Let me guess – you want to know more about Betway?
I don’t blame you. Betway is one of those sites who have several years under their belt, but not all of those years are good ones.
They started 10+ years ago on shaky ground. They had loads of complaints. They made a few blacklists. You know, things that few gambling sites come from.
Except Betway has.
But have they done enough? Are they a gambling site worthy of your attention, not to mention your hard-earned money? That’s the real question.
We’re going to do our best to help you answer that in our review below. We cover information that’s important to know before you sign up.
Who are they? When did Betway launch?
Betway says (on their corporate site) they launched in early 2006.
They’re managed by Betway Limited. They’re registered in Maltese, and are licensed and regulated in Great Britain by the Gambling Commission.
The parent company is the Betway Group. They own and operate a couple other casino and bingo brands, though Betway appears to be the largest.
Have they been involved in any scandals?
I’m not sure I’d say scandal or scam. But they’ve definitely got started on the wrong foot.
In fact, back in 2013 SportsbookReview.com – one of the largest sports review portals online – gave them a D- and blacklisted their site. This was a result of tons of complaints from players unable to clear bonuses, or being denied payouts because of ridiculous bonus terms. Sometimes players were denied for no real rhyme or reason.
But Betway got to work. They improved their management – replacing them twice in 5 years – and their customer service.
They did such a good job that Sportsbook Review bumped their grade up to a B-. And if you look at other review portals, such as AskGamblers.com and CasinoListings.com, you’ll see they have above-average reviews.
They’re not listed on any blacklists, either – including CasinoListings.com, SBR or Casinomeister.com.
The only thing I see that bothers me a tiny bit is all the unresolved complaints on AskGamblers.com. More than 50% of the complaints are ‘unresolved,’ which isn’t ideal. That said, many of these are several years old, and you have no idea if Betway resolved a problem, but the customer failed to come back and update their thread.
Not only that, but I have seen Betway respond to comments and complaints to AskGamblers.com. So, that earns them a few brownie points for effort.
The bottom line – I’m not worried about their past. Most of the negative things I’ve seen are from before 2012. Everything I’ve seen lately has been positive.
Who do I contact if I have any questions or need help?
Customer support is available by phone using the following numbers:
PHONE-UK: 0808 238 9841
LIVE CHAT (24/7)
Who cannot play at Betway?
Players from the following countries cannot play at Betway:
- North Korea
- South Africa
- United States
The following section covers how you can fund your account, cash out your winnings, and any details regarding limits, fees and time frames.
How do I fund my account? Cash out my winnings? Are there any limits or fees?
Here are their most popular options, along with limits, fees and time frames.
Are there any other limits or rules I should know about?
Betway may limit how much you can cash out if you haven’t played (lost) much. The limits are $4,000 per week, or 5x the amount of total lifetime deposits made to your account. This doesn’t apply to progressive jackpot wins.
My guess is this rule is to deter players from depositing and quickly cashing out – maybe after a few wins or clearing a bonus.
Betway’s Sportsbook Promotions
Let’s talk about Betway’s sportsbook promotions.
Do they offer a welcome bonus?
Yes. Betway offers a 100% match bonus up to $50.
To clear this offer, you’ll need to wager it 5x the deposit and bonus at odds of 1.75+. The bonus expires 60 days after it’s credited to your account. But time shouldn’t be an issue with a bonus this small.
You can also use this bonus in their casino or Vegas section. The rollover is 24x the deposit plus bonus, which is half the rollover requirement for the actual casino welcome bonus. So, if you’d rather have a $50 bonus than a $1,000 bonus, this would be the offer to claim.
Also keep in mind that if you do use this bonus in the casino, not all games will contribute equally to the playthrough requirements. Each game is worth a different amount, as you can see in the following chart:
- 100% - All slots and parlor games.
- 8% - All table pokers, all roulettes, all video/power pokers (except all aces and jacks or better video/power pokers), all blackjacks (except all classic blackjacks) and casino war.
- 0% – All classic blackjacks, all aces video/power pokers, jacks or better video/power pokers, all baccarats, all craps, red dog and sic bo.
Are there any other sports betting promos?
They do offer a few other promos. Here are the details for the offers they have running now.
Free Bet Club
Make $25 worth of football multiple bets at odds of 2/1+ and you’ll receive $10 free each week – a $5 free bet on Saturday, and another one on Monday.
Indian Wells Double Winnings
Make a match winner bet on any men or women’s singles matches during the Indian Wells Masters. If the player you bet on loses the first set, but wins the match, Betway will double your winnings up to $25.
NBA In-Play Special
Play a live bet on any NBA game. If your bet loses, and the last score was a 3-pointer, Betway will refund you with a free bet match on your stake up to $25.
No Goal Special
Make a win/draw/win bet on any NHL match, and if your team doesn’t score a goal, Betway will refund your losing bet in the form of a free bet up to $50.
Betway also has a loyalty program that applies to all of their gambling products, not just sports. This is a multi-tier program where you move up based on the number of points you accumulate. Perks include 1-on-1 service, exclusive gifts, trips, custom offers, and more.
What markets can I bet on?
Betways claims to have as many as 12,000 markets for you to bet on at any given time. Here’s a list of the major markets they take action on:
- Horse Racing
- Motor Sport
- Rugby Union
- Ice Hockey
- UFC / Martial Arts
- Rugby League
- American Football
- Aussie Rules
- Beach Soccer
- Beach Volleyball
- Gaelic Sports
- Winter Sports
Their focus is primarily European sports, though there’s plenty of US action between football, soccer, basketball, baseball, UFC and golf.
Can you tell me more about their esports betting? What options do you have? How does it compare to other sportsbooks?
It looks like Betway is trying to capitalize on the rising popularity of esports and esports betting. In their navigation, they have links to their casino, sports, live casino …and then esports. So, they clearly want their esports section easy to find.
Anyway, you can see the games they cover under the ‘Quick Links’ heading in their sidebar.
Here are the games they were covering when I reviewed them:
- Counter Strike (CS:GO)
- League of Legends (LoL)
- Dota 2
- CS:GO Boosts
- League of Legend Boosts
There are plenty of betting options, too. When I checked out the League of Legends – EU LCS Summer Split, they had odds for the following markets:
- Match winner
- Maps handicap (-1.5)
- Maps total
- Correct score
- Team A (or B) to win at least 1 map
- Map 1 winner
- Map 1 first blood
- Map 1 kills odd or even
- Maps 3 first blood
- Kills odd or even
They offer live betting, too. Though, when I checked them out there weren’t any matches running (or being covered).
Something else I saw and really liked is that Betway had a couple of esports-specific promotions. When I checked them out they offered 2 free bets, one $5 and one $10. This is pretty cool to see, and something their competition ISN’T doing (but should).
And yet another thing I was impressed by, is how Betway has a couple of dedicated esports social media accounts. On their YouTube channel, you’ll find interviews and tours with gaming teams, Q&A, and loads of other stuff, as well as their Twitter account.
On their esports blog, they cover all sorts of topics, ranging from Q&A to the best and worst players to tips on how to play certain games better.
Overall, they have one of the most impressive esports betting products I’ve seen. When you factor in their esports promotions, videos and social media accounts – one of the only sportsbooks to offer any of this stuff – it’s easy to conclude that Betway should be the first bookmaker you check out for betting esports online.
Can I bet live?
Yes, you can.
Other reviews have said their in-play section is limited – that there’s not much you can bet on. However, when I last checked them out they had TONS of options ranging from tennis to basketball to football (soccer).
I also thought their live section was organized real well – especially relative to their site as a whole.
For example, in the football section they were covering several football leagues. You can sort through the leagues you want to bet on by pressing a tab. This is far better than having to sort through all of them on one page. The way Betway has done it, you only see the leagues and matches you want to see.
Do they offer live streaming?
They do. It’s not obvious, nor do they mention they do anywhere on their site (that I could find). But other reviewers say you can access the live stream once you log into your Betway account.
That just might be reason enough for you to create a free account.
Do they have any limits or rules?
The minimum bet is $.10. The max – which can range from $250-$500,000 – depends on the market and type of bet you’re making.
Experts also say Betway is more or less not pro-friendly. In other words, if they feel like you’re taking advantage of them, they’re quick to limit your action.
If that’s going to be a problem, you can always make your way to Pinnacle or Bookmaker instead.
What are their odds like?
Experts say their odds could be better.
For example, English Premier League odds are around 107-107.5% at Betway, whereas they’re closer to 103% at Bet365 or BetVictor. NHL matches are around 107.5-108%. But some odds – such as NBA moneylines – are a bit more competitive at 104-105%.
Does Betway offer mobile sports betting?
They do. The strange thing, though, is that unlike the majority of sportsbooks on the web, their sportsbook isn’t mobile responsive. They have a mobile website instead. They also have an app you can download for free, though I never bothered with it since their mobile website worked just fine.
What is your overall opinion of their sportsbook?
They have a solid sportsbook. There’s plenty to bet on, between the volume of markets (12,000+ !!!) and the types of bets you can make. They also have relatively high betting limits, in-play betting and live streaming.
It seems to me like their sportsbook is better suited for recreational players. Not only will they limit winners, but the pricing isn’t competitive – something I think pros will be more concerned about than people betting for fun.
Now let’s talk about their casino.
Betway has three casino sections – their main casino, live dealer casino and Vegas casino. To make things simple, we’ve included them all in this section. We’ll start with their casino promotions, then follow that up with what games you can expect to play.
Do they offer a welcome bonus?
They offer a new player match bonus. It’s spread out over your first 3 deposits, like this:
- 1st Deposit – 100% match up to $250
- 2nd Deposit – 25% match up to $250
- 3rd Deposit – 50% match up to $500
The total you can receive from this offer is $1,000.
The playthrough on this offer is 50x the deposit and bonus. This is pretty high as is, but it’ll be even higher if you choose to play games that won’t contribute 100% to your bonus. Because, like all online casinos, Betway assigns a different ‘contributing percentage’ to each game.
Here’s a chart that shows you the games you can play and how much of your bonus it clears:
- 100% - All slots and parlor games.
- 8% - All table pokers, roulettes, video/power pokers (except all aces and jacks or better video/power pokers), blackjacks (except classic blackjack) and casino war.
- 0% (excluded games) – Classic blackjack, all aces video/power pokers, jacks or better video/power pokers, all baccarats, all craps, red dog and sic bo.
8% is pretty weak. Between that and the 50x rollover, which is already too high, and it’ll probably make sense for most non-slots players to skip this offer – or claim the sportsbook bonus instead.
Do they offer any additional promotions or deals?
No, I didn’t find any additional (evergreen) casino offers. They do have the VIP program (mentioned earlier in the sportsbook section). And they have a points multiplier promotion running, but it’s a limited time offer.
This section will cover Betway’s casino software and games.
What software companies does Betway work with?
Betway works with only Microgaming. I think 99.99% of people will be happy with this. You’ll have a HUGE selection of slots (including licensed slot titles and HUGE progressive jackpots), video poker machines, card games and blackjack variants to choose from.
How many games can you play?
There are more than 500 games. This is how their game selection breaks down:
- Slots – 421
- Roulette – 9
- Blackjack – 44
- Table games – 17
- Video poker – 59
It’s absolutely mind blowing that they have nearly 45 different blackjack games, and nearly 60 video poker machines. Few, if any casinos are capable of saying the same thing.
What games can you play?
Since Betway has 500+ games, it doesn’t make sense for us to include every single one here. What we’ll do instead is list the titles that stuck out to us in each section, and include any thoughts we may have about them.
- Battlestar Galactica
- Game of Thrones
- Jurassic Park
- Terminator 2
- Tomb Raider
- Tomb Raider: Secret of the Sword
- Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
- The Lord of the Rings
- The Dark Knight Rises
- Bar Bar Black Sheep
- Lucky Leprechaun
- Bust the Bank
- Lucky Twins
- Gold Factory
- Starlight Kiss
- Titans of the Sun: Theia
- Wild Orient
- Bikini Party
- Girls With Guns
- Hot as Hades
- Burning Desire
- Lucky Koi
The licensed slots stick out the most to me because these are the types of machines I play when I’m in Las Vegas. I’ve actually played Lord of the Rings, The Dark Knight and Jurassic Park. All 3 of them had fun bonus rounds.
But licensed slot machines isn’t all Betway offers. They have a slot machine for every kind of player. For example, you can play:
- 3-reel slots
- 5-reel slots
- Slots with bonus rounds
- Fruit machines
- Slots with features like cascading wilds, multipliers, wilds, free spins, etc.
- Classic slots
- Video slots
- Progressive jackpot slots
Chances are, if you want something specific – other than maybe a specific title – you can find it here.
- Mega Moolah Isis
- Major Millions
- Treasure Nile
- Cash Splash
- King Cashalot
- Jackpot Deuces
- Fruit Fiesta
- Wow Pot
- Fruit Fiesta 5 Reel
- Major Millions 5 Reels
- Cash Splash 5 Reels
There are lots of progressive slots. The most popular, by far, is the Mega Moolah machine.
Mega Moolah has paid out tens of millions over the last decade. The most recent payout was on November 5th, 2016. It paid out $11.6 million. Another happened to win $21 million in his first 7 minutes.
Maybe you’ll be next?
- 3 Card Poker Gold
- American Roulette
- Atlantic City Blackjack Gold
- Baccarat Gold
- Card Climber
- Castle Builder
- Classic Blackjack Gold
- Classic Multi Hand Blackjack
- Double Bonus Video Poker
- Double Exposure Blackjack Gold
- European Roulette Gold
- French Roulette
- HiLo 13 European Blackjack Gold
- High Speed Poker
- High Streak Blackjack
- Max Damage
- Multi Wheel Roulette Gold
- Multi-Hand Premier Blackjack Gold
- Multi-Hand Vegas Downtown Blackjack Gold
- Premier Blackjack Hi Lo Gold
- Premier Multi-Hand Euro Bonus Blackjack Gold
- Premier Roulette
- Red Dog
- Vegas Single Deck Blackjack Gold
- Vegas Strip Blackjack Gold
This is a good selection, both in terms of quantity and variety.
And though I’m excited about all the blackjack variants you can play, something I don’t care for are all the variants where the only difference is that you can play for higher stakes. I don’t think that really counts as a “variant.”
That said, even if you remove all of those “variants,” you still have an impressive list of games to choose from.
Live Dealer Games
- Live Roulette (more than 5 variations).
- Live Blackjack (includes more than 20 live tables plus both Blackjack Party and private tables).
- Live Baccarat
- Live Ultimate Texas Holdem
- Live Casino Holdem
- Live Three Card Poker
- Live Caribbean Stud Poker
They have one of the largest live dealer game selections I’ve seen. And don’t forget, this is ON TOP of the dozens of blackjack and table games listed above.
- Jacks or Better
- Deuces Wild
- Bonus Deuces Wild Power Poker
- Double Joker Poker
- Aces & Faces Poker
- Jacks or Better 4-Way Power Poker
- Double Double Bonus Poker
- Deuces & Joker Poker
- Double Bonus Poker
- Tens or Better Poker
- Joiker 8000
- Joker Poker Power Poker
- Tens or Better Power Poker
- Bonus Poker Deluxe
- Deuces & Joker Poker
- Aces & Eights Poker
- All Aces Poker
- Aces & Faces Multihand
- All American Poker
- Deuces Wild Poker
- Double Joker Poker
Like the blackjack and table games, there are some duplicates here. But even with those removed this is a far better selection of video poker games than you’ll find at most online casinos.
Other than what I’ve listed above, you’ll find 20+ scratch card, keno and bingo games. It’s an impressive list of games, and something you might have to see to fully appreciate.
Do they have a mobile casino?
They do. Betway has a native app for both iOS and Android. You can also play from your browser since their no download casino is mobile responsive.
What are your overall thoughts of Betway’s casino?
I like it. You can’t go wrong with 500+ games, even if quite a few of their blackjack and table games are duplicates.
My favorite thing are the slots, even though I’m not a huge slots player. I really enjoy playing the movie, TV show and comic book-themed slots. They’re video games, nostalgia and gambling all rolled into one.
This section will look at the promotions and games you can expect to find in their online poker room.
Does Betway offer a welcome bonus?
Yes. All new players are eligible for a 200% match bonus up to $750. Take advantage of the whole thing and you’ll have a $2,250 bankroll.
On top of that, you’ll be able to pad your bankroll further over your first 6 weeks between Betway’s $1,000 and $500 freerolls. You can play in 6 of each, totaling $9,000 in prize money that’s up for grabs.
Betway pays out your bonus money as you earn it, instead of upfront like the sports and casino bonuses. You’ll receive it in 1% increments.
You’ll do this until you clear the offer, or until 60 days is up – starting from your first deposit – and it expires.
Do they offer any additional deals?
Yes. Here are their ongoing offers outside the welcome bonus.
