Betway Review

You may know Betway from their dedicated sponsorship of the English Premier League’s West Ham United FC. If not, you will get to know all about them through this in-depth review of their full suite of online gaming products.

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Background and History

Founded in 2006, this global gaming company has had a hard-fought journey to earn a seat at the table of premiere and time-tested bookmakers like the UK’s William Hill and Ladbrokes. Owned by Betway Group, the flagship brand “Betway” holds licensing in regulated online marketplaces all over the world, including the UK, Ireland, Malta, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, and Italy.

Operations are headquartered in Malta and Guernsey, with offices operating in London, Cape Town and the Isle of Man. The company is a member of the European Sports Security Association (ESSA), the Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS), and the Remote Gambling Association (RGA).

Currently the company’s gaming operations are licensed both the Malta Gaming Authority under licensing numbers:

Casino:
MGA/CL1/302/2006 (issued: 29th June, 2014)
MGA/CL1/1258/2016 (issued 16th November, 2016)


Sports:
MGA/CL2/396/2007 (issued: 30th April, 2012)


Poker / Bingo:
MGA/CL3/302/2006 (issued: 29th June, 2014) and the UK Gambling Commission under license number 000-039372-R-319367-005.

The eCommerce Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA) agency, an international game and sportsbook auditing agency, provides its accreditation to this company as well. This ensures all of their operations are deemed safe and fair by meeting the strict requirements set by eCOGRA which cover player protection, fair gaming, and responsible operator behavior (find their recent certificates here).

Now why is all this regulation and certification important?

It’s important but it certainly isn’t proof of honesty. For example, they had a reputation for unfavorable payout practices around 2012-2014 even though they’ve had a certificate issued already in 2012.

However, they’re now under new management and claim to have solved the previous problems. The internet seems to agree since we haven’t seen forum threads like these for the past few years. Blacklist ratings have been dropped by the site’s former critics and the brand now receives favorable reviews, notwithstanding there is still room for improvement.

Several prominent athletes serve as brand ambassadors to raise the profile and substantiate the Betway brand’s legitimacy in the public eye. English rugby player Mike Tindall, English cricketer and journalist Simon Hughes, and Jockey Richard Johnson, to name a few.

In 2015, the site added the increasingly popular eSports portal to its platform and proclaimed it was the first operator to do so, although we believe it was Pinnacle who first offered odds on games like Call of Duty and Counter Strike: Global Offensive. So, points off for that suspect claim. The move no doubt came as an effort to reach a new and younger audience while keeping up with the ever evolving landscape within the betting world.

First Impressions

Beyond being one of the top sports betting websites used by European punters – that’s what we call bettors on the European side of the Atlantic – this sportsbook caters to audiences located all over the world. The largest demographics include the UK, Spain, and Germany. While US players are prohibited from placing wagers or wagering on games at the site, Canadian parties are welcome to make use of all the services this venue has to offer.

Betway.com Sports

The brand offers a significant level of options for punters and players of every background. Despite being a relatively young bookmaker, it has managed to make a substantial name for itself since its founding in 2006.

Mainly branded as a sports betting venue, Casino, Poker, Live Betting, Bingo and more gaming options are available as dedicated products. Each product is crafted with an impressive level of detail in everything from betting to gaming to payments.

Players truly have a wealth of options and variety at this site.

Employing the most advanced security features in the industry, they make the customer their prominent focal point. Players are reassured at every turn of their safety when managing money and submitting personal details within the site. Support is another aspect of the service that strengthens the brand’s dedication to keeping players and punters satisfied while they place wagers with the sportsbook, casino, and other gaming products.

As a modern operator, the site offers its customers an array of methods by which to communicate with support and utilize the gaming software. Web, mobile, and tablet users are all taken into consideration and the products are very versatile in their availability of access.

The software implemented across the full line of gaming products comes from an array of developers. This offers players and punters a vast selection of games and gambling interfaces to enjoy. Proprietary software included in the suite means that there are features that customers simply can’t find anywhere else and this only adds to the attractive characteristics of the brand.

What’s to Like:

What’s Not To Like:

Supported languages: English, Czech, Danish, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Latvian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish, Russian and Greek.

Excluded Countries And Territories: Afghanistan, Angola, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia And Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Denmark, France And Its Outlying Territories, German State (Bundesland) Of Schleswig-Holstein, Greece, Greenland, Guyana, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lithuania, Mexico, Myanmar, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, Philippines’, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Syria, Turkey, Uganda, USA and Its Outlying Territories, Vanuatu and Yemen.

Software

Betway implements its products’ using software from five developers, including in-house developers. This means players have the benefit of a more comprehensive library of games, tools, and sports markets at their disposal. Each developer has something to offer and we’ll go into detail about each one below.

Microgaming – For years the top software developer in the casino industry, Microgaming has earned its reputation as a powerhouse. Hundreds of games which run the gamut in styles from classic and simple to modern and cinematic features, the full suite of games is simply massive and offers something to suit every palate. The brand asks both players and operators to ‘step into our world’ as it is truly a new experience one receives from every Microgaming creation.

BettorLogic – Primarily a sportsbook software developer, BettorLogic is an established brand that goes to great lengths in creating comprehensive and easily accessible sportsbook solutions. Whether betting before the match or up to theminute in-play, the software offers extensive resources and options every moment up to and in the middle of the match. An innovator in the sports betting world, BettorLogic has received several awards that distinguish this developer in the field of sports betting software.

Evolution Gaming – A casino focused developer that is considered a world-leader when it comes to Live-Dealer games, Evolution Gaming works with top-tier operators to deliver original gaming software. The capability to distribute custom games and simulations ensures that players receive only the best in Live Casino gaming from providers who employ Evolution Gaming software.

