This article is the opinion of the author and shouldn’t be taken as gospel.
The beauty of Bet365 is its reach – with the company claiming it accepts customers from over 200 countries. But is it everything it is cracked up to be? Read on for our thoughts on Bet365.
As you can imagine being such a large company, Bet365 provides an exemplary service to customers, although there are some downfalls to wagering with Bet365 including a reputation for cutting off successful punters.
In our opinion Bet365 best serves punters in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Canada, but having said that most punters will find something at Bet365 which tickles their fancy.
You can pretty much rely on this online betting company to cover all the major sporting events around the world, including the 2018 World Cup, various T20 cricket competitions and horse racing events.
Because of a crackdown in regulations, Bet365 no longer gives bonuses for signing up in the UK, but each nation brings with it different laws, so if you plan on signing up, check to see if bonuses are allowed in your country by contacting Bet365.
Reasons to bet with Bet365
- Live streaming: Various sports and racing products from around the globe are available at Bet365. Generally you will sign up at the bookie to gain access. Be aware that you may not be able to access all streaming from every country
- Huge reach: Accepting punters from over 200 countries says it all.
- Daily specials: This bookie caters really well to the big events – most likely because they have such a diverse range of customers.
Reasons not to wager with Bet365
- The successful punters thing: Can often be hard to get a bigger bet on with Bet365 and if you go on a winning streak, you can almost guarantee you will be blocked from wagering
- Competitors websites can be better: This will come down to where you are in the world, but as an example Australian competitors like Sportsbet and Beteasy have better websites and apps.
- Odds: Although you will find competitive odds at Bet365 – good luck trying to get a large sum on a short priced favourite.
How to register a Bet365 account
Visit the Bet365 website where you will be able to register your details to become a member. This is a pretty standard sportsbook sign up with details including things like your name, date of birth, country of residency and email address.
In order to confirm your identity, you may be required to input your driver’s license number or data from another verification document to prove you are in fact the owner of the account (in line with standard online bookmaker security practices). You can register an account from any compatible platform, such as desktop, laptop, mobile or tablet.
Make sure your email address is active and checked on a regular basis for any special promotions being offered. In our experience these usually go out on a weekly basis or in the lead up to major sports or racing events.
Bet365 betting interface
In our opinion the layout of the Bet365 website stacks up well against other quality sports bookmakers, with all your available betting markets listed on the left hand side, your bet slip available to view and access on the right hand side, and all current and upcoming events and their odds on display in the central area of the interface.
Once you click or tap on a certain wager which you are wishing to place, it will immediately make its way over to your betting slip, which you will need to consult before finalising any bets. Within the slip, which acts like an online shopping cart, your odds are displayed, and your potential winnings are also shown once you input your stake amount. Multi bet options are also available directly within the slip.
You can also view the Bet365 racing value feature, the multi-bet bonuses, and details about the cash out feature – all just below you bet slip.
Members can change how the website displays its odds for all events which is very handy for those of us who bet on sports internationally. For example, you can view odds in fractional (18/5), decimal (4.60) or American (+360) format.
How does the mobile Bet365 website stack up?
Bet365.com also boasts its own dedicated mobile website that is easy enough to use. We have tried it on various user platforms like Android, iOS and Windows phones and tablets and had no trouble. Although often it can be slightly glitchy on Safari browsers – but this is through more fault of the browser than the betting company.
An uninterrupted data connection is all that is required to place your wagers via mobile or tablet. Our experiences with Bet365 tell us that the the mobile service is as good, or better than the desktop website which can be cumbersome and hard to take in.
Bet365 bonus & promotional offers
Bet365 made no friends when it announced it was scrapping sign up offers in many countries around the world. We understand this is because of the licensing it is under in the United Kingdom. There are places, like some territories in Australia, that still provide an Opening Account Offer, so we recommend you check the conditions in your area before expecting any bonuses to be handed out.
Sporting and other markets
We have had a good experience as punters with accessing a good range of markets at Bet365 – and we have also requested additional markets with success in the past. Meaning they didn’t have odds for something we wanted to bet on and they helped us out.
An example of sports that you could bet on at Bet365 are:
- Alpine Skiing
- American Football (NFL)
- Australian Rules (AFL)
- Gaelic Sport
- Greyhound Racing
- Harness Racing
- Horse Racing
- Ice Hockey
- Motor Sports (F1, Motorbike Racing, Nascar)
- Rugby League
- Rugby Union
- Ski Jumping
- Specials such as politics and entertainment from countries like Australia, Denmark, North America, Sweden and the United Kingdom
- Table Tennis
Several of our staff have also had Bet365 match or beat other bookmaker prices in order to secure your wager. Bet365 in our experience pays a higher percentage on multi bets, boosting major football leagues events by 65 per cent, and major soccer league events by 100 per cent.
Bet365 live sports and racing streaming
Bet365 has the largest streaming catalogue out of any online bookmaker in 2017, with literally 1000s of sporting events covered yearly by the bookie which operates in over 200 countries. While some sports which are streamed are only available in some countries, there are plenty which are available right across the globe.
Some of the more popular sports Bet365 streams include tennis, cricket, football (many many soccer leagues), basketball, beach volleyball, tablet tennis, UK horse racing, UK greyhound racing, baseball (including Major League Baseball, Rugby League (NRL).
You can view the full list of streaming options available on the Bet365 website.
Global banking methods at Bet365
Bet365 has one of, if not the, most comprehensive payments page of all online bookmakers, detailing all available deposit and withdrawals methods available for your currency and country. The page also specifies what the method’s type is (for example, credit card, e-wallet, Visa, prepaid voucher, instant bank transfer, etcetera), if there are any fees attached to the method, its processing time, its minimum and maximum deposit and withdrawal limits, as well as a brief explanation of how to use each method.
We have tested many of the deposit methods available at Bet365 including Visa, Neteller, Mastercard and POLi and have found them to be instant methods of deposit. You can find comprehensive details about Bet365’s deposit methods on the company’s website.
Bet365 Casino and Poker
Vegas Bet365 is the company’s online casino and features many titles by some of the world’s leading software providers meaning you will have access to 100s of quality desktop and mobile casino games.
In our experiences Bet365 has a strong selection of card and table games, including blackjack and roulette. They also have plenty of games like Keno, online lotto and many others.
One of the biggest benefits of playing at Vegas is that they have the website and customer support in over 10 different languages, which gives the casino and betting component of the website broad global appeal.
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