Bad Beat Jackpot
Lose with quad 2s or better and you’ll win the bad beat jackpot. 40% of the jackpot goes to the ‘loser,’ while 20% goes to the winner of the hand. The rest is divvied up amongst the players at the table and (to reseed) the next jackpot.
This is the total amount of prize money up for grabs across all the following freerolls:
- $1,000 Saturday Freeroll – All you have to do is play 25 raked hands within the past 24 hours to be eligible.
- $3,000 Sunday Freeroll – All you need to do is rake 100 hands in the last 7 days prior to registering to be eligible.
- $300 Happy Saturday – You can play for free, but you can also add-on or rebuy for $0.25. You need to rake 1 hand in the past 7 days to qualify.
- $150 Survivor Freeroll – Free buy-in. No raked hands required.
- $500 Freeroll – The only requirement is one raked hand within the past 14 days. You can also rebuy for $0.50 plus add on (once) for the first hour.
- Daily Freerolls – These are $50 GTD freerolls available 5 times per day. You can choose from razz, holdem or omaha.
Poker Plus Points Program
Every real money hand or tournament you play earns you points. You will receive 10 points for every $1 you pay in rake. Sometimes you can earn more (per $1 in rake) if Betway runs a points promo.
Like all VIP programs, your points will determine your VIP status, as well as maintain your status each month. It also determines how much cash back you’re eligible for.
Here’s a chart that shows how this all works:
|Cash Loyalty Bonus||NA||10%||15%||22%||30%|
|Points Per $10 Redemption||NA||1000||667||455||333|
|Points Debited Per $10||NA||300||300||300||300|
One of the things I like about this program is how you need fewer points to maintain your current VIP status than it took to get it in the first place. This is unlike many programs that make you earn the same number of points each month, which may not always be doable. But it looks like you only need to earn 50-80% of what it took to reach a new tier, to keep it.
Other than that, the VIP program is pretty standard – the higher up you go, the more bonus money you get, and the easier it is to earn cash back.
Playing in Betway’s Poker Room
The following section covers their software and poker games.
What software do they use?
Betway uses Microgaming software for their poker room. This is both a good and bad thing.
The good thing is the software itself. You’ll have all the standard options, such as 4-color decks, cascading tables, notetaking and so on.
They also have anonymous tables. But unlike other poker rooms that offer anonymous tables, such as Ignition Poker, only select Betway tables offer anonymity. This provides more balance between pros and rec players than you’ll find at other poker rooms.
Anonymous tables appeal to some players because it hides who you are. Good players can’t target you, take notes on you or tag you for later. It creates a more even playing field. At least until you play with someone long enough to figure them out.
They also have a 10-table limit. This might stop some professionals from playing here, which may make the games a bit more recreational or loose.
It might also explain the lack of traffic the site’s seeing.
How much traffic do they get? How does that compare to other online poker sites?
The last couple of times I checked, they were sitting either 10th or 11th overall traffic-wise on Poker Scout. They have an average of 800-900 players at any given time.
So, they have traffic – enough to have consistent games running. But who knows how many games will be running, or whether you’ll be able to find the exact games/stakes you want to play.
This is the bad thing about using Microgaming software.
What poker games can you play? What stakes? What variants?
The games you can play include:
- Texas Holdem
- Omaha Hi/Lo
- 7-Card Stud
The majority of games running are at the holdem tables.
The stakes you can play range from .01/.02 to 50/100, though experts say most of the games run at .50/1 and lower.
You can choose from heads-up, 5/6-max, 8 and 9-handed games. Variants include turbo, anonymous and their fast-fold poker variant, Blaze Poker. Blaze Poker is worth checking out if want to play 100-300 hands per hour.
Do they have any (major) tournaments?
They offer plenty of SNG and MTT tourneys.
SNG stakes range from .01 to 215, and up to $1,000 for heads-up games. Variants include regular, turbo and double ups.
Lots of regular tournaments run, too. They guarantee more than $4 million in guaranteed prize money every month. Their flagship tournament – the $100,000 guarantees – runs every Sunday.
But that hardly comes close to $4 million, which means they must run lots of guaranteed tournaments during the week. And, in fact, they do – every single day you’ll find tourneys with guarantees ranging from $25 to $20,0000 daily.
Do you have to download their software?
They have a few options.
You can download their software. But you can also play in their browser ‘no download’ poker room. All you’ll need is Flash installed onto your computer.
You’ll want to keep in mind that their no download poker room is a ‘lite’ version of their software. When I last checked it out the only options they had were holdem and omaha. So, if you want to play other games you’ll want to get the download. I think the download makes more sense for poker players anyway, so you don’t have to worry about your browser crashing or finding a game to play.
You can also play via any major mobile phone or tablet.
Last, we’ll look at their bingo room. This is by far the smallest section on their website. It’s so small it feels like an afterthought.
What promotions does Betway have?
The have their welcome bonus. It’s real simple – a 300% match offer up to $10. Deposit the $10 and you’ll have $40 to play with. It has a 3x playthrough before you can cash out.
What bingo games can I play?
They operate on Microgaming software – just like everything else on Betway.
You’ll get to choose from 90 and 75-ball bingo games. There are 7 different rooms, with games starting every few minutes for as little as .01/ticket.
One thing I liked seeing are their guaranteed bingo games. These will have guaranteed prize pools ranging from $50 to $1,000.
On top of their bingo games, you’ll also have easy access to their instant play casino where you’ll find TONS of casino games – all a click or two away.
You can play bingo from the browser on your computer, mobile phone or tablet.
There you have it. That’s Betway in a nutshell.
And, without really meaning to, we’ve laid everything out about Betway from best to worst. In other words, their sportsbook and casino are the strongest elements, while their poker and bingo room are the weakest.
Is there anything we don’t like about them?
I think they can do a better job organizing their site. For example, I’d consolidate their separate casino sections into one giant casino section. I’d do the same thing for their offers – put all their offers on one page, or at the very least put all their product-specific offers on one page (sports, casino, poker, etc.).
That’s my biggest complaint.
Outside of that, their casino rollover is far too high – 50x on both the deposit and bonus is ridiculous.
What do others think of them?
The majority of online reviews and customer ratings are average. I could only find a site or two that doesn’t recommend them. But much of their reasoning was based on Betway 5+ years ago, instead of Betway today. And for that reason, I don’t agree with them.
Do we recommend Betway?
Yes. But only for their sportsbook or casino. Sign up for those, and enjoy the poker and bingo room while you’re there. Otherwise, find somewhere else to play poker and/or bingo. 888 and Bet365 are probably my top choices as far as all-in-one gambling sites are concerned. Or PokerStars, if online poker is the only thing you want to play.
After launching back in 2006, Betway and got off to a pretty shaky start as far as online gambling sites go. However, the company came back fighting, changed its management and oversaw a process that saw it grow and become one of most highly-rated sites based on user recommendations.
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It now provides a top service that uses the very latest software in order to provide its customers with an interactive and innovative experience. Providing products such as casino, sportsbook, poker, bingo and more, this is now one of the best online gambling sites and online casino sites in the business and is most definitely no scam site as we’ll show in this Betway review.
Overview of Our Experiences
As a brand, Betway offered us virtually every product we could wish for when it came to online gambling. Firstly we checked out the impressive online casino which gave plenty of options to choose from, varying from retro and classic slots to the new games, from video slots to poker and table games offered by providers such as Microgaming and NextGen. It also has a great live casino too.
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We have also checked out the sportsbook which offered plenty of sports, markets and in-play betting. Furthermore, we checked the esports page which was incredible, Betway Vegas which offered even more of an assortment of casino games; the poker site was also easily accessible and provided players with lots of promotions and events and finally, there was the bingo, which had an impressive number of games.
What’ more, customer service was also very helpful and professional, the banking system was easy and quick and also that the licenses, security and certification were top class and made us feel completely safe and looked after for our whole experience. The whole experience was seamlessly smooth and very impressive.
Betway Check: Scam or Not?
Despite getting off to a somewhat shaky start, Betway’s subsequent reinvention has seen it completely emerge into one of the best and most trusted online casinos around. Firstly, there’s the fact that it is licensed not only by Malta Gaming Authority, but it is also licensed by the UK Gambling Commission, which is known to be one of the strictest in the world. This allows them to provide their services in many countries throughout the world, including many European countries, including the UK, although there are certain restricted regions not covered by these legislations.
Not only does it adhere to the strictest rules for licensing, but it also provides games from some of the top gaming providers in the world, such as Microgaming, who are reputable companies and only work alongside reputable casinos. It is also a PayPal casino, which is known to be a sign of a reputable and trustworthy online casino.
Furthermore, it is linked to a handful of reputed gambling companies such as eCOGRA, GambleAware, GamCare, Gamblers Anonymous and more. We can see that this is no Betway sportsbook or Betway casino scam.
Overview of the Offers from Betway
Betway offers everything when it comes to online gambling. You can find yourself playing on hundreds of slot games and table games from exciting and top gaming providers; you could hit the live casino which is powered by the incredible Evolution gaming. Furthermore, you could enjoy a game of bingo, hit a poker tournament or even place a bet on one of the current sporting events. Quite simply, it offers everything.
Betway’s online casino is very impressive and more than holds its own against others on the market. Simply by logging in, you can enjoy over 750 games that the casino has to offer, then if you decide to download the casino software there are over 100 more to choose from. Most of the game selection on the site consists of slots. You can choose from the classic 3-reel slot machines to the new, exciting video slots, such as The Phantom of the Opera, Highlander, Jurassic Park and Immortal Romance.
If you download the casino software then you will also find slots separated by free spins, bonus features and even pay lines. In both browser and downloads you can access the jackpot slots, with 10 in the browser – including Mega Moolah, and even more in the download.
Aside from the hundreds of slot games, there are huge quantities of other games available to play. You can take your pick from 27 roulette tables, including European Roulette and Multi-Wheel Roulette Gold; 87 blackjack games, including Double Exposure and Super Fun 21; another 14 table games, such as 3 Card Poker, Craps, Baccarat, Sic Bo and more as well as an astonishing 69 video poker games. In addition to all of these games, if you like a live casino experience then there is the live casino, powered by Evolution Gaming that offers such games as roulette, blackjack, baccarat, Casino Hold’em and more.
This betting site offers what can only be described as a very solid sportsbook. There are over 30 sports to choose from in total, including the ever-popular football and horseracing, alongside special events, such as the Winter Olympics. You can also choose to bet on other areas such as esports, politics and reality TV shows. In fact, in total there are over 12,000 markets to choose from.
The sportsbook also offers comparatively high betting limits, great in-play options and top quality live streaming. On the whole, the pricing isn’t as competitive as some others, but if you are a recreational sports bettor, then this is great.
The poker site isn’t one of its biggest products, but it definitely suffices and has a great variety of games and tournaments. It offers popular variations, such as Hold’em alongside others like Omaha, 5 Card Draw, 5 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud and Razz. Alongside this, there’s over £4 million guaranteed each month in tournaments. Furthermore, you can compete in smaller daily tournaments or the impressive £100,000 weekly tournament, held every Sunday.
Betway’s bingo launched around 8 years after the sportsbook and casino but is already well-established. The bingo site features its own reward and loyalty system where you can earn points and money. In the bingo lobby, you can enjoy exciting bingo games such as 90 ball bingo, 75 ball bingo, Immortal Romance Bingo as well as access slots and scratch cards. This site has been so well received that it has won several awards, such as the WhichBingo award in 2017 amongst others.
Betway Casino Bonus: Check Out the Offer
Currently, the Betway casino bonus is a 100% matched first deposit up to £250. This 100% match is only available for new customers who are over the age of 18. The minimum deposit is £20. There is a wagering requirement of x50 times the bonus amount. Also, if you’re not playing regularly, your bonus may become invalid. Always check the full terms and conditions before depositing at the operator!
|Deposit Bonus:||100% Matched First Deposit Up to £250|
|Bonus Condition:||50x Wagering|
|Validity:||Claimed upon sign-up|
|Other promotions:||Sportsbook specific promotions|
You can also take advantage of the on-going promotions that are updated constantly and often give you good-value deals.
Deposit and Payout at the Casino
When it comes to banking at this betting site, there are a huge number of ways to make your deposits. You can choose from Maestro, Skrill, Neteller, Paysafecard, Visa Electron, Citadel, ecoPayz, Instadebit, Euteller, SOFORT Banking, Trustly, Direct Bank Transfer, eCheck, iDebit, EPS, Neosurf and this is also a PayPal casino and sportsbook. The options are impressive. There is a minimum deposit of just £10 and the transactions are instant, so you can get playing straight away.For withdrawing, the options aren’t quite as plentiful, but there are still a decent amount; you can choose to use methods such as Entropay, Skrill, Neteller, ecoPayz, Instadebit, PayPal, Visa Electron, ACH, Direct Bank Transfer, eCheck and iDebit – so plenty to choose from. The speed of using the eWallet methods are pretty impressive and normally take 1-2 days, although using other methods often takes between 3 to 7 business days. There is also no maximum withdrawal, so you can get to your money easily.
Security and Regulation
Currently, because Betway has licences with the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner and the UK Gambling Commission, it is currently allowed to operate within many countries in Europe, including the UK. However, countries that aren’t covered under its licenses are European countries such as Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Poland and Romania, along with certain other countries around the world. You can check on the website for a full list.
As well as being licensed in these countries, the online casino is regulated by eCOGRA, which is one of the leading companies when it comes to testing the fairness of the games and RNG, ensuring that the site is completely trustworthy and its declared RTPs are totally accurate. Furthermore, it utilises a top 128-bit SSL encryption, provided by Rapid SSL to ensure that all of your personal and financial data on the site is completely secure and looked after.
Betway fully understands the importance of a great customer service and this is evident when you make contact with its Customer Service department. It offers several ways for you to contact the agents should you need to. Impressively, there is a free phone number on which you can contact them and this is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Players can also contact them via email at email@example.com if you have a less urgent query. There is also a 24-hour live chat service, which is always a popular choice. Generally, the responses were incredibly quick. The phone and live chat were answered within minutes, although the email queries could take up to 6 hours.
Meanwhile, if you have a more common query, then there is the FAQ section of the site. Here you have a very comprehensive list of queries such as Bonus and Free bet questions, username and password queries, cash out questions and more. It has lots of answers, so make sure you check this out before you hit the Customer Service department.
Usability of the Online Casino
The actual usability of Betway’s interface is very good. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted with a large banner promoting the welcome offer. You then decide which of the products you wish to use – sportsbook, casino, live casino, e-Sports, Vegas, poker, bingo blog or more.
Once you hit the casino, you’ll be given another selection of categories to choose from such as new, roulette, blackjack, live casino, table, slots, retro slots, jackpots, video poker, other and recently played. As soon as you hit whatever section you want, you’ll be presented with all the thumbnails of the games, where you can scroll through and browse or use the search function to find a specific game.
It’s very simple to switch between the different categories should you wish to and it’s also easy to find your way to other services such as help, log-on, promotions and more. Despite the fact that this site has such a lot to offer, it’s fast easy and impressive. However, you do need to register and sign in to play if you want to hit the Vegas casino.
Betway Casino App: Many Different Slots
Like many online mobile casino apps and sportsbook apps, compared to the number of games and markets it offers on desktop, there are quite a few less when it comes to the Betway casino app. Most of the games that are available on the mobile app are slots and you can play favourites such as Game of Thrones, Tomb Raider and player favourite, Avalon.
However, there is also a selection of table games as well, including a couple of roulette variants, 6 blackjack games, 6 different video poker games and a handful of jackpot games, such as Mega Moolah and Major Millions Progressive.
The layout itself is highly functional and very user-friendly and the games load up quickly and smoothly. You can also access it on most iOS and Android devices if you have iOS7 or later and Android 4.0 or later. One difference though is you cannot play for fun on the mobile version, just for real money. On the whole, it is a great app though and is very easy to use.
Conclusion: Multi-Products Platform with Top Marks
We were only expecting great things from this betting site and we really weren’t disappointed. It offers a great selection of slot games, table games, poker games and more when you hit the live casino – all from the very best game providers. It also has a brilliant live casino powered by the impressive Evolution Gaming. On top of this, it also offers a highly commended sportsbook, great poker and award-winning bingo site – to add even more to the user experience.
On top of a variety of top banking options, impressive customer service, a user-friendly mobile app and the best licenses and certification in the business, this is a serious online casino and sportsbook offering a serious experience and is not out to scam anyone. Online casinos can be scary places, but this one certainly isn’t.
Our first impression of the sportsbook at Betway was that it was a little too busy. It took us a moment to get our bearings and sort out the layout of the site. Once we got things sorted out, we were quickly speeding around the sportsbook without an issue.
You’ll find the main sports menu located on the left side of the sportsbook page. From this menu, you can select the sport you are interested in wagering on and then drill down to see what options you have. If you don’t see a sport listed in the menu, Betway does not have any active bets on that sport at that time.