NetEnt – A small but potent software developer, NetEnt is known around the world for its visually fantastic creations. A pioneer in 3D gaming, NetEnt goes beyond the traditional experience and delivers so much more than a spin on the reels, roll of the wheel, or hand of cards. Every game is an experience years in the making. As the brand’s motto goes, better gaming begins with NetEnt. New headway into live mobile gaming ensure that NetEnt casinos will remain providers of some of the most attractive and highly-trafficked software in the world.

Proprietary Software – Acting as a developer of their own offerings, Betway commits to setting itself apart from the competition. By building on an already stellar selection of software from some of the industry’s top developers, the brand ensures it will always have something to offer that players and punters cannot find anywhere else.

Player Protection Policy

Keeping in line with gambling laws for different jurisdictions around the world is a difficult task for any online gambling operator. For this reason Betway employs general player protection policies designed to adhere most common laws around the world.

First, the protection of minors against illicit gaming is taken very seriously. As a responsible operator they put in place many safeguards to prevent minors from accessing online content deemed inappropriate by their region. Underage gambling is not only an illegal practice, but it can lead to unhealthy gambling habits and potentially huge debts incurred by parents on the account of unsupervised and otherwise uninformed children. Parents who make use of this website’s products and services should always take steps to log out of their account when a computer is unattended, password protect that account with a secret code a child cannot reasonably know, keep debit and credit cards away from children, and play an active role in knowing their child’s online activity.

Secondly, they offer many resources to players who are at-risk or believe they participate in unhealthy gambling activity. Many safeguards are in place and many resources are available through the website and its support staff to assist players in any regard to responsible gaming.

Thirdly, in an effort to offer complete transparency, they offer players third-party abdication and dispute resources by providing the contact information and appropriate forms in the event a dispute cannot be resolved with support.

Privacy Policy

Betway offers a comprehensive privacy policy comparable to other large sportsbook operators. They outline how personal information is handled and utilized, even going so far as to invite players to contact support if any of the language is unclear. The terms will be broken down in to simple language here so you can be in the know before you go.

Data Collection

This phrase is enough to get most people anxious, but it refers primarily to the data players and bettors are required to provide when registering a personal account. This information includes full name, address, phone number, email address, and credit card information when making real-money deposits.

Copies of all communications with Betway also fall underneath this heading, which includes any correspondence by email, phone conversations and live chat logs.

A third-party is entrusted with verifying all transaction activity to prevent instances of fraud. This third-party is tasked with investigating mobile phone, PC, and other device-based transactions in particular and whether or not those devices have a reported history of abusive or fraudulent activity.

Personal data collected by the company is done in accordance with players’ rights, obtained in a lawful manner for the specific purpose of utilizing their services, and are kept secure according to the industry and regulatory standards of the online gaming community.

Marketing communications

It’s a good idea to opt-in to the CRM or marketing communications channel provided by your preferred place of gaming. This way you will get up-to-date news on the brand’s latest developments, deals and promotions, and new releases in terms of games or sports markets. You can always opt-in or opt-out of these types of communications with a simple request to support.

Cookies

Cookies are a kind of bookmark for preferences. For instance, if you visit www.betway.com and change your preferred language to French, a cookie is put in place to remember that preference and on your next visit the site will be displayed in French language instead of the default English. These are a time saving feature in most cases.

On the operator end, cookies provide usage statistics. This can include the most popular sports market on a given day or at a given hour. They can also serve to identify inconsistencies, irregularities, and even instances of fraudulent or abusive behavior.

Security Policy

Their security procedure is pretty standard for the industry. Players are required to provide a lot of sensitive information and it’s expected the operator have in place reasonable measures to keep players protected. Their secureity policy has a significant amount of legal-ese, so we’ll make it a bit more understandable by translating the policy into approachable terms.

Encryption

A lot of players’ personal information passes through registration and the cashier of their products. To keep this information safe the brand employs the industry’s most modern security methods to fully encrypt each submission of personal and financial information.

Fair Play

All games and wagering practices are fully audited by third-party organizations to verify the legitimacy of this company’s products. These organizations include the European Sports Security Association, the Independent Betting Adjudication Service, eCOGRA, and the Remote Gambling Association.

Information Disclosure

Keep in mind that the financial institution you register with may be required to provide personal information about you in accordance with regulatory commissions.

From time to time, sportsbooks are ordered by the governing bodies they abide by to provide statistics and player information. When there are suspicions of match-fixing or corruptions in regard sporting regulations, law agencies may be involved as well and the site may be subpoenaed to provide the information of those suspected to be involved.

In the event of a merger your information may be transferred to the new owner of the brand. It’s a good idea to keep up on the business side of any sportsbook or casino you frequent to be aware of such developments.

Cashier

Managing money with a sportsbook account is very straightforward. Your available methods for deposits and withdrawals will depend on your region. For the sake of our review the methods available to UK players will be used.

There are no fees charged on transactions at the Cashier, but a player’s financial institution may impose fees for credit card, debit or online transactions.

Deposits

Depositing is instant in most cases and secure all the way through. Once an account has been created and payment details submitted, making deposits is a breeze. Because payment details are saved once submitted, a player will only have to enter this information once. If this changes and a player wishes to use another payment source, the details can be changed just as easily.

The most popular payment methods are Visa/MasterCard and Skrill transactions thanks to their worldwide popularity and reputation as easy-to-use payment systems.

All payment methods listed in the table below can be used as both deposit and withdrawal methods, excluding Maestro and PaySafeCard.

