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 Betting at Betway
Sports betting is where the company are strongest and arguably what they are better known for. Innovation has been an area that Betway have tried to really implement and the inclusion of a futuristic design, obscure betting markets and an extensive live betting section all contribute towards this.
One of the areas that they have been keen to improve is their mobile betting section. The app isn’t actually downloadable, but as soon as you enter the Betway sportsbook from any mobile device, the page will automatically recognise this before then showing you the mobile friendly version of their site. We will add at this point that the app looks very smart indeed and easily one of the most functional in the industry.
Sport Welcome Bonus
At Betway you will get a 100% match on your first deposit of up to £50. Once you’ve made your first deposit the money will then be credited to your account in the form of a free bet after you have made your first qualifying bet. The bet needs to be placed at odds of 1.75 or more to register.
You will then get 7 days from to use the free bet before it will expire. Any winnings made from the free bet will mean you have tow ager through the free bet amount 6 times before being able to withdraw. Stake will not be included in any winnings.
Odds and Markets
The pricing at Betway is actually very competitive and whilst they don’t always come out on top, they are never too far behind in the odds that we tested. What you aren’t getting is any stand out prices, which is a bit of a shame. Betting with Betway will mean that you can expect to get around industry average, but in all honesty, it’s likely that you are going to be able to find better value on a more consistent basis elsewhere.
There is very little not to like about the range of markets that are on offer. All the major sports are on offer such as rugby, golf, cricket, tennis, darts, greyhound racing and American sports, with football and horse racing being the two most popular sports to bet on.
Coverage will range depending on the time of year, but as mentioned before, football and horse racing will hold significantly larger markets and bets than most of the other sports on offer. We found that outside of the big two the actual range of games that were covered was good, but then the quality of markets did tend to fall away somewhat.
The live betting section at Betway is very good. Again, it’s dominated by football but you will be able to bet on a host of other sports ranging from basketball, volleyball, snooker, darts golf and loads more. It’s a similar story as above unfortunately in terms of markets for each sport, with football having a much, much larger following than most.
We did like the fact that the live betting section included a nice match centre to keep track of the latest score and any major incidents in the game. Unlike some its competitors however, it does not include a live performance program to view what is happening with each second, instead just a highlights section.
The stats section is an area that we rally liked on the site and with this comes a plethora of information that can be used to place your bets. Its actually very similar to the program that bet365 use, which is never a bad thing! You can quickly see head to head meetings, current form, win percentage, last results, history between the two teams, details of prior matches, top goal scorers, top assists, any injuries, league table comparison and the over/under likelihood based on previous games.
On site, Betway make it very easy to break down the markets that will be coming up for that days betting. You can search by next hour, next 4 hours, next 24 hours and bets coming up for live betting. This may seem like a pretty ordinary feature but you will be surprised how many bookmakers don’t actually include something that works as well as this on Betway.
Betway are actually one of the best bookmakers we have come across in terms of providing additional offers for their existing customers. Some of the on running promos include money back if one leg of your 4-fold or greater football acca lets your down, money back on ice hockey and basketball accas, 10% bonus on winning Both Teams to Score accas and many more.
For more targeted and one-off promotions, head over to the Betway Plus section to find a full breakdown of on going offers.
Casino Games at Betway
Whilst definitely no after thought, like most online sportsbooks, the casino was a natural progression for Betway and has since taken their brand to the next level. In fact, it could be argued that their casino is now just as popular as their sportsbook, offer their players a diverse gaming catalogue to play on.
Casino Welcome Bonus
At Betway it’s possible to earn up to £1,250 in bonus money. The bonus works on the basis of your first three deposits. Your first deposit will be a 100% match on all deposits made up to £250. The second will be a 25% match up to £3250 and the third will be a 50% match worth up to £500.
You will need to opt-in to these promotions when you register your new account and you will get 7 days to activate all three deposits before any remaining bonuses will become void. You will need to play through each welcome bonus 50 times before funds can be withdrawn from your account and any withdrawal before that will forfeit any winnings from the bonus and the bonus itself.
Software and Games
Microgaming, one of the biggest software providers in the industry, powers the casino. With this comes a downloadable and browser based format of the casino, for ease of use (note: download not available on Mac).
As with most casinos these days, you get a good range of games to play on including slots, blackjack, roulette, video poker and a host of other table games. Live casino has recently been added tot the casino section, which can all be accessed via the same account.
The jackpot section of the casino is one that is thriving and on their site they are rolling with the news that one of the biggest scoops in online gaming came straight from one of their progressive jackpot games. A British Solider won an incredible £13million from just one spin of the Mega Moolah jackpot game, with just a 25p stake!
Every time you make a bet or a spin a wheel at the Betway casino you will earn competition points to be used in the Betway score. Obviously, the more points you earn the bigger your prize, with the majority of points be used to buy additional bonuses from the store. Betway commonly run point’s multipliers, meaning that you can earn 2x, 3x or even 5x the points throughout a certain timescale.
Similarly to the sports betting offers section, check out the ‘Plus’ guide on the site for more up to date information on these types of offers.
Like the casino, the poker room at Betway is also run through the Microgaming network, which just so happens to be one of the biggest in the industry. As a poker player you will also be able to take advantage of the 200% deposit bonus up to £750 if that’s more your thing!
Bingo has been the brands latest addition, but it’s a section of the site that has grown steadily. Games run around the clock and start from as little as 5p a card (not including free games. With that a 300% welcome bonus can be redeemed for bingo players along with a ton of prizes and rewards on offer for consistent gaming.
There are a number of ways to bank with Betway, with the more popular options including Visa, MasterCard, Credit/Debit card, Maestro, Click and Buy, Direct Bank Transfer, ecoPayz, EziPay, Neteller, PayPal, Paysafecard, Skrill, UKash and EntroPay.
There are in fact a whopping 27 payment methods, but not all can be withdrawn back to, so it’s worth checking the site before making your first deposit. Note: All the methods listed are available for both deposit and withdrawals.
You can get in touch with Betway via either phone, email or live chat, with details below of each:
- UK – 0808 238 9841 (Mon-Sun: 24hrs)
- Ireland – 1-800-932-847 (Mon-Sun: 24hrs)
- Canada – 1-877-811-2604 (Mon-Sun: 24hrs)
- Rest of World – +44-808-238-9841 (Mon-Sun: 24hrs)
- Email: email@example.com
- Live Chat: Via Website