Something that we really liked about the sportsbook at Betway was how easy they made it to find in-play action. Across the top of the sportsbook page, you’ll find an in-play link that will show you all active in-play wagering options. As well, they also have links showing you specific in-play options for major sports such as football and tennis. Many people enjoy in-play betting as it allows them the chance to get in on the action immediately for an event already in play.
Sports You Can Bet On
Betway does not disappoint when it comes to their selection of sports that you can bet on. At the time of this review, Betway offered an impressive 25 different sports that could be wagered on. Betway offers all of the standard sports like football and basketball but also brings in some more rare sports such as snooker and Gaelic sports. So that you can quickly see if Betway offers wagers of your favorite support, we’ve compiled the full list below of sports and events that are available on Betway.
Note: The list below shows sports and events that were available for wager at the time of our review. Beyway.com only shows sports and events that are in session or have active wagers available. If you do not see you sport or event of choice listed below, be sure to check Betway’s site once that sport is in session to see what options are available to you.
We’re highly impressed with the lineup of sports that you can bet on at Betway. In general, most everyone should have no issue finding what it is they are looking to wager on from the Betway list of options. We really enjoyed seeing some more creative offerings that Betway had to offer such as wagers on Game of Thrones and who the next pope would be.
We were glad to see that Betway offered some esports wagers on their platform. esports are currently growing in popularity and we’re seeing more and more sportsbooks get in on the action. At the time of this review, Betway offered wagers on Dota 2, League of Legends, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive. While they have a good collection of available wagers now, we hope that Betway will add in some more esports action in the future.
After a small initial bit of confusion, we found Betway’s website easy to search and navigate. The sportsbook homepage allowed us to filter down to our sport and event of choice quickly. Placing a wager was super easy to understand and complete.
As we mentioned earlier, the main menu for the sportsbook is located on the left-hand side of the sportsbook page. Using this main menu, you can drill down through sports and events until you find what wager you’d like to place. After selecting your preferred sport and event, all available wagers and associated odds will be displayed to you. From there, you can quickly and easily place your bets.
One thing that we liked a bunch about the user interface at Betway’s sportsbook was the fact that you can easily toggle between how the odds are displayed. From any screen in the sportsbook, along the top bar, there is an option that allows you to change the odds display between American, decimal or fractional all with one mouse click. This is great functionality that makes it very easy for players regardless of how they prefer to see their odds displayed.
Something that we would have liked to see on Betway’s sportsbook is the ability to sort by type of wager. If Betway were to offer this functionality, it might make it easier for some clients to find what they are looking for. While this isn’t a major drawback, it definitely gives Betway some room for improvement in the future.
We didn’t find any issues when it came to the speed and responsiveness of Betway’s site. Pages loaded quickly, and we had no reason for concern at any point during our site review. Based on the experience we had, you should not have any concerns with slow site speeds or snags.
If you’re looking to take a break from the sportsbook or you’re just not that into betting on sports, Betway has you covered with a great online casino. On Betway’s online casino, you’ll find a solid lineup of gaming options. In total, you’ll find 48 slots, 46 table games, and 7 types of live dealer games. Betway’s online casino also offers options for video poker, keno, and bingo.
We were really excited to see that Betway’s online casino was offering live dealer options. Live dealer casino games are currently a big trend in the online casino world as more players are demanding the increased transparency and social interaction that come along with these games. Betway offers a great lineup of 7 different live dealer games which is more than we see on most other online casinos.
Another thing that caught our eye was the size of some of their jackpot games. At the time of this review, Betway’s online casino had 4 jackpots over one million dollars each. While we’ve seen some big jackpots before, it is worth noting we don’t see this many over one million dollars in one online casino that often.
We were pleased to see that Betway’s online casino offered up some name brand games. We came across some for Game of Thrones and Jurassic World. Many other online casinos don’t invest the extra funds to get name brand games and instead might offer knock-offs such as Scheme of Thrones or Jurassic Globe.
As a whole, we’re extremely pleased with the lineup that Betway brings to the table for their online casino. While many online sportsbooks tend to not invest heavily in their online casinos, Betway looks to have spent considerable time and money building out a very respectable online casino. If you plan to wager on Betway, be sure to check out their current bonuses and promotions so that you can maximize your free cash!
Deposit and Withdrawal Options
Betway offers an astonishing 22 different deposit methods to their clients. While not all 22 deposit methods are available in all countries, each country has a solid lineup of options available. Below, we’ve listed all deposit options available on Betway at the time of this review. See Betway’s site for specifics relating to which deposit options are available for your location.
Similar to their deposit options, Betway also offers a large number of withdrawal options. At the time of this review, Betway offered 14 different withdrawal options to their clients. Eligibility for each option varies by country so be sure to check out their site for full details relating to your situation. We’ve listed all 14 of the Betway withdrawal options below for your convenience.
Overall, we’re highly impressed by the size of banking options for deposits and withdrawals offered by Betway. Offering this many options helps to limit the possibility that clients will have a hard time moving money onto or off of Betway’s site. We were not able to quickly locate any information relating to banking fees on their site. We’d suggest that you check with Betway’s customer service team to get a full understanding of any banking fees that might apply to your withdrawals or deposits.
Bonuses and Promotions
If you’re considering wagering on Betway, you’ll be even more inclined to do so after learning more about the bonuses and promotions that they offer. Like most online casinos, Betway offers some great bonuses and promotions aimed at attracting new clients and retaining current ones. Below, we’ve broken down some of the top promotions that Betway was offering at the time of our review. Note: bonuses and promotions vary depending on time. Be sure to check out the promotions page on Betway to get the latest scoop on all current offers.
Sports Welcome Offer
Betway offers a solid sports welcome offer that allows clients the chance to earn upwards of €/£150 of free cash through a generous 100% initial deposit match. The amount of the maximum match varies depending on where the client resides. Be sure to see the Betway promotions page for full terms and conditions.
Free Bet Club
If you bet of trebles or higher often, Betway has a great promotion for you. If you opt into the Betway Free Bet Club and spend a minimum of £25 in a week, Betway will credit your account with a bonus £10. It’s as simple as that! What’s great is that you only have to opt in once and you’re enrolled in the program forever!
ESL Cologne €5 Free Bet
Under this Betway promotion, you’ll pick up a free €5 for every map your team wins if you bet €20 on any ESL One Cologne quarter-final, semi-final, or final match. The maximum any customer can receive from this promotion is €25. This is a great promotion to earn some free cash if you plan to bet on ESL Cologne matches.
Wimbledon Double Earnings
If you like to bet on tennis, be sure to look into this Betway promotion. Under the terms of this promotion, you can earn up to €/£25 for free. In order to win, you must wager on a match winner between any women’s or men’s singles match during Wimbledon. If your selected player loses the first set but ends up winning the match, Betway will double your earnings up to €/£25!
Rugby League Double Winnings
Betway has a solid promotion for people looking to wager on selected Rugby League matches. For this promotion, if your selected team is losing at halftime but ends up winning the match, Betway will double your earnings up to €/£50! In order to qualify for this promotion, you must place a win/draw/win bet on the select Rugby League matches.
Horse Racing – Best Odds Guaranteed
Betway wants to make sure that you’re getting the best odds out there on UK and Irish horse racing winner bets. Under this promotion, Betway will pay you the best odds available if your selected horse wins the race. What’s great about this promotion is that you do not have to opt in and Betway will automatically credit your account for any difference by 10 am the next day.
Casino Welcome Bonus
This one is a whale of an offer for sure! Betway is currently offering new casino customers the ability to earn up to $1,000 in welcome bonuses! Yes, you read that correctly. A match of up to $1,000 in total can be earned through your initial three deposits with Betway. Check out their site for full terms and conditions, but this is a sweet offer if you plan to play in their online casino.
Casino Game of the Week
Each week, Betway selects one of their casino games to be their game of the week. Under the terms of this promotion, you’ll have the chance to earn up to 3x points on the game of the week. If the selected game of the week is a casino game that you enjoy to play, this promotion can be a great way to earn some extra points for your account.
Betway Plus Loyalty Program
While we’re talking about bonuses and promotions available at Betway, we also should make mention of their Betway Plus loyalty program. In short, Betway Plus gives you more perks and free plays the more that you wager on their sportsbook or online casino. Betway Plus consists of 6 tiers, each one having more perks the higher you move up the chain. Check out the Betway Plus section to learn more about the terms and conditions of the program.
Overall, we’re very pleased with the lineup of bonuses and promotions that were being offered at the time of this review. They have a large and creative set of programs for the sportsbook. Our only wish would be that they would offer up more casino offers for those not interested in betting on sports.
Betway offers what we consider to be the trifecta of customer service options to their clients. 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, customer service agents can be reached via phone, email, or live chat. Having these 3 options makes it very easy for anyone to reach Betway at any time. We’re extremely pleased to see that Betway offers this set of customer service options.
Something else that really impressed us was that Betway offers customer service in 17 different languages. This is practically unheard of and speaks to the dedication that Betway has to their customers.
If you want to use email to reach Betway, simply fire off an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. During our time on the site for this review, we shot off an email to the customer support email address to see how fast they replied and how helpful they were. We were pleasantly surprised to see a reply within an hour, and we had all of our questions answered completely. It was a great experience.
Live chat is our preferred method of contact for online sportsbooks and casinos as it tends to yield the fastest results. On Betway, you can find the live chat link on the contact us page. In fact, we really like the fact that the live chat box automatically pops up when you click on contact us. This simple feature makes it very easy for you to get a chat window going. We used live chat on Betway during this review and found that the response time was very speedy and the knowledge of their customer service representatives was on point.
If you prefer to speak with a live person on the phone, Betway offers phone support 24/7 as well. At the time of this review, Betway offers toll-free phone numbers for the UK, Ireland, and Canada. There is also a UK based phone number that the rest of the world can use, but note that it is not a toll-free phone number.
As a whole, we think that Betway has done a great job with their customer service options. By offering the trifecta of phone, live chat, and email, nearly everyone should have an easy time reaching an agent quickly and conveniently. Our experience with the Betway customer service agents demonstrated that they seem to really have it together and know what they are talking about.
Pros and Cons
- Lots of promotions throughout the year.
- Betway Plus rewards program for players.
- Betting markets have soft odds.
- Live streaming options for sporting events.
- Shaky extended history, but new management group over past few years.
- Will cut the betting limits of sharp bettors quickly.
- Limited to £4,000 in withdrawals per week or 5x the amount of deposits made to the account
Deposits and Payouts
Min Deposit: $10Min Payout: $50
Max Deposit: No Max.Max Payout: No Max.
Estimated Payout Time: 24 Hours
- Year Established:2006
- Customer Support:Email, Live Chat, Telephone
- Languages:English, Czech, Danish, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Latvian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish, Russian
- Other Products:Casino, Live Casino, Poker, Bingo
Expert View of Betway Sportsbook
Betway is an online bookmaker that was on shaky ground a few years back. However, after management changes, they are now an excellent option. They have soft odds, a VIP program, and a $100 welcome bonus.
Betway Review Summary
Betway is an online bookmaker that has seen its share of ups and downs in their ten-year history. In recent years, it appears that they have turned the corner and have received few complaints after a change in management. Established in 2006, Betway offers players a full-service online sportsbook, including live betting. In addition to their sportsbook, they offer online casino gambling, poker, and bingo. Betway services players in most countries worldwide, but does not accept residents from the United States. The bookmaker has offices located in Malta, where the Malta Gaming Authority licenses and regulates them. Also licensed in the United Kingdom and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission.
A Personal Opinion on Betway Sportsbook
What We Like About Betway
Betway has come a long way in recent years when it comes to reducing customers’ complaints and repairing the negative image they had in the past. Most sites still don’t have them in the top tier of bookmakers or rate them at an elite level but have them a middle-tier international bookmaker. We agree with this sentiment and ranking.
They have a pretty solid welcome bonus for new players. Most international sportsbooks these days don’t offer much when it comes to bonuses. It’s nice that Betway has a bonus that is bigger than most sites, along with other promotions. They’re also one of the few “all-in-one” gambling sites that provide players with a VIP program that provides some real rewards.
They accept players from more countries that most online gambling sites. Their currency support and language support is also impressive. They have a ton of options and both areas, which is impressive for a bookmaker that only has a customer base of about 2 million accounts.
What We Don’t Like About Betway
Those who have been around the industry for a while may have a sour taste in their when it comes to Betway. We can’t say that we blame them because they’ve done many shady and downright awful things in the past. Two years after the sportsbook opened their doors, Betway canceled a wager that a player made 18 hours after a player made a bet on a Russian Superleague game. Of course, the bet was a winner. Betway claimed they didn’t void the wager, but instead canceled it, because it was “not accepted by their traders.”
Obviously, this isn’t appropriate behavior by a bookmaker. The complaints continued after this incident. They had major issues paying players for some years and were undoubtedly a scam sportsbook for quite some time. However, Betway slowly began to improve. They gave back winnings they confiscated to a number of players and reworked their terms and conditions that were predatory. Many sites, including SportsbookReview.com, took them off their blacklist.
Betway has changed management teams twice within the past five years. Communication between management, industry sites, such as SBR, and with the betting community worldwide has been excellent in the past few years. That’s not to say there still aren’t some complaints. The difference today between a decade or so ago with Betway is that 99 percent of players are being paid quickly and without issue. Also, management is much more available. Most of the recent complaints these days center on bonus disputes, which seem to be handled positively.
Putting their past issues aside, Betway is a sportsbook that doesn’t like when you beat them. If you’re a skilled sports bettor and you’re doing stuff like betting steam and hitting them hard where they are least efficient – you can expect to have your limits cut rather quickly.
BetWay Users’ Opinions and Experience
Betway Sportsbook Betting Tip
Betway is an excellent choice for an online bookmaker. Their odds are softer than other sites, but, be aware, that if you’re winning and beating them on +EV markets – you won’t be able to do so for long. They are notorious for limiting accounts quicker than other betting sites.
Betway Review: Deposits and Withdrawals
Betway offers a long list of deposit options for players. These include the standard methods, like Neteller, Skrill, PayPal. As well as, credit and debit card support. If possible, player withdrawals will credit their accounts using the method they used to deposit.
Minimum and maximum amounts vary heavily on the method utilized. Many methods, such as credit or debit card, Neteller, and others have a £20 minimum amount and no stated maximum. High stakes bettors should have no issues funded their account with five figures quickly and without any cost to themselves.
Withdrawal Options at Betway
At Betway, there are no fees for withdrawals. There are fees from intermediary and receiving banks to players who wish to receive a bank wire. Betway covers the fees for all other methods. Betway has improved their payout speeds as of late, but they still do have some restrictions when it comes withdrawals. Every withdrawal made at Betway requires players to verify their documents. This is the case at many bookmakers but is literally a part of every first payout request at Betway.
Their withdrawal restrictions are the most troublesome part about their Betway, even though they have improved payout speeds across the board. Players are limited to a £4,000 per week in withdrawals or 5x the amount of the total deposits made to the account. To say these restrictions are poor is an understatement. They’re almost unbelievable considering that Betway doesn’t have a listed maximum amount when it comes to deposits.
With that said, Betway does process withdrawals in a timely matter. Payouts back to e-wallets take about 3-4 business days. Most other methods are similar. Their payouts are a massive improvement over the past, but they still have some ways to go.
|Method||Deposit||Payout||Minimum Limit||Maximum Limit||Estimated Payout Time|
|Mastercard||Deposit: $10Payout: $50||Deposit: No Max.Payout: No Max.||24 Hours|
|Visa||Deposit: $10Payout: $50||Deposit: No Max.Payout: No Max.||24 Hours|
|Maestro||Deposit: $10Payout: $50||Deposit: No Max.Payout: No Max.||24 Hours|
|Neteller||Deposit: $10Payout: $14||Deposit: No Max.Payout: No Max.||24 Hours|
|SWIFT||Payout: $14||Payout: No Max.||24 Hours|
|PayPal||Deposit: $10Payout: $14||Deposit: No Max.Payout: No Max.||24 Hours|
|EntroPay||Deposit: $10Payout: $14||Deposit: No Max.Payout: No Max.||24 Hours|
Betway Online Betting Bonuses
A deposit bonus in the form of a freeplay is available for new customers who make an account in the sportsbook. If you have made an account on any other of Betway’s gambling options and accepted a bonus, you are not eligible for a deposit bonus. Players must deposit within 7 days of registering their account to receive the bonus.
Two Deposit Bonuses
- 100% up to £30
- 100% up to £100
- 6x Rollover
There are two bonus options. Both are 100% Match Bonuses in the form of freeplay. Offer number one is a match bonus worth up to £30. The second is a match bonus up to £100. Both are available in equivalent amounts in Euros or United States Dollars.
Depending on your country of origin, bonus options will vary. Players will not be able to use Neteller or Skrill for bonus deposits. The select few methods available are credit or debit card and PayPal. It’s too bad e-wallets aside from PayPal aren’t available, but all of these methods are easily accessible to just about everyone who wants to deposit.