While approved deposit transactions are instantly credited to sportsbook accounts, withdrawals do not follow a uniform processing period before being credited to players. Withdrawals can range anywhere from 48 hours to several days depending on the withdrawal method a player selects. VIP status will also affect the withdrawal processing period.

The minimum amount for withdrawals is €/$/£10 and the maximum amount will vary depending on a players deposit history and VIP level. The fact that this is not displayed in clear cut limits is annoying for us as reviewers.

Support

The support staff are dedicated and knowledgeable. This was one aspect that really impressed us. The customer service reps were professional, always happy to help, and available 24/7. There are several phone numbers through which players and punter can reach a rep and all landline calls are toll free. Mobile phone calls may incur fees when contacting support.

If someone forgets a password or username for their account, it’s easily recoverable so long as the player’s email address is still being used and was correctly entered upon registration.

Email is another option when a player wants to get in touch. Inquiries submitted by email are typically addressed and resolved within 24 hours.

Live chat was a blessing and it always seems so counter intuitive when a modern sportsbook or casino hasn’t implemented this function. It is essential this day in age and it was reaffirming to see it available. What’s even more appreciated is that one does not need to be registered or logged in to use the Live Chat feature and speak with a customer service rep. Even if you have not registered an account and are still on the fence about whether or not to do so, you can still ask questions from them.

The support details are listed below.

Phone
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
support@betway.com

Betway Plus

Plus

Before diving into each of the products offered, it’s important to acknowledge the brands VIP rewards system, Betway Plus. Promotions for each product are grouped accordingly and there are several promotional offers at any given time for products, but we’ll get into that more within detailed reviews of each product.

The offerings provided by the rewards scheme are impressive to say the least. A tiered VIP system is in place to reward every level of player from the casual gamer to the VIP high-roller. Special offers come from the operator throughout the year as well, where players are able to win destination prizes like vacation packages, premiere league tickets, and days at the races.

Sports, Bingo and Casino wagering all contribute to the overall VIP scheme, so any bet on these products will earn points towards a player’s VIP level. The idea is the more you play, the more you’re rewarded and you can see the complete breakdown of points per tier and the associated rewards in the table below.

Notice the perk marked with asterisks in the table. One * indicates the perk is available only to UK customers, while two ** indicates the perk is available by invitation only.

There are some aspects of this scheme we take real issue with, but we will save the explanation for the final thoughts at the end of this review.

Now that that is covered, let us get on to the products.

Products

They offer a complete suite of wagering and gaming products that includes Sports, Casino, Bingo, Poker, Vegas games, and even dedicated sections for Live betting and eSports.

Whether you’re looking for a moneyline on your favorite event or quick spin on the slots, there are thousands of options to choose from day and night. Sports fans will love the markets covered with odds which may not be the industry’s most competitive, but can certainly result in a substantial payout for a successful prediction.

If casino is more your style, there are hundreds of games to choose from developed by the industry’s top software providers. Slots, table games, live casino options and more are yours to enjoy. You’ll never struggle to find a table with their poker product either, with a bustling community of players and the most popular styles of poker. Bingo pops things off as well with a game everyone can enjoy with a casual approach that can earn serious coin. Vegas games will give the best of the strip with none of the trip, providing all the entertainment synonymous with the famous gaming destination.

Sports

They offer nearly 30 different sports verticals, excluding eSports and in-play markets. Each vertical offers odds on the most popular matches and events, providing punters with a virtually inexhaustible source of betting.

In-Play

Receiving special focus in the catalogue, in-play offerings at the operator are substantial. Live-streaming and in-play betting make punters feel like they are really pitch-side or at the races when they can get in on the action without missing a beat.

eSports

A new contender taking the industry by storm, eSports are to today what horseracing was to decades past. With competitive computer gaming receiving substantial attention in the industry, punters will be shooting themselves in the foot not to get in on the action these events provide.

Casino

Slots, table games, video poker, and live games are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to casino entertainment. Players can take it as easy or seriously as they like with complete wagering options from just pocket change to stacks of cash. Bet big or small with the potential to win far more than what you put in.

Poker

Providing an array of tables at different stakes for the most popular styles of poker played today, they make sure card sharks are never short on their food supply. Whether an amateur or a pro at the card tables, players can get the resources they want to improve and find competition worthy of sitting down with.

Bingo

Who doesn’t love a good game of bingo? With popular styles to choose from, this lively community of players can keep any quiet night full of excitement and rewards without ever having to leave home.

Vegas

When you want the thrill of the casino floor with iconic games from the Sin City strip, look no further than the Vegas offerings. These games are hand selected to give the real Las Vegas experience and players looking for a trip to the strip without leaving home can’t go wrong with these games.

Web and Mobile Access

Both punters and players will have no problem staying on top of the current odds or working their magic on the reels and card tables. Web-based users accessing products from their PC and Mac can log in to the website and place wagers on their favorite sports and events right there in their browser. Casino and Vegas products can be accessed just as easily with in-browser support for every game. Poker offers players both instant play and download capability, so anyone can get a new deal in-browser or from the desktop. Bingo offers no problems as well when you want to play, just log in and buy your tickets in just a few clicks.

Mobile users can enjoy the use of native apps for Android and Apple devices. This means that each experience is intuitively designed specifically for your device. Because the Play store doesn’t allow gambling applications, the Android app is available through Betway and their affiliates all over the web. The Apple app can be downloaded from the iTunes app store with no issue.

With many convenient ways to get into the action, players and punters will have plenty of avenues to get where they want to go while at home or on the move. Thanks to state of the art security, every log in and transaction devices will be protected, so players can enjoy the products with peace of mind.

