out exactly what that means in the next section. In the meantime, these are the three best deposit match welcome offers you can trigger right now in Qatar:
Also known as ‘Bet and Get’ deals, this is the most popular welcome offer type in many other countries, including the UK. It’s nowhere near as common in Qatar, but there are still a few such promotions to take advantage of.
Bet X, Get Y deals are an extremely straightforward way to acquire free bets. To get things moving, you must place a qualifying wager meeting certain minimum requirements. Once this is settled, you’ll be given your free bets. Ideally, these will be split into several different tokens, allowing you – in turn – to use them on several different wagers.
Here are the handful of high quality Bet X, Get Y offers available in Qatar at the moment:
Before attempting to trigger any welcome offers in Qatar, it’s absolutely crucial that you check out the T&Cs. This is the only way to ensure you’re using the deal in the right way, and guaranteeing yourself the rewards you want.
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You need to be careful to do things in the right way from the moment you start using a new sportsbook. Sometimes you will need to enter a promo code, for example, when you either sign up or make your first deposit. Regarding that first deposit, you may also find that certain payment methods are incompatible with the deal, with eWallets like PayPal being a common example.
This is the most important stage for Bet X, Get Y deals. In order to trigger them you must successfully place an eligible qualifying offer. This needs to be done within a specified time frame after signing up, and must meet minimum requirements for both stake and odds. Sometimes, there may also be restrictions on the markets or bet types you can use for this bet.
As noted in the previous section, you will technically be given your deposit match bonus straight away after making a payment. Before you can withdraw any winnings earned through that bonus, however, you must complete a rollover requirement.
This involves betting through your deposit and/or bonus amount a certain number of times. If there’s a ‘3x deposit rollover’, for example, and you deposit $20, you must bet through $60 before withdrawing your bonus winnings. Minimum odds will also apply for these wagers, and the rollover will need to be completed within a certain number of days.
Using free bets earned through a Bet X, Get Y offer is much more straightforward. It’s rare to find any market restrictions at all here, with the tokens’ expiry date (typically seven days after being awarded) being the only real concern.
The quickest way to get started with your sports gambling in Qatar is to simply pick one of our 10 recommended betting sites, listed at the top of this page. If you’d prefer, however, you’re welcome to conduct your own search instead. When opting for this route, these are some of the most important steps you should take.[list icon=”icon: check-circle” icon_color=”#3CB371″]
In some respects, it’s true that bettors in Qatar do have slightly less choice available than those in other countries. Payment methods is one big example, as you’ll see shortly.
When it comes to betting markets, however, that is certainly not the case. Even the most basic sportsbooks in Qatar will provide at least 20 different sports to wager on, with that number swelling to 30+ on many of the bigger betting sites. Let’s review how some of the most popular markets in Qatar stack up.
As in much of the world, football is enormously popular in Qatar, which will host the World Cup in 2022. Fortunately, football is also a major priority for just about every bookie out there.
All the major domestic, continental, and international competitions receive universal coverage. That includes the Champions League, English Premier League, Euros, World Cup, and a whole lot more besides. While the Qatar Stars League isn’t quite so widely-available, the AFC Champions League certainly is, and you’ll usually be able to bet on the Qatar national team too.
[note note_color=”#efefe8″ text_color=”#333333″ radius=”3″]Top Tip: As well as having the broadest coverage, football also has the deepest. Pre-match, in-play, and outright markets are all plentiful, and we’d encourage you to mix and match all three whenever a good opportunity arises.[/note]
Handball is actually a pretty popular betting market, across both continental Europe and the Middle East. Naturally its coverage can’t compete with that for football, but most big bookies will still have a handball section.
International competitions – such as the World Championships and European Championships – receive the most attention and individual markets here, as you’d expect. The bigger domestic contests though, like the German Bundesliga, are also available to wager on courtesy of sites like Bet365.
[note note_color=”#efefe8″ text_color=”#333333″ radius=”3″]Top Tip: For both handball leagues and cups, you’ll typically find ‘Outright Winner’ markets available. If you don’t like the unpredictability of wagering game-by-game, consider taking these longer-term bet types instead.[/note]
The eSports betting phenomenon has swept much of the globe, and Qatar is no exception. A wide number of titles are available to wager on – including Dota 2, LoL, and Rainbow Six – but Counter Strike: Global Offensive receives perhaps the strongest coverage of all.
The vast majority of modern betting sites will let you gamble on CSGO contests. Everything from the Major Championships to Dreamhack is included, as are regular ESL events throughout the calendar.
