Betway- Bookmaker Review 2019
Betway have been one of the ‘one to watch’ bookmakers over the last decade. Established in 2006, Betway has managed to grow substantially in that time and now not only is a major player in the gambling industry, but have contributed sponsorship to some major sporting events such as the Premier League Darts, high profile boxing matches and Grade 1 horse races within the UK.
The company are based in Malta, but do hold a UK based license from the UK Gambling Commission meaning they are legally allowed to offer their products to punters based in the UK, and a number of other countries as well.
Since it’s introduction as a sportsbook in 2006, the company now host casino, bingo and e-sports in their betting armoury. For the purpose of this review we will be looking at how well both the sportsbook and the casino products fair.
Sports welcome offer key terms – New UK & Ireland customers only. Min Deposit: £10. First deposit matched up to £30. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bet. Credit Card, Debit Card & PayPal deposits only. Terms Apply.
*150% deposit bonus.
*The Betway Sports Free Bet Welcome offer is based on a New Customer’s first 3 deposits at Betway Sports.
* The offer is available in 2018 and is only valid to New Customers.
* To qualify for the Betway Sports Free Bet Welcome offer, a minimum of $10 must be deposited using a valid debit/credit card, Ecopayz, Skrill, Neteller or PaysafeCard account at Betway.
* Only 1 set of 3 Sports Free Bets Welcome Offers is permitted per New Customer and the maximum Free Bet amount awarded is $60.
* Free Bets will be credited to the Free Bet Balance upon placement of qualifying bets.
* Further T&C appply.
There are four Tiers, each of which offer increased rewards. You’ll start out in the silver tier and as you bet more often, you’ll make your way up the ranks. Place a bet on 23 or more consecutive days, and you’ll achieve Black status – the highest ranked tier offering the greatest rewards. The various tiers and their related rewards are as follows:
Silver – Standard Rewards
Gold – Standard Rewards + 10%
Platinum – Standard Rewards + 20%
Black – Standard Rewards + 50%
Once you achieve a status, you’ll be eligible for that status’ rewards for the remainder of the month, and the next month.
The wagers you make on sports and betgames are used to calculate the number of Rewards points you’ll receive. Your Rewards Points will be converted into a Free Bet and automatically allocated to your account. Click here for a full breakdown of the Rewards Tiers and the percentage of your bet that you’ll get back each time.
In short, your Free Bet is calculated as follows:
(Wager) x (% of Wager) = Free Bet x (Rewards Tier)
Peter is Gold Status
Peter bets on his team at 5.25 odds
Peter bets USh 10,000
10,000 x (1.00%) = USh 100 + (10% Gold Status) = USh 110 in Free Bets
Terms and Conditions
Website and Usability
Betway provide a slick user experience across all of their products that is all at once playful and professional. You can’t help but notice the shiny image Betway want to put across when you first visit their home page.
In shades of black and grey with the odd flash of green jumping out, you get the feeling this site was developed with the modern-day user in mind, although it is far too dark in general for my taste. Menu options are simple compared to some other online bookies, and the colourful sports icons stop things becoming too serious.
Everything has plenty of space on this website, and areas such as Quick Links, Highlights and All Sports are very clearly marked in large lettering so that a quick scan is all it takes to find your next destination. As is so often the case, events soon to start take centre stage with sports categories available from the A-Z or the favourites bar. The A-Z also has handy icons indicating which sports currently have live events taking place.
The layout overall is perhaps a little vanilla and doesn’t have any cool or innovative features but it could never be accused of being overcrowded and it certainly works.
Types of Wagers Offered
You can bet on more than 30,000 different markets at Betway, making it a one-stop shop for all your sports betting needs. Football is the biggest sport and the detail it goes into is incredible. You can bet on Rabotnicki Skopje to beat FK Sileks and both teams to score in a Macedonian league game, or Seongnam draw no bet against Busan I Park in the South Korean second division if that floats your boat. Within Premier League matches, the amount of betting options is huge, ensuring you will always find something to tempt you, even when one team is a massive favourite.
The second most important category at Betway is horse racing. It covers daily meetings in the UK, Ireland, the US, Australia, South Africa, France, Germany and India, with plenty of antepost options too. Tennis is also huge for Betway, and it is interesting to note that eSports is its fourth biggest category. It has fully embraced the eSports revolution and it is reaping the benefits as competitive video gaming continues to rapidly spiral in popularity.
It has sponsored the CS:GO Pro League, the ESL Intel Extreme Masters and various other competitions, while its sponsorship of eSports heavyweight team Ninjas in Pyjamas also boosted its reach and credibility in this field. It has some of the best CS:GO options available in the world, and it is also strong on DOTA 2 and League of Legends. Call of Duty is well covered, too, along with more niche eSports. It has lively blogs and entire social media accounts dedicated to eSports, and it could be argued that this should be the first port of call for anyone interested in eSports betting.
Within a single LoL contest, you can bet on a number of props (special betting options), including maps handicap, maps total, correct score, to win at least one map, Map 1 winner, Map 1 first blood, Map 1 kills odd or even, kills odd or even and so on.