When updates are available players will be alerted with an announcement. There may be associated downtime on the web, or features that fail to work properly on mobile that won’t be resolved until the new updates are in place. This is pretty standard for any operator and you should receive a head’s up before, during, and after the process takes place.

Betway Sports

The flagship product for Betway, it’s clear that the brand has put most of its effort into the Sports and Live-betting options available to punters. Providing a massive selection of markets, live coverage with the ability to bet in-play, quicklinks to popular events and the lion’s share of promotions make this the place to play. While it doesn’t have the most competitive odds we’ve seen, players looking for depth and variety really can’t go wrong when it comes to pacing a wager, as they have one of the most expansive betting selections we’ve seen for a sportsbook of its size.

Soccer

They cover a massive amount of soccer leagues around the world including International events, Team Specials, Player Specials, Manager Specials, Australia, European Cups, England, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Kuwait, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Scotland, Turkey, and Vietnam. Hundreds of markets for each league entertain wagers and punters are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to the offerings.

Betting options are equally as extensive and can include any combination of the following when wagering on matches:

Manager and Player Specials will include any selection of linemakers’ picks and because these offers and their odds are changing constantly, a definite selection of options for punters cannot be made.

Horse Racing

UK and Ireland, Ante Post, and South African tracks all receive horse racing odds. Trainer/Jockey pairings, runner age and weight, as well as form are all included in the stats with odds. Race previews, expert remarks and top tips are available for punters to make use of if they don’t feel in-the-know enough to have a go on their own.

Races taking place on future dates are also visible in the horse racing section, on which punters can wager just as easily. Simply click the current odds for the desired draw the total stake before submitting the wager.

Tennis

Tennis around the world has a presence at this sportsbook, with Specials, ATP, WTA, Challenger, Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open, and Hopman Cup events all receiving odds everywhere the matches take place.

Cricket

International events, Australian, English, and New Zealand cricket leagues for both men and women are given odds, with wagering options including:

American Football

American Football’s NFL and NCAAF receive odds from linemakers. Dozens of markets are available for matches and wagering options can include any combination of:

Darts

Men’s and Women’s darts from the BDO and PDC receive odds on top of Betway Premiere League Darts offerings. Matches and outright winners are given consideration.

Basketball

Basketball receiving odds from linemakers includes Australian, International Club, Spanish, USA, Danish, Finnish, Polish, and South Korean leagues. Dozens of markets for match ups are available with wagering options including any combination of:

Ice Hockey

Ice Hockey receives extensive coverage as well with International events, Specials, International Club, and league odds for France, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, North America, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Wagering options for any given match may include:

Golf

Lines are made for Specials, the SBS Tournament Of Champions, PGA Championship, The Open Championship, Ryder Cup, US Open, Money List, US Masters golf events around the world. Lines are all over the board depending on which event and which countries are involved and wagering options are considered for 72 Hole Matches, First Round Leader, Nationality Betting, Top Four Finish, and Outright Winner just to name a few.

Rugby Union

All of the biggest world events in Rugby Union are represented at Bettway, including International events, the World Cup, Six Nations, European Champions Cup, Aviva Premiership, European Challenge Cup, France Top 14, Guinness Pro 12, Lions Tour, Super Rugby, and the World Rugby Sevens Series.

Wagering options are extensive and include, but aren’t limited to lines for Matches, Grand Slams, Triple Crowns, Outright Winner, and Specials.

UFC / Martial Arts

All currently scheduled fights for UFC receive odds in addition to lines for potential fights and headlining events.
Wagering options can include:

All upcoming and confirmed fights for boxing around the world receive lines, with wagering options including:

Rugby League

Rugby Leagues biggest events are given line odds, including International matches, Super League, NRL, Challenge Cup, NRL 9s, and State Of Origin. Lines considered across markets, where applicable, include:

Snooker

The Snooker World Championship, Championship League, and The Masters all receive odds with outrights and match odds provided for each.

Motor Sport

Outright lines are provided for motor racing seasons in Formula 1, Moto GP, Speedway, and Formula E.

Volleyball

Men’s and Women’s leagues in Italy, Germany, Finland, Philippines, Poland, Russia, and South Korea receive odds with some matches receive as many as half a dozen markets, while others are outright only.

All leagues receive odds from linemakers with wagering options including:

Handball

Handball leagues for men and women from International Club, Germany, France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the World Championship all receive odds from linemakers. Wagering options may include:

Baseball

The United States MLB is the only baseball market considered and it receives odds for the World Series only.

Cycling

The only cycling event to receive odds is the Tour de France and lines are given for outright winner only.

Gaelic Sports

Gaelic football and Hurling are the only two Gaelic Sports offered odds and outright winner for leagues are the only markets provided.

Aussie Rules

Aussie Rules football receives odds only for the Grand Final outright winner.

Bandy

Win/Daw/Win markets are offered for Sweden’s bandy league.

eSports

The biggest titles in eGaming are currently offered odds, including CS:GO, Dota 2, League of Legends, and Starcraft 2. Several leagues for each gaming season are provided and only outright winner markets are given odds.

Floorball

Sweden’s Men’s and Women’s Svenska Superligan leagues are given odds for floorball. Wagering options include:

Win/Draw/Win
Totals
Draw No Bet
Handicap
Double Chance

Politics

Political events around the world are considered by linemakers, including US, French and UK elections. The UK receive special attention with dozens of specials.

Pool

Pool odds are offered on international events, such as the Musconi Cup. Outrights are the only markets entertained.

Specials

Specials involve events outside the realm of sports and include popular culture milestones, such as predictions for currently popular television shows like The Voice, Game of Thrones, and The Jump.

