There are really three parts to the Pinnacle sportsbook. It’s all one site and one big platform, but it’s best to look at it in three different sections.
First, you have soccer coverage.
As you would expect from a sportsbook that doesn’t focus on the US and has a lot of members in Europe, Pinnacle’s coverage of major soccer leagues is extensive. It’s not quite on par with the biggest sites out there, which is why it’s often defined as a “medium-sized” sportsbook, but you will still find hundreds of betting opportunities on every major game, as well as a few minor ones.
Whether you’re betting on the Moneyline in an EPL game between Liverpool and Manchester United or opting for a Prop bet in a Serie B game, you won’t be short on options. The bulk of bets can be placed pregame and in-play, and the latter even allows for more unique betting opportunities, such as bets on whether there will be a certain number of goals or corners in specific timeframes of the match.
The soccer leagues and events that are covered on Pinnacle include:
- The English Premier League, Championship, and League 1 & 2
- The English FA Cup and League Cup
- The Champions League and Europa League
- The Spanish La Liga and Copa del Rey
- The World Cup, Olympics, and European Championships
Next up, it’s esports, because when you’re talking about Pinnacle, you can’t overlook esports.
Pinnacle was one of the first bookmakers to offer odds on esports when it entered the market way back in 2010. Initially, the company was just experimenting to see if anyone would bite and to judge how effective it would be, but after a massively successful trial, it became a main feature on the site.
In 2014, Pinnacle had accepted over 1 million esports bets and this jumped to 5 million by 2017. A few years ago, the site’s owners excitedly announced that esports had just taken over sports like rugby and golf in total bet volume, and since then it has continued to rise.
The massive growth behind this market has allowed Pinnacle to be a little more experimental and forthcoming with esports. It now accepts bets on all of the following games:
- League of Legends
- CS: GO
- Free Fire
- King of Glory
- Warcraft 3
- Dota 2
And these are just the ones that have active markets at the time of writing! When it comes to regulated esports betting, it is very hard to top Pinnacle. In fact, it’s thanks to Pinnacle’s early success in this market that esports betting is as popular as it is, because that success encouraged others to follow in the sportsbook’s footsteps, leading to a revolution that might not have happened without them.
As for the “final” part of the Pinnacle site, it pretty much covers everything that’s not soccer and esports. It’s still a lot, but it pales in comparison to these two major sports.
For instance, at the time of writing, there are 580 upcoming soccer markets and 400 upcoming esports markets. If we combine the next 4 biggest sports, including tennis, hockey, baseball, basketball, there are only around 250.
Golf is the outlier, as it covers even more markets than soccer and esports. However, that’s only because there are a few massive upcoming tournaments at the time of writing and each player has their own Outright/Future bet.
The only real problem with all of this is that Pinnacle is not suitable for bettors who aren’t interested in esports or soccer. It would be like going to the cinema just to watch the previews or paying for a comedy show just to catch a 5-minute warm-up act. Sure, you’re getting something that will entertain you and fulfill your needs, but you’re missing the best part and, as a result, you may be better off elsewhere.
On the plus side, Pinnacle has some of the best odds in the industry. It’s a claim that has been made a few times by a number of different sites, but there’s actually some substance to what Pinnacle says. Of course, there are sacrifices made to get those odds, and we covered those above, but it means you’ll get higher payouts across most Pinnacle markets.