Players must clear the bonus within seven days. The rollover can be slightly complicated because the rollover is higher depending on the odds of your wagers. However, for the most part, the bonus comes with a not so great, 6x rollover which includes the bonus and deposit amount.
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Betway Plus Rewards Program
Betway Plus is an awesome rewards program that is available for all players and options. Although rewards, will vary depending on your form of gambling (poker, sports or casino), they’re promotions year round for all sports and tiered rewards program.
Betway rewards players for their casino and sports betting play using a VIP points system using tokens. As players progress, they will gain more levels which result in increased rewards. The rewards and perks are excellent at the higher levels.
Players will up earn up 2.5 tokens per €10 wagered on sports betting markets. They will earn the same amount on casino table games but will receive five tokens per €10 bet on casino slots. Plus Points can also be redeemed for freeplay bonuses. 5,000 Plus Points gets players €10 in free casino credits, €3 in free sports bets, and €10 in bingo bonuses. The Euro is the base of the point system as a whole. It adjusts and converts into the player’s currency of choice using a real-time exchange rate.
Betway Review Highlights
An abundance of Betting Markets
Betway is one of those sportsbooks online that overwhelm players with a nearly unlimited amount of betting markets. That may overwhelm some novice bettors, but for sports bettors who love action and seeking out inefficient markets – it’s heaven.
Betway reminds us of 5Dimes and Pinnacle Sports because there’s almost no sport they don’t have available. Not only that, markets that are obscure and small still have a dozen or so betting markets in most cases. Live betting options are nearly limitless as well. Larger markets will have more in-play betting options. Pretty much every sport listed for pre-match betting has, at least, a few markets of in-play.
The betting software and interface Betway provides may be their best attribute. The menu is user-friendly, and players can go through thousands of markets from the homepage, without the need to reload. Betway’s markets are competitive. They offer Asian handicaps that have extremely low juice. Parlay and accumulator odds, along with most other markets are fair or above-average. However, as mentioned above, they do limit players rather quickly in most cases.
Live Streaming Sports Betting
Betway has a ton of streaming options. Streaming choices will vary depending on your location, but they have done an excellent job as a mid-level bookmaker at providing their customers with streaming options around the clock. If you’re a fan of watching your stake live, Betway has a lot of appeal.
Large Betting Limits
Betway doesn’t have the large land-based presence or history that many other bookmakers do in Europe and the United Kingdom. Although, they are easily equal to the big boys when it comes to betting markets. Their maximum payouts are excellent, but not at elite levels.
The minimum bet is £0.10 across all betting markets. The maximum winnings or payout varies quite a bit depending on the market. Maximum betting limits are readily available and not hidden deep in their terms and conditions or listed in a long FAQ. Most European and international football contests have a maximum payout of £250,000 to £500,000. These include major leagues across Europe such as the English Premier League, Spanish Primera, German Bundesliga.
The odds at Betway focus on UK-gambling interests for the most part. Their limits go up to £250,000 on racing and tennis. Most of their propositions and exotics cap at £25,000 for major markets. This is still an excellent amount for prop bets. Smaller market sports cap at around £100k. Although, some sports such as cricket, rugby, and others have low maximum payouts. These are set at around £10,000. If you have an interest in those markets and bet larger amounts, it may be the best search for another bookmaker.
Related Online Sportsbooks
Betway Customer Support In 15 Languages
Live Chat Available
Betway’s biggest improvement over the past few years and what has seen them rise across rankings worldwide (aside from improvement payout speeds) is their improved support.Betway doesn’t offer the phone wagering, but they have phone support, along with email and live chat. Support is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and their staff are one of the best online these days.
Betway is available in over a dozen languages. They also have a support staff available around the clock for all languages.
Betway Review Conclusion: Excellent Mid-Tier Sports Betting Site
These days, Betway rates as an above average option by most in the industry. We agree with that assessment. Though it can be tough getting paid, all players are receiving payouts these days. Most of them processed within a week. Most importantly, Betway’s odds are competitive. They have a VIP program that truly has some value. There is promotions all year round that decrease the oddsmaker’s advantage. This bookmaker has a lot to offer, even with the hiccups in certain spots, and the arrow is still pointing up.
To help you locate what you’re searching for, we’ve added this section with the titles and links to the different parts of this review. If you don’t have time to read our full honest review of Betway now, these links can help you jump to the portions of this page you wish to visit now.
How We Rate Betway.com – Ratings Breakdown
When considering the website as a whole, they have built a stellar online gambling site. With a high-quality online sportsbook and casino, there’s lots of gambling to enjoy on their platform. While some things could use slight improvements, there is no reason for us to think Betway is not a legit online gambling site.
We were highly impressed with the sportsbook provided by Betway. With 30 sports to bet on, live betting, and an excellent user interface, it’s a quality sportsbook that’s worth consideration if you’re planning to wager on sports online.
In its current form, the casino is a very good one that you should consider if you’re looking to play online. We found a collection of over 400 games from one of the industry’s leaders in software manufacturing. But we would like to see them add new games to be more in line with the industry average.
Currently, Betway has a great lineup of safe banking options that clients can use to move money onto and off of their platform. But we noticed that there are no cryptocurrency options available at this time. We’d suggest they add these to their collection of banking methods to include more opportunities for their customers.
We were highly impressed by the sheer number of bonus offers Betway brought to the table for their customers. From welcome offers to casino and sportsbook-specific ones, the variety was abundant. However, the size of the bonus potential on all of their offers was less than we expected to find. Moving forward, we’d like for them to offer more sizeable bonus potentials to their clients.
Should you have a question or problem come up at any point while you’re playing, we’re sure you’ll be safe and well taken care of. We loved that Betway offers their clients 24/7 support and three ways to reach their customer service agents. We had stellar help from their team on each occasion we interacted with them.
Their website was well-designed with a user interface, which makes it easy to move about the site. This is especially true in their casino and sportsbook where it’s simple to locate precisely what you’re searching for in no time at all. Even their mobile version of the website has a quality user interface which makes everything so easy to use.
The folks at Betway have built an excellent mobile-friendly website which allows their clients to enjoy many of their casino games from the palm of their hand. This is excellent news for those readers looking to play games from devices like tablets and smartphones. However, not all of the game options from the instant play casino can be found on the mobile version of the website. But you’ll still find plenty of options to choose from on the mobile site, even with some of the games missing.
Overview of What Betway Offers
With more than a decade of experience under their belt, Betway has been around the online gambling industry for quite some time now. Since their launch, they’ve developed one of the leading online casino and sportsbooks within the space.
One of the first things we noticed about Betway is that they provide their multi-national customers with many different language choices for the website. In total, we found 11 languages which could be selected from. Those languages are English, Danish, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish, and Russian.
As is standard for the online gambling industry, not all individuals can play at Betway. There’s a list of countries which are currently restricted from playing there based on their licenses and international gambling laws. We’ve included the most up-to-date list of their restricted countries below so you can see if you’ll be able to enjoy what Betway has to offer based on where you reside.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Hong Kong
- Myanmar (Burma)
- North Korea
- Papua New Guinea
- United States
Real Money Banking Options Available Betway
Moving along, this next part of our Betway review is focused on the banking options you’ll find. This is where we really begin to tell of a gambling site is safe and trustworthy or not. Below, we’ve included details on what we discovered as available methods for customers. It’s worth checking this section out to see if they provide banking options that work for your individual needs.
One great thing about depositing here is that they don’t seem to charge any fees for deposits. This is excellent news, as many other online gambling sites do charge fees for certain deposit methods. Be sure to factor this in if you’re shopping around for the website you’ll call home.
- Bank Transfer
- Bank Transfer
Unfortunately, we could not find clear information relating to the limits for withdrawals nor the exact timelines for payment. In the future, we’d like to see Betway lay out this information for clients in a transparent manner, so they know what to expect from the get-go.
As a whole, the website appears to have an excellent lineup of banking methods for clients. The only suggested addition we’d have for them would be some cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Litecoin. Outside of that, they’ve got all of the major ones covered, meaning most clients should have no issues depositing or withdrawing from their website.
Betway Bonuses and Promotions
Up next, we checked out the promotions which Betway offered their clients. We were blown away by a large number of bonuses located at the time of our review. Because there are so many bonus offers, we’ve sectioned them out below by welcome, sportsbook, and casino promotions, so you can quickly check out the ones which may apply to you.
Sportsbook Welcome Bonus
New clients to the sportsbook at Betway can claim up to £30 of bonus cash by simply making an initial deposit. First timers will benefit from a generous 100% deposit match to help add additional funds to your online sportsbook account.
Esports Welcome Bonus
Similar to the general sportsbook welcome bonus above, you can also earn £30 of bonus cash when making an initial deposit for esports betting. As long as it’s your initial esports deposit, they will match it pound for pound up to the £30 maximum. Be sure to claim this offer if you’re planning to wager on esports action.
Casino Welcome Bonus
If you’re looking for a higher bonus amount, be sure to check out the main casino welcome bonus. As part of this promotion, clients will receive a 100% deposit match from Betway on their initial casino deposit. This offer is good for up to £250, which means you’ll want to deposit at least that much to claim the maximum amount of potential.
Live Casino Welcome Bonus
Fans of live dealer casino games can earn up to £250 of bonus funds when making their initial deposit for live dealer games. Betway will match 100% of your opening deposit up to the maximum amount. Taking advantage of this offer is a great way to double your opening funds for playing live dealer games on their platform.
Vegas Casino Welcome Bonus
If you’re planning to play casino games at Betway, you can score an additional £250 of bonus by depositing to their second online casino, the Vegas Casino. Just like the offers above for their standard and live casino, you’ll get a 100% match on your initial deposit to this casino.
Free Bet Club
If you’re into placing treble sports bets, you’ll have the chance to earn a free bet each week. As long as you place at least £25 of trebles weekly, Betway will provide you with an additional £10 of free bet credit. Just be sure to opt into this club, so you’ll be able to earn your free wagers!
4 to Win Promotion
A common type of sportsbook bonus at Betway is their 4 to Win promotions. With these bonuses, you’ll select winners across different sporting events. At the time of our unbiased Betway review, we found offers which included soccer, horse racing, and esports. If you correctly select the winners, you’ll be able to earn a share of the prize associated with the contest. In some cases, you could win upwards of £10,000! Check out the promotions page to see the current offers for this bonus.
Free Bet Offers
From time to time, Betway’s sportsbook offers free bet offers across a variety of sports. The terms and conditions of the free bet offer often vary, so you’ll need to check out the fine print to see how the current ones work. However, if you’re able to take advantage of these great offers, you’ll have the chance to earn free sportsbook wagers.
Game of the Week Bonus
Every week, Betway announces a game of the week with an associated casino bonus. Depending on the game and the offer, you’ll have the chance to earn additional points, spins, or even bonus cash. Be sure to check out the details of the game of the week each week to see if it’s an offer you should take advantage of to earn bonuses.
Live Casino Promo
If you’re planning to play live casino games at Betway, then be sure to pay attention to their live casino promo. Each week, you’ll have the chance to score up to £10 of bonus cash if you happen to be playing one of their live dealer games at the right time, and a particular action occurs. For example, the current offer states that if you’re playing the game during the set period and the wheel lands on a 20, you’ll score the bonus. This offer seems to change quite often, so be sure to see what the latest details are in the promotion section of their website.
Sports Rewards Club
While playing slot games in Betway’s casinos, you can earn free sports bets. Each week, if you wager at least £50 on slots, they will toss in a free £5 sports bet for your account. To take advantage of this offer, you’ll want to be sure you’ve opted in to join the Sports Rewards Club. You can earn this sportsbook bonus by playing slots in either one of Betway’s online casinos.
Slots Rewards Club
Fans of online slots can score a substantial amount of free spins by joining the Slots Rewards Club. By simply opting in, you’ll be able to win up to 200 free spins each week. The more slots games you play, the more spins you’ll earn. This offer is eligible for slots in both the standard and Vegas versions of Betway’s online casinos.
Live Rewards Club
If you’re planning to play live casino games on Betway’s platform, you can also earn casino bonuses along the way. The more often you play live casino games, the more Betway bonuses you’ll score. Bonuses can include free live casino wagers, sports bets, and spins. Be sure to opt into the club if you’re going to play live dealer games so you can take advantage of these great rewards.
One tip we have for you regarding bonus offers from Betway or any other online gambling site is that you should take the time to review the terms and conditions of any offer before claiming it. By reading the full terms and conditions, you’ll be sure that you fully understand the offer, it’s rollover requirements, and any other pertinent details.
When considering all of the Betway bonuses, we’re very impressed with the variety of offers. The size of offers provided at this time is more than the average online sportsbook and casino. However, the bonus potential of nearly all of the offers left us wishing they offered more. When compared to other online casinos, the amount of bonuses which could be earned by clients was below average. Hopefully, Betway will make it easier for their clients to earn more sizeable rewards in the future.
Up next in our review of Betway, we headed over to the sportsbook section to see what all they had going on. Luckily, we were very impressed with the set of options they provide their sports betting customers. In this part of our review, we’ll give you an overview of what you can expect from Betway’s online sportsbook.
Sports You Can Bet On
If you’re wondering what sports you can bet on at Betway, look no further. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the sports which had active wagers available on them when we completed our review of Betway’s sportsbook. In total, we found 30 different sports you can bet on.
- Ice Hockey
- Horse Racing
- Aussie Rules
- Formula 1
- Gaelic Sports
- Motor Sport
- Table Tennis
- UFC / Martial Arts
- Virtual Sports
- Finance and Economy
- Current Affairs
With a lineup of 30 sports customers can bet on, Betway provides more options than the average online sportsbook. What we like most about their sportsbook is you can bet on all of the most popular sports alongside harder to find options like virtual sports and snooker. Also, we’ve not seen too many online sportsbooks providing wagers on finance and the economy.
One thing we should mention is that the list of sports above represents what we found at the time of our Betway review. It’s possible this is not an all-inclusive list due to the timing of our analysis and a sport’s seasonality. If one of the sports you like to bet on isn’t included above, be sure to check out Betway’s site once the sport is back in season.
At Betway sportsbook, you can bet on in-play action. That means you can bet on the sporting events as they happen, instead of only before they begin. During our Betway review, we saw a solid lineup of games underway which we could wager on. If you’d like to enjoy live betting on Betway’s platform, click on the “In-Play” link located in the top left-hand corner of their sportsbook.
Based on our analysis, the betting limits we came across during our honest review of Betway’s sportsbook looked to be in line with the industry average. However, as is typical, the betting limits did vary by sport and bet type. Unfortunately, we could not locate a published chart showcasing all of the restrictions for Betway like we’ve seen from other online sportsbooks. In the future, it’d be great for Betway to post one of these, so customers have a clear idea of what they’ll be limited by.
Sportsbook Wrap Up
Overall, we are pleased with the online sportsbook portion on their website. With in-play betting and a vast set of sports you can bet on, it’s an impressive sportsbook. If you’re considering placing sports wagers online, Betway should be on a short list of our considerations.
Next up, we turned our attention to the casino offerings. In this portion of our review of Betway, we’ll give you an overview of what we found in the casino section of their operation so you can see if it might be a good fit for your online casino gaming needs.
Available Casino Games
Whenever you head over to the casino section of Betway’s website, you’ll find a lineup of over 400 different games to select from. To help you get a rough idea of what you can expect when you check it out, we’ve added a list of count by game type below based on what we located at the time of our in-depth Betway review.
- 297 slot machines
- 61 table games
- 9 specialty casino games
- 20 video poker variants
- 23 live dealer casino games
We liked the overall balance and variety of casino games in the current lineup of Betway’s casino. On top of that, we’re happy with the overall quality and variety of games currently provided within Betway’s casino. However, our primary wish would be for them to increase the number of games they offer to their casino customers. Compared to the average online casino, their game selection is a bit low. By adding more games, they’ll provide their clients with many more gaming options.
Software and User Interface
From a software standpoint, all of the casino games on Betway come from just one manufacturer, Microgaming. Luckily, Microgaming is one of the largest and top names in the industry, which is why we found all of the games on their casino platform to be top-notch. However, with just one software provider, it does limit the number of games which Betway can offer its customers. In the future, they might consider adding games from another top provider to add even more variety to their clients.
We really liked the user interface found on Betway’s casino. Thanks to a brilliant design, it’s very simplistic to sort by type of game so that you’re not sorting through a massive list of all games like on some online casinos. The same is true of their mobile version user interface. We don’t expect you’ll have any problems getting around on their website thanks to this quality UI build.
Betway has an excellent website that’s built to be mobile-friendly. Because of this, you’re able to play casino games from mobile devices such as your smartphone.
The one very slight drawback to the mobile casino for Betway is that it doesn’t provide quite as many games as their instant play website does. However, this is somewhat common within the online casino industry due to software constraints. But we wanted to mention it here, so you can check out the mobile games lineup and ensure they’ve still got everything you need if you plan on playing from your tablet or smartphone.