[note note_color=”#efefe8″ text_color=”#333333″ radius=”3″]Top Tip: Thanks to its fast-paced and unpredictable nature, CS:GO is a fantastic eSport to bet on in-play. Better yet, many bookies allow you to watch along live via free streaming, usually provided by Twitch.[/note]
In addition to the ones listed above, you should find at least a couple of dozen more sports to bet on from most Qatari betting sites. Horse racing – including events in nearby Dubai – is one enormously popular option. The likes of golf, tennis, and cricket are also mainstays. Motorsports is another common market to find, so you can wager on the Qatar Grand Prix each season with ease. Backing these up are a wide range of more niche markets, including darts, athletics, badminton, and plenty more.
[note note_color=”#efefe8″ text_color=”#333333″ radius=”3″]Top Tip: Most welcome offers will unsurprisingly be targeted towards football, as the biggest betting market, but don’t let this fool you. Both your qualifying bets and free bet tokens can usually be wagered on any sport you please.[/note]
It is imperative that you check the quality of a sportsbook’s odds before signing up with them. If the prices you’re being offered don’t offer a fair reflection of an outcome’s probability, your profits will always be capped, regardless of how good your betting picks are.
We’ve compared the odds on each of our 10 recommended betting sites in Qatar, and confirmed that – in every case – they’re competitive. If you’re looking to find your own sportsbook though, this is something you must check for yourself.
Fortunately, doing so is extremely straightforward. Begin by identifying the sports you want to bet on, then find a handful of major matchups in that market. Look at the prices being offered by the bookie you’re interested in, then compare them to those being offered by the competition. If they’re roughly in-line, or even higher, continue with your evaluation of that new sportsbook. If they’re significantly lower, discard that brand and continue your search.
Regarding the benchmark for this comparison, we’d recommend using the three brands below. Each regularly provides highly competitive odds on the vast majority of its sports markets.
As explained later in this article, betting in Qatar is technically illegal. This means there is a complete lack of domestic sportsbooks, and – in turn – a lack of Qatari payment options too. Popular methods like Onecard and Mint are almost completely unavailable on international sportsbooks. Few, if any brands facilitate payments directly in Qatari riyal either, meaning you must usually use USD or EUR instead.
That aside though, you do still have plenty of choice when it comes to funding your betting account. Debit card is the most widely-supported method by far, with bank transfer (either directly, or via a service like Trustly) being close behind.
Elsewhere, eWallets are also widely-covered, with PayPal, Skrill, and Neteller all being available in Qatar. On-the-go bettors can also use both Apple Pay and Google Pay for making deposits in Qatar, although you cannot withdraw money using these methods. If you’re nervous about the legal situation of gambling in Qatar, and crave extra anonymity, a handful of sites – like 1xBet – will even let you use cryptocurrencies like bitcoin to make payments.[table responsive=”yes” alternate=”yes” fixed=”no”]
|Payment Method||Fees||Min Deposit||Min Withdrawal|
|Debit/credit card||0%||€5 (21 QAR)||€10 (43 SAR)|
|Bank Transfer||0% (banks may charge)||€10||€10|
|Skrill||0% (withdrawal fee may apply)||€5||€5|
|Apple Pay||0%||€5||Not available|
|Google Pay||1.5%||€5||Not available|
|Cryptocurrencies||0%||0.001 BTC (147 QAR)||0.005 BTC (733 QAR)|
The smartphone penetration rate in Qatar literally stands at 100%. In short, that means that just about everyone in the entire country has one. Clearly Qatar is a mobile-friendly country, and this will doubtless apply to its bettors too. We’re pleased to say, therefore, that this is one area in which the vast majority of modern-day bookies excel.
In addition to their usually-excellent desktop sites, almost all top betting sites in Qatar nowadays will also provide fully-featured mobile apps. These will typically be available on both the App Store and Google Play. Because of government regulation, however, you may need to use a VPN in order to access a non-Qatari version of either service.
Most of these apps do a great job of replicating the desktop experience. You should have access to all the same functionality, including placing and cashing out wagers, making deposits and withdrawals, and contacting the customer service team. Even the premium features should be ported over, such as live streaming.
If on-the-go betting is a priority for you, we’d recommend picking a sportsbook who has made this area a priority. Below, you can check out three top sites in Qatar who definitely fit the bill.
Getting started with a new sportsbook in Qatar nowadays is incredibly easy. Even without any prior betting experience, you really can still get up-and-running within a few minutes.
To help you on your way, here’s a quick-and-easy guide to the main steps you need to take. We’ll take the user-friendly Bet365 as our example bookie here.
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To get started, just head to the homepage of your chosen sportsbook, and click ‘Join’ (usually located in the top-right). You will now see the first part of the registration process, in which you must begin entering your personal information. These will include your name, date of birth, and home address. Afterwards, you will set your basic account details – namely your username and password. You can also enter a promo code at this stage, if you have one.
Once all that’s done, hit the button at the end to confirm your information, and open your account.
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Log in to your account, then locate the ‘Deposit’ or ‘Cashier’ button, which is typically in the top-right of your screen. You can now see a dropdown menu of all the options available to you. Select one, enter the amount you want to deposit, provide the necessary payment details, and click ‘Deposit’.