Current Year Specials

Also considered prop bets, these markets include predictions on who the next male or female winner of the X-Factor will be, pairs for Strictly Come Dancing and more.

As you can plainly see the markets offered are indeed expansive. What they may lack in competitive odds, they more than make up for in depth of markets and betting options. Keep in mind that offerings change seasonally as well as each year, so checking back regularly will ensure players have the most recent odds and events at their disposal.

In-Play Betting

One particularly attractive aspect of the sportsbook is the live betting section. By using live feeds for games going on right then and there, punters can make wagers in-play as matches are progress alongside the linemakers’ constantly changing odds. Seeing the numbers flicker in real time as events unfold only adds to the excitement. Football, Tennis, Volleyball and Rugby, you name it and it’s covered if a match is on and punters can get it all in one place without ever having to visit a betting shop.

Live Betting

Casino and mini-games are available on the same page for a bit of entertainment as well while the game is in progress and players are eagerly waiting to see if they’ve made a favorable prediction.

More than a dozen languages are available to choose from in the Live-betting interface and odds can be represented in Decimal, Fractional, or American systems by selection in a convenient drop-down menu.

Upcoming events and matches can also be selected in the live betting section to see current odds of meetings between teams up to weeks in advance.

Support staff are never further than a click away as well, with live-chat available if punters are having any difficulties placing wagers or getting a stream to work on their screens.

We highly recommend using the in-play feature when wagering at the sportsbook.

eSports Markets

eSports receive a substantial amount of attention at Betway, who claim to be the first bookmaker to offer odds on competitive computer gaming. Punters can make wagers on a number of games played in leagues around the world. In-play betting options are also made available during eSports events, which creates an immersive experience for punters who will feel like one of the many thousands of audience members in attendance.

eSports

These events offer millions to the victors and we fully expect to see these markets blow up in the near future and earn headlining odds throughout the industry.

Sports Promotions

The most extensive selection of promotions comes from their Sportsbook, so it really pays to take advantage of these offerings when placing wagers.

Some terms to know:

Unless specifically stated otherwise, all promotions coming in the form of a free bet have a playthrough requirement of 1x.
The maximum return on any Free Bet stake is £/€/$20,000 or player currency equivalent.

Betway Free Bet Club

A promotion punters must opt into, spending £25 or more on football trebles a week will earn £10 in free bets. The bets come as £5 free on Saturday and £5 free on Monday. Keep in mind that the sportsbook stipulates the multiples must come in combined odds of 2/1 or higher.

Best Odds Guaranteed Plus

This promotion is for punters into races. The bookmaker takes the price of a punter’s runner and if the starting price is greater, they’ll not only pay that price, but tack on an enhancement in cash, i.e. if a punter wagers at 8/1 and their horse wins at 9/1, then pays out 10/1 on the winner.

Stipulations include that this offer is only valid to UK and Irish Horse Races and excludes Ante-Post, Overnight picks, Place only, Match best, and other Race Specials.

NBA – In-Play Special – When you make an in-play bet on any NBA game that ends up a loser with a final shot being a 3-pointer, they refund the stake with a free bet up to £/€/$25.

Football Acca Boost – Football accumulator bets can be boosted by as much as 100% with this promotion. A maximum of £/€/$2,000 can be garnered from this offer, resulting in a potentially massive payout.

NHL – No Goal Special – A ‘W/D/W’ wager placed on any NHL match that results with a punters team not having scored a single goal will result in a free bet from Betway equal to the stake, up to £/$/€50.

NFL – Touchdown Special – A two-part promo that rewards any punter to back a player to score the first TD in any match. If that player is successful and goes on to score the second TD of the match, then Betway doubles the punter’s winnings with a free bet up to £/€/$50.

Racing Outsider Insurance Special – A promo in the form of a safe bet; Betway will refund any stake up to £25 in the form of a free bet if a punter wagers on a horse to win, but that horse comes in second or loses to a horse at a higher starting price than 10/1.

European Champions Cup HT/FT Special – This one is a money back special for the current Rugby European Champions Cup. If the team you back are winning at the half, but fail to win the match, then Betway will refund the bet in the form of a free bet up to  £/€/$25.

Golf Round Leader Special – When wagering on a pre-tournament outright winner and your pick is leader at the end of the first, second , or third round, then they give you a  £/€/$10 Free Bet.

They want punters to try all their sportsbook offerings and the best way to do that is offering lucrative promotions for each market. We think they made great coverage of their offerings with these promos and while their money back promotions are not truly risk-free, they offer a great way to recoup any losses on a bad break at the track or final whistle.

How to Place a Wager

If you’re ready to place a wager, the process is incredibly easy. Assuming you’ve already registered your free account and made your first deposit at the cashier, simple navigate to your preferred market from the left-hand menu in the sportsbook.

After locating the match or event you’d like to place a wager on, select the wagering options and click the odds displayed on the furthest right-hand column of the betting table.

The wager will be visible on your betting slip at the top-right of the page. Just fill in the stake amount you’d like to wager, review your bet, and click submit. If you would like to place more than one wager on a single betting slip, just follow the same process until you are ready to submit your slip in full.

You are then free to go about your day or watch the match live if covered by the in-play channel at the sportsbook.

Wagering Limits

Keep in mind as a new bettor at the sportsbook, punters will not be able to bet as much as they might like on any given event. The wagering limits actually differ from market to market and those limits are not visible to punters. So, wagering limits are in place and the definite answer is not available until a punter contacts support to request the max on a given market.

However, once a punter raises their overall VIP rank, they are given more leeway in wagering limits. In any case, the more a punter spends at the sportsbook, the larger the wagering Betway allows.