Casino Wrap Up
As is, the current online casino section of Betway’s website is in great shape overall. However, we think it can be even better with some small changes. By adding in more software manufacturers, they’ll quickly increase the number of games on their platform. If they’re able to accomplish this, their online casino will be more in line with the collection of games we’re used to seeing from an online casino. Still, the existing one is a great online casino if you’re happy with the current list of available games.
Customer Support at Betway.com
The last portion of Betway’s operation we investigated was their customer support. As you’ll see below, we were delighted with what we found in this critical portion of their business.
The first thing which caught our attention relating to Betway’s customer support was it is provided 24/7. This means you’ll have an agent there to assist you no matter what day or time it is. We’re big fans of around the clock support since it means you won’t ever have to wait long for assistance.
You’ll have three different ways you can contact their team for help. Below, we’ll go into detail about each one and tell you about our experience with them.
Up first, one of the ways you can contact Betway’s support team is through live chat available right on their website. By initiating the live chat functionality, you’ll be connected with one of their agents who can assist you with your questions or problems. We made use of their live chat on several occasions during our honest review of Betway, and we were pleased with the speed and quality of the help we received on all instances.
Depending on your issue, you may want to speak with a live agent on the phone. Many of us on staff here prefer calling in whenever we have a significant question we need help with. The excellent news is Betway support agents are on standby 24/7 to take your call when you need assistance. Whenever we called into their support center, we were connected with a live agent in less than a minute each time. We’ve included their contact phone numbers below for your convenience.
Betway Support Telephone Numbers:
- UK: 0808 238 9841
- Ireland: 1-800-932-847
- Canada: 1-877-811-2604
- All Others: +44-808-238-9841
The other contact method available for clients of Betway to reach their support team is through email. Luckily, since the customer service agents work around the clock, even email replies don’t take long to receive. Most of our emails were returned within a matter of a few hours, which is much faster than the industry average. If you’d like to email Betway’s support team, use the included email address below.
Conclusion – Do We Recommend Betway?
After checking out everything they’ve got to offer, it’s our opinion that Betway would be an excellent and completely safe fit for many individuals looking to gamble on sports and casino action online. Unless you don’t find the sport you want to bet on included or don’t feel that over 400 casino games is enough for you, be sure to stop in and check out what they bring to the table and to experience it all for yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions About Betway
To help conclude our review of Betway, we’ve included this section filled with questions we often hear from our readers. Should you still need some answers, the questions below will hopefully be able to help you. You can read the answers by clicking on the questions themselves.
We are asked this question about many of the online gambling sites we review. Luckily for you, we take our time and really do our research. In our review of Betway we left no stone unturned and went through complaints and praise against the site, deposited, played, and withrew real money here ourselves, finding no issues. We feel Betway is a safe and legit option for your gambling needs, we wouldn’t be recommending it to you if we didn’t.
Unfortunately, we didn’t find a way where we could play any of Betway’s casinos games without using real money. This is a bit of a drawback to us as many other online casinos offer this as an option for their non live dealer games. By providing customers with access to a practice mode, it allows folks the chance to experience the quality of their games or learn a new one without risking money. We’d highly suggest Betway offer free gaming options within their casino as soon as possible to help make things more attractive for potential clients.
Yes. As long as you’re using a smartphone that’s got a connection to the internet, you can place both casino and sports bets from the palm of your hand. Luckily, Betway has developed an excellent mobile-friendly website, which makes it easy to bet from mobile devices.
Thanks to a streamlined and fast signup and deposit process, you can place wagers on an event happening today if you’d like. Don’t forget you’ll want to use one of their instant deposit methods to ensure your funds are immediately available for use on bets so you don’t face a delay on when you can wager.
Depending on where you live, the banking methods available to you for deposits and withdrawals may vary. This is common within the online gambling industry as websites often can only offer specific banking options to certain countries. To get the best idea of which ones you can use, log in to your account and check in the cashier section of the site. If you’re still unsure, you may use live chat to get specifics from their support team.
If you’re not sure about Betway’s fit for your online gambling needs, then you’ll want to visit the page we’ve linked to below. To help individuals find the right gambling site for them, we’ve designed a guide which covers things you should take into consideration when choosing one. By visiting this page, we’ll help you quickly identify if Betway is the right fit or if you should consider another online gambling site.
Licensing & Safety
- Licensed & regulated in Great Britain by UKGC
- Malta Gaming Authority licence
- Registered with IBAS & ESSA
- Poor track record
Betway Limited is a Maltese registered company which holds a valid licence from the Maltese Gaming Authority, the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) and a range of other official regulatory bodies.
Betway is also registered with IBAS and a member of ESSA. IBAS is a third party arbitration service aimed at resolving disputes between gambling providers and customers, whilst ESSA (European Sports Security Association) is a non-profit that monitors irregular betting patterns and event manipulation.
- Founded in 2006 and owned by the Betway Group.
- Employ over 500 people and widely advertised on TV
- Sponsors of West Ham United and associations with Premier League Darts, the Chester Cup, Queen Mothers Champion Chase and professional boxing.
Why the medium risk rating then? Although all Betway’s licenses check out and they are trying to build their reputation, as pointed out in the into to this review, they have a very chequered past. In their early years they were accused of:
- Cancelling winning bets
- Confiscating winnings
- Predatory wagering requirements making bonuses impossible
So… whilst they may have turned a corner of late… why take a risk by betting your money with them when you don’t have to?
Deposits & Withdrawals
Limited but quick options
- Wide range of options
- eWallets supported
- Limited withdrawals options
- £5 min deposit
Markets & Odds
Plenty of available markets
What sports are offered?
- 30+ different sports covered
- Live betting
- Live streaming
- Good market depth
It’s time to change gear a little with our Betway review and to start talking more specifically about the service they provide to punters, rather than the background of the company and their banking offerings. Let’s start off by analysing the events and markets that the bookmaker offer to customers, across the following array of sports:
- Aussie Rules
- Beach Volleyball
- Formula 1
- Gaelic Sports
- Horse Racing
- Ice Hockey
- Table Tennis
- UFC / MMA
- Virtual Sports
- Winter Sports
It’s fair to say, therefore, that whatever sport you like to bet on, Betway probably have it covered. Their selection of available sports, in fact, matches up with that offered by any and every other online bookmaker.
When you delve a little deeper and look at what the bookie offers for each sport, what’s more, things get even more impressive. Betway price up events from a multitude of different competitions and tournaments from around the world, not only for high profile sports like football but also for smaller sports such as badminton and volleyball.
Each different event which is priced up by Betway, too, tends to benefit from a really good range of different markets.
These extend from the simple and obvious like event result or correct score markets to some really specific and unusual alternatives. According to the company, more than 190,000 events are also taken in-play and it is to these events that we’ll now turn our attention.
Wide range of in-play events
Is live betting offered?
- 190,000 in-play events yearly
- Cash out available
- Strong on stats & scores
- Limited live streaming
A multitude of in-play events are continually available at Betway, and are arranged by sport on the main page of their in-play section.
Almost every sport for which Betway offer pre-event markets also benefit from in-play alternatives, with even lower profile events like table tennis matches being taken in-play. The selection of markets provided for each in-play event is also impressive and compares well with the live betting options offered by even the biggest bookmakers.
Once you’ve found the in-play event you’re interested in, a simply click takes you to that event’s in-play interface. With Betway, those interfaces are really attractive and feature a handy graphic at the top which can be set to display live scoring, statistics or even live updates of the event.
As if all of that weren’t enough, too, Betway also provide live streams of UK and Irish horse races. To watch you need to have wagered a minimum of £1 on the race.
Up to £30 in free bets
- Up to £30 in free bets
- Min odds 1.75
- Free bet matches deposit amount
- Withdraw free bet w
Ahead of concluding our Betway review, let’s take a second to assess the bookie’s welcome promotion. The promotion gives brand new customers to Betway the opportunity to earn up to £30 worth of free bets simply by following these straightforward steps:
- Head on over to www.betway.com
- Register your brand new account with the bookmaker
- Make a deposit of £10-£30 to that account, via a credit card, debit card or PayPal
- A free bet worth 100% of that initial deposit will be credited to your account but will not yet be activated.
- Place one bet or multiple bets up to the value of your initial deposit. Single bets must be at odds of at least 1.75 and the place portion of each way bets must be at odds of at least 1.40
- Your free bet token will be activated and available to use for a total of seven days before it expires
NOTE: whilst the Betway sign up offer is a decent one, if you’ve read up this page, you’ll know we don’t recommend joining Betway because of their historical problems paying players. If that puts you off check out these free bet deals at bookmakers we do recommend.
Here’s our overall take on things…
Our Verdict of Betway
Bad historical reputation
Betway score well in various different categories of this review.
The bookie covers just as many sports as anyone else, and provides an attractive, intuitive website which makes it easy for punters to navigate those many punting options. An excellent array of markets are on offer from Betway and inplay stats and action areas are second to none.
Their welcome bonus is decent and inline with the industry average so why do we only score them with 1.5 stars?
Our review grade is purely based on their previous poor behaviour and the way they’ve cancelled winning bets, refused payouts and tried to rip players off with bonuses in the past.
It looks like they are trying to change their reputation BUT why take the risk when other, safer, bookmakers are available?
BetWay is an online bookmaker that was established in late 2006. Since their inception, they have been using all kinds of tactics to cheat players out of their winnings. Still, licensed in Malta by the Lottery and Gaming Commission (LGA), BetWay is still operating with a license that is in proper standing. Despite their long history of stealing of deposits, voiding of bets and bonuses, the LGA refuses to even suspend their license. These infractions were enough for BetWay, and their parent company, the Carmen Media Group to justify itself a D- rating by Sportsbook Review and a spot on the SBR Black List.
BetWay Cancelled Wager… 18 hours After the Event was Completed?
Soon after setting up shop, BetWay quickly got into trouble when they cancelled a winning wager 18 hours after the event took place. The series of emails between BetWay and the customer who disputed their decision shows the lack of class and integrity from upper management.According to BetWay management, the bettor’s wager was still “pending” and due to a “technical error” it took 18 extra hours to be refunded. Of course, according to management all wagers are pending, and need to be looked at manually by ‘traders’ before they can be confirmed.
BetWay’s management says, ‘not to worry’, and tells the player his wager was not accepted within a few minutes of him placing it. The player received no communication from management on this decision, which did not allow him the opportunity to place a wager at some other online bookmaker on the event. This is a perfect example of a dishonest and crooked online bookmaker taking advantage of players, and making the rules up as they go along.
BetWay’s management went over the previous case and decided to credit the bet to the player, and gave him a bonus for his trouble. They explained that software issues had lead to the problem, and it was not the player’s responsibility. This was a healthy sign for BetWay’s customer base and the player affected, but would it last?
Free-Play Bonus? Only If You Lose!
BetWay soon started offering free plays to depositing players. Once again, they were up to their old tricks. They confiscated the winnings of free-play bonuses for a number of bettors. Their reason? The bettors illegally bet using the “money method”, which they claim is a systematic process used to abuse free bet bonus offers at dozens of online bookies.
Yet, if you look over BetWay’s terms and conditions regarding bonuses, there are no restrictions regarding betting in relations to bonuses. There was certainly nothing that restricted players from betting to earn a bonus faster, or any restrictions on any type of ‘methods’. Reports also began surfacing of BetWay slow playing multiple players, and confiscating deposits without reason or evidence of any wrong doing.
The company had probably not employed appropriate risk management, and the book’s funds were low. BetWay was taking on professional and recreational bettors, and was likely losing to the professionals. Moving forward, BetWay gets even more creative with the ways they try to steal winnings from their players.
More Scam Tactics
In late 2009, BetWay began seizing accounts for ridiculous reasons. By hiding outlandish conditions in the small print, the company outlawed arbitrage betting, hedge betting and other low risk bets. Of course, players had not read the small print and were not aware of this rule. When it came time for BetWay to pay out, users who requested a payout would have their account reviewed by management. Of course, according to management the players had violated this rule, and immediately had their winnings confiscated. In most cases, BetWay still never provided the appropriate evidence to substantiate this claim. They just took the winnings and moved on.
The book had simply put this rule into effect so it would be able to seize winnings from profitable bettors, and collect on the deposits of losing bettors. It was all just a way to take back any deposit bonuses or profits from winning players.
BetWay then began to claim players had multiple accounts and began confiscating winnings.Once again, several players had lost their balances, and/or winnings just based on accounts being “linked” at least according to BetWay. Again, little evidence was presented to the player, or to third party watchdog sites such as SBR.
Throughout, 2010 BetWay confiscated the funds in many accounts for dubious reasons and provided no evidence of these infractions. In some cases, BetWay seized accounts of €1,000 or more, without giving the accused player a chance to even communicate with management! They simply took the funds in the account, and ceased all communication.
Though BetWay has stated that it will revisit previous cases in which it suspected players of fraud, it has yet to act on these promises. A post in the SBR Forum in August of 2010 warns prospective bettors of BetWay’s tactics. Again, management confiscated the winnings of the bettor and did not provide him with any evidence to substantiate the claims that were used to accuse him of fraud.
Over the past few years, BetWay fortunately has gotten a poorer reputation among online sports bettors. The word, for the most part, has gotten out about their unscrupulous business practices. Still, bettors are still being taken advantage of by the bookmaker, which is still active as of July 2012.
Actively still thinking of new ways to cheat bettors, BetWay’s management enacted a rule that was only written in the small print of their bonus offers. In a ridiculous precedent, BetWay did not allow players to wager more than 30% in a single wager, of the value of their bonus to their accounts. So, if a player got a €100 deposit bonus, he could not wager more than €30 in a single wager, or he would be violating the bonus offer! Bettors of course were unaware of this and, constantly broke these ridiculous bonus rollover requirements. BetWay has currently seized over €3,500 from players using this absurd bonus restriction.
If you have deposited at BetWay and had your funds seized it would be best to contact the Lottery and Gaming Authority of Malta, and challenge the gaming body to look at BetWay’s operations and track record of deception. They have continually accepted deposits from bettors, given those bettors a deposit bonus and then voided their winnings without evidence of any wrong doing.
The sportsbook will do anything it can to not pay winners. International players have so many excellent choices when it comes to betting sports online that there is certainly no reason to give your money to the scum at BetWay. Avoid these guys like the plague.
Betway is a relative newcomer to the online bookmaking industry having just passed its ten-year mark of launching their website.
Betway.com and, specifically, sports.betway.com, is a prime segment of the Betway Limited Group, an international gambling company with licensing in Malta as well as other regulated marketplaces encompassing Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The main sportsbook caters to its UK based clientele first and foremost but does accept global players except for the areas we’ve mentioned previously.
The group enjoys a customer base of more than two million players on variations of its leading brand including Bingo, Casino, Poker, Vegas, and their prominent Sportsbook. Additionally, it operates under separate branding and a different customer base for Bingo on the Box, Dream Bingo, and Spin Casino.
- Established in 2006
- Website – sports.betway.com
- Licensed by Malta
- Gaming Commission
- Telephone – 0344 871 0000
- Email – email@example.com
HITS AND MISSES
- 100% Match Welcome Bonus for new registered players.
- Extensive live in-play betting menu.
- Live video streaming now available to players in the UK, Ireland, and Sweden.
- Betway Sports App available for Android and Apple devices.
- 30,000 betting markets offered.
- First bookmaker to launch an online esports portal.
- Somewhat questionable track record.
The Betway Group launched its sportsbook with a slightly different strategy than some of its competitors. Some a rich history in the industry with well-known names that have been around for decades. Then, there are others that are new, flashy and promotional driven. Betway is in another category.
Betway quickly built up dedicated clientele by implementing a successful strategy of promoting recognition through sponsorships. After all, most bettors are also sports enthusiasts and what better way to get your name in front of them, but to go directly to them via the games and matches they’re already watching and probably staking bets on as well.
We’re not only talking football here, which is the cornerstone of all UK sportsbooks, but their participation also encompasses boxing, darts, esports, horse racing, and snooker in addition to UK-based football.
It’s only just been the past few years since Betway initiated this type of involvement, but it’s been very successful for them creating brand awareness across the board. Darts was the first game “targeted” with a three-year deal with the Premiere League Darts.
Other endorsements and backing quickly followed with the intent to garner recognition through multiple sports deals.
Horse racing was the next customer base reached in 2014 with the Queen Mother Champion Race and Cheltenham Festival and then subsequent Lincoln Handicap, Chester Cup, and the Yorkshire Cup in 2015.
That year, Betway also kicked off its football sponsors with a £20 million multi-year deal as the official and primary sponsor of West Ham United including shirt and stadium branding accomplishing the blatant name brand recognition for which Betway’s sponsorship program was intended.
Darts, horse racing, and football were well underway so, of course, Betway was looking for new areas to cover and opted for snooker, tennis, and the relatively new esports phenomenon.
They claimed international sponsorship of the International Tennis Federations’ Davis Cup and Fed Cup while also enjoying the celebration of the Great Britain Davis Cup win in 2015. World Snooker participation included a three-year UK Championship deal, prominent placement for helping to reach those potential bettors as well.