It is also one of the only bookmakers to offer live betting on eSports. The in-play betting section is huge and packed with tonnes of options, including a wide range of football matches from around the world. The live betting section is organised in an effective way and it is easy to navigate, while live streaming is another bonus. Golf and cricket are both huge for Betway, and they are well represented both pre-match and in-play. Boxing, darts, greyhounds, rugby league, rugby union, baseball, ice hockey, American football, Aussie rules football, beach volleyball, cycling, Formula 1, Gaelic sports, handball, Kabaddi, motor sports, Pesapallo, politics, snooker, table tennis, UFC, virtual sports, volleyball and winter sports are your other options. For the uninitiated, Kabbadi is the national sport of Bangladesh and it involves contact tag wrestling, while Pespallo is a fast-moving bat and ball game that is popular in Finland. “If you dropped acid and decided to go make baseball, this is what you would end up with,” said a Minnesota Twins scout about the game.
Deposit and Withdrawal Methods
Betway has several different deposit and withdrawal methods available for players. By several, I mean way more than a lot of sites even in the European market. The options varied slightly by which country you were in, but for the most part, they were the same. If you’re in a smaller, less populated country, I recommend just double checking with support to confirm which options are in place for you.
Deposit Options Included:
- Visa Electron
- Direct Bank Transfer
- EntroPay Card
All of these options were available for withdrawals as well except for Maestro. All deposits are instant with every option listed above. Wait times on withdrawals were not readily available, but judging by the positive remarks in forums and on other review sites that deal specifically with withdrawal times, everything appears to be well under a week with some options being instant after the site approves your cashout. I would prefer to see this information posted but everything looks to be on the up and up and good to go here.
While Betway is available to a lot of countries worldwide, they really seem to focus their efforts and promotions onto several specific countries. The countries they approve and seem to cater to most are the following:
- Czech Republic
- Russian Federation
- United Kingdom
Players from the following countries can also play but need to log in from their country-specific site.
- Schleswig-Holstein (coming soon)
Countries that Currently Can’t Play on Betway
Unfortunately, there are several countries that are not allowed to play on any of Betway’s sites. If you’re not in one of these countries, this should come as a good sign. This means that the site is playing by the rules and is focused on staying in line with the rules and regulations of international gaming. This means your money and your bets are that much safer. If you do happen to live in one of these countries, this is obviously not great news. It’s not the end of the road, though, as legislation is always changing and a lot of these countries could easily be added to the approved list on any given day.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- France and Its Outlying Territories
- German State (Bundesland) of Schleswig-Holstein
- Lao People’s Democratic Republic
- North Korea
- Papua New Guinea
- South Africa
- The USA and Its Outlying Territories
Betway Casino: Is It Worth It?
When I did manage to sign up and get past the landing page trap, I found that the casino website isn’t too bad after all. It still has the over-sized text and buttons, and everything is arranged in blocky grid formation with loads of space, just like every other mobile-focussed site out there, but it does the job and features a handy search function to find the game you really want. The casino utilises Microgaming’s Quickfire platform to allow you to play all of the games right through your internet browser, no software installation required. I still cannot work out why they have separate “Casino” and “Vegas” sections though. We commonly see casinos do this due to licensing conditions, or separation of games from different developers, but not in Betway’s case. The “Vegas” section has the same selection of games that are all available in the “Casino” section, it’s just that the tabs categorising them are in a different order. It is confusing and unnecessary.
As you would expect from a Quickfire powered casino, slots are prominently featured at Betway, with hundreds of games that feature everything from fruit themes to complex blockbuster films and everything in between. If you want to instantly become wealthy, Betway Casino offers a set of Microgaming progressive jackpots for you to play. These jackpots are spread out between slots, blackjack, and video poker, and are pooled with many other casinos that also run Microgaming software. They feature prizes that begin at a few thousand Pounds and escalate all the way up to the multi-million Pound range.
Table games and video poker are also featured at Betway, with a large emphasis being placed on roulette and the blackjack tables. Those of you who prefer live dealer action can choose from live Baccarat, Roulette and Blackjack. If you have the bankroll to meet the high minimums on the tables, you can even play at tables with Playboy dealers. I spent more than a little time checking the video stream quality of those tables thoroughly!
If you are the type of punter who likes to play on the go, Betway Casino does offer a large amount of mobile games, which are available for both Apple and Android devices. I found the mobile games to be surprisingly deep, with many features found on the desktop versions of these games. As you can tell from my rant above, the site is actually far better when accessed from a mobile device, albeit with a reduced subset of the games available. I definitely enjoyed my time with the mobile platform at Betway, and hope that the library size continues to grow in the future.
There is access to the customer support team which runs from 8 am through to midnight daily. There is a dedicated UK number to call during those hours and if you wanted to send off an email instead then you would go through their support. If none of that appeals to you, then you might go with the first point of contact which is a live chat console on the website. There is a good help section on the website which we found answered a lot of questions that we could think of.
Overall, I are really pleased with the product and services that Betway offers. The big standouts for us are the game options available (500+), a multitude of deposit and withdrawal options, and clear licensing and regulatory oversight that ensure the safety and security of the operation and your money. What good is a site if you can’t trust that it is fair and that your money is safe? The bonus structures are also nice, and it’s a fresh sight to see that they have bonuses that are specific to the different segments of the site.
Poker is on the Microgaming network which gets plenty of traffic to keep you busy but isn’t as huge as the mega sites. Yes, this means some smaller prize pools in the tournaments and not as much action at the very high stakes, but it also means that there are less good players attracted and you can win the tournaments more frequently without having to wade through so many players.
The bottom line is that Betway looks like an awesome all-in-one online gambling option.