In this case wagering limits will keep punters within certain confines until they are “proven” in the eyes of Betway. We can’t really blame them for this as large sums of money moving in an out of a sportsbook from relatively new or unknown players can be cause for alarm. We chalk it up to being careful and doing their due diligence to mitigate instances of identity theft and fraud.

The limiting practices are similar to comparable-sized sportsbooks and less defined than that of larger sportsbooks. There is no clear cut rubric for how this system works and exceptions are made at the discretion of Betway. It may seem a bit loose, but to be honest for a sportsbook of this size and of this age we aren’t surprised. If you are looking for a more rigid and defined set of guidelines when it comes to wagering limits, contacting support will outline a defined limit for markets according to your account.

If you’re a skilled bettor the sportsbook may not offer you the most favorable odds, but the situation is fluid and more dynamic than one may find at a larger bookmaker. There is a clear channel of communication between punters and linemakers. So, while a seasoned punter may see themselves as hindered by obscured wagering limits, a compromise can almost always be reached with Betway linemakers.

Verdict on the Sportsbook

While the level of betting options and amount of sportsbook promotions were very impressive, there was no reason to give eSports its own section in the navigation. No doubt they are marketing to the popularity of an emerging industry, but at this time it fell short of what may have been expected and was certainly not what we would consider a standalone product.

Just like with betting limits, odds are not as favorable when compared to larger bookmakers and that’s simply because larger bookmakers can afford more competitive odds. We treat this as another instance of something that will presumably change over time as the brand grows.

In-play offerings were an excellent source of quality odds available in a very attractive layout. We would put their in-play section just below the household names of William Hill and Ladbrokes offerings for live betting. Expecting this to be one of the most popular aspects of the Betway catalogue, we look forward to further developments.

Betway Casino

The online casino offers an impressive selection of hundreds of games developed by the industry’s leading software providers. NetEnt and Microgaming casino software ensures that players have a substantial variety of games from simple and lightweight features to slots and table games on the blockbuster level. Live gaming software from Evolution Gaming only adds to the immersive quality of the library and serves to provide a true to life casino experience for players without the necessity of leaving home.

Online Casino

What’s more impressive than the extent of the brand’s offerings and reach into the casino world is that Betway holds the title of having paid out the largest single jackpot to date on one of their progressive jackpot slots. The game in question was a well-known one in the industry, Mega Moolah, and the payout in questions reached an astronomical height to the tune of £13,213,838.68, the equivalent of $16,154,974.92. All this from a single spin.

The winner, Jon Heywood, of Cheshire, England put up a wager of just 25p to claim his prize.

In progressive games, jackpots will grow and grow until won by a single individual and Betway offers dozens of titles with this feature.
The casino software can be accessed through the web or by use of native apps for Apple and Android mobile devices.

Promotions change often for all the products, so players will need to check back regularly to find the most recent offerings.
Hundreds of titles are available from the full library of casino games, including Slots, Blackjack, Roulette, Progressive Jackpots, Video Poker and live games at any given time.

Slots

The slots selection provides players with every style of the variety, including retro slots, 3-reel slots, 5-reel slots, video slots, progressive jackpot slots, and 3D slots. With new slots being released continually, players will have a near inexhaustible source of entertainment and rewards along the reels.

These games are incredibly easy to approach for any level of casino player. Characteristics to consider when looking at slots include paylines, stakes, minimum and maximum bet, and extra features like wilds, scatters, and bonus rounds. Almost every configuration you can think of is represented in the selection at the casino and we are confident that everyone can find a slot to fit their taste.

Additional features available on many of the slots we found at the casino include Auto Play and Turbo buttons. These functions allow players to spin hands-free for a given amount of revolutions and speed up gameplay for nearly instant results of a spin respectively.

Table Games

A staple of any serious casino, table games are expected to be in attendance and here they make a fine showing. All the most iconic games are available with many variations of classic and even a few exotic games. Dice, cards, and roulette wheels are in abundance, so take your pick on a preferred table game or try them all for the full experience.

Blackjack is an unmistakable casino game where players go against the house in a game to hold the highest value hand. The closer one can get to 21 without going over the better. Players can try their hand against the Betway dealers in two dozen different variations of blackjack. Multi-hand, progressive and live blackjack games are a must for anyone visiting the casino’s table games section. Both American rules Blackjack and European rules blackjack variations make many appearances in the selection.

Roulette doesn’t get any more exciting than in the 10 varieties offered. European, American, French and multiplayer roulette varieties are all in place for players’ enjoyment. Edge the odds in your favor or take your chances for a possibly higher payout when exercising dozens of betting options on the table.

Baccarat offerings include high limit games for high-rollers, classic variations and even Gold Series games. Dice are flying across the tables as well in Classic craps and the exotic Sic Bo. Casino poker comes to life in more than half a dozen varieties, where players are facing the house for the pot instead of a field of competitors.

Live Dealer Games

A full selection of high-quality live dealer games are available through the casino and players are encouraged to take advantage of these offerings. It’s the best way to get a real casino experience without ever having to leave home.

Video Poker

Another fixture on the casino floor is Video Poker, where a simple hand of 5-card draw can land players serious rewards in seconds. Single-hand and multi-hand varieties are in abundance with some video poker games offering as many as 50 hands to be played at once. Jackpot features are never far away with both fixed and progressive prizes waiting to be won.

Skill and Numbers Games

Pharaoh Bingo, Flip Card, Keno and more make up the numbers and skill games selection. These games are just as iconic as slots and table games at casinos, but tend to be played in a more relaxed setting away from the hustle and bustle of the casino floor.