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Click the bookie’s logo to return to the homepage, then look to the left of your screen and you should find a list of all the available betting markets. Find the sport you’re looking for, and select it. This will open all the live and upcoming markets for that sport. Select a matchup, and you’ll be presented with the available bet types. Click on the odds you want to add that wager to your betslip, then set a stake and click ‘Place Bet’.
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Before you can withdraw money from your account, you must verify your identity. To do so, open the ‘My Account’ section by clicking the portrait icon in the top-right, then click ‘Verification’. You must now upload images of at least two pieces of ID. One should show your photo, such as a driving license. The other must display your address, like a bank statement.
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Your identity should be verified within a few hours, and you’ll be free to make withdrawals thereafter. To do this, open the ‘My Account’ section again, and select ‘Bank’ then ‘Withdraw’. Now choose the payment method you want to use, enter the withdrawal amount, and click the big ‘Withdraw’ button to confirm the transaction.
Qatar is a strictly Muslim country. It should come as no surprise, therefore, to learn that all forms of gambling are completely illegal. This is the case in the vast majority of Qatar’s neighbours, and is true in Qatar itself too. Unlike Egypt, for example, there are not even any concessions made – for either sportsbooks or casinos – for foreign visitors.
Technically, the punishment for gambling in Qatar is a fine of up to 3,000 riyals, and a prison sentence of up to three months. In practice, however, this is almost certain not to happen.
While the authorities fight an ongoing battle against underground, gang-organised betting operations, they do not actively target regular, normal online bettors. We found no reports whatsoever of anyone being caught betting online, never mind fined or thrown in jail.
To gain a little extra peace of mind, we’d recommend using a VPN anyway. There are no laws against doing so in Qatar, and this will mask the true location of your computer or smartphone. In addition, it will also help you to access betting apps or websites which might be blocked from within Qatar. You can also use certain payment methods – such as eWallets or even cryptos – to help boost your anonymity.
Making money from sports betting is far from straightforward. That’s as true in Qatar as it is in any other country. With that being said, there are definitely some major steps you can take to increase your chances, with these being five of the very best.[note note_color=”#e4eaeb” text_color=”#333333″ radius=”3″]
Just because you’ve got 30+ different markets available to you, doesn’t mean you need to bet on all of them. Instead, it’s much better to stick to the sports you already know, or – at least – those you’re willing to learn about. If you’re a handball expert, then place the vast majority of your bets on handball, only occasionally dabbling in other markets with minor wagers.
The better informed you are, the better your picks will be. Particularly for the more popular sports, there’s an enormous amount of game previews, betting picks, and statistical analysis out there nowadays. Use all of this to aid your own predictions.
We’re big fans of basing most of your picks on statistical analysis, but the ‘eye test’ definitely still has its place in informing your opinions on teams and players. It also helps you to identify the perfect time to strike with an in-play wager, or cash out a bet that’s going badly.
Across all of your sports betting, try to find a good balance between risk and reward. You shouldn’t be afraid to mix in a few tougher accumulators with higher payouts, but ensure you balance these out with safer, lower-stakes wagers too. Also remember that all three forms of sports betting – pre-match, in-play, and outright – provide their own unique opportunities.
If you want to turn a profit on your betting, you need to be in it for the long haul. This means not blowing up your account quickly, and not wagering what you can’t afford to. If necessary, use the tools your sportsbook provides – like deposit limits, or scheduled breaks – to help you out with this.[/note]
Given its illegal nature within the country, Qatar certainly isn’t the friendliest place for sports bettors to operate in. That said, the reality is that it’s still extremely easy to sign up and place bets with a sportsbook within Qatar, and your risks of being caught doing so are almost zero.
You also have an impressive amount of choice in which bookie you go with, thanks to the wide range of betting sites who are happy to accept users in Qatar. We’ve recommended 10 of your top options at the top of this page, with a reminder of our number one choice below. Even if you decide to find your own sportsbook though, we wish you a safe, enjoyable, and profitable betting experience.
You can find our 10 best Qatari sportsbooks at the top of this page. Our number one option overall is Bet365, but each of our other recommendations has its own strengths.
No - all forms of gambling are strictly illegal in Qatar. In reality though, there is almost no chance of you getting either caught or punished for betting online.
There are dozens of different markets available, including handball, football, cricket, eSports, horse racing, golf, tennis, and more. Coverage for the likes of camel racing, however, is sadly lacking.
Unfortunately not. Thanks to the lack of domestic betting sites, it’s very unlikely you’ll find a sportsbook accepting QAR. Instead, you’ll usually make payments in either USD or EUR.
Plenty. There are two main types of welcome offer, each of which offers lucrative rewards, plus a wide variety of ongoing promotions for existing customers.