Betway embraced the esports movement and got in on the ground floor of it in two different ways.
First off, the company added esports to its endorsement packages with the ESL UK Premiership in 2015, one of the largest esports UK tournaments and then grabbed the headline sponsorship of an actual team, the Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Secondly, and most notably, Betway became the first major bookmaker to launch an eSports portal on its website in August of 2015. Esports.betway.com opened up eSports betting with pre-game, in-play, and long-term markets. Betway banked on the growing popularity of these new “professional athletes, ” and gaming competitions and their bet seem to be paying off for continued growth and expansion.
As their sponsorship initiatives proved successful in the United Kingdom, Betway branched out with German and Belgian football deals as well as implementing a similar strategy with the group’s other brands including Dream Bingo claiming headline rights of the Inside Soap Awards and Betway Bingo supporting Big Brother UK.
Betway is a well-known player in online bookmaking as a direct result of this strategy but, of course, just getting your name out there isn’t enough. With so many sportsbooks vying for new and repeat business, a wide range of sports, an abundance of betting markets, and offering competitive odds is vital.
We’ll get into all of the specifics throughout this review but, suffice it to say, that Betway is a big name in the industry with a first class website and betting opportunities that punters are seeking.
Over 30,000 betting markets and a wide range of sporting events is more than enough to satisfy the demand of ever-evolving sports bettors. All of the mainstays are covered, and volleyball, handball, cycling, futsal, pool, and specials provide the extras that regular players are looking for from their chosen bookmaker. You will see more of a focus on sports as opposed to non-sporting events such as politics or reality show proposition bets.
As far as live in-play betting, something that is in high demand these days, Betway does offer in-play betting but, until recently, did not host live video streaming of the events. That has recently changed for its customers in the UK, Ireland, and Sweden, though and there is a dedicated live streaming landing page now set up at http://new.betway.com/en/livestreaming/.
It can be a bit of a challenge to be creative and design-focused when creating a sports betting website. It needs to be statistics and information-heavy, so it doesn’t make sense to add chaos by integrating a bunch of design elements.
The most important thing that a sportsbook operator can do is provide as much information about the actual betting events as possible in a manner that’s easy to access and not overwhelming.
It’s designed to be all black, green, and white except the little icons designating various sports. They’re in multi-colors and pop to make each easily identifiable.
Let’s start with the top of the homepage and all of the first selections players need to register and begin betting.
Right under the primarily top menu that lists Betway’s other betting areas (casino, poker, etc.) are the keys to registration and use:
1. Selection of odds
We’ll go a bit out of order because, first and foremost, is the language selection and Betway offers their website with 14 translations including Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Latvian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.
After language selection, the green “Register” button opens up the player account registration page prompting new customers to create their username and password as well as provide some basic personal information.
Registered players can simply input their username and password in the Log-in boxes, and they can start placing their bets, which takes us over to the “Selection of Odds” offered in Fractional, Decimal, and American formats.
If customer service is needed, the support button links to the help area for pre-printed documentation, the actual live chat support that’s available 24/7, or phone and email support.
Throughout the rest of the homepage, there are links to current promotions including Betway’s Welcome Bonus that is a 100% match play sportsbook bonus with a maximum of £30 to £150 depending upon the new player’s residence. We’ll get more into the welcome and other bonuses shortly. There are also links to help documents, details on betting, and other getting started information packets.
The homepage also gets right to the heart of it all with the actual betting lines. All of the sports are listed on the left side with designation wherever in-play betting is available. This menu is pretty standard but laid out conveniently.
A standout feature of Betway’s sportsbook, though, is in the prominent placement of the Bet Slip, Cash Out, and My Bets. These three betting tools are located at the top right of the homepage, under the log-in area, providing convenient account management all in one place. Many sportsbooks will feature the bet slip in that position but then “cash out” can be a bit challenging to find. The “My Bets” is also not standard everywhere, but desirable especially for dedicated players who have multiple wagers going on simultaneously.
Betway has accomplished putting forth a neat, concise, and stylish website. It is very similar in nature to many of its competitors, but keeping the colors consistent, an area for player account management and its stats neatly filed in categories provides for a better experience for its users.
What They Do Well
We don’t want to be redundant and go through the website set up again in its entirety, but we do feel the Betway slightly edges out its competition in the user-friendly category with convenient links and player account information placed together at the top of the homepage.
Another website-specific feature that is beneficial to new bettors is the instructional materials provided:
1. How to place a bet.
2. Betting markets offered.
3. Explanation of system bets.
These are all housed in the “Betting Help” area with the link located in the footer area of the homepage. Of course, more experienced bettors would bypass this area, but newbies or even those wishing to expand into some new areas of sports wagering will appreciate the detail that Betway put into this area.
There is a seven-step “how to” on actually placing the bet itself that gets into moving the odds price to the bet slip, potential return per stake amount, the win versus each-way bet, “accept only higher odds” option, and how to combine several markets on one slip. Even a novice will feel comfortable as long as they reference each step along the way.
The betting markets information explains things like handicap betting, scorecast, bookings, double chance, and goal/no goal including an overview of the actual bet and what it takes to win.
System bets involve three or more selections at one time, and there are so many variations of system bets that also depend upon the actual number of selections that it’s helpful to have this handy reference as a guide. The system bets material includes accumulator 4-15, trixie, patent, goliath, forecasts, and many others that also includes horse racing which is also housed in the sportsbook.
Aside from the website and the player conveniences provided by Betway, they offer pretty standard lines so that bettors will receive good value here. The margins are a bit high on tennis and ice hockey, but odds on football and other sporting events are all pretty competitive.
Could They Do Some Things Better?
To answer this question, we go straight to Betway’s clientele who have first-hand knowledge of the service including the menu of offerings, payouts, and customer service and the answers were somewhat consistent.
There are three areas in which Betway could provide more customer satisfaction. The first is in their banking process. The options and timeline for deposits are suitable, and no one has any major complaints, but payouts are slow, especially in comparison to some of Betway’s leading competitors. E-wallet withdrawals have been known to take four or five days whether through Skrill, PayPal or Neteller.
One thing we noted about Betway regarding funding and cashing out is the limited amount of information posted on their website. For a sportsbook that is superior in instructional and reference materials, they do come up short in providing deposit and withdrawal details. They do list the available options and minimum deposit and withdrawal amounts, but neglect to provide maximum transaction limits as well as details on fees, just stating that fees may be assessed.
The live in-play betting and, specifically, the availability of streaming video has also been mentioned but, thumbs up to Betway as they listened to their customers and had already been addressing this issue. Live video feeds have recently been made available to Betway members in the UK, Ireland, and Sweden. We would expect more upcoming expansion as live in-play betting is in high demand and these bettors appreciate the opportunity to enjoy the game or match in progress.
Our last topic in this area of potential improvement is case-by-case basis related and involves the management of player accounts. There have been several consistent remarks made about Betway’s policies concerning the lucky bettors who cashed out significant amounts or won a good size bet using a qualified bonus. Players have expressed their disappointment in being considered ineligible for future promotions after successfully using one, or having their accounts limited or even closed after winning a substantial wager.
The bookmaker does have the discretion of managing the betting process, and every situation is different, but Betway could do better in managing player perception and publicly promote that winners are welcome.
Good Sports to Bet on at This Site
For the most part, Betway offers competitive lines on all sports but players may find tennis and ice hockey events to have slightly higher margins in comparison those offered through some other bookmakers.
The UK’s game of choice, none other than football, has a half million pound payout on top level games as well as live in-play action.
The sportsbook menu:
- American Football
- Aussie Rules
- Baseball *
- Basketball *
- Cricket *
- eSports *
- Football *
- Gaelic Sports
- Ice Hockey
- Motor Sport
- Rugby League
- Rugby Union
- Tennis *
- UFC / Martial Arts
*Denotes in-play betting.
The sportsbook also encompasses horse racing as there is not a separate racebook assigned. You’ll note that, unlike many of its competitors, this site does offer many non-sporting competitions like politics, reality shows or entertainment. It keeps its focus on sports.
Betting markets vary per event, but this site promotes the availability of 30,000 sports betting markets for its players including:
Bookings – Selecting the overall booking points to be under, over or between a specified number.
Double Chance – Covering two out of the three possible outcomes. 1/X for a home win or match draw; X/2 for an away win or match draw; 1/2 home or away win with no draw option.
Draw No Bet – If the team wins, the player wins. If the team draws, the player is refunded.
Goal/No Goal – Goal is the prediction that both teams will score and No Goal for neither team to score.
The Handicap Line – For unequal match-ups, the favorite is handicapped. Draws result in the wager being refunded.
Scorecast – Encompasses both the first player to score and the total result, and both must be successful for a resulting win.
Total Goal Minutes – The result of adding up the actual time in with each goal is scored in a single game. The total compares to the quoted spread.
Some options don’t warrant any explanation as the name says it all. They include:
- Correct Score
- First Scorer
- Half Time-Full Time (outcomes)
- Half Time Result
While the minimum on most bets is as little as 10p, the maximums on bets are all depending on the event as well as the posted odds, so will vary by the maximum payout listed per sport.
A £250,000 maximum for top-level tennis, darts, snooker, ice hockey and American sports is fairly competitive although some sportsbooks do have higher payout limits. Regarding football, though, the £500,000 limit on top-tier football is quite a bit lower than a few of the big guys, who post £2 million payout caps.
Boxing, cricket, eSports, Gaelic sports, handball, motor racing, rugby, and volleyball all have £100,000 payouts for top tournaments and non-sporting events limits come in at £25,000.
Additionally, there is a cap set on what one player can win across all sports in a 24-hour period set at £500,000. So, if a player’s tickets total £550,000, they will only be paid £500,000.
So Should I Bet at the Site?
There are a lot of moving pieces and parts involved in online sports betting. Educated bettors have an entire list of things to consider when selecting the right sportsbook for them. There are factors like the website navigation, sports menu, markets, in-play and video streaming, banking options and turnaround times, bonuses and other promotions, mobile play, payout limits, reputation, and customer service.
The website overall is quite user-friendly. It has easy to follow menus as well as betting and account management links all in one area for quick wagering and the review of those bets.
The sports menu is comprehensive but, if you’re a fan of those non-sports proposition bets, you may be a bit disappointed. Betway is a sports bettor’s platform and has very few non-sports offerings. As a pioneer in online eSports betting, though, Betway comes out on top and will offer the biggest tournaments available.
Live in-play action is plentiful and essential to some online bettors who prefer this type of pastime. The betting side is covered but live video streaming is not open to all players. Betway is behind some of its competitors in providing this service but has now launched feeds accessible to British, Irish, and Swedish players. We assume they’ll continue to expand the feed offerings as well as soon offer them to players regardless of locale.
Conducting financial transactions should be fairly simple as long as players aren’t expecting immediate receipt of payouts. Betway’s system includes some extra time for payment processing thereby extending the turnaround time typically by a few days.
Bonuses and promotions like the Free Bet Club and NBA In-play Special do add some additional fun and excitement for players who enjoy the opportunity to rack up some free bet money or take advantage of money back refunds. It can take a bit of the sting out of losing. Players can have some fun seeing what new promotions pop up and place some bets in accordance.
The mobile play also enhances the options and opportunities for Betway players and is available on smartphones and tablets, Android or Apple, so players that prefer mobile betting will enjoy the Betway platform on the go. The Betway app is downloadable from the Google Play or Apple store.
As far as Betway as a whole, the company is reputable and well-established with multiple gaming licenses across the globe. It’s a member of the Remote Gambling Association, the European Sports Security Association, and the Independent Betting Adjudication Service. Betway’s service is also accredited by eCOGRA and certified for fair game play. The sportsbook processes high volumes of wagers and players can be assured that it’s a stable prominent bookmaker.
The Customer Services department is readily available for any assistance that’s needed whether on registration, actual betting, bonus, promotions or financial transactions. 24/7 Live Chat is a great benefit to players that need their questions answered as soon as possible and it’s comforting to know that someone from Betway is always available.
When you take everything into consideration, interaction with Betway should be straightforward and effortless. Plenty of tips and information is available and a step by step guide to placing a bet will provide a comfort level to even the most inexperienced sports bettor.
Promotions and Bonus Offers
Betway does offer some fun bonuses that enhance the overall experience. They’re unique to each betting area, so the sportsbook has a different bonus than the casino, bingo room, or the poker room.
The Welcome Bonus is always the first bonus that a player reviews and sometimes can be the make or break factor in whether someone registers a new account or not. Betway’s welcome bonus is pretty standard. It’s not as high as some other sportsbooks, but it is fairly comparable to many. It can be a bit confusing, though, as Betway has different match play offerings that coincide with separate geographical areas, so there are three distinct welcome bonus offers.
Canada, Ireland or the UK – 100% on the first deposit up to £30 and the bonus is credited as a free bet account.
Finland, Norway, or Sweden – 100% on the first deposit up to £100 and the bonus is credited as a bonus account.
Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, or Switzerland – 100% of the first deposit up to £150 and the bonus is credited as a bonus account.
The minimum deposit made must be at least £10 and here’s a bit of a hidden stipulation that some players may overlook if they don’t read the terms and conditions (or our review) first. The deposit must be made with either a debit or credit card or PayPal transaction within seven days of the account registration. There are also play through and minimum odds requirements on bonus awards so it’s always advisable to review everything to avoid missing out on some cash out funds.
Betway Free Bet Club – Here’s another way to pick up some free betting money. This one is pretty simple. Players opt into the club and then wager at least £25 on football trebles or higher (with combined odds of 2/1 or more) in one week’s time to be credited with a £5 free bet on Saturday and a £5 free bet on Monday.
NBA In-Play Special – This is a money back promotion on NBA in-play game betting. If the in-play bet loses and the last score is a three-pointer, Betway issues the player a refund in the form of a free bet that’s comparable to the original stake up to a £25 limit.
Betway Plus – This is an ongoing, not seasonal, loyalty program that is site-wide and encompasses the casino and bingo area as well as the sportsbook. It’s a multi-tier program and the higher a player’s betting level, the higher the loyalty tier. All players are automatically enrolled in this club and start earning plus points that can be redeemed for bonuses, credits, and free bets once the plus member reaches the 5,000 point level.
The players in the higher level tiers earn plus points at a faster rate and also receive VIP customer support, exclusive gifts, and private invitations to worldwide sporting events. Betway Plus is a benefit to repeat bettors as they can reap some real rewards over time.
It takes money to make money in sports betting, so players need to have convenient ways to transfer real money into their Betway player’s account:
- Visa – Credit or Debit
- Visa – Electron
- Direct Bank Transfer
There are nearly as many ways to cash out on Betway as there are to deposit and they do match up one for one except for Mastercard and the Paysafecard. Those two methods are acceptable for depositing only to the player’s account.
Cash out timelines are not posted on the website but, based on player feedback, we’ve learned that even e-wallet deposits like Neteller, PayPal, and Skrill have a 4-5 day turnaround time for receipt of funds. Additionally, Betway lists that fees may be assessed to withdrawals but fails to provide any detailed information beyond that.
The withdrawal minimum is £10 and anyone who is not a resident of Great Britain and requests a withdrawal amount equivalent to more than 2.000 in Euros is required to provide identity verification.
- Visa – Credit or Debit
- Visa – Electron
- Direct Bank Transfer
Level of Customer Service
Customer service is the area that’s the most open to interpretation as opposed to any other service provided by online sportsbooks. Betway does make itself available. Players can phone, email, or connect with a customer service agent instantly via the live chat feature on betway.com. The department never closes thereby allowing players to receive immediate help with their time-sensitive questions.
As far as politeness and friendliness, customers have been pleased with the courtesy extended to them. However, as far as accurateness of information, there’s a bit of a discrepancy. Many people are happy with the overall experience but others say that the response was not spot-on and had to contact the department again.
Customer Service Department:
24/7 Live Chat
Phone: 0808 238 9841
What Else Does the Site Offer?
The brand offers more than their sportsbook that, by the way, encompasses their racebook as well. Pull up betway.com and players can then access other gaming areas including the Casino, Live Casino, Vegas, Poker, and Bingo.
The Casino itself is a multi-functional area that’s comprised of:
- Slots – including three-reel, five-reel, and progressive
- Video Poker
- Other Games such as Keno and Super Bonus Bingo
The slots area is not just an afterthought; it’s the primary focus of Betway’s Casino offering an incredible 400 different slot games including retro and progressive jackpot. Betway’s use of Microgaming technology offers players the best in online gaming with unique themes, quality graphics, and extensive mobile play offerings.
When we refer to progressive jackpot games, we’re not just talking about £100 or £100. How does £9 million sound? Mega Moolah and Mega Moolah Isis both carry that huge jackpot possibility for dedicated slot players. The opportunity is not just pie in the sky. Betway paid out a £13 million Mega Moolah grand prize to a British soldier from Chelsea who wagered 25p!