Progressive Jackpots

Dozens of progressive jackpot games are getting bigger at any given time. There are progressive offerings in every section, including slots, table games and video poker. Bet the max and be sure you’re considered for the top prizes when working towards a life-changing win.

There is a live counter right on the casino homepage for anyone interested in just how much the progressive games are offering at any given time. Recent winners show just how often and how much players are earning from their progressive play.

Casino Promotions

Welcome Deposit Bonus

The welcome offer at the casino is a generous match bonus up to £1,000. Well, sort of. The welcome offer is actually 3 bonuses with a match percentage up to a maximum amount that adds up to £1,000.

The offer as it applies to a New Player’s first three deposits is:

Players simply need to register and make their first deposit to claim their welcome prize. The minimum deposit to be considered for the prize is £20 and a player must opt in to receive the bonus. A 50x playthrough requirement is tied to the offer, meaning players will have to play through 50x their total deposit amount before being able to withdraw funds. There are differing levels of contribution toward that playthrough requirement as well, they are broken down as follows:

For Customers that reside in the United Kingdom, Canada or Ireland

Beyond that, any withdrawal requested before the playthrough requirement is met will void the bonus. The offer expires seven days after a new player’s registration is complete if not claimed.

There are other promotions currently in place but they are ending shortly and will be replaced with new deals. Being that this welcome offer is the only one we saw to be permanently in place, or at least in place for the foreseeable future, the overall casino promotions were a bit disappointing. Free spins, cashback, and VIP point boosts were all things that would have been a welcome addition to the promotional offerings.

Verdict on Casino

While the offerings in terms of games is very pleasing, with hundreds of titles to choose from developed by the top software providers in the industry, we still can’t help but feel the brand fell short with the lack of promotions for players.

The progressive offerings and world record for largest payout are reassuring, effectively combating a dodgy history of payout procedures from years past.

All in all the Casino was a fine example of an addition to an established sportsbook. With a bit of bulking up in the promotions department it will serve as an even stronger example of what players want in terms of variety and benefits.

Betway Live Casino

Live Casino games are a must in today’s online environment and Betway meets the need in fine fashion. These live games are high-quality with beautiful dealers and all the action players are looking for without the need to leave home. When the most immersive casino experience is what you are after, look no further than these live casino games.

Live Casino

Blackjack

With 20 live blackjack tables currently supported, there is no shortage of action in the race to 21. Enjoy all the comforts of home while you hit each hand against the house. Multi-dealer blackjack tables enable a social experience when players are looking for it. Privacy is an option too with secluded tables reserved just for you and your personal dealer. Pre-Decision options are available on some tables as well with side bets only adding to the excitement.

Roulette

For the most true to life roulette experience, players won’t want to miss this dedicated feature where all the excitement is captured in cinematic quality via live streaming video. Place wagers on the table in any configuration and watch the croupier spin the wheel up close and personal. The video is captured in 200fps HD quality for the best in visual entertainment. Several varieties of roulette are currently supported, including American, European, French, Double Ball and Slingshot Roulette.

Baccarat

Get a world-class gaming experience from home when you play the game made famous in Television and film, Baccarat. A game approachable for both beginners and experts, this high-class feature only gets better when it’s played live. Special variations on the game and side bet-enabled tables are available.

Texas Hold’em

Stakes are high as ever in a head’s up game of Hold’em against the house. There’s no one else to challenge you, is your hand high enough to beat the dealer? When fast-paced poker action and even quicker rewards are what you are after, Texas Hold’em is the only option on the live casino floor.

Casino Hold’em

A twist on traditional Hold’em, players are still going head to head against the house in this live casino feature. Multiple tables and stakes of most any level are available, making an open field for amateurs and cards sharks alike.

3-Card Poker

Fun and rewards rolled into one are what players will find in this live version of the fast-paced game of 3-card poker. Easy to approach but always offering a challenge, live 3-card poker is a great way to spend the day.

Promotions

The live casino offers the exact same welcome offer as the standalone casino product from Betway. At the time of writing this review there are no additional offers apart from the VIP rewards scheme as it applies to players of any product at the venue.

Verdict on Live Casino

The games were top notch and the impressive variety was really refreshing. Live, High-Definition feeds of a real casino floor, tables and croupiers, are just what we are looking for in this type of featured product at any online casino. In these respects Betway delivered in fine fashion. However, with no real expansion on promotions specifically for live casino players, apart from the standard casino product offerings, we just can’t feel but left down. As the brand continues to build its ancillary products we only expect things to get better, but for now there is room for improvement.

Betway Vegas

When the excitement of the strip is all that will do, Betway Vegas brings the best of Sin City to you. Every title in this dedicated product is built around flash and awe. These are the top games in both visually dazzling graphics and impressive rewards. Get the best of every casino variety with a very Vegas spin, bright lights and big jackpots are what you are bound to find.

Slots

The best in 3D and jackpot slots are right here in one place. Don’t waste any time looking of the perfect spin, every round on the reels is a winner with these incredible titles.

Video Poker

The biggest rewards in the parlor game genre are right here, as Betway brings the top selections of Vegas-style video poker right to your door.

Table Games

Vegas strip Blackjack and Gold Series games are the headlining features in Betway Vegas and they carry the theme splendidly. Get top rewards and Vegas-level excitement from every hand, spin and roll of the dice.

Promotions

The live casino offers the exact same welcome offer as the standalone casino product from Betway. At the time of writing this review there are no additional offers apart from the VIP rewards scheme as it applies to players of any product at the venue.

Verdict on Vegas

As a standalone product this is small by comparison, but it packs a punch with its substantial content. The brand delivered excellently according to the theme theya re cultivating and this made the experience just as we expected. However, again the promotions for Vegas players fell short as the only significant offering was the same welcome offer provided to casino product players. Overall, keeping the theme and building the offers to Vegas players and this section only stands to get better in time.

Betway Bingo

A must for any complete gaming catalogue, the Bingo product offers some of the most popular styles of the game alongside a bustling community of friendly players. Promotions for Bingo are pretty slim, but the offerings on hand are comparable to the biggest bingo rooms out there.

While not all the biggest styles of bingo are represented at the bingo room, many of the top variations are. Several 90-ball bingo games and a few 75-ball bingo games are made available for players to enjoy. The schedule includes free games and value games throughout the day until midnight.

90-ball bingo

The most popular style of bingo for players in the UK , Europe, Australia, New Zealand and even South America, 90-ball bingo is a great, straightforward style of bingo anyone can get into easily. Tickets are oriented in rows of three and columns of nine spaces. Each row is assigned five numbers at random along with four blank spaces. Tickets are usually purchased in multiples of six, also referred to as a strip. When the numbers are called players will daub out each digit they find on their tickets. Prizes are awarded when 1, 2 and 3 lines are cleared on players’ tickets.

75-ball bingo

The classic American style of the game, 75-ball bingo is played on cards that have five columns and five rows. One free space is located in the middle of the cards and will help to complete a bingo on any line that passes through it. Many configurations of bingo are able to be achieved in this style of the game, including special patterns that can earn top dollar when completed.

Side Games

Casino-style side games are also included in the game section and they can be played simultaneously alongside bingo games as they are called. This is a convenient way to get a little extra entertainment and even potential rewards in-between calls. Slots, Video Poker and a few card games are available for players to enjoy.

Promotions

The welcome bonus for bingo is a delightful break from other products collectively receiving the casino welcome offer. Players, or roomies as they are called in bingo lingo, can receive 300% in Bingo Bonus funds on their initial deposit of £10 or more up to £/$/€150. This means they can pay £10 and play with £40.

The stipulations include only new players. Players must opt-in to receive the bonus, the bonus must be claimed within 7 days of registration or it will be no long available, and the offer comes with a 3x playthrough requirement before any winnings may be withdrawn. Keep in mind if a withdrawal request is submitted before the playthrough is completed, the bonus is voided from a player’s account.

How To Buy Tickets

If a player hasn’t already registered an account and made a deposit, they’ll need to do so in order to buy bingo tickets. Once those two steps have been completed, navigating to Betway Bingo is next on the list.

Tickets can be purchased for upcoming games starting within minutes or hours. Players will enjoy the convenience of being able to buy tickets for a bingo game and not even need to be present for the calling. That means they can still be considered for prizes after buying tickets, whether they are present or not. Just pick your amount of tickets, confirm the purchase and proceed as you please.

Verdict on Bingo

The bingo offerings from Betway are modest and pretty solid overall. However, not all styles are represented at the Bingo rooms. We’re not sure why, perhaps 80-ball isn’t considered popular enough at this point in time for the operator to be included, but the most popular styles of 75-ball and 90-ball have plenty of games going on throughout the day.

The bingo product is marketed as an easygoing choice, all about an enjoyable experience for everyone with much more of a community vibe. It delivers and despite it not being a very large investment on the part of Betway, it brought a quality experience all around.

Final Thoughts

The Betway brand succeeds in many areas. A strong showing from their support team really put us at ease and their attention to detail and willingness to help was very welcome. Always professional and quick to resolve issue, we were very impressed with the level of support.

The selection of sports markets and games available was excellent. Combined, the options easily reach into the thousands and at times it even seemed a bit overwhelming. Sports promotions were great, though other products could have been met with the same variety of offers. Who knows, maybe we just caught them in a transition period.

The brand has done a great job of steering away from its rocky past and from what we understand, once playthroughs are satisfied, withdrawing is a breeze. However, there is no definite rubric for deposit and withdrawal limits. This is something we would have liked to have seen even before creating an account.

Wagering limits are made on a case-by-case basis from our conversations with support and whether you’re a new punter or big spender, you can probably wheel and deal to get the combination of wagering and odds you want. Whether or not you want to put in the effort is another story, but it’s nice to know the option is there.

When it comes to the rewards scheme it’s a bit unsettling to see one customer given preferential odds over another despite a presumably equal expense by both players at the sportsbook. The inequality between Bonus Plus Points for Platinum and Black members is rather glaring. The live-streaming aspect is also another issue. If the event is happening live and the site offers streaming video of said event, there is no reason while a player residing outside the UK shouldn’t be able to tune in at the appropriate time. The executive host perk is strange as well being listed as available for Gold through Black VIP members, but marked as “invite only”. Until it’s clear what gifts, custom offers and trips are available I would recommend holding off on trying to collect the 925,000 Tier Tokens required to bump you up from Platinum to Black status.

Overall, the site has proven a fine venue for gaming and wagering on sporting events for casual to mid-level punters, but if you’re a high-roller it’s safe to say your business may be better put to use at a venue that will really raise the bar for its top-tier spenders.

Getting Started

Now that you are familiar with the brand, its services and its products, you are about as informed as you can get. If you think you’d like to open an account at the operator, the process is fast and easy. Registering an account costs nothing and takes only a few minutes.

You will be asked for some identifying information and when the time comes you will need to select a payment method and make an initial deposit. Claim your welcome offer for the product of your choice, or just get into gaming without any bonus promotions to boost your bankroll.

That’s all there is to it. Once an account has been created and credited with funds, you’ll be free to wager on sports, play casino games, or sit down for a few games of bingo at your leisure.