22 Video Poker games provide for a relatively substantial Video Poker bank, and standards, like Jacks or Better, are supplemented with some fun variations like Tens or Better, Bonus Deuces Wild Power Play, and Tens or Better Power Play.
The Table Game area is not too shabby either. 22 types of Blackjack alone could keep the avid player busy for quite some time. Multi-wheel Roulette Gold Series, Progressive Cyberstud Poker, High Limit Baccarat, Sic Bo, and Red Dog tables also have seats ready and waiting.
And, if you want to take a seat at a table and prefer a Live Dealer experience, Betway understands your preference. The Live Casino is filled with multiple tables of eight different games featuring Baccarat, Live Immersive Roulette, Three Card Poker, and Blackjack to name a few.
Supplement the casino area with seven games of Keno, Bingo, and Flip Card, and there should be something for everyone. Not to mention an entirely different Betway Bingo area for enthusiastic bingo players who enjoy non-stop action, and a totally separate Las Vegas-style casino that also includes its separate slots, video poker, and live action games.
The poker room is highly regarded by players for its 30% Rakeback and generous promotions and rewards. New players are invited to freerolls and turbo tournaments, regular players are eligible for weekly promotions and rewards, and all are welcomed to take poker lessons right from Betway.
The sportsbook has recently become a recognized name amongst bookmakers, but its wide variety of gaming options make it appealing to online bettors across the board.
Are Other Bookmakers Better?
Before we pit Betway up against its competitors, let’s sum up the site as a whole.
We’d consider this one to be a very sports-driven bookmaker without a lot of bells and whistles that some others feature. The games are plentiful and cover a wide range of preferences but they don’t delve deeply into non-sporting events such as politics or entertainment. Traditional sports bettors will appreciate the focus on what they love best. Live in-play action is offered on football, tennis, basketball, cricket, baseball, esports, and volleyball. The betting procedure is user-friendly and customer service availability is around the clock.
When you take this fairly traditional sportsbook and compare it to some of its big UK-based competitors, you’ll see that everyone has similar offerings and benefits but there are just slight edges in certain areas.
Maximum payout limits provide a topic that’s pretty cut and dry. You will find better payouts, particularly on top-level football, on sportsbooks like bet365 or William Hill. We’re looking at £500,000 compared to £2 million, so that’s pretty significant for high rollers looking for the best possible action.
Odds are pretty standard across the board. Some sportsbooks may offer better lines on tennis and ice hockey, but everything else is competitive especially football. Betway is also reputed to have a top-notch statistics service with handy links available on the market selections.
Live in-play betting also has a level playing field but when you factor in live video streaming, the winner typically comes out as Betfair, which has an extensive schedule of live events as well as offers its customers the opportunity to stream multiple events at once. Betfair does have some geographical restrictions as well, but those are event-dependent and not straight across the board.
Betway’s banking options also come with some pluses and minuses. On the plus side, there’s a full menu of methods that should satisfy everyone including debit and credit cards, e-wallets, and prepaid cards. On the other hand, the site may tack on some fees not assessed by some of the other sportsbooks, their withdrawals take a bit longer, and their specifics regarding the fees and turnaround times are not fully disclosed.
Regarding the overall gambling experience encompassing casino and poker, Betway takes a commanding lead for its Microgaming software powered games and colossal catalog of 400 different slot games alone. Separate bingo and poker rooms and a Vegas casino contribute to the all-around experience also providing this site with high marks on its website as a whole. Attractive, user-friendly and mobile, players will appreciate this top-quality product.
Betway is not the biggest sportsbook nor is it the bookmaker with the most experience backing it, but this relatively new brand has done a lot of things to earn its place on numerous lists of most popular websites for sports bettors.
We’re impressed with their successful marketing strategy that resulted in massive name recognition through sponsorships of sporting events, the same types of events also offered on sports.betway.com. It was a clever way to appeal to the perfect potential customer and they accomplished it by covering a wide variety of sports in a relatively short amount of time.
The markets offered by this site compete with the best of them and, as we’ve mentioned, the odds are competitive and very good on football (soccer), basketball, and American football. Punters can definitely do better on tennis and ice hockey but the rest of the lineup is pretty standard and rivals its competitors.
An interesting thing about Betway is that most people have the same feedback regarding this sportsbook. It’s very sports-oriented and doesn’t go crazy with non-sporting or virtual events. It offers a huge number of markets to appeal to the seasoned bettors, the payouts are good, and they continuously strive to improve their cash out process and turnaround time as well as customer service.
It’s a high-quality, upscale, easy to navigate website experience that’s just as accessible on the go through the Betway app. The site definitely tries to put their customer’s betting convenience as the top priority.
Betway is an international gambling company founded in 2006 with licenses in several countries, including the UK, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Italy and Malta. The Betway brand is part of the Betway Group which is based in Guernsey and Malta.
The brand promotes its services through the sponsorship of several sporting events such as horse racing, tennis, snooker, football, darts and boxing. For example, Betway is well known as being the official sponsor of the West Ham United football club.
Betway is accredited by eCOGRA, an international regulatory body for online gambling. The betting site is also a member of the Remote Gambling Association, the Independent Betting Adjudication Service and the European Sports Security Association. There are plenty of reasons to make Betway your next bookmaker. Between the variety of Betway deposit and withdrawal methods, the friendly and helpful customer service department, the vast selection of sports to place bets on, the easy-to-use interface that accommodates mobile betting, and the excellent Betway bonus and app, you can’t go wrong with this provider.
The result of the OpenOdds Betway review
Our OpenOdds Betway review found that there are several advantages to choosing this bookmaker. Their live betting service is sophisticated, with offers across a range of markets, and the sportsbook pages are straightforward to use. You’ll be hard-pressed to find another bookmaker that pays as much attention to the aesthetics of their product as much as the bookie Betway does.
OUR TIP: Three reasons for Betway!
- Fronted by the legendary Zlatan Ibrahimovic
- Huge range of markets around the clock
- Perfect for all punters
Since Betway is one of the industry-leading bookies, we are giving them highly respectable ratings in the upper 90’s. The review carried out by OpenOdds has concluded that Betway is well worth betting on when compared to some of the other bookmakers in the marketplace.
Erfahrungen mit betway: An industry-leading bookmaker
- Comprehensive approach to customer service available 24 hours each day.
- Deposits/withdrawals are hassle-free, with a wide variety of payment methods.
- Betting access to all the popular sports and many niche sports too
- No shortage of great in-play betting markets all year round.
- 128-bit SSL digital encryption ensures high levels of online security.
Betway: OpenOdds detailed rating report regarding this top bookmaker
Our OpenOdds team examines all bookmakers according to a list of 10 categories. Our Betway review focused on:
01.Bonuses: User-friendly special offer for new customers
Betway's Bonus Program10/10 Punkte
- Welcome bonus up to £30
- Simple and easy-to-claim bonus
- No bonus code required and a minimum deposit of £10
- Place qualifying bets (odds of 1.75 or more)
- Extra bet tokens expire after seven days
Betway offers a sports betting bonus of 100% up £30. The Betway bonus is fairly small when compared to some bonuses from other top providers, but our OpenOdds teams believe that it is worth taking a look at. We also appreciated that all new customers are rewarded with this bonus, and no Betway bonus code is required to take advantage of this offer. Not having to track down an updated Betway bonus code means that you can be sure of a quick and easy boost on your sports bets.
To ensure that you meet the requirements for the Betway welcome bonus, you’ll need to follow Betway’s rules. First, you’ll have to place a minimum deposit of £10 with a credit card, debit card or PayPal account. Once you’ve made your deposit, place bets that equal the value of your initial deposit. Keep in mind that you must place your qualifying bets within seven calendar days of making your first deposit. If you fail to do so, you will lose your opportunity to take advantage of the Betway bonus.
Furthermore, single bets must be placed at odds of 1.75 or more, and accumulators/system bets must be placed at odds of 1.40 or higher. With the correct betting strategies, unlocking this sports betting bonus shouldn’t be too hard. Terms and conditions apply, 18+.
Overall, the Betway bonus is roughly on par with the best free bets offers found elsewhere and we think it’s a great example of a sports betting bonus. Welcome bonuses like this are perfect for getting a little more from your sports bets. We see this bonus as being a generous offer, and a great way to get you started with this provider. In addition to this, once you’ve played through your Betway bonus offer, you’ll find that Betway’s other features make this bookmaker worthwhile. Keep reading to see why our Betway rating is so high.
02.Customer Services: Get 24/7 help with your sports bets
Betway's Customer Services10/10 Punkte
- 24/7 customer support
- Telephone, live chat and email support offered
- Comprehensive FAQ on the website
- Support in up to 15 languages
Is Betway safe, and can you contact them 24 hours a day, seven days a week? One way to test out the legitimacy of any online betting site is to scroll through their customer service information, and even check out their customer service features. While we do recommend taking the time to evaluate Betway customer service for yourself, our OpenOdds team of experts makes sure to test out the customer service department of all of the betting sites we assess.
Our team has concluded that you won’t be disappointed by Betway. Punters can contact Betway 24 hours a day via telephone, live chat, or email. Betway’s website also includes a comprehensive FAQ section which can give you quick answers to questions such as how to make a withdrawal, how to use your Betway bonus, or how to change your account details. We recommend that for more complex questions, or questions related to your banking information, you should give Betway a call. Their dedicated customer support team can communicate in up to 15 languages and are available 24 hours each day, plus many Betway reviews have noted how the brand’s agents will provide a fast and efficient response to your queries.
03. Sports Covered: All major and minor sports featured
Betway's Sports Coverage10/10 Punkte
- Comprehensive range of sports on offer
- All top daily sporting options covered
- Caters for all levels of sports betting fans
- Good range of niche sports are offered
- Nice coverage of esports
There is no shortage of sports covered at Betway. Our Betway sportsbook review found a comprehensive array of sports on offer, including options such as football, basketball, hockey, boxing, tennis, motorsports, horse racing and a whole lot more. If you have ever struggled to find a bookmaker that can cater to your sports betting needs, then Betway will be a pleasant surprise. Betway is truly a brand that takes pride in the diversity of its betting options, and they offer plenty of betting markets for anything from esports and UFC fighting to beach soccer and even politics. For that reason, we can see that Betway has easily made our shortlist of the best online bookmakers. Plus the variety of bets means that you’ll have plenty of options for using your Betway bonus. Welcome bonuses like the Betway sign up offer are mercifully free of restrictions over what kinds of sports you can wager on, make sure that you read the small print.
04.Payment Methods: A large variety of safe options
Betway's Payment Methods10/10 Punkte
- All major payment methods accepted
- Plenty of e-wallets facilitated
- Most credit and debit cards featured
- Minimum deposit of £10
Betway has gone to great lengths to ensure that all the major recognised payment processors can be used to deposit and withdraw funds and you should be able to make a bank transfer, eCheck, iDebit and more. The options which are available to you include Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, Neteller, Skrill and Paysafecard. Depending on your location you might also be able to use alternative payment methods like Giropay, Usemybank, InstaDebit, Echeck, Payspark, Ukash, ClickandBuy, Click2Pay, bank transfer, eCheck and a few others.
The deposit options mentioned above will be instant – the only deposit method with a delay is direct bank transfer, which can take up to three business days for the money to show up in your account. Just keep in mind that the minimum deposit is £10 for a bank transfer, eCheck, iDebit and all other options. It might also be worth making a higher initial deposit to take advantage of the welcome bonus mentioned above. Don’t forget that some deposit methods like bank transfer, eCheck, Skrill, Neteller, Paysafecard and more might not qualify for the welcome bonus.
05.Security: How safe is Betway gaming and sports betting?
How safe is Betway?10/10 Punkte
- Online betting environment is 100% secure
- Fully licensed by UK Gambling Commission
- State of the art security measures
- Safe and fair certification from eCOGRA
Betway has gone to great lengths to ensure that its online betting environment is 100% secure. All of the payment options are recognised, reliable and trusted. Betway is also fully licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission. This means that the betting site possesses state-of-the-art security with regards to the handling and processing of money.
The independent gaming regulator, eCOGRA, has given Betway a ‘Safe and Fair’ certificate. This is in part, thanks to the betting site’s 128-bit SSL digital encryption, which ensures that all of your data will be completely secure. All of which helps Betway maintain its reputation as being one of the most trustworthy bookmakers when it comes to online security and its UK Gambling Commission license means that it’s perfectly legal to bet here.
06.Betting Odds: Competitive odds for all sports
How good are Betway's odds?10/10 Punkte
- Competitive betting odds for many sports
- Includes helpful statistics with your betting options
- Decent odds for the biggest sports events
- Enhanced odds often offers available
When it comes to betting odds, Betway could offer a touch more value, as some other bookmakers can sometimes offer you a better price for some sports. On the plus side, if you are looking for a decent bet on all of the largest sporting events, Betway is always worth a look. This is especially so, as Betway provide you with plenty of helpful statistics that should mean that you never make an ill-informed sports bet. Additionally, Betway has implemented a comprehensive horse racing sports betting service that covers all UK and Irish races.
Since Betway is a brand that operates in the fiercely competitive sports betting industry, they have taken the wise move of introducing some helpful promotions that give you a little extra with their odds. This can be seen through Betway’s enhanced odds promotions which give you a chance to place bets at some truly spectacular prices for certain sporting events. As a result, we highly recommend regularly checking out the new promotions offered by Betway to see if there are any enhanced odds deals on offer.
07.User-friendliness: Well-designed and intuitive betting site
How easy is Betway to use?10/10 Punkte
- Visually-pleasing website design
- Easy to navigate and find your sports bets
- Quick-loading site on computer or mobile
- App available for iOS and Android mobile devices
When you visit the Betway homepage, you’ll be able to find odds for your desired sport with minimal effort. The menu allows you a straightforward way to navigate the website, and the whole Betway experience often feels effortless when compared to some other online bookies. We should note that the Betway app is available for iOS and Android users, and it offers a great way to bet on to go. Plus there’s an excellent Betway casino app too.
Whether you are logging in, adding funds to your account, or are placing a last-minute in-play bet, Betway’s site is impressively quick to operate. You won’t miss a second of the sporting activity, as your bets can be placed in an efficient way that’s easy enough for even newcomers to sports betting to understand. So whether you are using the standard betting site or the mobile platform, Betway makes it simple to enjoy high-quality sports betting.
08.In-play Product: What Betway live sports are available?
Betway's Live Betting Service10/10 Punkte
- Impressive number of in-play events offered
- Place your bets as the action unfolds
- Live statistics and graphic visualisation
- Most sporting events will have a live betting option
The number of in-play events that Betway offers throughout the year is awe-inspiring. Whether you are into football, tennis, cricket, rugby or less popular sports, this bookmaker excels at putting a decent variety of live betting markets. For those of you who love the excitement of placing a bet as the action is unfolding, then Betway will not disappoint. The only drawback of the Betway in-play betting service is the fact that it does not offer a live streaming feature. Thankfully, Betway will keep you updated through plenty of live statistics and even a cool graphic visualiser so that you can make a well-informed in-play sport bet.
09.Other Products: Plenty of games at the Betway casino
What else does Betway have to offer?10/10 Punkte
- Casino section available for Betway customers
- Massive variety of slots games
- Excellent live dealer table games
- Video poker, bingo and keno also available
Our Betway sportsbook review found that this site has way more than just sports bets on offer. We found that the brand has an excellent gaming site that can give you a great chance to enjoy something a little different at the casino. Betway casino services include a truly massive range of online slots games that are quick and easy to play, and there’s also a nice variety of 3 card poker, video poker and bingo options along with everything else that you’d expect to find at a casino.
Betway casino has also been quick to make sure that their casino has plenty of quality table games like roulette, three card poker and blackjack. There’s also the option of visiting the Betway live casino where you get to play classic games against a real-life dealer on table games including baccarat and blackjack via your computer or through the Betway casino app. With many games at the live casino powered by Evolution Gaming, it means that you’re in for a great time. Don’t forget about Betway’s esports betting area that features great odds on titles like League Of Legends, DOTA 2, Overwatch and CS:GO.
10.Bet Limits: Big winnings to be had at Betway
Betway's Betting Limits10/10 Punkte
- Minimum bet of £0.10
- All betting limit information is readily available
- Up to £500,000 in winnings for most sports
- Win up to £25,000 for smaller niche sports
Betway’s minimum bet is £0.10. In general, the maximum bet is determined by the payment cap of each sports market. Even if you are a low stake betting fan, the payout limits should be of interest to you. This is because there’s always the chance of getting lucky with your sports bet, and there would be nothing worse than to see your profits compromised through some tight betting limits.
Thankfully, Betway has made it clear as to how much you can win at their site as the information is readily available in the Maximum Payouts section of the Betting Rules area. The payout limits depend on the sport that you are betting on. For example, you can win as much as £500,000 on major football matches. Bear in mind that some smaller sports might have betting limits that cap your winnings at a still respectable £25,000.
If you are interested in placing bets with very high odds across multiple markets, then be careful not to exceed betting limits. So always examine the relevant information on betting limits before laying down your sports bets.
Our Verdict of betway:One of the leading bookmakers
Overall, this Betway review shows that this is a bookmaker that you can trust. Is Betway safe? With licensing from the UK Gambling Commission, a fully encrypted website, and reliable payment methods like Skrill, Neteller, Paysafecard and more, Betway are about as safe as you can get, and their certifications from regulatory bodies like eCOGRA has helped the Betway rating score highly.
Betway’s odds scored well when you carry out a betting odds comparison with other bookmakers. Plus you can expect impressive betting options across a wide variety of sports, with in-play sports betting available for a large number of events. With many of the games in the live casino powered by Evolution Gaming, it shows that Betway is serious about their gaming options too. The customer service department is also worthy of a mention as it’s open 24/7 and always there to help you make the most out of the UK Gambling Commission-licensed site. So in conclusion, we’d recommend Betway to anybody who wants a safe, easy and profitable way to bet on sport or table games including blackjack and roulette 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Betway provides its online-only services to more than 2 million users across Europe. They can boast of having top of the range of gambling products, and a quality e-sports betting platform. In our Betway review, we’ll be looking at bonuses, odds levels, security and customer service, before seeing it tested against the other best betting sites in the UK.
Needless to say, there are numerous facets of the Betway sportsbook that each require our special attention. In order to tackle these one by one, we’ll first offer our full analysis of the online sportsbook and all the related aspects such as the betting options, the licensing procedures and some background information about the company itself. Our detailed sub reviews will then focus on the mobile app, the bonus deals, the live betting arena and the terms and conditions – keep reading below for the full report.
The Online Sportsbook
Betway are well up there with the industry leaders when it comes to providing a top selection of different sports markets. One area where the bookie can be criticised however, is with the rather disappointing lack of coverage for UK and Irish greyhound races. Although this doesn't leave too big of a stain on the bookmaker’s otherwise first-rate reputation, it was something we had to take into consideration when going through the point allocation process.
Sports Markets and Betting Types
For the most part, all the sports markets you’d expect to find in a top quality bookmaker have been catered for. The big four sports in football, cricket, horse racing and tennis are of course all well looked after, with each market having a vast range of different domestic and international leagues and competitions on offer. There’s also a good selection of some of the more specialised sporting options for punters that like to bet outside the most popular sports; floorball, pesapallo, futsal and bandy are just a few of the less widely followed options that are made available with this operator.
With regard to the previously mentioned lack of coverage for UK and Irish greyhound racing events, we feel as though there’s room for a considerable amount of improvement here. As we’re sure most punters would agree, greyhound races have long been a staple part of British sports betting culture. With this in mind, we would expect one of the leading operators to carry at least a good selection of British and Irish racing meets. Instead, there are only a minute number of greyhound races on offer on selected days. As a result of this, we were left with no choice other than to deduct a couple of points.
One area where the operator does slightly manage to make up for its lack of coverage in the greyhound racing department is with its dedicated eSports betting portal. Simply put, there’s not a single operator on the market that takes e-gaming as seriously as Betway. Via the separate eSports portal on the website, punters can choose from well over 10 different high-profile, international e-gaming events, and also get expert betting tips, gaming advice, and updates on the latest news from the industry via the exclusive eSports blog. Although this doesn’t completely make up for the severe lack of greyhound coverage, they do manage to claw back a point or two for their outstanding performance here.
In-play Betting & Live Streaming
Although the live streaming service isn’t the strongest feature of this betting operator, there is a decent amount of coverage for a select few sports. The sports available for streaming are: tennis, football, ice hockey and volleyball. When we consider that there are a fair few operators out there that only allow you to view British and Irish racing events, this is by no means a poor selection of sports. However, the limited number of available streams per day, and the lack of any kind of live streaming schedule does mean that the bookie can’t be awarded full marks here.
Our separate live review will go into more detail and analyse all the ins and outs of the in-play betting platform. Some of the major positive talking points however are the super-fast odds updates, the live infographic, and the availability of the cash out option.
|The Most Popular Sports Markets at Betway|
|Football (104)||Basketball (10)||Ice Hockey (8)||E-sports (12)||Darts (7)|
|UEFA Champions League||NBA||NHL||League of Legends||Betway Premier league|
|English Premier League||NCCA (USA)||KHL||Hearthstone||World Championship|
|Bundesliga||Euroleague||Liiga (FIN)||Dota 2||Champions League of Darts|
|La Liga||Eurocup||SHL (SWE)||CS.GO||Dubai Masters|
|S- League (SGP)||Lega A (ITA)||International||World of Tanks||World Cup of Darts|
|A PFG (BGR)||LNB (ARG)||GET-Ligaen (NOR)||Heroes of the Storm||World Matchplay|
Our separate live review will go into more detail, and assess the ins and outs of the in-play betting platform. For now however, we’ll say that some of the major positive talking points are the super-fast odds updates, the live infographic, and the ability to use the cash out option.
Whereas most bookmakers will almost always have a maximum number of single bet selections that can be added to the bet slip, Betway pretty much allow you to have as many as you like. The highest number we’ve in our reviews so far is Betfair, who allow for up to 35 single bet selections. When we compare this to the reports of well over 200 with Betway, this number pales in comparison.
There’re also an impressive number of multiples bet combinations on offer with this bookie. In addition to permitting accumulators of up to 15 folds, all the common combinations such as the Pixie, the Patent, the Lucky 15 and the Canadian are well looked after – the overall selection isn’t quite as vast as the outstanding multiples bet offering at Betfred, however there is still more than enough here to keep the more experienced punters entertained. The handy “Multiple Bets” tab in the middle of your bet slip makes keeping track of all your different multiples and singles selections a straightforward procedure, and the automatic calculator at the bottom lets you know exactly how much your total staked amount is set to pay out. Ideally, we would prefer it if the singles and multiples bet tabs each had their own calculator so that punters could clearly see how much they have riding on their separate singles and combination bets. Nevertheless, the single calculator at the bottom of the slip saves you from doing a fair amount of calculating on your own.
Bet & Win Limits
Compared to the maximum pay-out limits of the other leading operators in our review, the maximum win limit here is significantly lower. When we consider that the William Hill maximum payout is £2 million for the top tier sports, Betway’s amount of £500,000 seems tiny in comparison. Even though some punters may argue that a huge maximum pay-out limit isn’t an essential part of a quality bookmaking operation, we would still expect the maximum pay-out for a company the size of Betway to be higher.
With regard to the lower limit, the minimum wager amount is a little higher than many of the other operators we’ve reviewed. Whereas the majority of bookies allow their customers to wager a minimum of 10p or less, Betway have capped their minimum stake amount at 20p. This may not seem like a major cause for concern as 10p is not a life changing sum of money. However, for punters who like to play the long game and split their money into numerous stakes, 10p can make all the difference.
Competitive Odds Throughout10
Overall, the odds prices on offer here are generally quite good. For some sports, namely football, cricket and snooker, the bookie ranks somewhere near the top end of the leadership table. When looking to some of the other sports, we see that the operator consistently manages to end up in the top three or four price offerings: the average pre-match percentage of 93.58 puts the bookie in pole position for rugby, and 92.54% for horse racing is another competitive score.
Odds Levels for the Largest Sports Markets
- Football94.84 - 95.52%
- Snooker93.22 - 95.39%
- Tennis92.53 - 95.24%
- Cricket91.89 - 95.00%
- Rugby92.50 - 93.58%
- Darts91.80 - 92.95%
- Horse Racing87.46 - 92.54%
- Boxing90.24 - 91.64%
- Return to Player (%)
With regard to the live odds, the percentages for football and tennis are further toward the bottom end of the score chart. For basketball and volleyball however, 94.04% and 93.96% respectively are extremely competitive figures that again put the operator back in contention for the top spot. The odds prices here may not quite be high enough to claim the top prize; however, with regard to consistency across the board, Betway are undoubtedly one of the top competitors.
The High Power Platform9
Powered by the widely accredited Microgaming software provider, Betway can boast to having one of the slickest, best performing platforms on the market. Although the full weight of the cutting edge technologies can only really be felt when using the separate Casino and online gaming platforms, the functionality and speed of the sportsbook site is still far better than most of the other bookmakers featured in our reviews. The logical arrangement and smooth navigation makes it just as user-friendly as any other sportsbook, and the dark, metallic black and grey colour scheme gives the platform a professional finish.
The full list of different sports markets is found on the left hand corner of the screen. The “Quick Links” menu offers easy one-click-access to the most popular betting markets on the site, as well as to some of the most popular promotions and bonus deals. Clicking on any one of the different options will activate the drop down tool; with this you’ll be able to easily navigate through all the different sports and specials markets from around the world and locate your desired fixture or market. The left hand side of the screen also features a handy “Useful Stats” function. With this tool, users can see which are the most visited sports, leagues and fixtures on the website. By clicking on the icons for the different sports, users can also see which are the most popular teams, matches and competitions to bet on, and find out exactly where the best place is to lay their next stake.
The in-play platform is just as user-friendly and aesthetic as the main homepage. All the fixtures currently in play are displayed in the middle of the screen, and are clearly divided by sport underneath the bold green headings. Any odds fluctuations can be spotted immediately as the prices change from white, to red, to green, and the “Upcoming” tab at the top of the page lets you know which events will become available for live betting later in the day. For sports where live streaming isn’t available, users can make use of the live infographic in the center of the screen that provides up to date stats, scores and information about any breaks in play. One thing that does let the operator down however, is the absence of a clearly arranged live betting calendar. Punters do have the opportunity to view the upcoming in-play fixtures for the remainder of the day and for the days ahead, the only way to view this however is to click on the desired sports market, and scroll all the way to the end of the list to see what’s coming up. This doesn’t necessarily take away from the other positive talking points, however an up-to-date, detailed in-play calendar for all the different sports markets is definitely one missing ingredient in an otherwise outstanding platform.
How to Place a Bet
Making a wager here is just as quick and logical as it is with the other operators we’ve reviewed. To make a selection, you need only click on the odds displayed next to the relevant market. Once you’ve made the selection, it will automatically appear on your bet slip on the right hand corner of the screen. To continue with the bet placement process, you should key the desired stake amount into the empty box next to the “Max” button, check your selection, and then select the “Place Bets” button to confirm. To place multiples bet types, simply select more markets to add to your bet slip, and then check the “Multiple Bets” tab to see which combinations are available.
The procedure for placing live bets is the same. The only difference is that once the selections have been added to your bet slip, the odds prices may be subject to a few more fluctuations before you make it to confirmation stage. When this occurs, the odds prices will automatically update themselves, and you’ll receive a notification on the bet slip to let you know on which markets the changes have been made. To accept the changes, simply click the “Accept Changes” button next to the notification. If you’re not happy with the new odds prices and you want to make a different selection, simply remove the relevant bet(s) using the cross symbol, and re-start the normal bet placement process.
All About the Company
Taking the time to carefully consider the different licensing, security, regulations and testing procedures of a given bookmaker should in any case be a top priority both for new and experienced punters. These practices, as well as knowing whether or not a bookmaker has a reliable customer support service are crucial to determining the quality, and legitimacy of online betting operation. The following section will tell you everything you need to know about the more official aspects of the Betway company, and also provide ratings for some of the important categories.
The Business Under the Microscope
Despite being the youngest betting operator in our review series, Betway has managed to soar to the top of the bookmaking world and establish itself as one of the industry’s main players. With only ten years’ worth of experience, the company now deliver their world class gaming and sports betting products to more than 2 million users across Europe in 17 different languages. The separate Bingo, Poker, Vegas and Casino platforms are renowned for showcasing the very latest cutting edge technologies and video game graphics, and the widely popular sportsbook invites users to choose from over 30,000 betting markets. To add to this, the company also carry a dedicated, top quality e-gaming portal that far surpasses anything else we’ve seen on the market.
|All About the Betway Business|
|Name:Betway Group||Live Chat:supported, 24h||Encryption:RapidSSL, 128-bit||Deposit Limits:adjustable|
|Head Office:Gzira, Malta||Phone:0808 238 9841||Licence Number:000-039372-R-319367-003||Betting Limits:adjustable|
|Owner:Richard Akitt (CEO)||Email:firstname.lastname@example.org||Testing Agency:e.COGRA||Self Exclusion:available|
|Employees:unknown||Fax:not available||Audit Organisation:IBAS||Child Protection:guaranteed|
|Registered Players:Over 2 million||Other:betting help FAQ||Anti Money Laundering Controls:KYC||Partner Organisations:Gamblers Anonymous, GamCare, Gamble Aware|
In addition to the top quality gambling services, Betway are also a prolific operator when it comes to sports sponsorship. In the past few years, the company have managed to sign some major deals, which has led to them becoming the primary sponsor of the World Cup of Pool, the Premier League Darts tournament, and of the West Ham United Football Club. With several more lucrative sponsorship deals to its name, and a string of high profile brand ambassadors such as Mike Tindall, Richard Johnson and Simon Hughes to further support their cause: the operator now wield a considerable amount of influence in the sports betting market that far surpasses their age.
Customer Service 9
Unlike some of the other bookmakers that provide comprehensive help and FAQ sections on their website, Betway customers can only really refer to the “Betting Help” section which in all honesty, isn’t too helpful for providing useful answers to some of the more common troubleshooting problems. Fortunately enough, players are able to make use of the live chat customer service in which top quality assistance is available 24-7. In our experiences with the live chat team, the connection times have always been kept to a minimum, our queries were always dealt with in a speedy and professional manner, and the agents are always friendly and helpful even when tested with a number of probing questions. Help and assistance is also available 24/7 via telephone, as well as via email where a member of the support team will typically respond to your query within 12 hours.
In many aspects, the customer service does deserve a perfect 10/10 score. The round-the-clock telephone and live chat services mean that you’re never in danger of being left to your own devices when you’re having some trouble, and our dealings with the customer care team were always positive and helpful. However, the lack of self-help opportunities in the form of useful FAQ’s and help sections means that we can only award 9 points out of a possible 10 here.
Licensing & Security 9
For most of their safety and security measures, Betway utilise the services of the world renowned e-COGRA agency. Not only does the company carry out fairness tests to ensure that all games and automated systems on the site are legitimate and unbiased, they also ensure the safety of all monetary deposits and guarantee that the bookie is operating honestly and responsibly.
Just in case you need that extra bit of assurance, Betway have been given the stamp of approval from Europe’s leading sports betting regulations organisation ESSA. With this, there’re a number of binding agreements in place with some of the world’s top governing bodies such as FIFA and the IOC as to ensure that all those that choose to gamble with Betway, can do so with full peace of mind that the company is free from any kind of corruption or foul play.
Betway also do their part to help prevent underage gambling and gambling addiction. Not only do they have a number of procedures in place that help prevent gambling offences from occurring in the first place, they also provide helpful tips for players already suffering from signs of addiction, and offer a number of means in which they seek assistance. Punters can refer to the “Responsible Gambling Policy” page on the website to get advice on how to set deposit limits, how to go about taking time out from gambling, and how to protect minors from taking up gambling. Although the Responsible Gambling page on the site isn’t the best we’ve seen in terms of its depth and scope, there’s still more than enough here to convince us that company are doing enough to comply with the government’s strict rulings toward promoting responsible gambling.
Good Result at Bonus Points6
For the final section of our review, Betway managed to put in a more than satisfactory performance and rack up a solid 6 out of a possible 10 bonus points. In the live stream department, we thought the company only really deserved one extra point. The inclusion of top flight tennis, football, volleyball and ice hockey does mean that there are a fair selection of different sports on offer, however the fairly limited number of streams shown per day does leave a significant amount of room for improvement.
- Live Streams.1/3
- Extra Markets.1/1
- Bonus Points.6
One area where the bookie really stands head and shoulders above the rest of the competition is sponsorship. As the primary sponsor of the World Cup of Pool, West Ham United Football club, and the Premier League Darts competition in addition to several other high profile sports competitions and events; awarding a perfect 3/3 score was almost a no brainer.
With no real notable awards to its name in recent years, no extra points were awarded. However for the reasonably good selection of different bonuses and promotions, and the extra added section for specials betting markets, we decided to award the full 2 points out of 2 here.
Conclusion – Top Recommended Bookmaker
Although there are a few areas in which Betway is in need of some improvement, for the youngest and most least experienced operator in our pick of the top 10 UK betting sites, we feel as though the operator managed to perform extremely well. When we consider that they have only 10 years’ worth of experience in the bookmaking industry, the fact that they’ve managed to outshine some of the well-established players who’ve been active for more than 100 years makes their performance even more impressive.
Strengths and Weaknesses of Betway
- Major Strengths
- over 30,000 betting markets
- easy use, high power platform
- best e-sports betting portal
- Major Weaknesses
- limited live stream service
- only a small selection of greyhound races available
- Minor Strengths
- Minor Weaknesses
- top quality customer service